By Andy Bernal

Riding Shotgun - the Autobiography of the Original Wizard of Oz

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The son of Spanish immigrants born in Canberra, Andy Bernal's incredible life journey has spanned three continents - Australia, Europe, and South America - and some of the world's biggest names in football.

A graduate of the AIS, he was the first Australian to play in La Liga. He went on to play with Ipswich Town, six seasons with Reading, five seasons with Sydney Olympic in the NSL, and 21 games with the Socceroos from 1989 to 1996. 

On retirement, he became an agent with global giants SFX which included time spent with David Beckham in Madrid. The low points of his life included being arrested because of a link to a sting operation as part of a global media scandal, followed by further high points via World Cup scouting, and meeting the love of his life.

Just as Andy Bernal, defender, left nothing out on the pitch, Riding Shotgun leaves no aspect of Andy's life unexamined or unturned.

It is one of the best sporting autobiographies we have read because it is honest, heartfelt, raw and compelling and, at its heart, is also a tale of life, hope, and redemption.


Don't feel like reading? Have a listen to Andy Bernal narrate Riding Shotgun.

More Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: April 2021
  • ISBN: 978-1-925914-23-8, 978-1-925914-24-5(ePub), 978-1-925914-49-8 (audio)
  • Weight: 0.4kg 
  • Size: 216mm x 140mm 
  • Pages: 180
  • Imprint: Fair Play Publishing

About the Author

One of the pioneers for Australian footballers abroad, Andy Bernal is the son of Spanish migrants and grew up in Canberra. Andy’s love of football, although second to rugby league as a child, saw him emerge from the ACT to forge a career abroad, becoming a professional in both Spain and England.

In between times, Andy had a spell back home, winning a National Championship with Sydney Olympic FC and gaining Socceroos recognition. He became an integral part of one of the greatest teams in the history of Reading FC, being considered by many supporters as one of their greatest ever talents.

After his retirement, Andy became a football agent and was entrusted to be manager in Spain to superstar David Beckham following his move to Real Madrid from Manchester United. 

Following roles as a Socceroos scout and a Strength and Conditioning Coach, he is now Director of Athletic Development and 'Vibe Manager' at Central Coast Mariners Football Club.

He is married to Jaynie Wignall, a proud father to Isabella who married UFC star Dan Hooker, and as well as a proud grandfather to Zoe. Andy lives on the Central Coast of NSW. 

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