john burridge autobiography

In a unique career spanning 30 years, Budgie played 771 league games for 29 teams, including Crystal Palace and QPR (under Terry Venables at both clubs), Southampton (alongside a young Alan Shearer), Manchester City, Aston Villa (where he would play against Barcelona in the European Super Cup), Wolves, and in Scotland with Hibernian where he was a hero in their League Cup win of 1991. Buy Budgie by John Burridge from Waterstones today! If I wasn't in the football field during daytime, I was in the Miners' Welfare boxing. I had to get away from the frustration of not being able to play. I've been to places you can't even spell! The old John Burridge spirit has served me well for nearly 60 years, and I'm going to need it again. I was a born fighter and there was no way I was going to come quietly, so it all kicked off. Highly respected as a goalkeeper, but denounced by many as an 'oddball' (he admitted that he often slept wearing only his goalkeeper's gloves), Budgie was famous for his madcap antics and his pre-match stretching routines. Please try your request again later. I'm suicidal.'. A fantastic and informative autobiography, Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2012, A great read and a great testament to a legend, pioneer and journeyman, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2014. He sustained serious injuries when he wad knocked down by a car in 1999, but its back in rude health. Highly respected as a goalkeeper, but denounced by many as an "oddball" (he admitted that he often slept wearing only his goalkeeper's gloves), Budgie was famous for his madcap antics and his pre-match stretching routines. Refresh and try again. Budgie has a unique way in life and this comes across in the book. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. In 1970, Deep Purple burst on to the British rock scene with their hit Black Barbra Paskin was the late Dudley Moore’s official biographer, having known him well for many ... Barbra Paskin was the late Dudley Moore’s official biographer, having known him well for many Welcome back. He sustained serious injuries when he was knocked down by a car in 1999, but is back in good health. He is still employed with the Oman FA, lives there, and acts as a TV pundit and newspaper columnist in Singapore. international star. Budgie book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I decided to knuckle down and get better. Or, if he had really had a skinful and even that was too much trouble, he'd just open the window and piss straight out into the yard. John 'Budgie' Burridge is a true journeyman pro and a hero to football fans up and down the country. The file will be sent to your Kindle account. They just got on with it. I came out of there vowing to give up English football. 'It was a hard upbringing. I was wearing clogs, not football boots, because we couldn't afford them. I used to get a 10-shilling note every week from working on the farm. John "Budgie" Burridge is a true journeyman pro and a hero to football fans up and down the country. Yet I still get asked whether I want to come back to England ... no chance, not if I can help it! At 13, I was playing football with 16-year-olds – they were all big but I was a little hard nut, and I was an athlete, because I was so strong from working on the farm. There's nothing left for me in England now, but Janet and I own three houses in Muscat, and it is paradise out here in the Gulf. John 'Budgie' Burridge is a funny man and he translates his humour onto the printed page superbly. I was born on 3 December, 1961, to my mum Greta and dad Jim in Concrete Terrace, Great Clifton – a small mining village near Workington, Cumbria, in the north west of England. Who else has sold more than 200 million... To see what your friends thought of this book. A very funny read. I was in there for five months and I came out with a much better attitude to life. I don't why, but I was just attracted to the one position that made you stand out from the crowd. Born in 1951, he played for 15 different Football League teams, a record that still stands today. John "Budgie" Burridge is a true journeyman pro and a hero to football fans. That unfortunately included me, even though we'd been keeping a lot of clean sheets and our goalkeepers had been playing really well. Scouts were starting to watch my games and I was getting noticed. It's hard to replace the thrill of playing and the attention you have come to depend on when it's gone. I was a man by the age of 12. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. John Burridge was born in Workington and after briefly going down the mines, where his father worked, he became Workington's goalkeeper. You can write a book review and share your experiences. years. I used to be frightened to death down there and I hated the dark. They say that when you go mad, the men in white coats come and take you away. He lapsed into depression and spent months in the Priory Clinic as he struggled badly to cope with the void in his life. As I tell you my story, it's the middle of winter and I'm lying here in my hammock, gazing out at a stunning beach with the Indian Ocean beyond. The pit may have held plenty terrors for me, but I wasn't scared of hard work. Not in a way that he would throw his weight about or be a bully, it was more just a case of his harsh way of life making him that way. July 1st 2013 Football had been my life since I was 15, when I started off as a £5-a-week apprentice with my home-town team Workington in the Fourth Division. And so it went on. On Sundays, they would actually have fist fights outside the pub. Between them, they decided the only way to save me from myself and get me better was to have me sectioned. In a unique career spanning 30 years, Budgie played 771 league games for 29 teams and became the oldest player ever to appear in the Premier League. You would see them outside, shirts off, stripped to the waist and ready to knock hell out of each other bare knuckle. I had persuaded myself that I had nothing to live for and suicide seemed like the best way out. Please try again. In many ways it was my dream job – I worked maybe 60 days a year with the national team, going to football matches and training sessions. It's the men in green boiler suits. Highly respected as a goalkeeper, but denounced by many as an "oddball" (he admitted that he often slept wearing only his goalkeeper's gloves), Budgie was famous for his madcap antics and his pre-match stretching routines. Burridge is still fascinating and funny to this day, and in this tell-all autobiography he reveals the truth behind his astonishing football career. John Burridge was born in Workington and after briefly going down the mines, where his father worked, he became Workington's goalkeeper. I would have to scrub his back as he was covered in coal. I love the smell of piss in the morning! I was taken down the pit when I was still very young to see what it was like, to give me a grounding for what was seen as my inevitable career as a miner. My early memories of the village were of a grim landscape dominated by slag heaps – the leftover materials from down the pit. My dad had a novel approach when the piss pot was full – and after downing a few drinks, he would come in drunk and with his bladder full of ale and at bursting point, so he would be needing to go a few times during the night. Budgie! That happy sojourn to Edinburgh would end in acrimony, however, as he ended up in a dressing-room fight with the manager. He spent months in a clinic struggling with depression. I had a chest on me that was bigger than Marilyn Monroe's!'. She suggested that I should go into hospital or look for professional help to sort my head out, but I wasn't having it. Unluckily for me, I was the one given the job of emptying the piss pots in the morning. Enjoyable enough yet Budgie does have a tenancy to repeat himself. Budgie The Autobiography of Goalkeeping Legend John Burridge book.

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