Mick will be on hand for the three days of the Grass Roots Football Show at the NEC. He will be signing copies of his best selling book, THE SMELL OF FOOTBALL on the Footballtradedirectory .com stand - D30 in the main hall.
Mick's career saw him play for Birmingham, and Blackburn most famously, and after flirting with management at Halifax Town he qualified as a physio, and charted a path which ended up with a near ten year stint along side David Moyes at Everton.
Mick told us:
'I am delighted to be at Birmingham's NEC - it's back to my roots - and I am looking forward to meeting some familiar faces as well as new ones.
To give you a flavour here's an extract from just one of the many, many positive reviews:
'When you think of football autobiographies these days you imagine spoilt, rich superstars, barely out of their teens, asking ghost writers to expand their short lives across 500 “gripping” pages. Even those who have a life tale to tell, stories of World Cups, leagues titles and footballing glory are swamped by fast cars, mansions, wags and derisory £60,000 a week contract offers. All with little intelligent input.
But upon reading Mick ‘Baz’ Rathbone’s autobiography - ‘the Smell of Football’ - it is clear this is the tale of life at football’s sharp end.
The core theme throughout this book is Baz’s harrowing experience at Birmingham, his home town club, where his chronic lack of confidence and self-belief led to him wish for injury in order to avoid playing, despite possessing enormous talent as a youngster coming through the ranks.
It is a refreshingly honest admission of weakness, insecurity and vulnerability, but it is what makes Baz's progress though his career and subsequent rise with Everton all the more rewarding. He was haunted by his experience at St Andrews and never truly shook off the burden it placed on him. But he turned that into a positive and his unique 'enjoyment-first' approach to man-management and later rehabilitating injured players is what made him such an excellent physiotherapist.
Unlike the aforementioned spoilt millionaire footballers you feel a genuine connection with Rathbone as you work your way through his book. Who hasn’t felt nervous on their first day at work? Doubted their ability? Felt inferior to those more established around you?
Rathbone lets us in and takes us along for the ride, and what a ride it was. Following his failure at Birmingham came is re-birth at Blackburn, his brief flirtation with booze (he wasn't alone in 1980s!); plastic pitches and injuries at Preston, the battle at the very bottom with Halifax, his chance meeting with an up and coming manager back at Preston and his arrival, eventually, at Everton.'
Grass Roots Football Show runs at the NEC from Friday 25th - Sunday 27th May