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Sixty-six boys, two footballs, two sets of shirts, one madman and a whistle – that’s the basis of the Malt Shovel Rovers. They’re a football team put together to try their luck in the Coronation football competition. A wonderful story about friendship, growing up – and football.
Coronation Year, 1953, and in Oldbury a Coronation football competition is organized. The boys from the bottom pitch get a team up, but there's no chance they'll win, of course. They're just the odds and sods - one of them is even a girl. This is a story of football and friendship in a world when the streets were full of kids and empty of cars.
'An exceptional piece of writing . . . comic, poignant and true. Anyone will be enriched by reading it' Sunday Times
'Affectionately downbeat . . . this artfully informal story has something for
everyone' Nicholas Tucker, Independent
|Publication date:||6th March 2008|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers|
As a childAllan was born in Croydon, but grew up in Oldbury in the Black Country. He says that if he hadn't grown up to be a writer, he would have loved to have been a soccer player. As an adultAllan always dreamed of being a writer, but tried his hand at many other jobs before he achieved his ambition. He was a postman, grave-digger, plumber's mate and teacher - it was teaching that gave him such sharp insights into the minds of children, and enabled him to write his perfectly observed poetry about primary school life As an artistAllan ...More About Allan Ahlberg