The Glove Story book review: A must have for every goalkeeper past and present

PUBLISHED: 16:06 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:06 03 January 2018

Glove Story is a must have book for any goalkeeper, past or present.

Glove Story is a must have book for any goalkeeper, past or present.

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The cover of Glove Story reads ‘The Number One for every goalkeeper, past and present’ and it’s a statement that I agree with.

The cover of Glove Story reads ‘The Number One for every goalkeeper, past and present’ and it’s a statement that I agree with.

Written by Rob Stokes, Derek Hammond and Gary Silke, the 145-page book, published by Conker, is an easy cover-to-cover read and beautifully illustrated by Doug Nash.

If there’s an aspect of goalkeeping you want to know about, Glove Story has the answer.

From Banks to Buffon, Clemence to Courtois and N’Kono to Neuer, all the legendary shot stoppers, saves and details in between are covered.

The author’s also received some legendary help with former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson contributing to the book, and he gave it a glowing endorsement.

“It’s a terrific little book for all goalies of all ages,” said Wilson.

“I’ve got a grandson whose now suddenly decided he wants to do goalkeeping. He’s 14 and daft as a brush like me, diving head first at people’s feet.

“There’s something for everybody in there, it’s a fun book but there’s so much history within it. It’s a fun manual, it’s a great size, almost like a pocket book.

“You could almost say it’s a great toilet book. You go to the loo, turn onto another page and find something you never knew.

“Doug Nash did the illustrations and when you see the big history of goalkeepers you can put on the wall, they are little caricatures, not photographs.

“You look at Rene Higuita but you don’t see his face. You see long hair, a moustache and him doing the scorpion kick. It’s beautifully crafted.

“For anyone who is interested in goalkeepers or has played in goal it’s a great little pleasure read.

“There is something for everyone with some of the areas they’ve gone into like unusual goalkeepers such as David Icke for example.

“You look through all these pictures of guys I have spoken about, analysed on the telly but masses that I’ve played against.”

Some say goalkeepers are crazy. Anyone who has spent time between the sticks and doesn’t have this book certainly is crazy. It’s a must have for any ‘keeper.

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