My Fight With Life
MacAnthony Media proudly presents the first book ever to be serialised by the Mail Online
Leon McKenzie is fighting back just like the son of a boxer should. He is proof that football is not just a life of glamour and glory. It’s also a life full of stress and pressure.
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Leon is proof that football is not just a life of glamour and glory. It’s also a life full of stress and pressure. Leon travelled from the Premier League to prison with an attempt at suicide in between. Read his incredibly emotional journey.
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The book tour
You can catch Leon's book tour at the following locations:
» Crystal Palace Club Shop 1st December 5-6pm
» Peterborough United Club Shop 6th December 5:30-7pm
» Croydon Waterstones 7th December 1-3pm
» Coventry City Club Shop 8th December 12:30-2pm
» Coventry Waterstones 12th December 5-6:30pm
» Peterborough Waterstones 13th December 5-6:30pm
» Norwich Club Shop (Chapelfield Store) Signing 15th December 12-1.30pm
» Corby Asda 22nd December 10-11:30am
» Northampton Club Shop 22nd December 1-2:30pm
See and hear Leon
» Sky Sports 1, Footballers' Football Show, 29th November 9:45pm - 11:15pm
» TalkSport, Keys and Grey, 14th December 10am - 1pm
What they say
‘A true personal account of a footballer and a man who is not afraid to open up about his inner demons and rise above them. A truly fascinating and emotional journey’.
(OK! Magazine, Issue 857, 11 December 2012)
On the anniversary of Gary Speed's tragic death, Sportsmail publishes here the harrowing opening chapter of Leon McKenzie's autobiography 'My Fight With Life'. In the first extract of an exclusive MailOnline serialisation, the former Premier League striker recounts the bleakest of days when he tried to take his own life.
(Mail Online, Daily Mail
So impressed by @LeonMckenzie1 - a brave and accurate portrayal of depression in the higher realms of sport: http://www.macanthonymedia.co.uk/books/leon-mckenzie.php
(Stephen Fry, Twitter
An amazingly candid brave autobiography
(Stephen Fry, Twitter
One of the most important books ever written by a footballer.
(Red'n'Blue Army, Rednbluearmy.co.uk
inspirational conversation & a great read.
(John Griff, BBC Northampton, Twitter
Go and buy @LeonMckenzie1 Autobiography #MyFightWithLife a deep and honest story a must read.
(Jack Tweed, Twitter
Very honest & open autobiography of @LeonMckenzie1 titled #MyFightWithLife is out today.
(Paul Gilmour, Twitter
A must buy when you're free go and get ...
(Layla Flaherty, Twitter
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About the author
Born in Croydon in 1978, Leon McKenzie is a player whose name is familiar to football fans up and down the country. His family has a pedigree in sport, with his father, Clinton McKenzie, being a British and European boxing champion.
Starting his career as a youngster with Crystal Palace, he broke into the Eagles’ first team in 1995. During his five years in South London with Crystal Palace, he experienced loan spells with both Fulham and Peterborough United. Leaving Crystal Palace in 2000, having amassed 85 appearances and 7 goals, he went on to join League Two side Peterborough United. During his time at The Posh, his career took off with aplomb. In a three-year spell, he scored an impressive 46 goals in 90 games for the club. This stunning form caught the attention of Norwich City, and in 2003 they paid £325,000 for his services.
At Norwich Leon played in the elite division of English football – the Barclays Premier League. Although his and the Canaries’ stay in the top flight was for only one season, he scored in one of the most famous games in the club’s history, knocking in the second goal in a 2-0 victory over Manchester United. It’s a goal that still has Norwich fans smiling today.
Unfortunately, from this season onwards McKenzie’s career was blighted by injuries. Joining Coventry in 2006, he made 62 appearances in three years, scoring 12 goals. Following his time at Coventry, he went on to represent Charlton Athletic, Northampton Town and Kettering town. He now plays in the Conference North for Corby Town.
Away from football, McKenzie has a passion for music and has moved into the music business. Working with former So Solid Crew member MC Harvey, he has released a track called ‘Finally’, and plans are afoot to release his second single, ‘Give It To Me’.
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