Fine, Thanks Mate: John 'Bomber' Peard On Football, Life And Second Chances

Fine, Thanks Mate: John 'Bomber' Peard On Football, Life And Second Chances by Larry Writer


ISBN
9780733321030
Published
Binding
Paperback
Pages
288
Dimensions
154 x 233 x 19mm

'Fine, Thanks Mate' is an unforgettable story of survival. It is about the power of family and good mates, optimism and hope, and the difference sheer bloody determination can make to your life.

John Peard is a legend of Australian Rugby League. Immensely talented, in the 1960s and '70s he starred for Eastern Suburbs in their grand final wins under Jack Gibson in 1974 and '75, and also played with distinction for St George, Parramatta, NSW and Australia. A consummate linkman in attack and a punishing defender, he was known as 'The Bomber', exponent of the most deadly and accurate 'up and under' kick the game of rugby league had ever seen. On his retirement he became a successful coach, businessman and a popular ABC commentator. But John Peard's memoir is more than just great football yarns and grand final memories.

In 2002, at only 57, he suffered a massive stroke. Doctors did not expect him to survive, yet mustering all of his famous good humour and grit he rebuilt his life. Knowing he had been given a second chance, he wasn't going to waste it. Slowly but surely his condition improved. He taught himself to walk and think and speak again. Today he is an inspirational public speaker and comedian. As a professional footballer and coach, John was a champion for a generation of players and fans but today, as a stroke survivor, he is an inspiration to anyone faced with the challenge of terrible adversity. 'Fine, Thanks Mate' is an unforgettable story of survival. It is about the power of family and good mates, optimism and hope, and the difference sheer bloody determination can make to your life.
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