Billy Slater Autobiography

Author: Billy Slater

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 0143782479

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 406

View: 9921

Billy Slater has been called the best fullback ever to have played the game by rugby league greats and fans alike. With a glittering collection of personal and club honours, including four grand final wins, five Dally M awards and two Clive Churchill Medals, he has delighted fans of the Melbourne Storm, Queensland State of Origin and the Australian Kangaroos for sixteen years. More than just a decorated player, however, Slater is a widely regarded and respected figure in the sport. A young country recruit with superb natural talent, he debuted for the Storm after only one pre-season in Melbourne and sent shockwaves through State of Origin in just his second season. But Slater capitalised on his talent with a fierce competitive drive and a relentless work ethic, which he learned from his parents and honed working in the racing industry before hitting the NRL stage. As well as many celebrated victories, Slater's career has seen him confront the Melbourne Storm salary cap scandal, heartbreaking losses and a devastating shoulder injury that made him fear that he would never hold his children again, let alone compete in a brutal sport like rugby league. Through it all Slater has emerged not merely as a great of the game, but as an even more resilient character, an ambassador for his sport, and a devoted husband and father. Featuring contributions from rugby league legends like Cooper Cronk, Craig Bellamy, Darren Lockyer and Cameron Smith, and from the Slater family, this edition is updated to include Billy's final season in the NRL before farewelling the game.


Author: Joe Gorman

Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press

ISBN: 070226217X

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 4592

For more than 40 years, rugby league has embodied all the hopes and dreams, contradictions and tensions of life in the Sunshine State. The game speaks to Queenslanders' sense of being the underdog and the outsider &– a powerful undercurrent that sweeps through politics, business, the arts, and sport. The enduring appeal of State of Origin is that it allows Queensland to balance the scales, at least for 80 minutes.In Heartland, journalist Joe Gorman chronicles a tale of loss and rebirth &– from the decline of the Brisbane Rugby League competition and North Queensland's Foley Shield to the extraordinary rise of the Broncos and the Cowboys in the NRL. Weaving together stories of diehard supporters and game-changing players, from Arthur Beetson to Johnathan Thurston, this is a revealing account of Queensland's coming of age, both on and off the field.

Billy Slater

Author: John Ellicott

Publisher: Hardie Grant Books

ISBN: 1743582919

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 286

View: 6114

Billy Slater’s achievements speak to his prodigious talent with premierships, State of Origin series wins, club best and fairest awards, Test caps, Player of the Year awards, and a Dally M Medal under his belt, he is regarded by many around the world as the finest full back of any era and possibly the greatest player the game has seen. As a small-for-his-age North Queensland lad Billy Slater nearly chose to be a jockey; his love of horses led him to Gai Waterhouse’s famous stables where he worked for a time. But a growth spurt and his increasing strength led him back to rugby league, a game he loved. Slater made his debut in 2003 and has played for Melbourne Storm ever since. Exhilarating and electrifying, Billy Slater is the player people come to the footy to watch: a true sports sensation. He is seriously special, and what’s more he’s a tremendous athlete. He’s about the best of his generation. Whether he’s playing for the Storm, Queensland or Australia … I’d pay anything to go and see him play. League Immortal Bob Fulton John Ellicott is the author of Waterhouse & Smith: The power of two racing dynasties, A Year on the Punt and Uncommon Heroes of Rugby League. He has over two decades of experience as a journalist for some of Australia’s major newspapers.

Tom Finney Autobiography

Author: Tom Finney

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472225783

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 4580

Tom Finney personifies a vanished golden era of football, playing his entire career under the maximum wage and never wavering in his loyalty to Preston North End. A true gentleman of the game, who is still justifiably idolised more than 40 years since he retired from football, Finney recalls the highs and lows of his marvellous career with a warmth and affection that will appeal to all who read his story. But Finney's life has been about much more than football, and he writes movingly about his current role as full-time carer to his beloved wife, Elsie.

Billy Slater

Author: Billy Slater

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 0857981781

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 194

View: 1961

A life in pictures of one of Rugby League's favourite sons. Billy Slater is a talent unlike any other that the modern game of rugby league has seen.He has the innate ability to understand the emotion of the game, make a critical decision and act upon this. Very few players can do this.

The Last Line: My Autobiography

Author: Packie Bonner

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473528615

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 1405

Irish national hero, a Celtic great and their most-capped player, Patrick 'Packie' Bonner is a goalkeeping legend. He was Jock Stein's last signing for the club when he left his native Donegal for the city of Glasgow in 1978, where Packie evolved from being a shy, homesick teenager into a confident, world-class talent and first-choice goalkeeper. Billy McNeill handed him a debut on St Patrick's Day in 1979, and Packie went on to provide the last line of defence a record 641 times for the club. A seasoned Irish internationalist, Packie was a vital component in the most-celebrated Irish national squad ever, playing in a golden era under the tutelage of the inimitable Jack Charlton. In The Last Line, Packie shares stories from his incredible career, including his greatest moment in front of a global audience during the Italia '90 World Cup tournament when he became the penalty shoot-out hero of the nation by saving a spot-kick that took the Irish to the quarter-finals stage in their very first World Cup adventure. It was an iconic moment that would change his life forever not least because, whilst in Italy, he, along with his teammates, had an audience with another goalkeeper, Pope John Paul II. Throughout his 80 cap international career, he competed against the very best in the world. Men such as Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten, Gheorghe Hagi, Roberto Baggio and Gary Lineker came to know the name Packie Bonner. Equally, in his glittering Celtic career that included the winning of four Scottish League titles, three Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup, Packie Bonner played alongside some great Celtic names like Tommy Burns, Paul McStay, and Murdo Macleod. Along the way, Packie had to endure a career-threatening back injury, as well as the devastation of a routine save going wrong and costing a goal on the world stage against Holland in 1994, ultimately leading to elimination from the World Cup in America. More than just the telling of trophies, titles and triumphs, this is the story of a Celtic legend and a true great of Irish International football.

Autobiography of Samuel S. Hildebrand

Author: Kirby Ross,Daniel E. Sutherland

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 1557288771

Category: History

Page: 297

View: 2441

Most Civil War historians now agree that the guerrilla conflict shaped the entire war in significant ways. Some of these “bushwhackers”—Nathan Bedford Forrest, William Clarke Quantrill, John Singleton Mosby—have become quite infamous. Illiterate Sam Hildebrand, one of Missouri’s most notorious guerrillas—often compared to “Rob Roy,” and the subject of dime novels—was one of the few to survive the war and have his story taken down and published. Shortly after this he was killed in a barroom brawl. “I make no apology to mankind for my acts of retaliation; I make no whining appeal to the world for sympathy. I sought revenge and I found it; the key of hell was not suffered to rust in the lock while I was on the war path.” —Sam Hildebrand Hildebrand’s reign of terror gave the Union army fits and kept much of the Trans-Mississippi, especially Missouri, roiling in the 1860s. Over seven years of fighting he and his men killed dozens of soldiers and civilians, whites and blacks; he claimed to have killed nearly one hundred himself. He was accused of many heinous acts. The historical significance of Hildebrand’s story is substantial, but his bloody tale is eminently readable and stands quite well on its own as a cold-blooded portrait of a violent time in American history. Like the nightmarish and depraved world of the Kid in Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian, Hildebrand’s world is truly ruthless and his story is brutally descriptive in its coolly detached rendering of one man’s personal war. Published in 1870, Hildebrand’s autobiography has long been out of print and has been a rare and highly prized acquisition among Civil War

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Author: Stephen Hardy,Michael Kaylor,Martina Horáková,Kateřina Prajznerová

Publisher: Masarykova univerzita

ISBN: 8021076372

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 310

View: 8576

Kniha se zabývá texty z anglicky psaných literatur, které svým způsobem zpochybňují fiktivní, osobní či akademické žánrové konvence ve vztahu k literární auto/biografii, a spíše upozorňují na mnohoznačnost způsobů psaní o životě a konstruování subjektivity. Každá ze čtyř kapitol zkoumá specifický typ transgresivní auto/biografie: pastorální biografii v dílech Petera Ackroyda, Johna Bergera a Paula Cartera; kolaborativní auto/biografie domorodých obyvatel v Austrálii v textech Kima Scotta a Hazel Brown a Rity a Jackie Hugginsových; beletrizované autobiografie A. Newmana a Forresta Reeda; a bioregionální biografie Emily Carrové a Emmy Bell Milesové.


Author: Triggs

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 140914500X

Category: Humor

Page: 192

View: 5459

The explosive, no-holds-barred autobiography of Triggs, Roy Keane's confidant, adviser...and dog! Ten major trophies. A missed Champions League final. Player of the Year awards. Alf-Inge Haaland. Drunken nights. Contract negotiations. Patrick Vieira. Prawn sandwiches. The explosive end to Roy's relationship with Ireland and Manchester United. Triggs - TV lover, hypochondriac, noted wit, football genius and best friend to the most talked-about footballer of his generation - was witness to it all. Funny, frank and never less than 110 per cent mean-spirited, Triggs tells the truth about what it was like to be a central player in the extraordinary drama of her master's life.


Author: Jimmy Greaves

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 074811338X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 576

View: 2878

The autobiography of football icon Jimmy Greaves James Peter 'Jimmy' Greaves was one of the greatest footballers to have graced the English game, a goalscorer of legendary prowess. His gripping and characteristically humorous autobiography journeys from Jimmy's childhood in the East End, via his early career at Chelsea and his short and troubled stay at A.C. Milan, to his emergence as one of the great stars of sixties football while at Spurs and an outstanding England forward. Jimmy's record as a striker is extraordinary - he was the leading goalscorer in the First Division (now Premier League) for six seasons and during his playing career was never out of the top five. There are darker aspects too: the bitter disappointment of failing to make the World Cup-winning team of 1966, and the battle against the alcoholism that followed his retirement from the game. This book is both Jimmy's story and the story of football in the golden era of the fifties and sixties before money changed the game. It is populated by the great players whom Jimmy played with and against and animated by wonderful anecdotes about the game. It is an account of how football was then and how it has changed.