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  • Cheers, Geoff!

  • Tales from the Touchline
  • By: Geoff Shreeves
  • Narrated by: Geoff Shreeves
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)
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By: Geoff Shreeves
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Summary

Geoff Shreeves is a giant of football. From reporting pitchside on the biggest matches to his iconic appearances in EA's FIFA series, Geoff's warmth, humour and expertise have made him a constant fixture of the sport. In this audio edition of Cheers Geoff!, read by the author himself, Geoff shares hilarious, bizarre and moving stories from across his incredible career.

This audio edition includes a foreword from Alan Shearer.

There are just a handful of people who have been ever-present for the thirty years of the Premier League, but only one person has been at the very epicentre for the entire period: Geoff Shreeves. From signalling the very first ball to be kicked on Sky’s Premier League coverage to facing down Sir Alex Ferguson’s wrath (on countless occasions), Geoff is an integral part of the football fabric, respected by everybody in the game while still asking the toughest questions. Geoff’s interviews with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Arsène Wenger, Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer have become the stuff of legend, but it is his close personal relationships with the game’s star names that really sets him apart.

Packed full of hilarious stories on and off the pitch – including trying to teach Sir Michael Caine how to act, a frightening encounter with Mike Tyson, as well as getting a lift home from the World Cup with Mick Jagger – Cheers, Geoff! is a must-listen autobiography for any fan of the beautiful game. A natural storyteller, Geoff brings an astonishing catalogue of tales to life with his unique brand of experience, insight and humour.

©2022 Geoff Shreeves (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic reviews

"A legend." (Arsène Wenger)

"No one handles the big moments better." (Jordan Henderson)

"Packed with brilliant anecdotes about the biggest names." (The Mirror)

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Enjoyed it more than I thought I would, was fantastic

Enjoyed it more than I thought I would, was fantastic. Great stories from over the years

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Brilliant audio

Such a good book and well worth a listen if you like everything football. A lot of hidden gems

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Cheers Geoff

A great listen while away on holiday. Funny and very smart. Fantastic stories for any football fan. Great to find out about the origins of the PL and Sky Sports. Great to see Geoff still doing what he does and loves best every week on Sky.

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Enjoyable

A steady enjoyable, it’s no earth mover or full of secrets. But it’s a good read for a footy fan, comes across as a good bloke, and stories are interesting,

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Well worth the read. I will watch Geoff Shreeves with different eyes now. Cheers Geoff.

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Excellent

What a fantastic listen . I Listened to it in record time. I would highly recommend.

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Cheers Geoff

I was hoping it this was going to be a book full of stories from his years with sky and others and got exactly what I was expecting but absolutely blown away at how many a top class stories they were! Bravo!

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Alright, Geoff

Unusually for a sports autobiography, it is the early life stories that are the most interesting. Shreeves started out as an estate agent and his entry into sports journalism is one of tenacity and making the most of opportunities. But for a man who’s on the frontline between the supporters and the players/managers, there wasn’t enough edge to this book. Difficult, I suppose, if you’re friends with so many of the main figures. It’s a familiar issue with similar books - you’re left feeling that it’s all a bit chummy and a lot more could be told.

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Lacking juice…

Perhaps I was hoping too much to think that a series of pitch side stories from Sky’s man on the touchline would be full of gossip, revelations and insights. I think Geoff is limited in what he can write, as he is still working, so perhaps should have written this after retirement, where a more ‘gloves off’ version could have been unleashed. Unfortunately, these tales came across as fairly bland and nothing I haven’t heard or read before. A lot of name-dropping, but alas, with few revelations. He narrates well though.

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So full of himself

I was in 2 minds about buying this book but I wanted to understand why loads of people dont like him but now I get it.

Boring. Really struggled with this. The history of Sky Sports is fairly interesting but most of the book is just Geoff just blowing smoke up his backside. His stories could (and should) be interesting but they are all written/spoke in such a self-indulgent way its a real struggle.

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