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The Accidental Footballer: A Memoir - Pat Nevin

The Accidental Footballer: A Memoir - Pat Nevin

Title: The Accidental Footballer

Author:  Pat Nevin

ISBN:  9781913183370

Weight:  976 g

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The Accidental Footballer by Pat Nevin

Pat Nevin never wanted to be a professional footballer.

His future was clear, he’d become a teacher like his brothers.  There was only one problem with this – Pat was far too good to avoid attention.

Raised in Glasgow’s East End, Pat loved the game, playing for hours and obsessively following Celtic.  But as he grew up, he also loved Joy Division, wearing his Indie ‘gloom boom’ coat and going on marches – hardly typical footballer behaviour!

Placed firmly in the 80s and 90s, before the advent of the Premier League, and often with racism and violence present, Pat Nevin writes with honesty, insight and wry humour.  We are transported vividly to Chelsea and Everton, and colourfully diverted by John Peel, Morrissey and nights out at the Hacienda.

The Accidental Footballer is a different kind of football memoir.  Capturing all the joys of professional football as well as its contradictions and conflicts, it’s about being defined by your actions, not your job, and is the perfect reminder of how life can throw you the most extraordinary surprises, when you least expect it.

Peer & Press Reviews

The Accidental Footballer is as good as you’d expect from one of the most thoughtful voices on football (and music and politics) of the past 35 years.  There are insights, revelations, strong opinions, honesty and humour, so it will definitely be up for awards.  And, as you’d also expect, all the chapter titles are songs from Pat Nevin’s favourite bands.

Henry Winter, Chief Football writer, Times

Everything about Pat Nevin went against the grain.  In a dull and predictable world of the Austin Allegro he was the red Ford Mustang with the white stripe in Starsky & Hutch.  It’s what made me joyous and proud that he played for my team.  The self-penned and perfectly titled Accidental Footballer radiates a simple fact: that the exceptional magic of Pat Nevin the footballer matches the unconventional personality.  The two are in fact one and the same.  Unusually vibrant and elegant with heroic doses of humour, insight and self-effacement, this is an absolute must-read for the football connoisseur.

Omid Djalili, comedian, actor and presenter

I used to walk miles to see Pat Nevin play football and I’d do the same now to read his thoughts.  Always challenging, always entertaining.

Lord Sebastian Coe

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Accidental Footballer
SubtitleA Memoir
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 335 pages, which includes two 8-page sections of black & white, and colour photographs.

The front matter has an additional 6 pages:

Contents [2]
Prologue [4]

The back matter has a further 13 pages:

Epilogue [4]
Chapter Titles Playlist [1]
Index [6]
Acknowledgements [2]

Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in title page
Book Stats
Publication date
Printed inthe United Kingdom
ISBN 139781913183370
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages335 [main body]
Size (h x w x d)241 x 163 x 31mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph© Scared To Dance, with kind permission (back flap)
Jacket designTwo Associates
Jacket photographsFront: Ross Kinnaird / Empics / PA Images
Back:  S&G / Empics / PA Photos

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