Biography & Memoir Books:

Barry John

Sorry, this product is not currently available to order

Here are some other products you might consider...

Barry John

The King

Customer rating

Click to share your rating 0 ratings (0.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!

Share this product

Barry John: The King by Barry John
Sorry, this product is not currently available to order


Barry John has often been referred to as the George Best of rugby. Considered by many to be the greatest rugby player of his generation, he possessed the pop-star image: tall, dark and handsome. An idol to millions of sports lovers throughout the world, Barry John was mobbed and feted wherever he went. He also had the world at his feet, just like Best. Barry John caused one of the sporting shocks of the century, however, when he quit the game he loved at the height of his dazzling career, aged just 27. He was never fully explained the reasons for his abrupt departure -until now. In this book, "The King", as he was known, talks in great detail for the first time about why he had to step out of the limelight. He recalls the day an 18 year-old girl curtsied to him - the day he realised he had simply become too detached from ordinary people. This book reveals the huge pressures that led him to quit the game at his peak - pressures which perhaps only Best, who quit football under similar circumstances, could fully comprehend. He talks frankly of his special friendship with the Manchester United genius and divulges fascinating and often hilarious anecdotes about the celebrity circles in which he mingled with fellow sport superstars, like Bobby Moore, Jackie Stewart, and Tony Jacklin, showbiz legends, including Richard Burton and Richard Harris - and even prime ministers. The greatest number 10 ever to play rugby reveals the World Cup-winning secrets Sir Alf Ramsey confided in him and the little pep talk he gave Welsh colleague, Gareth Edwards. He recalls his record-breaking achievements for club and country, gives the inside story behind the British Lion's historic victory in New Zealand in 1971 and explains why that incredible feat has never been repeated. He talks openly about his hard-hitting views on the modern game, of the professional explosion and about his fears of rugby union's very future.
Release date NZ
September 18th, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
16pp illustrations
Mainstream Publishing
Product ID

Customer reviews

Nobody has reviewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

  • If you think we've made a mistake or omitted details, please send us your feedback. Send Feedback
  • If you have a question or problem with this product, visit our Help section. Get Help
Filed under...

Buy this and earn 126 Banana Points