Saturday Bloody Saturday
By Alastair Campbell and Paul Fletcher
A football manager in the 70s is struggling to keep his team and his job together when an away game brings him to London, where the shadow of IRA terrorism stirs - a gripping read for fans of Peter James, John Grisham and Robert Harris.
Football manager Charlie Gordon is struggling with one defeat after another at the club he loves. Only a decent Cup run is keeping him in work, but tensions are running close to the surface ahead of the next round: Chelsea away.
Footballers fall into two categories: artists or assassins. Soon Charlie is going to find out which players can deliver - and just how much pressure they can all stand.
Meanwhile, as the country prepares for a general election, one of the most dangerous political assassinations in the IRA's history is being planned in London. An active service unit await the critical signal to proceed...
Both sides will converge on the capital for a result that will shake everyone's lives, with consequences far beyond football.
Alastair Campbell is a former journalist turned strategist and spokesman for Tony Blair and New Labour. He is now a writer, consultant strategist and mental health campaigner.
Paul Fletcher enjoyed a sixteen-year career as a professional footballer. He is now one of Europe's leading stadium experts, joining a rare breed of ex-professional footballers who have successfully made the transition from 'team sheet to balance sheet'. He was awarded the MBE for services to football in the 2007 New Year's Honours list. He lives with his wife and family in Lancashire.
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20 Sep 2018
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A story that brings together so brilliantly football in the 70s, and the dark days of the terrible violence we worked so hard to end, is a must-read for any fan of football or any friend of Ireland — Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach of Ireland
Surprisingly adept...lively narrative. — THE GUARDIAN
Magical story of football in a wonderful era, fantastic ending — Tom Watt
With a lot of football and a fair bit of Ireland, this book was made for me — Johnny Giles
A gripping combination of football (as we used to know it) and terrorism (as we still know it). And, no, I didn't anticipate the explosive climax — Delia Smith
I nearly bought Paul Fletcher from Burnley when I was at Manchester United. It could have been the biggest mistake!! Great book, though, all about my era — Tommy Docherty
A brilliantly told story about football when it was a proper man's game — Ron Harris
A great book. It has everything - thrilling suspense, intrigue, funny - and what an ending. I couldn't put it down — Brian Flynn