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Breck goes into the book


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Never short of a tale or two, Rotherham United legend, John Breckin, has signed a book deal with sales helping to raise funds for Rotherham Hospice, a cause close to Brecks’ heart.

The Rotherham United Honorary Life President is releasing, “Breck – My Life in Football” with local publishers, Vertical. To be released in 2021, it will be written in conjunction with Les Payne, the former journalist who covered The Millers for 45 years before retiring in 2014.

Now 67, John joined The Millers as a schoolboy and made almost 500 appearances for the club. The book details an overview of Brecks’ career in the game including tales of the famous Derek Dalton, Guy Branston and Alan Crawford.

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Breckin, who has held a number of roles at The Championship club, said: “The book isn’t all about me, me, me. Yes, it’s about my life in the game but there’s so many stories in there about people I’ve met in the game. 

“Alan Crawford, Guy Branston, Derek Dalton, the young fans don’t know him but the older fans do. I’ve sent a chapter to his brother and his sister in-law and they were over the moon with it. It’s a great chapter on him, he’s probably the best bloke I’ve ever met.

“So it’s about characters like him, the people that I’ve met. I pulled Guy Branston, and told him I’ve put some stories in, he replied ‘I’d be disappointed if you didn’t put them in.’”

“It mentions the time I played at Brecks Rangers in Wickersley, the people I met there and the times we had, so a couple of the lads from there are in it.

“There’s a lot of stories in there and it’s getting a little bigger, Les is a great writer and I can tell a good story.”

John is a regular supporter of the work of the Rotherham Hospice, where his wife sadly passed away in 2006, championing all of their fundraising efforts. He added: “It’s a good read for Rotherham fans and a great cause. For me the hospice has touched everyone lives and we’ve got to do our best to protect it.”

You can get a preview of John’s thoughts on Rotherham as a place here. His book can be pre-ordered now from Vertical Editions here.

Images: Vertical Editions

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Tom Austen
Tom grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University before developing a passion for promoting Rotherham and a nose for a good story.


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