Jimmy Magee started his career in 1956, the year that Ronnie Delaney won the 1500 metres gold at Melbourne. He has covered every Olympic Games since 1972 (the London 2012 games will be his 10th!) and every soccer World Cup since 1974. He achieved worldwide notice in Munich in 1972 when he managed to breach security in the Olympic village and videoed the Palestinian attack on the Israeli athletes.
This incredible scoop was picked up by CBS in the Unites States and then by every TV station around the world. His great sporting heroes are Mohammed Ali, Maradona and Pele and he is actually a friend of the Brazilian great. Jimmy Magee has been up close and personal for most of the most iconic sporting moment in both world and Irish sports and gives his unique insight into some of these major sporting moments.
He tells how he played 5 a side football with Gert Muller, how he almost came to blows with Nigel Benn and why he thinks Katie Taylor is Ireland's greatest contemporary sportsperson. Jimmy's stellar public career has been marked by private tragedy. His beloved wife Marie died unexpectedly in 1989 and his son Paul, who was a footballer and sports broadcaster himself tragically lost his battle with Motor Neuron Disease at the early age of 51 in 2008.
Full of anecdotes, humour and poignancy Memory Man tells all these things and more. This is a frank, open and honest book by one of Ireland's most beloved national treasures.
|Author||Jimmy Magee with Jason O’Toole|
|Publication date||20 Dec 2008|