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Booker set to sign

OOH-AAH: The Bob Booker Story on sale now

8 February 2018

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Popular former Blade Bob Booker will be at Bramall Lane for this weekend's Yorkshire derby with Leeds United.

The 90s star will be signing copies of his book 'Ooh-Aah' in the Blades Superstore from 10.30am on Saturday.

OOH-AAH: The Bob Booker Story - is now on the shelf in the Blades Superstore and the former fans favourite will be present when the Blades host Barnsley later this month to sign copies for supporters.

The 59-year-old, who was at last Saturday's first game of the season, was the subject of a double page feature in the official matchday programme, UTB, as the Blades welcomed Booker's former club Brentford to the Lane.

And regular programmer contributor Dave Burkinshaw summed up Booker's time at S2 by writing...

"Bob made his debut for the Blades in a 3-0 win at home to Bristol City on 26th November 1988.

"It's fair to say he made a slow start with fans not always appreciating his work-rate. However, as the season wore on supporters began to appreciate his contribution with his commitment and energy being particularly noticeable in a vital 1-0 away win at Mansfield on a wet and snowy night in early April 1989. He played 26 times in the league that season to help the Blades clinch automatic promotion.

"The club also enjoyed a FA Cup run which ended with a fine performance in a 3-2 defeat at top-flight Norwich City, with Bob being one of the top performers

"The following 1989-90 season was a memorable one for Blades followers as we confounded critics and experts by winning a second automatic promotion to return to the old First Division for the first time since 1976. Bob remained a key player, scoring eight goals and playing in 42 league games.

"Particularly notable goals were a brace in a 3-1 win against West Bromwich Albion at home and a vital equaliser against Oxford United at home, which helped the Blades to a crucial 2-1 win. An injury to central defender and regular skipper, Paul Stancliffe, Bob was captain and at the back in the memorable 5-2 win at Leicester City on 5th May 1990, which clinched promotion.

"Unbelievably, less than two years after joining United, Bob was making his debut in the top-flight. He played a key role in the 1990-91 season, helping the Blades recover from an horrendous start to eventually finish in mid-table. During the course of another memorable season he again scored some important goals, including two in a 4-1 home win against Southampton and the winner at QPR, which guaranteed United's safety.

"His last appearance for the Blades came in the 4-3 defeat at Leeds United on 5th October 1991. He left the Lane to re-join his former club Brentford the following month."

Supporters can buy the 348 page book, which costs £12.99 by clicking here.

Author Greville Waterman revealed some of what fans can expect to read.

OOH-AAH BOB BOOKAH... was one of the most recognisable football chants at the Lane in the late eighties and early nineties. Its subject was Bob Booker, a journeyman footballer who achieved six promotions and three relegations as player and coach, and who was renowned for his hardwork, tenacity, dedication, honesty and graciousness.

Booker worked hard, gave his all, played wherever he was asked without complaint, wore every shirt (apart from the goalkeeper's), and was rewarded by playing or coaching in all four divisions of the Football League. With contributions from former teammates, managers, and friends, the real Bob Booker is revealed in all his complexities.

And the book has already received some notable reviews from some well-respected journalists...

"Brimming with entertaining anecdotes and revealing insight." Henry Winter, Chief Football Writer, The Times

"Confessor figure, comedian, coach, commissioned officer. Bob Booker may be classified as a number two, but he is one of football's hidden heroes. Greville Waterman shines a spotlight on him, and into the shadows of the game. Highly recommended." Michael Calvin, Football Writer

"Greville Waterman has gifted us with a detailed and highly entertaining insight into the daily life of a journeyman professional footballer. If you like your football raw, this is the book for you." David Bolchover, Football Writer

"The perfect cocktail for a number two - fun, nous and loyalty. A great read." Andy Naylor, Chief Sports Reporter, The Argus

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