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Whatever happened to... Andy Ritchie
One person found this helpful. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. As a 30 year old I have only had the privilege of meeting Mr Ritchie not seeing him play so to read this book has been an enjoyable experience. I can see that he was a talented player but with a number of issues and his book lays them out in the open. On a Morton internet board some people were disappointed to read about how much he wanted to move that he didn't really want to play for Morton, nothing could be further from the truth, Mr Ritchie explains his ambition to be at the top of his game and he needed to be somewhere else.
Hugely enjoyable book, thoroughly recommended. Cracking autobiography. Andy doesn't shirk or hide his failings but he comes out of this as he went in, not really caring. Comes across as an ordinary guy who has enjoyed his life and continues to do so. Excellent book for that lying by the pool feeling, doesn't require to much concentration.
A very honest and compelling story of one of Scottish football's greatest players who I do remember from his years at Motherwell and travelling with his dad on the bellshill branch supporters bus, hopefully Andy has now turned the corner in his private life outside the game a message to all young players trying to make it in the game today to stay away from the gambling and the bevvy.
All he best Andy. Brutally honest. Very interesting read even for someone who does not follow football. Gives a great insight into the changes in Scottish football over the years. See all 18 reviews. Ritchie often played with a hangover. Players said he reeked of it on the pitch. My heart was racing. I made a million excuses, told a million lies. On the way down to Greenock, I stopped the car about four times to spew my guts up. Add to that the wacky baccy, the gambling — which forced him to sell a house three months after buying it — and a habit of ballooning to nearly 17 stone in the summer, and you can see why Stewart sent him to Stobo Castle for a three-week break that amounted to an early form of rehab.
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His fellow guests included Lulu and Joan Collins. It was no good to Ritchie, though. He went on doing what he liked, when he liked, and all because he felt hard done by.
He thought football owed him. Celtic had let him down, as had Morton with their life sentence. Not until was he allowed to move on. He never got it back. Neither did Albion Rovers, where he briefly coached, before retiring at the age of A few months later, he felt even worse.
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On the face of it, he seemed to be faring well enough, especially after his return to Celtic — where his scouting claims to fame included the capture of Jorge Cadete, Pierre van Hooijdonk and Paolo Di Canio — but the arrival of Kenny Dalglish as manager in signalled his departure. Thereafter, he was a European scout, most notably for Aston Villa, where the lifestyle he needed to avoid was his for the taking.
Exotic cigarettes, booze, ladies… whatever. It never, ever clouded my judgment on players but it was available, and I took advantage.
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What followed was a perfect storm of marital break-up, catastrophic financial decisions and a series of private family traumas that culminated in dark bouts of depression. Around six years ago, former Morton team-mate Tony Higgins heard about the state Ritchie was in, and arranged for counselling. Ritchie was reluctant but, at the first meeting, broke down in tears, setting in motion a month period of care. Totally and completely alone.
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The lady gave me a cup of tea and I started to get agitated. I was mentally and physically exhausted. I needed help. Ritchie got that help and survived to tell the tale. Enjoy folding these extinct models. I'll read it again and again. This novel was an emotional experience on the surface. It explains the culture of the japan bathwhich is very important to the japanese and Ritchie give you a better understanding of their lifestyle.
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Egan has also worked in motion picture promotion, has had several film scripts optioned, and served as a judge at an international independent film festival. I didn't regret it this time either. I love to read, and I read a Andy. After reading the mostly negative reviews I didn't plan on reading this book, but then realized I wouldn't learn about the Ritchie of Campus, which is important to understand the background for the second book.
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