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Johnny Phillips Saturday Afternoon Fever

Saturday Afternoon Fever: A Year On The Road For Soccer Saturday

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You might already know Johnny Phillips. He is a football reporter for Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday programme and a man who gets beamed into the homes of fans across the country every weekend.

For the 2012/13 season, Johnny decided to do something different. He wanted to look beneath the veneer of household-name superstars and back-page glamour to chronicle a different side to our national sport. As Johnny travelled the country, he found a game that he loved even more, where unheralded stars were driven by a desire to succeed, often telling stories of bravery and overcoming adversity. People who were plucked from obscurity, placed in the spotlight and, sometimes, dropped back into obscurity again. Football stories that rarely see the limelight but which have a value all fans can readily identify with.

The homeless African street kid who ended up playing for his country to the coach who conquered dyslexia. The world’s most Eco-friendly football club, Welshpool Town’s not-so-fresh-faced new players, the octogenarian dressing room attendant and many more stories from a season of travel – Johnny provides coverage of the dedicated, the eccentric, the heart warming. The people whom the game should salute.

Covering the length and breadth of Britain, and culminating with the commentary at the Watford vs Leicester play-off match, which made Johnny an unwitting internet sensation, Saturday Afternoon Fever is more than a book about football or a simple travelogue, it is a considered look at a different side to the modern game, and contemplation of one fan’s path to becoming a reporter in the modern age.

Foreword by Jeff Stelling.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – August
Changing Scenery – Chesterfield’s Costume Dramas
Fish and Football – the Rebirth of Fleetwood Town
Abu – the African Street Kid who Earned the Right to Dream at Manchester City
Chapter 2 – September
Richard Lee – Hats and Hypnosis
An Audience with Rafa
Chapter 3 – October
Anthony Philip David Terry Frank Donald Stanley Gerry Gordon Stephen James Oatway – A Right Charlie
The Ambulance Man who Saved a Football Club
Soccer in the City – A Magical Mystery Tour
Chapter 4 – November
The Sergeant and Crook – The Police’s Cup Exploits
We are Wolves – It’s the Fans who Make Football
Thirty Something – it’s Never Too Late
Chapter 5 – December
Lee Hendrie – Picking up the Pieces
The Good Doctor – The Rise and Fall of Gretna
Chapter 6 – January
Forest Green’s Eco Warrior
Our House – Everton’s Executive Box with a Difference
Chapter 7 – February
When Welshpool met their Waterloo
Tom Rogic – Celtic’s Star with the X Factor
Chapter 8 – March
Giz A Job – Abdulai Bell-Baggie’s last chance
Sergio – The Original Torres
The Manager, the Marriage and the Two Matts – Mansfield Town’s Return
Chapter 9 – April
Port Vale’s Sunday League Best (and Maggot)
The Premier League War Refugee
Chapter 10 – May
Jamie Carragher – Going Home

About Johnny Phillips

Johnny Phillips was born in Liverpool. As a child, football was always going to be a passion growing up in the 1980s in a city that played host to two of Europe’s greatest football clubs. He left Liverpool at the age of 18 to undertake a Media Studies degree at Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds University and took his first steps into broadcasting whilst still at university, covering various sports for a press agency called Interactive Media Services and combining it with radio work.

His first roles in football reporting were taken covering Grimsby Town for local radio station Viking FM in 1996. He moved to Sky Sports in 2000 to take up an editorial role with the Football League production team before moving on to Soccer Saturday some years later, firstly as an assistant producer and then a reporter. He lives in London.

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Author: Johnny Phillips

ISBN-13: 978-1909125100 | Paperback 266 pages | £9.99 | Kindle and iBooks

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