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The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin
  

The Nowhere Men

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Winner of the Sports Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2014.

Winner of the Football Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2014.

A teenaged boy plays football in a suburban park. His name is Raheem Sterling. The call is made: Get down here quick. This is something special . Another boy is 8, going on 28. His name is Jack Wilshere. A young goalkeeper struggles on loan at Cheltenham Town in League Two. His name is Jack Butland. Within months he will be playing for England.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. While stellar footballers such as Wayne Rooney and managers like José Mourinho capture the headlines, the real heroes of soccer are the lowly paid scouts who stand in recreation grounds and parks in all weathers watching kickabouts in the hope of spotting new talent. Sports-writer Calvin follows these undervalued but vastly important men (almost all are men) around the country, revealing how they came into the game and what the future holds.
~ Carl Hughes

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The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin

Winner of the Sports Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2014.

Winner of the Football Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2014.

A teenaged boy plays football in a suburban park. His name is Raheem Sterling. The call is made: Get down here quick. This is something special . Another boy is 8, going on 28. His name is Jack Wilshere. The referee, an Arsenal scout, spirits him away from Luton Town. A young goalkeeper struggles on loan at Cheltenham Town in League Two. His name is Jack Butland. Within months he will be playing for England. Welcome to football's hidden tribe. Scouts are everywhere yet nowhere, faceless and nameless, despite making the informed decisions worth millions. Award-winning sportswriter Michael Calvin opens up their hidden world, examining their disconnected lifestyles, petty betrayals and unconsidered professionalism of men who spend long, lonely hours on the road.

Reviews

'A magnificent book, full of extraordinary characters and beautifully told' -- Rob Bagchi Guardian

'There's a strong contender for the William Hill Sports Book Prize in Michael Calvin's The Nowhere Men, a book revealing the hidden lives of football scouts.' - The Bookseller

'Thoroughly recommended reading. Terrific' -- John Cross Daily Mirror

'The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin is a book you have to read' -- Tony Evans The Times

'I commend to you The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin - brilliant book, great journalism' -- Ian Herbert The Independent

About the Author

Michael Calvin is one of the UK's most versatile sportswriters, having worked in more than 80 countries, covering seven summer Olympics, and six World Cup finals. He was named Sportswriter of the Year for his despatches as a crew member in a round the world yacht race, and has twice been named Sports Reporter of the Year. He is currently chief sports writer with the Independent on Sunday, and has held similar positions at the Daily Telegraph, Times and Mail on Sunday. His last book, Family: Life Death and Football, was shortlisted in the 2011 Sports Book Awards. It was a critically-acclaimed study of a season embedded at Millwall, one of English football's most notorious clubs.

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Publication date

8th August 2013

Author

Michael Calvin

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Publisher

Century an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Sport from the Armchair
Biography / Autobiography
All Shortlists and Winners
eBook Favourites
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Football (Soccer, Association football)

ISBN

9781780891071

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