First of all, if you are expecting this to be a typical footballer’s autobiography then you are going to be bitterly disappointed. Any followers of Neville Southall on Twitter will know that while he certainly still has an interest in football, his social media platform has, in recent years, been used to highlight inequality in society, regularly using experts in certain issues to host ’Twitter Takeovers’.
Mind Games is a more in depth look at these issues, linking them, at times, to things that he has witnessed during his footballing career. Discussing topics such as racism, homophobia, alcoholism and mental health, this is an honest and candid book, highlighting things that have often been taboo subjects in the footballing world.
The former Everton and Wales goalkeeper does also talk about issues affecting footballers and it is here where we get an insight into what goes on behind closed doors, Southall recounting stories from his own time in the sport that will delight fans of both his club and national career.
This is a well-written, honest book that will appeal to all, not just football fans.
With thanks to Harper Collins UK and Net Galley for my copy.