Hammered by Mark Ward

By Mark Ward

On eleventh may well 2009, Ward left Kirkham legal in Lancashire, the one-time top-flight winger had spent 4 years at Her Majesty's excitement for medications offences. His crime used to be renting a estate within which cocaine with a highway worth of £645,000 was once came across in the course of a police raid in could 2005. Ward by no means denied his involvement. Broke and without everlasting domestic on the time, he had approved £400 every week from an acquaintance to hire a home for an unspecified "stash". He used to be despatched down for 8 years. He has continuously stated his "stupid, bad mistake". A footballer who was spoken of as England fabric, Ward was once ever-present within the top league season West Ham ever had (1985-86), and a top-flight participant with Manchester urban and Everton. within the first ever week of the most desirable League in 1992, he helped Everton win 3-0 at outdated Trafford. Later he was once player-coach at Birmingham in a merchandising season that observed silverware at Wembley. He had a gorgeous spouse, now former spouse, who Ward jokes used to be "the unique WAG", and a part of "the sturdy lifetime of a footballer" which integrated an important residence, flash automobile, great outfits, international vacations, and a £2,000-a-week agreement, which within the early Nineties nonetheless appeared some huge cash within the greatest League. however the taking part in days ended, and a determined struggle to stick within the video game – at lower-league golf equipment, then in Hong Kong and Iceland– ultimately needed to be given up. The decline resulted in crime, and criminal. Ward occupied himself through writing his existence tale, by way of hand, on felony paper. He says: "I'm happy with my e-book. It's simply a decent account of my lifestyles, no bullshit." Ward is outspoken approximately present avid gamers who've accomplished notoriety for the inaccurate purposes. He talks in regards to the escapades and run-ins with quite a few recognized names, in and out soccer. in a single amazing bankruptcy, "Shooting the Pope", Ward unearths how, at a 1992 fancy gown Christmas celebration at Everton, he shot team-mate Barry Horne, dressed because the Pope, at shut diversity, within the chest, with a true gun; this incident was once by no means prior to made public, nor have been many others, formerly.

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I love this l ittle boy and his absence from himself, I love his anemone fragility. I would have stared him out if I had been the same age as he. One cold, sick, despairing, lonely Sunday, I burned the photographs together with his death certificate. ine, tired of her daughter's magnanimity, grew La 73atarde ( 14 threatening : the savings bank deposit books were melting away. We left Arras for Valenciennes. I remember almost nothing. -I used to look out of often. My mother agreed to act. She went back to the great house, now lugubrious, and got twenty thousand francs out of the grumpy old man, which I was to receive when I came of age.

Born of a father you never knew. I look at it. Who is talking to me, who answering ? The photographer. His signature is on the back of the photograph, he gives his name as a present to a man who wouldn't give his own. It's a beautiful name: Robert de Greek. He gives him the Gare du Flon. He gives him Lausanne with his telephone number in brackets. " The photographer is lavish with his bounty. I have received No. 19233. It is as though the infinite were changing into a top hat full of scraps of paper to draw from.

The pencil taught me to write as it painfully traced out its gray letters. I liked the plain black slates better than the ones with red squares. Learning to read means my index finger bent against the lel'tcr, the word, the sentence; learning to write means the ungiving stone pencil, adamant between the pinc�rs of its holder. ( 19 * Now we have moved into the neighborhood called Les Glacis, outside of town, a long way from the streetcars and the markets. We are living in one of ten houses all stuck together.

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