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'I Am Sam' by James Durose-Rayner

Published February, 2015 

The first part of the Arsenal Trilogy

It isn't a biography

It is the Ultimate Story to tell a Story 


Genre: Fiction based on fact, Humour

Your wife or girlfriend will fall in love with him.

He is Mr. Arsenal – the man who 99% of Arsenal supporters – and most football supporters – would want to be. He has the ultimate lifestyle – the job, the money, the clothes, the house, the car, the women – and this is complimented by the fact that he is a nailed on ringer for David Beckham – something that he hates being commented on.

He part owns a sports media company who were tasked to make a documentary for BSkyB in the run up to the 2014 World Cup. He opts to go with a take on 'Mexico 1970' and the failings of Sir Alf Ramsey after he stumbles upon some footage of a spat between Malcolm Allison and Alan Mullery. This is made even more interesting by a retired journalist who also mentions Ramsey's failings and whostated that he had some deluded loyalty to the 'Class of 66' and some of the players he should have taken, he left behind – one of who was one of the highest paid players in Britain and who had just scored the winning goal in a European final just a month or so earlier – Sammy of Arsenal – A player who played his football in a similar way to the players earning all the plaudits over in Mexico – The Brazilian's.

Mr. Arsenal becomes hooked, and the one documentary quickly becomes two – But the 'Sammy' project is a bit special, so much so it plays a big part in changing his life.

However that's only part of the story.




Photograph. Sammy scoring the second goal in the semi-final against Ajax - The team that were to become the greatest team in world football.


Photograph. Sammy scoring against Sheffield Wednesday in a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough in 1969.



Front Cover photograph. Jon Sammels (Sammy) in a match that was abandoned versus Sheffield Wednesday in December, 1967. Frank McLintock is wearing the No. 4 shirt and arguing his case that the match continue. He would do - he had put Arsenal 1-0 up with a 30 yard shot and the best goal of his career, according to Frank. (Colourisation: Andy Imrie)

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