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By Paul McGuigan

Robin Friday was once an outstanding footballer who must have performed for England. yet he by no means did—why? simply because Robin Friday was once a guy who wouldn't bow right down to an individual, who refused to take existence heavily, and who lived each second as though it have been his final. enjoyed and sought after by way of every body who observed him, Friday additionally had a gloomy side—troubled, strong-minded, reckless, he could turn out destroying himself. Tragically, after years of alcohol and drug abuse, he died on the age of 38 with no ever having fulfilled his capability. This e-book presents the 1st complete appreciation of a guy too lengthy forgotten through the area of football.

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Turns out somewhat a nutter to me. ’ The lovers may reply: ‘We don’t fear approximately that so long as he does it for us at the park. ’ i discovered out that he were in borstal, might be the nick, I don’t recognize. while you’re within the Fourth department you examine avid gamers at the pitch, no longer off it, since you can’t have all of it. After that glass video game I watched Robin for some time after which I signed him. I bought him for 750 quid! I signed him as an beginner to play within the reserves. the 1st fit he performed in was once a midweek online game and it was once twenty previous seven, that's if you must have the group checklist in with the referee. And in comes this man coated in brick airborne dirt and dust, filthy boots – a true sight. He regarded a piece worthy so there weren’t too lots of them within the dressing-room who have been going to name him scruffy. He is going out onto the pitch and immediately you will see that his expertise, immediately the easiest participant I had within the reserves. His positional play wasn’t all that fab, yet at the ball he was once completely great. And his imaginative and prescient was once marvellous. i assumed, ‘I’ve acquired to have a move at this, bugger it. ’ After the sport I requested him concerning the staff. He acknowledged, ‘You’ve received loads of poofs available in the market, boss! ’ And he was once totally correct. I agreed with him yet beggars can’t be choosers. i wished to signal him instantly. MAURICE EVANS, examining coach: Robin lived in Acton and Charlie instructed me he went to signal him at his flat. the entire relatives have been there and Robin acknowledged, ‘Sit down at the sofa. ’ Charlie sat down and the arm fell off the sofa. studying night put up . . . beginner striker Robin Friday has performed 3 video games within the reserves . . . DAVID DOWNS, interpreting FC HISTORIAN: In his first actual work out they have been taking part in a six-a-side video game and Robin went around attempting to kick as some of the validated analyzing avid gamers as he may. He should have positioned or 3 out of this online game. Hurley needed to name him off and say, ‘Robin, decelerate a minute. Let’s speak about what you’re doing the following sooner than you end off the remainder of the staff. ’ CHARLIE HURLEY: He informed like he performed. I despatched him off once or twice from education periods for kicking his personal team-mates in five-a-side video games (which used to be regularly his favorite game). Robin may play five-a-side like he might play on a Saturday. He had no opposite direction of taking part in. studying night submit, 21 January 1974 . . . interpreting have gained two times of their final 14 video games . . . CHARLIE HURLEY: I realised early on that there has been no method you have been going to get him to put on a collar and tie. I be mindful whilst i really signed him, I stated to him, ‘You’ve obtained to put on a jacket. ’ He stated, ‘I don’t have any jackets. ’ So I introduced this blazer in for him. He was once effing and blinding whilst he placed it on yet I instructed him that if he desired to signal, he needed to put on it. We did a brief picture after which he took it off straightaway. He used to be a true denims guy so i attempted to get him to put on clever denims instead of operating denims. analyzing night submit, 24 January 1974 . . . Hayes striker Robin Friday has signed soccer League kinds for analyzing and will make his début in Sunday’s imminent video game at Northampton even though Hurley desired to provide him an extended run within the reserves .

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