Dave Thomas – Guiding Me Home & Away Autobiography


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Former England International Dave Thomas is the first top level footballer to be registered blind and awarded a guide dog. Guiding Me Home & Away is Dave’s Autobiography, shedding light on his football career to the loss of his sight. Dave’s astonishingly positive approach to life, as he negotiates everyday tasks the rest of us take for granted, makes for an inspirational read. With the help of his Labrador guide dog, Hannah, Dave has magnificently coped with a catalogue of obstacles that began with a defining moment – the withdrawal of his driving licence and with it a good deal of his precious independence. During his playing career Dave was a popular speedy winger famous for his unique appearance – socks rolled down, sans shin pads. Loved by fans of Burnley and Everton, Dave enjoyed his biggest success playing for the free-flowing Queens Park Rangers team in the 1970s which included Terry Venables, Stan Bowles and Gerry Francis. The reward for this rich vein of form at Loftus Road led to eight England international caps. Dave’s autobiography is packed full of stories and anecdotes from the football world involving legends such as Don Revie, Alf Ramsey and Bill Shankly who all shaped his career in one way or another. But his biggest inspiration is clearly grandfather David Reece Thomas, captain of West Auckland, the team of pitmen from County Durham. In one of the most romantic and improbable of all football stories, West Auckland won the Sir Thomas Lipton World Football Trophy — forerunner of the World Cup — in Turin in 1909. At the core of the book is an incredibly likeable character with a refreshing honesty, rare in top level football. 240 pages including 16-page colour photo section

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