Norman Whiteside's autobiography is a great read.
It provides some great insights behind the scenes at Old Trafford in the days of Ron Atkinson and the early days of Sir Alex Ferguson. Norman was clearly a very level-headed guy. His playing career was sadly cut short by a chronic knee injury at the age of 26. Although he felt sorry for himself for a short time, he did not harbour any bitterness becaue he realised the privilige he had to have beenable to play at the highest level for almost 10 years.
It is a fairly easy read as it has a good degree of wit along the way. One interesting anecdote that sticks with me is the regular competition he had with Bryan Robson as to which of them gave the ball away most. It struck me that it's a competition the present-day (2009/10) Manchester United midfield should introduce. I fear that the current combinations Scholes/Carrick/Fletcher/Anderson would lose out every time against their 1980s counterparts.
Whiteside is quite candid about the difficulties he had with alcohol, though his excesses were not as severe as some of his peers.
All in all this was a very enjoyable read, though I grant that I read it from quite a partisan perspective as a 'Norn Irelander' and Man Utd fan....Continua