My Life and Crimes as a Football Hatchet Man
An irresistible, rip-roaring football-cum-crime autobiography that comes with an added twist of redemption
True Storey is the compelling autobiography of notorious 1970s football legend Peter Storey, dubbed 'the bastard's bastard', who gained a reputation for ultra-violence on the pitch and had a capacity to find even greater trouble off it - a fact borne out by a string of criminal convictions and several jail sentences.
A key member, as their midfield enforcer, of the resilient Arsenal team that won the European Fairs Cup followed by the cherished Double in 1970-71, Storey was a confirmed ladies' man who loved a drink. In the mid-'70s, Storey's pub, the Jolly Farmers in Islington, became a magnet for north London villains and he rubbed shoulders with Great Train Robber Tommy Wisbey and Howard 'Mr Nice' Marks, Britain's biggest drug smuggler.
Storey talks candidly about the crimes he committed and the spells in prison that blighted his life. He reveals the truth about his feud with George Best and relays an astonishing account of how Bertie Mee tried to make him miss the 1971 FA Cup final against Bill Shankly's Liverpool side because the Arsenal manager wanted Eddie Kelly to start instead.
Today, Peter is an elusive character but a man transformed and at ease with life. Only now does he feel the circumstances are right to set the record straight and tell his side of a remarkable True Storey.
“Storey's interesting, sobering book is a cautionary tale for all players to make the right choices of friends and investments”
Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph
“If you want a really entertaining book, read Peter Storey's autobiography”
John Motson, BBC Radio Five Live
“Powerful and honest”
When Saturday Comes
“A compelling kind of mea culpa”
“Superb. Equally contrite and confrontational, Storey opens up on playing, drinking and going to jail, demonstrating an excellent turn of phrase right from page one”