ISBN: 9781908695994 Publisher: Trinity Mirror Sport MediaYear of publishing: 2015 Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 16.99 Language: English
Danny Higginbotham knows what it's like inside the Premier League dressing room of a professional football club. He's seen both sides of the modern game. From the champagne moments of reaching Wembley...Read more
Danny Higginbotham knows what it's like inside the Premier League dressing room of a professional football club. He's seen both sides of the modern game. From the champagne moments of reaching Wembley to the gut-wrenching agony of relegation. Higginbotham started his career at Manchester United and saw at close hand the genius of Alex Ferguson at work. At Derby County, he played under Jim Smith, one of the game's big characters. At Southampton, he got in a lather with Gordon Strachan and worked under Harry Redknapp - and rugby leg--end Sir Clive Woodward. At Sunderland, he was stunned when Roy Keane delivered the strangest team-talk he's ever heard and at Stoke, he learned about the team-bonding tricks of Tony Pulis. He has plenty of tales about team-mates. From being the butt of Brian McClair's jokes to being asked for his shirt by United legend Paul Scholes. From drinking games with a toothless Craig Hignett to the unpredictable passions of Fabrizio Ravanelli. Higginbotham has given eve--rything for every team he's ever played for. Fans love his determination and commitment. He's climbed the football ladder the old-fashioned way and survived through hard work and honesty.
It's that honesty that shines through in 'In My Blood: My Life Inside Football'. Higginbotham relives his colourful football journey in detail from learning his trade with legends like Peter Schmeichel and Gary Neville to turning out for Altrincham in front of a handful of fans. United was in his blood, he grew to love the Premier League experience with Derby, tasted the highs and lows at Southampton and Sunderland. Then there was Stoke - he fitted in to Tony Pulis' plans and was made captain and came to call the Britannia Stadium home, where the fans made it a special atmosphere. His greatest goal came in an FA Cup quarter-final that helped Stoke reach Wembley. Little did he know that his finest moment would also spell the beginning of the end of his football life...the end of his love affair with the game he thought he would play forever. Read less
About the author: Danny Higginbotham
Danny Higginbotham is one of the up and coming football media pundits. He works extensively for Sky, BT Sport and the BBC and also writes a regular column... Read more
Danny Higginbotham is one of the up and coming football media pundits. He works extensively for Sky, BT Sport and the BBC and also writes a regular column in the Stoke Sentinel and Manchester Evening News. Born in Manchester, Higginbotham started his career at Manchester United. After a loan spell with Belgium side Royal Antwerp, he joined Derby County and spent three years at the "Rams" but handed in a transfer request when the club was relegated from the Premiership. Southampton moved to sign Higginbotham for GBP1.5 million in February 2003, and he helped the South Coast side reach the 2003 FA Cup Final. When Southampton were relegated in 2005, Higginbotham rejected a new contact and was placed on the transfer list. He joined fellow Championship side Stoke City for GBP225,000 in August 2006. He was made captain when Michael Duberry left in January 2007 and Stoke went on to narrowly miss out on a play-off place. With Stoke not being promoted Higginbotham again decided to hand in a transfer request to help force through a move to Sunderland. He spent one season at the Stadium of Light before returning to Stoke in 2008. He became a vital member of Tony Pulis' squad as Stoke established themselves in the Premier League. He scored the winning goal in the FA Cup quarter final against West Ham United but injury meant he missed out on both the semi-final and the final. Higginbotham made his international debut for Gibraltar in a friendly against Slovakia in November 2013 at the age of 34. In January 2014, Higginbotham retired from club football. Read less