I'm halfway through reading Paul Gascoigne's autobiography. It's an excellent read, with Gazza's personality really shining through.
It set me thinking about all the books about football I've read. There have been a LOT. But here are another ten of the best, that I suggest you give a go. Some of them are available at knockdown prices on Kindle, so if you've got the free Kindle app on your phone, you can read them on those long away match journeys...
THE SECRET FOOTBALLER SERIES
Three books from a brilliant series, to start with. Written by an anonymous Premier League footballer, this series of books not only has some great anecdotes, but it also lifts the lid on the author's struggles with mental illness. A great read for anyone remotely interested in football.
ALEX FERGUSON: MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Love him or hate him, you have to admire what this guy achieved. A great read that gives some fascinating insights into Fergie's mindset.
The book that inspired the movie of the same title, this is a kind of autobiography about Nick Hornby's relationship with Arsenal. Going the way it does into the mind of a fan, it's a great read for fans of all clubs.
FLAT BACK FOUR
From the (now somewhat disgraced) Andy Gray, this is one of the earliest books on tactics I ever read. It confirmed a lot of what I had been thinking. It's a simple, engaging read, with common sense stuff about football tactics.
THE FOOTBALL FACTORY
John King's great novel about a Chelsea hooligan. Gripping from the start. A must for all football fans.
Another novel that touches on hooliganism, but from a different angle. This is about blokes playing in the Sunday leagues, and has some memorable descriptions of matches, in between all the drugs and violence.
Two books recommended here. Keane is another figure who divides fan opinion, but there's no doubting his no-punches-pulled style makes for gripping reading in his autobiographies. Covering his rise from obscurity to worldwide acclaim, it's a proper eye opener.