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  • Published: 8 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448149964
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

The Nowhere Men




Winner of The Times British Sports Book Award 2014.



A fascinating insight into the enclosed world of football scouts in the UK

Winner of The Times British Sports Book Award 2014.

A fascinating insight into the enclosed world of football scouts in the UK

A teenaged boy plays football in a suburban park. His name is Raheem Sterling. The call is made: “Get down here quick. This is something special”.

Another boy is 8, going on 28. His name is Jack Wilshere. The referee, an Arsenal scout, spirits him away from Luton Town.

A young goalkeeper struggles on loan at Cheltenham Town in League Two. His name is Jack Butland. Within months he will be playing for England.

Welcome to football’s hidden tribe. Scouts are everywhere yet nowhere, faceless and nameless, despite making the informed decisions worth millions. Award-winning sportswriter Michael Calvin opens up their hidden world, examining their disconnected lifestyles, petty betrayals and unconsidered professionalism of men who spend long, lonely hours on the road.

  • Pub date: 8 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448149964
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the Author

Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin, one of the UK’s most accomplished sportswriters, has worked in more than eighty countries, covering every major sporting event, including seven summer Olympic Games and six World Cup finals. He was named Sports Writer of the Year for his despatches as a crew member in a round-the-world yacht race and has twice been named Sports Reporter of the Year.

He is a bestselling author, whose book The Nowhere Men won the Times Sports Book of the Year prize in 2014. He became the first author to receive the award in successive years, when Proud, his collaboration with former Wales and British Lions rugby captain Gareth Thomas, was named Sports Book of the Year in 2015.

In the same year the second book of his football trilogy, Living On The Volcano, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize. No Nonsense, his collaboration with Joey Barton, was nominated for the award in 2016.

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Praise for The Nowhere Men

“Michael Calvin charts the evolution of the sports’ scouts from chaotic beginnings to Moneyball-inspired analysis, and is enough to make you pay close attention when you next pass a kids’ kickabout in the park”

Shortlist

“Michael Calvin charts the evolution of the sports’ scouts from chaotic beginnings to Moneyball-inspired analysis, and is enough to make you pay close attention when you next pass a kids’ kickabout in the park”

Shortlist

“‘Calvin’s book is excellent, a highly readable insight into the slog and grind of assessing talent.’”

Tottenham On My Mind

“One of the ‘50 Best Sports Books Ever Written In The Nowhere Men, Mike Calvin somehow manages to make the job of football scout sound like the most romantic existence imaginable. It also sounds bleak and deeply lonely. It is a fascinating insight into an often misunderstood and under-represented part of the sport, revealing the hours, dedication and struggles of men who love football and don’t know what they’d do without it.”

Daily Telegraph

“‘Calvin’s book is excellent, a highly readable insight into the slog and grind of assessing talent.’”

Tottenham On My Mind

“A magnificent book, full of extraordinary characters and beautifully told”

Rob Bagchi, Guardian

“There’s a strong contender for the William Hill Sports Book Prize in Michael Calvin’s The Nowhere Men, a book revealing the hidden lives of football scouts.”

The Bookseller

“One of the ‘50 Best Sports Books Ever Written In The Nowhere Men, Mike Calvin somehow manages to make the job of football scout sound like the most romantic existence imaginable. It also sounds bleak and deeply lonely. It is a fascinating insight into an often misunderstood and under-represented part of the sport, revealing the hours, dedication and struggles of men who love football and don’t know what they’d do without it.”

Daily Telegraph

“Thoroughly recommended reading. Terrific”

John Cross, Daily Mirror

“The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin is a book you have to read”

Tony Evans, The Times

“A magnificent book, full of extraordinary characters and beautifully told”

Rob Bagchi, Guardian

“I commend to you The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin – brilliant book, great journalism ”

Ian Herbert, The Independent

“A hugely insightful read ”

FourFourTwo Magazine

“There’s a strong contender for the William Hill Sports Book Prize in Michael Calvin’s The Nowhere Men, a book revealing the hidden lives of football scouts.”

The Bookseller

“Top sports writer Michael Calvin lifts the lid on the talent scouts”

Sunday Express

“It's superb, one of the best of the year. One of those books where you learn something every couple of pages.”

Iain Macintosh, co-author of Football Manager Stole My Life

“Thoroughly recommended reading. Terrific”

John Cross, Daily Mirror

“The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin is a book you have to read”

Tony Evans, The Times

“I commend to you The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin – brilliant book, great journalism ”

Ian Herbert, The Independent

“A hugely insightful read ”

FourFourTwo Magazine

“Top sports writer Michael Calvin lifts the lid on the talent scouts”

Sunday Express

“It's superb, one of the best of the year. One of those books where you learn something every couple of pages.”

Iain Macintosh, co-author of Football Manager Stole My Life


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