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Meet The Family


NOMINATED AS FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR, BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS, 2011.

  • What is it like to win at Wembley?
  • What happens behind locked dressing room doors?
  • What makes a good football manager?
  • What shapes a successful player?
  • What turns a group of individuals into a team?
  • What binds a football club to its fans?
  • What good can football do in its community?

Answers to these questions, and many more, can be found in Family: Life, Death and Football.
Award winning sportswriter Michael Calvin offers a unique insight into a promotion season.
He turned up for the first day of pre season training, and was on the substitutes’ bench at Wembley, 333 days later.
It is an intimate portrait of a distinctive football club burdened by its history.
That club happens to be Millwall, but the pressures and problems they face make them Everyman FC.
They operate in a parallel universe to the Premier League.
There are no huge budgets, no hyper-inflated egos.
The players are family men, close to their roots.
They understand who they are playing for, and why it matters.
They remind us of the humanity football is in danger of losing, as it worships empty celebrity and the quick buck.
It is a book for the true fan, and the authentic football man.

“A unique book” – Neil Harris
“An absolute gem – inspirational” – Daily Mirror
“Brilliantly honest” – Sunday People
“Outstanding – read this” – Sunday Express
“As up close and personal as it is possible to be” football-league.co.uk