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FOREWORD BY SIR ALEX FERGUSON. Joe Royle became the youngest player to play for Everton in February 1966 and went on to win six caps under Alf Ramsey and Don Revie. Injury forced a premature end to his career at 32, after spells with Manchester City, Bristol City, and Norwich. Then he became the manager who fell of the back of a lorry when joining Oldham in 1982. Fourteen fantastic, fairytale years followed at the hard-up, homespun Lancashire club which Royle put on the soccer map. Oldham achieved the impossible by going to Wembley and spending three years in the Premiership. Then, it was off to Everton, to Manchester City, and to Ipswich as manager. With a foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson, this book is an honest account of Joe's career and life, written with his full cooperation.
Joe Royle was born in 1949 in Norris Green, Merseyside. He made his professional debut at 16 years old in 1966 for Everton, before going on to play for Manchester City, Bristol City and Norwich City. He won six England caps before a knee injury brought an early end to his playing career in 1982. After he hung up his boots, Royle continued to work within the world of football as a manager, starting his new career at Oldham Athletic before moving to his old team, Everton, in 1994. He then joined Manchester City in 1998 until he was dismissed by them in 2001. After working as a media analyst he returned to management in 2002 at the helm of Ipswich Town. Bill Thornton, who collaborated with Joe Royle on his autobiography, has been a national newspaper sports journalist for 33 years, on the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Daily Star. Most recently, he worked with David Batty, the former Leeds and England midfielder, on his autobiography.
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