Telling it as he sees it, this is a rare insight into one of football's most intriguing characters. Mark Thompson sets the record straight on a career that has had more than a few challenges and dramas in this candid, entertaining, opinionated story of the enigmatic coach who changed the game of AFL.
After 34 years in the game at a thousand kilometres an hour, Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson stepped away from AFL footy following the Essendon drugs scandal. In this candid and uncompromising autobiography, he sets the record straight on his often controversial career.
We ride the bumps of the playing field, the coaches’ box the boardroom and the press conferences as Thompson handles things his own way. He talks about his mentors, his protégés and his contemporaries with insight and candour, and reveals what he considers to be the trademarks of a successful coach.
This is as good a book about football as you’ll get, by a purist who understands and loves the game, and who refuses to put up with politics. Mark Thompson’s legacy is some of the greatest footy to be played in the modern era.
“He may well be footy's ultimate enigma but there's no disguising his influence - for Mark Thompson did nothing less than save the game”