The Wrong Outfit Written by Al Gregg – Review By @cfcaway
If you grew up in the era when music and Chelsea Football Club were intrinsically linked, when getting in and out of concert venues was as risky as an away game at Millwall or West Ham – then this is the book for you.
The story of a young Londoner, taken out of his comfort zone, where football and music were his only link to the city he’d left behind to go to boarding school; a roller coaster of a ride from schoolboy anarchy, dodging skinheads, numerous gigs, Stamford Bridge & jamming in your bedroom to an appearance at the legendary 100 Club – every page a step back to your youth
Football specials, long lost London music venues, Trafalgar Square, button badges, DM boots, house parties, supermarkets, job centres, crap football and birds – the turning of every page jogs the memory back to a time when your only worry was not waking your mum up when you got in at 2am from a gig on a Tuesday night and getting into Chelsea didn’t require a 50K salary and two hours in a virtual waiting room.
From the first page it felt like the author had been writing the story of my young life – Bolton at home, Clive Walker and Liverpool in the cup; freezing your balls off at Luton away and dancing like mad in someone’s living room.
This is cracking book – it doesn’t glorify anything just tells it as it was at a time when many of us didn’t have anything but had everything – we thought we owned the world.
Great days, great music and Chelsea
Buy the book on Kindle here & tell your mates to buy it too