Hammered - I Played Football for West Ham, Man City and Everton…Then the Police Came Calling and My Life Fell Apart

Hammered I Played Football for West Ham Man City and EvertonThen the Police Came Calling and My Life Fell Apart On th May Ward left Kirkham prison in Lancashire the one time top flight winger had spent four years at Her Majesty s pleasure for drugs offences His crime was renting a property in which coc

  • Title: Hammered - I Played Football for West Ham, Man City and Everton…Then the Police Came Calling and My Life Fell Apart
  • Author: MarkWard
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • On 11th May 2009, Ward left Kirkham prison in Lancashire, the one time top flight winger had spent four years at Her Majesty s pleasure for drugs offences His crime was renting a property in which cocaine with a street value of 645,000 was found during a police raid in May 2005 Ward never denied his involvement Broke and with no permanent home at the time, he had acceptOn 11th May 2009, Ward left Kirkham prison in Lancashire, the one time top flight winger had spent four years at Her Majesty s pleasure for drugs offences His crime was renting a property in which cocaine with a street value of 645,000 was found during a police raid in May 2005 Ward never denied his involvement Broke and with no permanent home at the time, he had accepted 400 a week from an acquaintance to rent a house for an unspecified stash He was sent down for eight years He has always acknowledged his stupid, terrible mistake A footballer who was once spoken of as England material, Ward was ever present in the best league season West Ham ever had 1985 86 , and a top flight player with Manchester City and Everton In the first ever week of the Premier League in 1992, he helped Everton win 3 0 at Old Trafford Later he was player coach at Birmingham in a promotion season that saw silverware at Wembley He had a beautiful wife, now former wife, who Ward jokes was the original WAG, and part of the good life of a footballer which included a big house, flash car, nice clothes, foreign holidays, and a 2,000 a week contract, which in the early 1990s still seemed a lot of money in the Premier League But the playing days ended, and a desperate fight to stay in the game at lower league clubs, then in Hong Kong and Iceland eventually had to be given up The decline led to crime, and prison Ward occupied himself by writing his life story, by hand, on prison paper He says I m proud of my book It s just an honest account of my life, no bullshit Ward is outspoken about current players who have achieved notoriety for the wrong reasons He talks about the escapades and run ins with numerous well known names, inside and outside football In one astonishing chapter, Shooting the Pope, Ward reveals how, at a 1992 fancy dress Christmas party at Everton, he shot team mate Barry Horne, dressed as the Pope, at close range, in the chest, with a real gun this incident was never before made public, nor were many others, until now.

    One thought on “Hammered - I Played Football for West Ham, Man City and Everton…Then the Police Came Calling and My Life Fell Apart”

    1. Wow two great football books back to back.After I read Andy Morrison's book I didn't think Mark Ward's would be as good but it was.Honest and unflinching account of his rise to a premiership player to his downfall ending in prison it was a truly fascinating account.Well worth a read - excellent.

    2. An autobiography by one of the best players never to play for England. Its a story that shows not all footballers live a dream life of riches and honours. At one stage Mark Ward had the world at his feet, but circumstance and some bad decisions led to him ending up in jail.A true and forthright account of his climb to the top and then a life seemingly spiralling out of control.Well worth reading by any prospecting young footballer, it shows the temptations and pitfalls that can potentially end a [...]

    3. Grew up on the Tilton Road Stand in the mid-90's watching Wardy control every game he played, in a Birmingham City shirt. Even after his release we missed his presence in midfield. Was good to learn of the in-house politics of the club at the time and how Barry Fry felt threatened by him lol. Some of his experiences at Liberty's nightclub, in particular, had me cracking up.A good read and a great insight.

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