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Small Time: A Life in the Football Wilderness

Small Time A Life in the Football Wilderness In year old American goalkeeper Justin Bryant thought a glorious career in professional football awaited him He had just saved two penalties for his American club the Orlando Lions against Sc

  • Title: Small Time: A Life in the Football Wilderness
  • Author: JustinBryant
  • ISBN: 9781909125315
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1988, 23 year old American goalkeeper Justin Bryant thought a glorious career in professional football awaited him He had just saved two penalties for his American club the Orlando Lions against Scotland s Dunfermline Athletic, to help claim the first piece of silverware in their history He was young, strong, healthy, and confident But professional football, he fIn 1988, 23 year old American goalkeeper Justin Bryant thought a glorious career in professional football awaited him He had just saved two penalties for his American club the Orlando Lions against Scotland s Dunfermline Athletic, to help claim the first piece of silverware in their history He was young, strong, healthy, and confident But professional football, he found, is rarely easy Small Time is the story of a life spent mostly in the backwaters of the game As Justin negotiated the Non League pitches of the Vauxhall Opel League, and the many failed professional leagues of the U.S in the 1980s and 90s, he struggled not only with his game, but his physical and mental health Battling stress, social anxiety, a mysterious stomach ailment, and simple bad luck, he nonetheless experienced fleeting moments of triumph that no amount of money can buy Football, he learned, is 95% blood, sweat, and tears but if you love it enough, the other 5% makes up for it.

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    1 thought on “Small Time: A Life in the Football Wilderness

    1. Great book. I wolfed it down in less than two days. As a lover of both autobiographies and football, I knew I would enoy this book from the start. I personally don't think Justin Bryant experienced the football wilderness the book cover led me to believe. least not in a modern sense. I was expecting to read an account of his many seasons playing in the lower leagues in his native USA as well as England, which didn't exactly eventuate as I imagined. However, I was mesmerised by Justin's honest an [...]

    2. Unknown American goalkeeper Justin Bryant begins his memoir in the middle of a nature reserve watching alligators, describing the “sheer improbability [of] these Jurassic river dragons”. That’s the first thing that strikes you about Bryant – he doesn’t need a ghost-writer. And he’d be the first to admit that’s just as well, because his football career didn’t pay him enough to afford one.There have been a good number of books by lower level players in recent years describing the n [...]

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