Hobby has now turned into an ob­ses­sion for Posh chair­man

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

MULTI-MIL­LION­AIRE, en­tre­pre­neur, prop­erty mag­nate, foot­ball club chair­man, world­class or­a­tor and now an au­thor.

Dar­ragh Ma­can­thony, the man who has bankrolled three Posh pro­mo­tions and a Cham­pi­onship sur­vival, has writ­ten a book about his five-and-half year stint at the London Road helm.

‘From Hobby to Ob­ses­sion’ will be re­leased in June, but Ma­can­thony has kindly al­lowed The Evening Tele­graph a sneak pre­view of the book’s fore­word.

Ma­can­thony said: “The fore­word of the book kinda gives you an idea of the con­tents of the book it­self. I sup­pose what in­spired me to write it was fact that lots of peo­ple would love to be in a po­si­tion to buy a foot­ball club.

“So that led me to share my thoughts on ac­tu­ally own­ing a club and the go­ings on day to day over the course of a 5-6 year pe­riod.

“Hope­fully peo­ple will en­joy it and see what Posh re­ally means to me and how the club has turned into a day to day ob­ses­sion for me and not what I ini­tially bought it for which to be hon­est was a hobby!” to be a hobby for me and a nice dis­trac­tion away from the daily grind of busi­ness in­ter­ests and 24/7 travel on work-re­lated mat­ters.

“As a 30 year-old foot­ball-mad per­son, I was about to em­bark on a jour­ney that 99 per cent of most foot­ball fans would love to take.

“I never ig­nore the fact that I live most peo­ple’s dreams and I am very grate­ful to be in this po­si­tion and never take it for granted.

“When I be­came chair­man of Peter­bor­ough United Foot­ball Club, who were a mid-ta­ble League Two side just over six years ago, lit­tle did I know that this hobby of mine would in­clude:

In­vest­ing over £11 mil­lion of my own money.

Hir­ing the son of one of foot­ball’s most fa­mous, if not the most fa­mous, man­agers in the game to­day in Sir Alex Fer­gu­son.

Go­ing to war over be­com­ing owner of the club for 12 long months.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing three pro­mo­tions over five sea­sons.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the de­pres­sion of rel­e­ga­tion.

See­ing my team score over 400 goals in the process.

Go­ing through five dif­fer­ent man­agers in such a short space of time thus ef­fec­tively mak­ing me No. 1 hatchet chair­man ac­cord­ing to FourFourtwo mag­a­zine.

See­ing my club up­set the odds and com­pete com­fort­ably in the Cham­pi­onship.

Up­set­ting so many op­po­si­tion fans like I did the Hud­der­s­field sup­port­ers. Sign­ing over 60 new play­ers. Sell­ing and pay­ing off many more.

Mak­ing thou­sands of peo­ple happy on so many oc­ca­sions.

Fall­ing foul of the FA and get­ting fined.

Deal­ing with so many agents both qual­i­fied and un­qual­i­fied.

See­ing the pres­sure of win­ning a foot­ball game prac­ti­cally give me a heart at­tack.

Be­com­ing ob­sessed about mak­ing Posh a foot­ball club to be en­vied by other foot­ball clubs and their fans for suc­ceed­ing with the right ideals and poli­cies. “This book will lead you through the jour­ney over the ex­cit­ing of­ten roller­coaster years with the good, the bad, the ugly, but above all the TRUTH about what it’s re­ally like to own a foot­ball club and ev­ery­thing that goes with it. “Trust me when I say that a hobby it is not, it is an out­right ob­ses­sion and one that af­fects my ev­ery­day life for bet­ter or worse.

“There is noth­ing I would change, as I be­lieve ev­ery­thing that hap­pens in life is an ed­u­ca­tion, which leads me to quote my favourite say­ing ‘We are all al­lowed to make mis­takes, just as long as we never make the same mis­take twice’

En­joy the read, the jour­ney, the highs and lows; en­joy the real side to the foot­ball world as ex­pe­ri­enced by me.

Dar­ragh Ma­can­thony, Chair­man

Ma­can­thony’s book will be re­leased next month at a price of £14.99 in hard­back or £9.99 dig­i­tally.

In cel­e­bra­tion of this book, the chair­man is hold­ing a spe­cial evening to mark the oc­ca­sion. On Mon­day, July 16 you can have the op­por­tu­nity to spend an evening with him as he dis­cusses the book and its con­tents along with a three course meal.

Tick­ets for this event are £300 for a ta­ble of 10 peo­ple, or in­di­vid­ual tick­ets are also avail­able for £30. The price in­cludes a copy of the book.

At the end of the evening you will then get the chance to have your book signed by Ma­can­thony.

Only 150 places are avail­able for this event and tick­ets will be sold on a first come, first served ba­sis. The event will take place in the Caro­line Hand Ex­ec­u­tive Suite at London Road.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to pur­chase tick­ets please email neil@ the­p­osh.com.

POP­U­LAR WITH THE FANS: Dar­ragh Ma­can­thony.

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