BEHIND every public face there’s a private story. I’ve been around for a long time, playing football, on radio, television and writing in the papers. I’ve had my say about the beautiful game and many other things often causing critics to ask the question “who does he think he is?”
It’s a fair question and in my autobiography, The Rocky Road, serialised exclusively in the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent this weekend I provide the answer.
My story began in a one room tenement flat in Drumcondra. We had no electricity, no hot water. I slept on the floor with my brother, Kevin, beside my parents' bed. We didn't have much ... but we had love ... and I had football, my passion.
And when there was no money to send me to school, it was football that saved me. At 15 I was scouted for Man United.
I've had my say on football over the years ... and on a lot more. But now, for the first time, I'm telling my own story in my autobiography The Rocky Road, published by Penguin Ireland next week.
Ireland in the miserable 40s and 50s, my years at Man U, the low pay and the bad food, the gambling, George Best, the dances in Jimmy Savile's club, playing for my country, coming home, my media career, hanging out with the movers and shakers... it's all in my book and, as I always have done, I’m telling it as it is and was. It's my story. It's going to surprise you...and it may annoy a lot of people. So what’s new?
*Eamon Dunphy's The Rocky Road ... serialisation starting on Saturday in the Irish Independent