True Storey by Peter Storey
Release date: 01st September, 2011
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A solid, reliable, hard-as-nails supplier of "muscle and meanness" in his Arsenal heyday, the last thing Peter Storey was blessed with was pace. The same cannot be said of his book, released this month in paperback, which is easily readable in one session thanks mainly to its thoroughly engaging, tell-me-more, writing style.
Following a successful Highbury career which included a famous Cup and League double in 1971, a European Fairs Cup victory and 19 England caps, Storey may have expected an equally rewarding post-football career. But as he neared the end of his time at Arsenal, in 1975 he paid Â£5,000 for a three-year tenancy on the Jolly Farmers pub, a point at which, he writes: "my life took a turn for the worse."
There were no fanfares as he left Arsenal after being told by manager Terry Neill that he no longer had a future at Highbury. Yet there's a poignancy in his departure, intensified by the music he listens to as he drives away for the last time: Thelma Houston singing 'Don't Leave Me This Way'.
Unlike Thelma, Storey no doubt considered himself a survivor although he was, probably unwittingly, to become involved with a criminal fraternity which, frankly, appears to have taken advantage of his stupidity.
He doesn't go into enormous volumes of detail, but lending money to criminals seemingly intent on creating forged gold sovereigns, or 'selling' two of his taxis, still subject to hire purchase agreements, in return for much-needed cash, were hardly the actions of a criminal mastermind. Nor was setting up a brothel, the Calypso Massage Parlour, with Camilla, Helen and Lulu as his working girls. The same could be said of his botched attempt to smuggle pornographic videos hidden in his spare tyre into England from Rotterdam.
"I hope I don't come over as a bitter old pro," he writes. Mostly he doesn't, but there's an edge to Peter Storey's tale which suggests it wouldn't take much to get him startedÃ–
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