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  • Fast Forward: The Autobiography

  • The Hard Road to Football Success
  • By: Andrew Cole
  • Narrated by: Theo Solomon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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By: Andrew Cole
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Summary

Fast Forward is a thought-provoking and gripping autobiography about Andrew Cole's determination to succeed against all the odds. 

Misconceptions have stalked Andrew Cole like a hatchet-man defender determined to cut him down to size. In the world of modern-day football, his reserved demeanour was often interpreted as surly intransigence. Alongside an aptitude for goalscoring, it was widely believed, ran an attitude problem. In Fast Forward, a candid and inspirational autobiography, Cole finally presents his side of the story. 

The son of a Windrush-generation Jamaican miner from a humble background in Nottingham, he was viewed as a one-man awkward squad by George Graham and Jimmy Hill before Kevin Keegan identified him as the man to bring goals to Newcastle. 

However, only when Alex Ferguson, his 'second father', took him to Manchester United did Cole begin to belie his image, amassing goals, medals and England caps. Two decades on from United's historic Treble, he reveals the inside track on Eric Cantona and David Beckham, Roy Keane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

After a career spent challenging assumptions and adversity, he had to summon fresh reserves of resilience to battle illness and depression. 

©2019 Andrew Cole (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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Narrator is junk

The bloke reading this book is ruining it.He clearly knows nothing about football.It shows and it's ruining the book.Who the hell is Keith Jillespie? Jock Stien? Ossie ArDILES? Good book,good story,rubbish narrator

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brilliant 😊 really enjoyed it

as a Manchester united fan id recommend it and also for anyone who's family had a transplant patient in it..thanks Coley

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Hmmm

Torn on this. Clearly an outstanding footballer but a reluctance to acknowledge and accept his attitude problem. Would like to hear some of the other sides to the arguments he had with managers, the one sided accounts gave the impression that despite his talent he was a self indulgent, selfish and arrogant troublemaker

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Excellent story of an interesting character

Despite complaints in other reviews around the narration, I still went ahead and purchased this audiobook. Firstly, the narration is fine, no complaints there from me.

This is a really interesting listen. Hearing all about Cole’s fractious relationships with Keegan, Hoddle, Souness, Redknapp, Sheringham and many others is interesting to hear and as a lifelong United fan this book is up there with others written by Neville, Keane et al. Five star for me!

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He scores goals

Fantastic insite to a wonderful United legend brought so much joy to others enjoy Andrew

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narration absolutely terrible!!!

The Narration ruined it for me, in another Genre he'd be great but he so obviously doesn't know anything about football even pronouncing well known names wrong but I will say at the end of the book as there is other issues it worked

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All the best

enjoyable but not the juiciest of biographies. Cole is and always will be a united legend and wish him all the best with his health.

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A successful career described very well. I was full of sympathy for his health battles. Fantastic football player but also sounds like a very humble genuine guy.
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Inspiratjonal. 👍🏻

my daughter has lupus. diagnosed when she was 14.. I know the fear and the struggle. she is now 35 and has own daughter.. stay strong.

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good book

good listen quite genuine I'd say 8/10 more than most of the genre. strange character andrew cole is but good luck to him