I Am The Secret Footballer Book Review

Depending on what you know about the real life of a professional footballer, you may find I Am The Secret Footballer either intriguing, mediocre or incredibly unenlightening. The less you know, the more you’ll learn. And there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you don’t know what their real lives are like. Very few of us get to enter that inner circle where we know their innermost thoughts and what it’s like to be rolling in money.

I Am The Secret Footballer is a no-nonsense look inside the life of a modern day Premier League footballer. Everything from the money, parties, what they really think of supporters, what it’s like to rise from the lower leagues to the top flight and much more.

The Secret Footballer has been a regular column in The Guardian for almost two years, but now the anonymous footballer has launched a book that chronicles his start in the game followed by chapters that tackle a range of subjects including money, managers, fans, the media and agents.

This is the type of book that doesn’t reveal anything earth shattering, but it’s still an interesting read. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on agents, which paints a completely different light on their role as opposed to the way they’re often vilified in the press by managers or chairmen.

The book is timely and topical, so anyone who has a passing interest in the Premier League will find enough anecdotes to keep them interested. I wouldn’t say it’s a throwaway book, but it has that feel to it. I don’t think it’s the sort of book that you’ll remember vividly in a few years, but it’s an easy read with tidbits of insight thrown in here and there.

To me, the only annoying aspect of the book is that the secret footballer writes anonymously. In a column, it’s understandable. But the book would have been a whole lot more explosive and credible if the author had been willing to come out and put his name behind it. By not doing that, it’s easy to become distracted while reading it because you’re trying to piece the clues together to figure out who this mystery footballer is. If the footballer is still playing, then I can understand his decision. But it’s still frustrating nonetheless.

I Am The Secret Footballer would be a good stocking stuffer in time for the holidays for anyone who enjoys learning about what life is like as a professional footballer. The book is currently available in all fine booksellers including Amazon and on the Kindle.

5 thoughts on “I Am The Secret Footballer Book Review”

  1. At this point I have no doubt that trying to figure out the Secret Footballer is part of the fun. There are websites devoted to putting the puzzle together.

    I have this on the Christmas list. Your review confirms my suspicion that it will be a fun read.

    Great to see book reviews here. Any more floating around? They deserve their own section on the site.


    1. Good idea about them having their own section, but not right now. I’d love to post more book reviews, but it’s tough finding time to review books. If you or anyone else is interested in reviewing books for EPL Talk (in exchange for keeping the book), please e-mail me at thegaffer[at]epltalk.com

      The Gaffer

  2. I just finished the book. It was an entertaining read, but certainly nothing revolutionary like “Ball Four” was in the 70s. Definitely recommended for any new EPL fans.
    Paul Lake’s “I’m Not Really Here” is a far superior autobiography.

  3. I reckon it’s Jordan Henderson. On the pitch he does a bloody good job of keeping the fact he’s a footballer secret, I wouldn’t guess he was one.

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