Sunderland stars past and present relive their soccer stories

Sunderland's Louis Saha

Sunderland's Louis Saha

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BLACK Cats stars past and present will be signing copies of their new autobiographies in the run-up to Christmas.

This week sees current Sunderland striker Louis Saha take to Waterstones bookshop, in The Bridges, signing copies of his book Thinking Inside the Box: Reflections on Life as a Premier League Footballer.

The former France international was signed by Martin O’Neill from Everton in the close season.

In December, SAFC favourite Dickie Ord, who played more than 250 times for his boyhood team, will meet fans as a book on his life is released.

Murton-born Dickie, who until recently was manager of Northern League side Durham City, has written Who Needs Cantona When We’ve Got Dickie Ord.

The title of the book comes from a music single by Sunderland fan band Simply Red-and-White in honour of the England Under-21 international, a hugely popular figure at Roker Park.

After being a prominent part of the 1995/96 Premier League promotion-winning team, versatile defender Dickie was eventually sold by Black Cats’ manager Peter Reid to Queens Park Rangers in 1998.

But sadly he picked up a career-ending injury in one of his matches for the west London club, forcing him to retire in 2000, aged just 30.

Louis’s book has been released to rave reviews as he details his early career as a young footballer in France, with plenty of revealing insights, anecdotes and personal reflections on being a famous face in the sporting world.

The book has insights from his old manager at Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson, as well as football legend Zinedine Zidane, ex-Chelsea star Didier Drogba, Aussie midfielder Tim Cahill and others.

Louis will be signing copies of his book at Waterstones on Thursday, from 5pm to 7pm.

Dickie will be at the same store on Saturday, December 8, from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

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