Biographies & Memoirs

Goodfella: My Autobiography

Goodfella: My Autobiography

CRAIG BELLAMY is one of those footballers you can't ignore. If he plays for your team, you love him. If he doesn't ...Everyone knows Bellamy. Pace and passion. A handful for defenders. Scoring goals and winding up opponents. Winning friends - and making enemies. Blessed with a natural talent, he has enjoyed a colourful career at a host of top clubs. The proud Welshman is one of the top ten appearance makers for his country. But his rise to the top of the game wasn't easy. It could have all been so different. He came from a loving family but there were temptations in his way. Follow the crowd or follow a dream? Join your mates in a gang on the streets or try to make it as a pro? It was a choice between the two. Bellamy chose football and became a rebel with a cause. He quickly climbed the ladder and shared dressing rooms with some of the biggest stars in football - from Ryan Giggs to Steven Gerrard. His burning desire to succeed made him a winner on the pitch, but that same passion also got him into trouble.He earned hero status at Newcastle for his Player of the Season performances, but controversy soon followed after a chair throwing incident involving the first team coach, a public bust-up with Graeme Souness and a telephone text scandal with Alan Shearer. Later, he joined his boyhood heroes Liverpool where he would score a famous goal against Barcelona in the Nou Camp, days after striking his team-mate John Arne Riise with a golf club after a karaoke night. He enjoyed further success at high-flying Manchester City where he was caught on TV slapping the face of a pitch invader. A second term at Liverpool and other spells at West Ham, Celtic, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry, Norwich and his hometown team Cardiff have been equally eventful. Away from the spotlight, however, there is a very different side to Craig Bellamy. His earnings from this book will be going to the Craig Bellamy Foundation, a charity that he is passionate about which offers children in Sierra Leone the chance to fulfill their sporting potential. He is a devoted Dad and was heartbroken at the tragic and shocking death of his close friend Gary Speed.Craig Bellamy: GoodFella, is a no-holds barred, often surprising whistlestop ride through a football career in the fast lane. Like the man himself, it won't hold back.

Acknowledgements

Foreword by Steven Gerrard

Foreword by Mark Hughes

Introduction: The Human Snarl

Chapter 1. Where I Belong

Chapter 2. Choices

Chapter 3. Life Changer

Chapter 4. Rebel With A Cause

Chapter 5. In At The Deep End

Chapter 6. Goulden Start

Chapter 7. Hell And Back

Chapter 8. Signing Off

Chapter 9. Down

Chapter 10. One Of The Greats

Chapter 11. Off To A Flier

Chapter 12. Party Tyne

Chapter 13. Euro Class

Chapter 14. Club And Country

Chapter 15. Change At The Top

Chapter 16. Man In The Mask

Chapter 17. Cursed

Chapter 18. Destiny Calls

Chapter 19. The Rafa Way

Chapter 20. Spanish Golf

Chapter 21. Nou Dawn

Chapter 22. Giving It Back

Chapter 23. Striking Out

Chapter 24. Sparks Fly

Chapter 25. Lost In Translation

Chapter 26. Home And Away

Chapter 27. Speedo

Chapter 28. Winning And Losing

Chapter 29. Letting Go

Chapter 30. The Only Way Is Up

Chapter 31. The Statistics