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The Accidental Footballer by Pat Nevin

The Accidental Footballer

Pat Nevin

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Imprint: Monoray
Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
Publication date: 20 May 2021
ISBN: 9781913183370

A life-affirming and nostalgic memoir by the Scotland, Chelsea and Everton star, dubbed 'the first post-punk footballer' by the NME.

4 stars out of 5
Sukhdev Sandhu
30 Apr 2021

"The charismatic Glasgow-born winger and indie music obsessive recalls his passions, and life in football before the riches arrived"

Nevin would go on to be a respected writer and broadcaster, but his career – not least his articulacy and ambivalence about it – still possess a mystique that makes his memoir The Accidental Footballer a pleasure to read. His childhood was especially formative. He grew up in an eight-person, three-bedroom tenement flat in Easterhouse, Glasgow, a working-class area whose rough-hewn character comes across in his memory of a boy’s match that had to be stopped on several occasions “when gangs of maybe fifty lads chased each other back and forth across the pitch; they were carrying baseball bats, golf clubs and the odd sword”. Egged on by his father who volunteered as a local youth coach, he was able to do 10,000 keepy-ups by the age of eight.