'A compelling insight into what makes a great goalkeeper tick. Recommended.' - Henry Winter
'Soars way beyond the realm of the standard football biography.' - Ian Herbert, The Independent
'A must read.' - Richard Keys
'[Southall's] no-frills style comes over loudly, clearly and refreshingly in the telling of his entertaining story.' - ESPN
'One of the year's unexpected pleasures'. - The Sports Bookshelf
Pages: 290pp + 20 page comic. Size: 234mm x 153mm. ISBN: 978-1-909245-24-2. Publication: 3 April 2015.
Published on the 30th anniversary of Southall’s now immortal save against Tottenham Hotspur’s Mark Falco – a save many consider the moment Everton won the 1985 league title – this limited edition of 1000 copies features Marvel Comics artist Will Sliney’s illustration of that moment.
Sliney, an award winning and bestselling comic book artist from Cork, Ireland, is best known for his work on Spider-Man and Marvel’s Secret Wars 2099. He takes after his uncle Brendan as a lifelong Evertonian.
Comic book cover Included with this special limited edition book is a 20 page comic book with specially commissioned artwork that celebrates some of Neville’s greatest saves. The comic has been signed by Neville himself and is shrinkwrapped with the book
Neville Southall said: ‘I enjoyed putting my life story on paper and looking back over my long career and it made me reflect on some of what I’d achieved. One of the things I wanted to work on subsequently was a book of my greatest saves. With my publisher I tossed around a few ideas, and after coming to the realisation that there perhaps wasn’t a full length book to be made from a score of incidents that lasted no more than a few seconds, we arrived upon the idea of having a selection of talented artists recreate some of those moments in their own style.’
Will Sliney said: ‘Even though I mainly draw superheroes for Marvel comics these days, it was drawing Everton players that was a huge passion for me when I was younger. In those days, Big Nev was ever present so I was thrilled to be asked to draw the cover for the book.’
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Neville Southall was born in Llandudno in 1958. He left school at 16 and worked as a hod carrier, binman and waiter, while rising through the ranks of amateur and non-league football. His breakthrough in 1980 came with Bury, and a year later he joined Howard Kendall’s Everton. Over a 16-year Goodison career Southall would go on to become the club’s most decorated player, twice winning the League Championship and FA Cup, as well as the 1985 European Cup Winners Cup. He was awarded Footballer Writers’ Player of the Year in 1985, an MBE in 1995 for services to football and is Wales’s most capped player.
Posted by Unknown on 5th May 2015
READING SOUTHALL'S BOOK IS LIKE BEING TOLD HIS STORY BY YOUR MATE. IT IS WRITTEN IN A VERY RELAXED STYLE THAT ENSURES IT IS AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE EACH TIME ONE PICKS IT UP. IT IS GREAT TO HEAR WHAT WAS GOING ON IN HIS HEAD AT THE TIME WHEN WE WERE WATCHING FROM THE TERRACES. NO WORDS CAN POSSIBLY CONVEY HOW GREAT IT WAS TO HAVE HIM BETWEEN OUR POSTS AND I WOULD BE AMAZED IF ANYONE EVER LIVES UP TO HIS WONDERFUL STANDARDS AND ANYONE ENJOYS WATCHING THEM AS A PLAYER AS WE DID, AND I DID, WHEN WATCHING HIM. THANK YOU NEVILLE FOR THE PLEASURE IN YOUR PLAY AND YOUR MEMORIES.
Posted by Gareth on 29th Apr 2015
Must have for every Everton fan. Mega. Mega. Mega.
Pride on my bookshelf.
Posted by Paul Owens on 13th Apr 2015
The Binman Chronicles is an excellent book about an extra-special goalkeeper. The opening chapters are particularly interesting and give a real insight into Southall's life before he made it as a professional footballer. A really well-written account: co-author James Corbett has done a brilliant job of writing the book that I always wanted to write.
This is my second purchase of The Binman Chronicles...and both copies bought have equally fabulous front covers: just as Thomas Regan's did three years ago, Will Sliney's artwork does justice to the man and his story this time round.
Twenty five years ago, I wrote a letter to Neville, begging him not to join Manchester United. Accompanying my letter were very poor drawings of the world's greatest keeper pulling off miraculous saves and members of the Goodison faithful holding up banners saying, "Don't go Nev!" A few weeks later, to my delight, I received a letter from Southall, thanking me for the time and effort I'd taken to produce the 'nice drawings'. Amazing, especially considering how poor they were.
Thankfully, the artists who have come together to produce the comic book Neville Southall: My Greatest Saves are a bit better at drawing than I am! Many of the saves included in the book have brought back some brilliant memories, which has resulted in me spending a fair bit of time watching Everton games from the 1980s and early-90s on YouTube recently!
In the product description above, Neville Southall states "that there perhaps wasn't a full length book to be made from a score of incidents..." (i.e. his greatest saves). I beg to differ. The man made saves that other keepers, including Banks, Shilton and Schmeichel, could only dream of making, and I'd be very happy to see them all celebrated and brought back to life by talented artists such as Sliney, Matthew Childers, Rachel Alderson and Terry Lee.
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