Careless Hands : The Forgotten Truth of Gary Sprake Paperback
The goalkeeper of Don Revie's triumphant Leeds United team of the late 1960s and early '70s, Gary Sprake made over 500 appearances for the club in a career that saw him win domestic and European honours and make thirty-seven appearances for Wales - yet for many people he will always be remembered as the man who threw the ball into his own net in a game against Liverpool.
A handful of high-profile errors, and the resultant reputation as something of a liability, have taken precedence over the view held by many contemporary players and commentators that he was one of the best 'keepers of his generation.
His heroics won many matches for Leeds, including the 1965 FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United and the 1968 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final against Ferencvaros - yet still the one time 'Hero of Budapest' is more often remembered as 'Careless Hands', his name associated with the goalkeeping gaffes and with the infamous Revie match-fixing scandal, while team-mates have taken the plaudits for the side's tremendous achievements on the pitch.
This fully authorised biography, written in conjunction with Gary himself, at last gives his side of the story and reminds us of the forgotten truth about this often unfairly maligned player.
Whatever preconceptions people may have about Gary Sprake, they will find here an honest, balanced account of what really went on, and as such this book should not be missed.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/05/2007
- Category: Biography: sport
- ISBN: 9780752442013
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