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Neil Lennon: Man and Bhoy by Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon: Man and Bhoy

by Neil Lennon

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This book really does deserve the 5 stars rating.

Starting with a frank account of the death threats prior to the infamous Northern Ireland international that Neil received, the reader is quickly hooked and sets up the rest of the chapters well.

Neil is startingly honest in this autobiography and where ambigouity is apparent he tries to give both sides of the perspective and leaves the reader to come to their own conclusions over certain incidents. eg. 'The Alan Shearer incident', 'The Daily Record ambush in Newcastle' etc

I was humbled to learn of the pain and injury Neil had to overcome early in his career whilst at Crewe, being out of the game due to an 'all or bust' operation on his spine, where the surgeon In Musgrave Park hospital had to fuse bone fragments from Neil's hip onto his spine to support a damaged vertebrae. No wonder! When Neil was a young teenager he played footy twice for seperate teams on a Saturday, then Gaelic football on a Sunday. The toll this schedule demanded obviously caused stress to a growing lads skeletal health. But sure to Neil's determination and doggedness within a few years of this setback he was picking up major honours in the English League Cup.

His refusal to bow out to the bigots and secterianism that he faces at every away game in Scotland is testimony to a gem of a character. As he mentions Jinky's passing in a chapter of this work, so he will be recognised in later years as a 'Mr Celtic'.

I thoroughly recommend this book to Celtic, Leicester and Crewe fans as well as the general readership.

Eye opening and a thoroughly good read. ( )
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