A Double Life - Phil NealeRingpress, 1990, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs; Signed by the author on the title page - unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.
From the cover: “A DOUBLE LIFE is the account of a genuine sporting all-rounder. Phil Neale will almost certainly be the last man to combine a professional soccer career with county cricket, following in the illustrious footsteps of Denis Compton, Arthur Milton and Willie Watson. For more than a decade, Neale played for Lincoln City, winning two promotion medals to the Third Division, while batting for Worcestershire in the County Championship. In his spare time he also managed to pick up an honours degree in Russian from Leeds University. Neale speaks frankly about the pressure of soccer in the lower divisions, about the quirks of fortune that prevented him gracing the First Division and the pleasure at occasional games against the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Johnny Giles, Steve Archibald, Alan Devonshire and George Best. He also offers fascinating insights into the character of the man who took a chance with him at Lincoln City — Graham Taylor, now one of English football’s top managers. Neale describes graphically the times when soccer clashed with cricket, particularly when he was suspended by Lincoln City for choosing cricket ahead of the winter game. He is now English cricket’s most successful county captain, having picked up four trophies in the past three seasons. He tells of his frustrations at missing out on international honours and the particular challenge involved in captaining star players like lan Botham, Graham Dilley and Graeme Hick. Written in conjunction with BBC Radio’s PATRICK MURPHY, this book is a unique insight into the demands on a man who was lucky enough to play two professional sports at the same time.”