Football Books

Find out more about my books for children by clicking on the covers below, try a chapter at Free Reads, watch videos of me reading here or visit myAmazon Bookshop.  Thank you.

NEW Kindle books

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Football Academy : Teamwork  Buy here 

Foul Play : The Danger Academy  Buy here

Roy of the Rovers

Sixteen-year-old Roy Race always dreamed of playing up front for Rovers. Oozing with natural talent and possessing a powerful left foot, Roy may just be the answer to all of Melchester’s prayers.

More about Roy of the Rovers here

Keep in touch with how the series is progressing and email “Roy Reminder” to . 

Fiction 1 : Scouted available here
Fiction 2 : Teamwork available here 
Fiction 3 : Playoffs available here
Fiction 4 : On Tour available here
Fiction 5 : Playoffs  read Chapter 1 here
Fiction 6 : Rocky read Chapter 1 here

And there is an exciting new series of middle grade fiction introducing Roy’s sister Rocky.

More about Rocky here

Football Academy series

The Puffin Football Academy books are about the boys in an under-twelve Premier League side:

Boys United cover Striking Out cover The Real Thing cover Reading the Game cover Free Kick cover Captain Fantastic cover

More here.

Foul Play series

The Puffin Foul Play series feature a fourteen-year-old boy called Danny Harte who wants to solve football crimes:
 foul play 130 DeadBall 130  offside 130 Killer pass less spine 130 owngoal 130

Buy the collection here.

The Squad series

International espionage and football action combine when these teenage spies are sent to the world’s toughest trouble spots, going undercover with the England youth team.  The world’s in danger and only The Squad can save us.
Black Op cover White Fear cover

Buy the collection here


Wings is about four children at a football summer camp near an old airfield, who find themselves propelled back in time.  If they can learn how to fly the great RAF planes – the Sopwith Camel, Spitfire and Typhoon, history will lead them on a flightpath home to the present.

Wings-Flyboy-03  Wings-Spitfire-03  Wings-Typhoon-02

Buy the trilogy here

Other Books

Click on the covers for more about these stories published by Barrington Stoke:
  Ghost Stadium cover   Secret FC cover   

Buy them here

Shaking Hands With Michael RooneyShaking Hands with Michael Rooney

My first book for children was commissioned by Leeds Libraries. I called it originally Shaking Hands with Alan Smith.   It was later published by Grassroots as Shaking Hands with Michael Rooney.  Can you guess why and how the name changed?

Its out of print now, which is a shame as it has beautiful illustrations by artist James Innerdale. Its worth looking out for, especially as it has a good section on encouraging children to be football readers and writers.

Buy the book here

Football Literacy Resources

Download my free Football Academy quizzes, posters, packs from here.

Download my free Foul Play quizzes, posters, packs from here.

Football Reading Game

St Peter’s School

about my Football Reading Game author visits here.





Buy Books

Signed and dedicated copies of all my books are available personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot” here. 

With an extra special Christmas or birthday card from me on request!


Overseas : FREE Delivery worldwide from The Book Depository.
Australia: Boomerang

Canada: Amazon Canada
New Zealand: Wheelers

USA :  Indigo books

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35 books
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30 copies 25%+ discount
100 copies 30% + discount


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