My Name is George...I am a Compulsive Gambler: George Parris - His Shocking Autobiography

George Parris is one of the most popular players ever produced by West Ham United. He played a key role in the Hammers' best-ever league season of 1985-86, when they finished third. He moved to Birmingham City in 1993 and later joined Brighton & Hove Albion, captaining both clubs. But versatile defender / midfielder George just missed out on the Premiership pay revolution and his book is a sad, sorry tale of a very decent man who left the game to work as a gardener and milkman - and turned to gambling for kicks, blowing two years' wages in reckless betting sprees. His addiction, for which he still attends GA meetings, almost cost him his life (he was on the brink of suicide), let alone his marriage and 2 young children. George reveals how he stole from his employers and even his own son to finance his gambling addiction that will shock many of his friends and former team-mates, never mind fans of the three pro clubs this quiet man represented. Yet his wife has stood by him throughout their terrible ordeal. The book's appeal is significantly enhanced by a long chapter from Sharron Parris, who talks from the heart about her struggle to cope with her husband's habit and how she has managed to hold the family together.