Overcoming a 45-Year Gambling Addiction

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Pub Date 16 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 8 Oct 2021

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After a trophy-laden and record-setting club and international career, England’s greatest ever goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, could rightly look forward to an equally successful post-playing career. But a gambling habit forged in his playing days soon spiralled into a gambling addiction: a silent, self-destructive and ruinous obsession that destroyed relationships, his mental health and very nearly himself.

With the love and support of his wife Steph, he was able to face up to his addiction, find hope for the future and overcome his 45-year secret and turn his life around.

Peter and Steph – who has over 20 years’ experience working in the NHS – now campaign to raise awareness of this, and other destructive addictions, helping both addicts and their partners weather the long and arduous journey back to recovery. Their support for and work with 'The Big Step' campaign aims to bring in stricter advertising controls and team kit sponsorship rules.

Steph and Peter bravely tell both sides of their journey with a direct honesty and an empathy born of real-life experience, offering advice and hope to not only those affected by gambling, but sufferers of other chronic addictions. They also shine a light on football’s obsession with gambling, taking millions of pounds from the gambling sites and bookies who sponsor the game, while neglecting to support both the players and fans who fall prey to addiction.

This is the ultimately uplifting story of how he was saved – by Steph’s love and support, and his own strength and determination.

After a trophy-laden and record-setting club and international career, England’s greatest ever goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, could rightly look forward to an equally successful post-playing career. But...

Advance Praise

"I am delighted that Shilts has addressed his addiction and is now raising awareness of the dangers of gambling. There has never been a more important time to shine a light on the dark side of betting. Well played, goalie." Gary Lineker, OBE

"Peter's story is an inspiration to all of us who have struggled with addiction." Paul Gascoigne

"I am delighted that Shilts has addressed his addiction and is now raising awareness of the dangers of gambling. There has never been a more important time to shine a light on the dark side of...

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Peter Shilton is not the first and will not be the last to suffer from this destructive addiction. Many top footballers have owned up to the habit and sought assistance. And yet, nothing is being done to highlight the blight of gambling addiction in the modern game. Not until the government takes action will anything be done about this massive problem. Young players are given thousands of pounds a week at a young age, and the temptation is there constantly. Snooker and Formula one coped without cigarette sponsorship, surely football can survive without the betting industry and betting company logos plastered all over their shirts. We are inundated with gambling adverts on every sports channel and newspaper, there is no escape. Peter highlights the dangers brilliantly and shows how easy it is to fall into the traps and snares of gambling addiction. A little bet here, a little bet there, a win, a loss it all mounts up. As Peter said, sometimes it is just the adrenaline rush. You get to the stage where you are chasing money. A little win is never enough because you just want the big score. Kudos to Peter and Steph for opening up, as they have, and for giving the reader access to their private lives. There is plenty of information about extra reading material and websites you can access at the end of the book. 'Saved' is a truly engaging and thought-provoking read, and I highly recommend it. Thank you, NetGalley and Ad Lib Publishers, for the ADC of the book.

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Peter Shilton - a true gentleman, living legend and England’s most capped men’s player - kept a crippling gambling addiction secret for 45 years until it nearly destroyed his mental health, marriage and very nearly his own life. This book is Peter’s story, told in partnership with his wife Steph, and is honest and unflinching. Not exactly a straight auto/biography, “Saved”, is intended to be a helpful guide for everyone addicted to gambling, and provides tools to help themselves and their families to deal with the addiction, including details of websites and resources. Peter and his wife Steph have become vigorous campaigners for gambling companies to be held to account. Each chapter is told from both Pete & Steph’s perspectives and we get a candid confession from Peter about how he kept his gambling secret (a sure sign of addiction) and often lost five-figure sums monthly. As his health began to suffer, meeting Steph was the first step towards his recovery. It’s clear that she has been an absolute rock in Peter’s life, and their love for each other is clear. Beginning with a heartfelt foreword by Gary Lineker, the book also includes a section on Peter Shilton’s practically unmatched football career, including the infamous “Hand of God” goal, and tributes to Peter from other goalkeepers. There is also a very sobering chapter on the gambling industry itself and the extent of addiction, with facts that will shock you. “Saved” is a short but affecting read. Brutally honest, both heartbreaking and hopeful, this book is a beacon of hope for everyone who is suffering under the yoke of gambling addiction.

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This was a salutary lesson about the dangers of gambling and how it can creep up on you insidiously. Peter Shilton was one of the greats and a goalkeeper that I used to cheer from afar and now I would like to give him and his partner another cheer for the brave and unflinching way tat they have admitted, discussed and dissected his gambling obsession and dispassionately described the toll it took on his health, wealth and happiness. Packed full of information and good advice, this book should be required reading for all young footballers - or better still, youngsters from all areas of life. Highly recommended.

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Saved is an interesting & thought provokingbook about the problems ex England footballer Peter Shilton has faced due to his gambling addiction. The chapters alternatively tell the story from both Peter and his wife Steph’s aspect and it is this which, for me, takes the book above your traditional ex sportsman’s battle. The book also raises some very serious questions and issues that could and do affect anybody whether you have won 125 caps for England or just kicked a ball in the local park. Recommended

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What a difficult book to write. We all have our demons, but for someone so in the public eye to document such private issues, shows a tremendous courage. As well as a book to hopefully help people with similar gambling addiction problems, this is also a love story. The impact that Steph had should never be underestimated and I loved reading her side of the story. The book moves into a history of Peter’s career and this should satisfy all football lovers. An eye-opener, but I have nothing but respect for this couple. Thanks to NetGalley and Ad Lib Publishers for providing me with an Advance Reader's Copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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