Francis Benali: The Autobiography
SHORTLISTED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2022
‘Anyone wanting an example of never being beaten should look at the incredible Francis Benali.’ – Alan Shearer
‘Honest, revealing story of a strong man who pushed his body to its limits and beyond on and off the pitch. Incredible read.’ – Henry Winter, The Times
‘The iron man with a will of steel and a heart of gold. Truly fran-tastic!’ – Jeff Stelling, Soccer Saturday
Francis Benali is a Southampton Football Club legend and a celebrated charity endurance athlete, and he’s ready to tell his story.
Francis ‘Franny’ Benali played football for 20 years for Southampton FC in nearly 400 games, almost his entire career. His utter dedication to the club caused him to be a hero to Saints fans around the world.
Written with the acclaimed Daily Mail sportswriter Matt Barlow, this book details Benali’s humble beginnings and has countless tales involving players, managers, and matches detailing Benali’s illustrious football career. But his story is much more than that. The intense commitment he had as a player found a new outlet in the world of endurance sport. Through Ironman triathlons and marathons, he has raised more than GBP1 million for Cancer Research UK.
Benali’s story shows us what can be achieved through dedication and commitment on and off the pitch. Through football and charity, he has made a positive difference in countless people’s lives. His is truly an inspirational story.
Anyone wanting an example of never being beaten should look at the incredible Francis Benali. * Alan Shearer * Honest, revealing story of a strong man who pushed his body to its limits and beyond on and off the pitch. Incredible read. — Henry Winter * The Times * Franny’s refusal to ever accept defeat made him a top-flight footballer and a top-flight fundraiser. The iron man with a will of steel and a heart of gold. Truly fran-tastic! * Jeff Stelling, Soccer Saturday presenter * Probably the most selfless man I’ve ever met, you need to read his story * Matt Le Tissier * Franny was one of the last proper football sportsmen, he gave everything, always — Chris Packham, Wildlife TV presenter & conservationist – and Saints supporter Tough, passionate and dedicated, Franny is a Premier League legend. These tales from his playing career and his endurance challenges make for an incredible read. * Dermot Gallagher, Former Premier League Manager * As a big Southampton fan, Franny has always been an inspiration. From squeezing every last drop of ability to become a fans’ favourite – to raising so much money for charity. All done with class and dignity * Ed Chamberlin, sports presenter *
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