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  • Published: 9 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781473506800
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Roy of the Rovers

The Official Autobiography of Roy of the Rovers

The greatest story ever told by the world’s most beloved sportsman, Roy of the Rovers, in his own words for the first time.

Ten league titles. Eleven FA Cups. Three European Cups. 481 goals across a 38-year playing career. A surprisingly high number of kidnappings. An assassination attempt. Not one, but two narrow escapes from earthquakes. A career-ending helicopter crash.

My name is Roy Race. You know me as Roy of the Rovers. This is my story.

From the five terrifying kidnappings that threatened to blight his playing career to the stomach-churning murder attempt in 1980, which left Roy in a life-threatening coma; from the sickening car bomb attack that tragically killed eight of Roy's team-mates while on a pre-season tour of Basran to the horrific helicopter crash in 1993 that resulted in the amputation of Roy's legendary left foot: this is the shocking tell-all autobiography of one of England's greatest ever sportsmen.

Candid, emotional, optimistic, strangely repetitive, full of crushing lows and dizzying highs, and bearing an inexplicable resemblance to the plot structure of old comic strips, Roy's autobiography shines as brightly as the Melchester Rovers legend himself. Sit down, kick back, and treat yourself to the greatest football fairytale story of all time.*

*except for Leicester

  • Pub date: 9 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781473506800
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

Roy Race

Roy Race was brought up surrounded by football. In 1955 he signed schoolboy forms for Melchester Rovers and, at sixteen, Roy made his first appearance for the club. He would go on to have the longest and most celebrated careers in world football.

He has a son, Roy, and two daughters, Melinda and Diana.

Praise for Roy of the Rovers

“There can be only one contender for sports book of the year: Giles Smith’s Roy of the Rovers: the Official Autobiography. The man, the myth, the legend, the suspiciously large number of kidnappings – it’s all here”


“Roy Race's nickname has become a standard description of heroic triumphs against the odds... Real Roy of the Rovers stuff.”

Irish Independent

“This chronicle is consistently superb; hilarious, yet veering at times towards the poignant … comic gold”

The Times

“it’s all delivered in the rich, full style of the typical football memoir. I looked at Alex Ferguson’s for comparison and there isn’t a cigarette paper between them. It is a glorious achievement.”

The Guardian

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