With ‘The Boy on the Shed’, ex-Newcastle United winger and physiotherapist Paul Ferris has written the football book of 2018.
It is not your normal football book, even if it contains some eye-opening revelations about life with a series of high-profile figures in the club’s history – including Sir Bobby Robson, Kevin Keegan, Ruud Gullit and Alan Shearer.
Instead it is a memoir of a man who has lived a life less ordinary – and it is all the better for it. From growing up in Lisburn during the Troubles to passing the bar and becoming a trained barrister, Ferris’ life is fascinating and it is dominated by the fear of losing his mother. It is heavy in places but there’s a humour that runs through it – and the insight it gives into working in professional football is unique. This is no tell-all sporting biography but it’ll leave everyone who reads it feeling as if they’ve learned something.
NUFC Editor Mark Douglas invited Ferris into the Chronicle offices to talk at length about the book, his life and working under Alan Shearer, with Mike Ashley and some of the high-profile figures he shared both a dressing room, a physiotherapist’s room and a dug-out with. Taking in everything from meeting Mike Ashley to living through the Troubles and why Shearer is such a great loss to management, this is a must-listen podcast with a fascinating figure.
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