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  1. Stephen Stephen says:

    Started off great first half was 5 stars and I couldn't understand why people weren't reading this and it didn't have loads ratings For me it tapered off towards the end once the football part finished when there were a series of tragic misfortunes Nevertheless a must read for any football fan especially if you grew up in the late 80'searly 90's before Sir Alex made Man United great again


  2. Stephen Stephen says:

    enjoyed this biography of the lost player of the early days of alex fergusons manchester united who had a promising career until injury blighted him and also shows him as the singerartist away from football


  3. Rob Twinem Rob Twinem says:

    When I was a youth and growing up in the wilds of Northern Ireland most of my contemporaries if they had the slightest interest in football were in awe of one team only Manchester United and in particular one player George Best I mention this because as much as I knew about the life of this precocious talent I knew next to nothing or in fact had never heard of Adrian Doherty I am sure that I am not alone in that revelation and it is a tribute to journalist Oliver Kay that he has brought to print the sad poignant yet also happy life of one Adrian Doherty and we and many others will ask the uestionwhat if?This biography is not so much a story about a young man's career or lack of at a professional football club but rather it is the study of a loveable gentle human being who was never hypnotised by the glamour and potential wealth that his position as a winger in the great Untied youth team of the early 90's and hopefully later a member of the main United suad would undoubtedly bring Here was a country lad from the homely streets of Strabane set adrift in a big city called here simply by the talent he showed from a very early age as a professional footballer The one similarity between Doherty and the great Best is that when first called to Manchester to confront their destiny they were both allocated unsatisfactory lodgings It seems that in the 23 years that separated their two careers United had learned little in the way of how to make their new prodigies feel wanted and cared for Here we have two shy Irish lads not much older than children fresh from the homeland with no real social skills and expected to fit in immediately with a tough but rewarding training scheme George soon found help and companionship in the form of alcohol and we all know how that endedWhere did it all go wrong George? and Adrian found true love and companionship in his song and poetry composition and playing his guitar This lonely loveable individual often busked in Manchester city centre preferring his own company to that of the talented United youths who lodged with him; Giggs Scholes Neville to name but a fewhe was stuck in Manchester with no money and didn't know what to do I set off as soon as I could but when I got there he was nowhere to be seenSo surprisingly for a biography of a Manchester United potential there is no accumulation of wealth there is even no first team appearancebut oh how close Adrian Doherty came The cruciate ligament knee injury that he suffered might have benefited some early intervention but that did not happen and together with the fact that in the early 90's the treatment of a knee injury was crude compared by today's standards meant that the young footballer's hopes and dreams were never to be fulfilled Yet that is the funny thing in reading this book I am struck by the fact that Doherty was not really concerned with a career in football at one of the greatest clubs in Europe in fact when offered a 5 year contract said he would much rather sign for 3 yearswho in their right mind would ever suggest this? Adrian Doherty's talent meant that whether he liked it or not his wonderful footballing skills meant being sought after by top premiership 1st division clubs Do not be mislead a young Adrian loved playing football and he was exceptionally good at it but if football had not been present in his life he was than happy to busk play his guitar and write poetry and lyrics that the great Bob Dylan would have been proud of When the knee injury destroyed his career he was content to live the life of a hippyhobo dwelling for short times in places and cities his choice of Preston to live was the result of sticking a pin in a map And yet there were still wonderful times ahead the folk scene in New York and surprisingly the city of Galway which was the home of dreamers and would be poets and artistsHis death just like his life was unconventional and very sad as he slipped or tripped into a canal in Holland rescued but never emerging from a coma There are those who say that Manchester United let down their young football genius by failing to deliver the home from home environment that was promised but I do not agree They treated as well as they could given the standard and success or otherwise of knee operations at the time and finally when the sharp skill and potential he showed never really returned they reluctantly let him go United were fast emerging as one of the greatest teams in the world and Alex Ferguson as their manager had to control and direct this emergence which often meant making hard commercial decisionsThis is an exceptional sad story and without the research and persistence of Oliver Kay so many would have been unaware of the impact and legacy that Adrian Doherty left in his short time here Highly recommended


  4. Sadia Alam Ulhaq Sadia Alam Ulhaq says:

    An extraordinary story of an exceptional young man it was a truly mind blowing read I cannot say I am a football fan whatsoever but it this book was very easy to follow and had me in tears towards the end It's really well written and you get a real sense of how Adrian Doherty must have come across to his peers and those that knew him as a very talented and a true genius I definitely recommend this book for footballers and non footballers alike an out of this world type of a true story Well done Oliver Kay for putting this together


  5. Godowd Godowd says:

    Pretty good book would have been 5 stars except for 1 Repitition of the point that he was not concerned with money or that he is happy go lucky this is constant throughout the book I think we get that point the first time mentioned 2 The chapters dealing with the family's dealings with Utd are poorly put together whereas the last full chapter nails the book Better than your normal book but with a little editing could have been epic


  6. John John says:

    There are not many good biographies on footballers than run just short of 400 pages You would think that players at the height of the sport would have loads to reveal and some do but the majority follow the same worn path Playing as kid spotted by talent scout signed stardom or in the better ones not a star success retirement or fall from grace and not really much else And they are the ones that made itSo how does some one who didn't make it warrant a 400 page biography? By being Adrian Doherty that's how Who? For all those that did make it this is the story of the one brilliant Manchester United youth team player who through a career ending injury at 17 didn't make it To some he was a football genius to others he was just that Irish lad with the heart of gold an enuiring mind and a happy go lucky attitudeBorn in Strabane the young Doherty played football for the local teams graduating to the Northern Ireland U'16's He was on the radar of a few English teams at the time but signed for Manchester United and began his apprenticeship at the tail end of the 1980's at the beginning of Alex Ferguson's reign Bedeviled by homesickness and a distaste for the bravado and antics that generally occupy young professional footballers he found his spare time taken up with music Bob Dylan especially reading and taking himself off around the streets of ManchesterHis football career was taking off and was talked about in terms of not if he would play for the first team but when He was regarded as better than contemporary Ryan Giggs even Giggs says Doherty was the better of the two of them and was talked about in glowing terms by everyone at the club from Fergie to the established stars of the first team But in an game against Carlisle his knee gave way the dreaded cruciate ligament injury and that was it At the time the treatment was a pale shadow of the medical facilities available and is the one point of conflict between the family and United concerns the way he was treated from then on A comeback failed and as the years passed and the legendary United Class of '92 were beginning their rise to the Old Trafford Hall Of Fame Doherty reached the end of his contract and was back in StrabaneNot that he seemed to mind This is what make's Doherty such a fascinating character Football was not the be all and end all with him He had going for him outside of football which apart from playing he rarely watched or talked about He loved music from and early age and that developed into learning the guitar and writing songs which in turn led to open mike nights around Manchester City Centre such was his low profile pre internet days of course that no one knew who he was and that was the attraction for himBook's on philosophy religion and poetry among others were the staples of his reading material He sought out different way's of looking at life in general or enlightenment as one friend called it He had lost interest in football but did try a very brief four games tryout at Derry City but he packed it in The fun had gone and his knee just wasn't right No matter he took himself off to work in a chocolate factory in Preston hotel portering in Galway It might sound a sad way for a former professional footballer to fall down the career ladder but Doherty just saw it as merely what he was doing now he had no bitterness as to how life had treated himBy 2000 Doherty ended up in Holland where he sadly died after falling into the canal in The Hague He never came out of the coma and died a day short of his 27th birthdayIt sounds like a tragic story but it is anything but That is mainly because no one from the football managers coaches his fellow Manchester United players youth team to the elite first team suad to the musical friends he made his family his friends from Strabane and many others have a bad word to say about him Nothing Not a bad word anywhereOliver Kay has written a fine engaging biography which could have been a hatchet job on United's treatment medically and mentally of United youth players something that the Doherty family who co operated with the book didn't want or for a sensational book one that looked at the odd ball football player who blew his career It is a fascinating story of a short life that had so much going for it and the one thing it lacks is Doherty himself But then having read this he would just be bemused about all the fuss and carrying on reading


  7. Pete Duffy Pete Duffy says:

    A really interesting and entertaining read which for me is the main criteria for giving 5 stars but it's not without its flaws I think it's too one sided on the issue of Man United's medical treatment of Doherty after his cruciate injury I sum it up as different times this was a year or two before the football revolution that became the Premier League and the huge money thrown at the clubs via broadcast deals from which medical facilities benefited hugely To be fair Oliver Kay does make this point but not nearly strongly enough Also Doherty lovely chap that he was obviously gave off the vibe that football was not the be all and end all for him He was diligent in his rehabilitation but clearly was not the pushy type in the same way that a 'typical' footballer who eats breathes lives football might have been Okay we're talking young apprentices here but I think the point still stands As many at the club admitted Doherty was very well liked but he was different in an otherwise very conformist environment and the people who should have had his best interests at heart I guess just didn't uite know how to treat him or what to make of him Again 'different times' this would probably not happen nowNegligence? Yes Legally actionable negligence? Definitely not The book leaves that second uestion at best open Doherty's brilliance was on the pitch once he was off it I think he was slightly forgotten about due to his low profile and perhaps wrongly perceived indifference


  8. Rick Burin Rick Burin says:

    Perhaps the best sporting biography I've read and yet it's about a man who played just a month of professional football and that in Ireland years after the injury that wrecked his career But whereas the tragedy of Ben Thornley's story is that he had so little in his life except football the tragedy of this one is that Doherty had so much and yet died so youngKay's book is sensitive nuanced tragic but – in the midst of that – uplifting It's about a man who lived his life by defying every cliche not through genius though he was certainly talented but through honesty and the author does a superb job of articulating Doherty's complexities and contradictions while swerving the pitfalls and temptations of this genre from synthetic sentimentalism to pat theoriesHe writes exhilaratingly about football and superbly about character only occasionally misordering his discoveries or leaning on alliteration in place of truth I really loved this and it moved me very deeply


  9. Mancman Mancman says:

    I should preface this with the admission that I’m not a Man Utd fan so felt no particular affinity with that side of thingsI was drawn to the book in an intrigued way I’d heard things about Doc so thought this might fill in the gapsIt does but it’s not a great readI felt it could have been condensed into a book half the sizeI’ve just read done other reviews and they’re giving it 5 stars “great first half of the book” etc Wow for me the first half was atrocious It felt like Groundhog Day every chapter Was the book sponsored by Bob Dylan? I got the idea that he was a Bob Dylan fan about 10 pages in no need to constantly reference itBut it’s written by a journalist so I guess what do you expect?There is an interesting story in here it just needs editing In the light of done footballers behaviour it’s refreshing to read a story about the very antithesis to that


  10. Lee Bennett Lee Bennett says:

    An extraordinary book charting the eccentric life of an exceptional Irish footballer whose flickering flame burned for a tragically short time Adrian Doherty was destined for stardom and illuminated the lives of all who knew him But it was all over before it really began and as 'Doc' twinkles down from the stars Oliver Kay has written a fitting tribute to the Strabane lad who could run like the wind but would rather blow with itThis is real lump in the throat stuff but as good as football biographies get


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Forever Young ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Forever Young By Oliver Kay ⚣ – Thomashillier.co.uk Adrian Doherty was not a typical footballer For one thing he was blessed with extraordinary talent Those who played alongside and watched him in the Manchester United youth team in the early 1990s ins Adrian Doherty was not a typical footballer For one thing he was blessed with extraordinary talent Those who played alongside and watched him in the Manchester United youth team in the early s insist he was as good as Ryan Giggs possibly even better Giggs who played on the opposite wing says he is inclined to agreeDoherty was also an eccentric by football standards at least When his colleagues went to Old Trafford to watch the first team on Saturday afternoons he preferred to take the bus into Manchester to go busking He wore second hand clothes worshipped Bob Dylan read about theology and French existentialism and wrote songs and poems One team mate says it was like having Bob Dylan in a No shirtOn his th birthday Doherty was offered a five year contract unprecedented for a United youngster at that time and told by Alex Ferguson that he was destined for stardom But what followed over the next decade is a tale so mysterious so shocking so unusual so amusing but ultimately so tragic that you are left wondering how on earth it has been untold for so longThe stories of Doherty's contemporaries that group of Manchester United youngsters who became known as the Class of ' are well known Giggs ended up as the most decorated player in United's history; David Beckham became the most recognisable footballer on the planet; Gary Neville Paul Scholes and others are household names The story you don't know is about the player who having had the world at his feet died the day before his th birthday following an accident in a canal in Holland.