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Vincent Hogan: langan goes to the depths to deliver refreshing tale

Published 15/09/2012 | 05:00

The more you learn about Dave Langan's story, the more you suspect he has never mastered the trick of self-forgiveness. He made an unholy mess of his life and now seems cursed to face every day, fuelled with a dislike of the man peering back from his bathroom mirror. What Langan sees isn't an old, broken down footballer whose career became a tragic love story, but some kind of quick-fingered felon.

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Because the game made him selfish. He became a relegation-standard husband and father, endlessly chasing that familiar mirage of enlightenment from the bottom of a beer glass. The more injury nullified his one identifiable life skill, the deeper he plunged into self-pity.

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