Roddy Collins & Paul Howard The Rodfather: Inside the Beautiful (Ugly, Ridiculous, Hilarious) Game


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The hilarious memoir from the funniest man in football!

Roddy Collins is a football man - now in the sixth decade of a career as a player (at sixteen clubs), manager (twelve clubs) and commentator. And he is a funny man: an unequalled raconteur with a sharp eye for the absurdities of the professional game and spectacular recall. He has made friends wherever he has gone, along with some high-quality enemies. When John Delaney said he could get Roddy a job if he'd just stop criticising him, Roddy replied that he'd 'rather dig holes in the road'.

Now, with the brilliant Paul Howard, Roddy puts it all down on paper for the first time - the adventures, the rows and the craic - in what is not only one of the funniest but also one of the most eye-opening books ever written about professional football.

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'There isn't a funnier sports book this year - there might not be one for the next decade'
- Irish Times Books of the Year

'Terrific. You will love it. Raw and tender and wild and honest, it will captivate you . . . great stories pack the pages'
- Sunday Independent

'A rollercoaster ride and a great read. It's hard not to love Roddy Collins after reading The Rodfather'
- Tadhg Coakley, Irish Examiner

'Excellent and hilarious'
- Second Captains

'A riot!'
- Brendan O'Connor

'Fascinating and hilarious. Starts with a bang and never falters. Anarchic and wonderful'
- Joe Brolly

'Fantastic. Can't remember a sports book with so many stories to propel it along. There's at least three different movies in it'
- Malachy Clerkin

'Candid tales of football, family and everything in between - it's no surprise The Rodfather's memoir is just brilliant'
- Irish Independent

'A big man, with big emotions, and a big life . . . a fascinating read'
- Sunday Independent

'What a great book The Rodfather is. A walk on the wild side of football - and a few other games - terrifying and yet massively entertaining. Paul Howard is the best writer in the country'
- Declan Lynch

'Really fabulous'
- Pat Kenny Show

'[The Rodfather] might be the funniest book written since Roddy Doyle's The Van . . . There's a laugh on every page'
- Irish Examiner


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