"Thank you for writing the book, Simon, in such an open and communicative way. I feel like I’ve been talking to Peter Withe about his whole life and that’s been a great experience. Well done to both of you on a great piece of work which does Peter’s great life justice."
"What a memory and what a cracker of a book. No punches pulled by the European Cup hero (Peter Withe)."
TV sports presenter
“The Peter Withe book is probably the best football book I’ve ever read”
Former Aston Villa Operations Director
“This is a fine tribute to Gerry Hitchens, who worked as a miner in Shropshire before making it in the big time in Italy, via Kidderminster, Cardiff, and Aston Villa. Enhanced by some fine photographs and a decent statistics section, former England teammate Jimmy Greaves contributed the foreword and considers the striking ability of his former pal as exceptional and magnificent”
Football Trader Magazine
“The colourful ex-Villa striker’s story is largely by the numbers, even closing with an excerpt from “My Way”, but there are some interesting tales along the way, including bust-ups at Birmingham with boss Stan Cullis, alcoholism later in life, and, bizarrely, a penchant for poetry.”
“After John Charles, Hitchens is surely Britain’s most notable Serie A export, yet curiously, his legacy seems to have been forgotten. Meticulously researched by first-time scribe Goodyear, this is an insightful account of the miner-turned-Inter frontman, as well as 1960s calcio.”
“It was a very good read.”
Andy Jacobs, talkSPORT Radio Presenter
“I am delighted that Simon and Marcus are producing this tribute to the memory of a lovely bloke. Gerry was a class act, on and off the pitch.”
“There’s a modest charm about Goodyear’s book, and perhaps that’s a suitable tribute in itself.”
When Saturday Comes (WSC) Magazine
“A well-written book that has a lot of knowledge about Gerry’s life from those close to him. Contributions from Peter McParland, Sir Bobby Charlton, and a foreword from Jimmy Greaves shows how much he was respected in the football world.”
“Thanks for writing that book on Gerry Hitchens. It is brilliant from what I have read so far. Your father, who was a brilliant writer also (I have one of his books), would be very proud of you, I think.”
Andrew Ullah, Birmingham
“I am extremely pleased to read of the success of your book. I certainly enjoyed it and good luck with the Inter Milan option. How Villa could do with a goalscorer like Gerry Hitchens right now! “
Alan Gee, Milton Keynes
“This is one of those books that once you pick it up, it's difficult to put down. Beautifully written account of a footballing icon.”
All For The Love Of The Game is one of the best football autobiographies I’ve ever read. Peter Withe’s story is one of sheer determination to succeed wherever that road should take him - from Liverpool to South Africa, the USA, back home – and then out again to the Far East.
And he did succeed - at the very highest level: twice a league champion, a European Cup winner, who scored the winning goal in the final and a full England international. The Champagne bubbles of his greatest moments have never quite receded for this Aston Villa fan!
Sky News and Talk Radio presenter