Saints legends Jimmy Case and Francis Benali joined Saints and Sinners author Graham Hiley for a highly enjoyable and successful signing session at Waterstones, West Quay, yesterday. If any Saints fans missed the event but would like a signed copy, the ‘combative’ former stars kindly signed all the remaining stock at the shop!
From flying head-butts and flying tackles, to flying ashtrays and flying referees, Saints and Sinners is a frightening run-down of some of the hardest players ever to pull on a Southampton shirt - and their on- and off-field exploits which gave them such notoriety.
During more than twenty years of covering the club's fortunes, author Graham Hiley has amassed a wealth of anecdotes from some of the toughest men to represent Saints; including the likes of midfield enforcer Jimmy Case, uncompromising defender Neil Ruddock, serial red-card offender Francis Benali, Mark 'Psycho' Dennis... and many more.
Saints and Sinners features 26 star interviews in 24 chapters. Open if you dare...
- Claus Lundekvam talks openly and honestly about his battle with drink and drugs and tells how close he came to committing suicide.
- Alan Shearer’s illustrious career nearly ended before it began as a drunken prank went horribly wrong. He and Neil Ruddock tell how the striker’s toes were left hanging by a thread.
- Mark Dennis knows he is lucky to be alive after being stabbed twice. “Psycho” looks back at his colourful life on and off the field.
- Without doubt the hardest man to pull on a Saints shirt was Jimmy Case. The “silent assassin” reveals some of the tricks of the trade.
- Like father, like son-in-law! Brian O’Neil and David Prutton both reflect on collecting then record bans with O’Neil also reliving a series of hilarious alcohol-related incidents.
- They say you have to be crazy to be a goalkeeper – John Burridge was sectioned! He talks about his depression after hanging up his boots at the end of an extrovert playing career.
- A goodwill visit to Jersey turned sour as Terry Hurlock and David Speedie had a bar brawl. Micky Adams tells how he tried to break it up – and ended up in the cells himself.
- Bruce Grobbelaar gives his version of the infamous “match-fixing” trial. There are also interviews with Terry Hurlock, James Beattie, Rickie Lambert, Iain Dowie and many more.
Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Saints and Sinners.