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Coronation Year, 1953, and in Oldbury, a Coronation football competition is organized. It's Spencer's idea to get a team up - some of the players are good, and one of them is even a girl, but all of them are football crazy. The Malt Shovel Rovers team, despite various calamities, is ready and eager to beat off the opposition and win the cup in this funny and moving story of football and friendship, in a world when the streets were full of kids and empty of cars. Not only for boys - for girls too - of 9+, there's a real pull of nostalgia for adults as well, and, of course, for all lovers of football, whether on the pitch or in the park.
|Publication date:||1st March 2007|
|Publisher:||Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and gravedigger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and is the author of the prizewinning Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman. He has also written prizewinning fiction and poetry for older readers. Allan lives in Bath.More About Allan Ahlberg