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Careless Hands the Forgotten Truth of Gary Sprake
Stuart Sprake, Tim Johnson
ISBN: 9780752436906 (0752436902)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mawrth 2006
Cyhoeddwr: Tempus Publishing Limited, Stroud
Fformat: Clawr Caled, 240x160 mm, 256 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o brint Ein Pris: £18.99   
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Cyfrol sy'n adrodd hanes bywyd a gyrfa Gary Sprake, gôl-geidwad Leeds United a thîm Cymru. Ysgrifennwyd gan ei nai, Stuart Sprake a Tim Johnson, gyda rhagair gan John Toshack.

A biography of Gary Sprake, Leeds United and Wales goalkeeper. Written by his nephew, Stuart Sprake, and Tim Johnson, with a foreword by John Toshack.
Mention the name Gary Sprake to most males of a certain age (football fans in the late 1960s and early 70s) and they will inevitably smile. He was a goalkeeper with the reputation of being . . . well, pretty rubbish really. One or two well publicised gaffes on the pitch (like the time he threw the ball into his own net against Liverpool) and forever more, Gary was the keeper who dropped and flapped.

But a more clinical analysis of his career would suggest this is an unjust reputation. Careless Hands is just such an objective look at Gary Sprake - even though one of the authors is his nephew.

The book is comprehensively researched and doesnít shy away from the more uncomfortable moments of a controversial career. In fact, itís often an intriguing historical insight into a sport that bears little resemblance to the multi-million pound industry itís become today. Such as the time when Gary became the countryís most expensive goalkeeper when he signed for Birmingham City. During training, one of his new team-mates questioned the value of the signing, only to have his nose broken by a right hook from Gary. Players in those days were often hard drinking men who settled scores on the pitch, safe in the knowledge that there wasnít an array of cameras capturing every move and misdemeanour.

Itís clear Gary Sprake was a far better player than the popular myth. His record of 500 plus appearances for Leeds United and 37 caps for Wales speaks for itself. Careless Hands is something of a rarity among football books Ė itís intelligently written and worth reading. And if you belong to the right generation, itís a delightful trip down memory lane.

Kevin Ashford

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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