Roy of the Rovers


Book 1 : Scouted out now!
Roy Race is a totally normal 16 year old – he just happens to be the best footballer his age in Melchester, too.  Trouble is, he’s so good that he’s not playing against kids his age any more.

Roy’s playing in the Under 18s, and that means rough tackles, tough games, and not as many goals as he’s used to scoring.  The scouts from Roy’s beloved Melchester Rovers are on the lookout for new talent.  Now’s the time to show what he’s made of. But is he big enough?  Fit  enough?  Talented enough?

Somewhere in between looking after his poorly dad and keeping an eye on his wild little sister, he’s going to find out. It’s not going to be easy, but if he’s going to become Roy of the Rovers, young Racey better get his boots on and show what he can do…

Illustrated middle grade fiction title starring Roy of the Rovers, the classic British children’s football hero rebooted for the 21st century!

Illustrated by Lisa Henke

Published by: Rebellion Publishing

Publication Dates:
Book 1:Scouted                     out now!
Book 2:Teamwork  February 2019
Book 3: Playoffs                 May 2019

With graphic novels by
Rob Williams (Author) 
Ben Willsher (Author)


I’m thrilled to be writing a new series of middle grade fiction for the ROY OF THE ROVERS reboot with internationally acclaimed comics writer Rob Williams (Suicide Squad, Superman: Action Comics) and artist Ben Willsher (2000 AD, Doctor Who Magazine)

Millions of girls and boys dream about being their favourite football player and being scouted and playing for their favourite team. I had that dream. Sadly it didn’t come true for me.

But, being scouted and succeeding in my trial to write Roy of the Rovers fiction is a dream that has come true. There is no other fictional footballer I would rather be and write. And I intend to write these books with the same passion and commitment  Roy shows when he pulls on the red and yellow of Melchester Rovers! 

Read a Q&A with the Rebellion team behind rebooting Roy here 





A picture of Roy for you to colour in and design a new football kit for Melchester Rovers here.

Buy the Books

Book 1 : Scouted available here

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