Award winning writers in the supporters movement

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In the supporters movement, there are thousands of talented people working hard to make fans voices heard.  The skills of these volunteers are multifaceted but one of the major skills is the written kind.  This article previews some of the books written by people in the supporters movement.

Roger Titford (Supporters Trust At Reading a.k.a STAR) 

Roger currently writes for 'When Saturday Comes', produces the 'STAR reports' article in the Reading club programme and is working on his next book.  His current book is:

The Legend of Robin Friday 

The book is very specifically about how the legend of 1970s bad boy, Reading and Cardiff star Robin Friday (aka The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw), has evolved/been created since his death in 1990.

It examines what we now take from and enjoy in football back then which we wouldn't allow now; it demolishes some of the myths about the legend and seeks to paint a more accurate picture of Robin as a player; to that end, it includes the best gallery of images of him in action.

The book is on sale, priced £10 and is available here.

Tim Hartley 

Tim is a member of the Supporters Direct (SD) England and Wales Council and is the Vice Chair of the SD Board.   His current book is:

 Kicking Off In Korea

This book is for anyone who has an interest not just in football and travel, but in people. In it, we find contemporary history and reportage. Football fans will recognise the wider context of the beautiful game and seasoned travellers will smirk as they recognise themselves in awkward, alien situations.

The new book is now on sale, price £8 and is available here


Paul Breen (Trust Member of Charlton Athletic Supporters Trust aka CAS)

Paul has written two books in recent years - The Charlton Men (2014) and The Bones of a Season (2016). Both books are fictional and are set at a particular point in Charlton Athletic FC's history but are also timeless.

To read more about Paul visit here. Both books are available here.

Martin Cloake (Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust aka THST) - A People's History of Tottenham Hotspur

Martin is the Co-Chair of THST, a journalist, award-winning author, editor, trainer and project manager with over 25 years' experience in the publishing business.

Martin won awards for two of his books,  61 and The Lane, including the Illustrated Sports Book of the Year award at The Ross Sports Book of the Year awards 

A People's History of Tottenham Hotspur

Martin's latest book, written alongside Alan Fisher, attempts to take a new angle on club history by putting the fans at the centre of the story. A People's History of Tottenham Hotspur looks at the development of the club's support and how it has shaped the identity of a world famous name.

It was named as one of the Sports Books of the Year by The Guardian for 2016. 

For details of all of Martin's books click here.

We know there are many more writers in the movement so please do share news of up and coming books with us.

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