Roy of the Rovers

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Posted by Roy of the Rovers on Tuesday, 5 March 2019

A NEW ERA KICKS OFF! Roy of the Rovers, the classic British children’s football hero rebooted for the 21st century!  An exciting new series of middle grade fiction back to back with comics.

Fiction written by Tom Palmer and illustrated by Lisa Henke
Graphic novels by Rob Williams & Ben Willsher
Published by: Rebellion Publishing

2018-2019 Season 1

1 Scouted (fiction) – available Read Chapter 1 here
2 Kick Off (comic) – available
3 Teamwork (fiction) – available Read Chapter 1 here
4 Foul Play (comic) – available
5 Playoffs (fiction) – out May 2019
6 Going Up (comic) – out June 2019

And there’ll be another 6 along for the 2019-20 season!

“Just finished @royoftheroversbook 1 by@tompalmerauthorA wonderful book about pursuing your dreams whatever your circumstances. I love how Tom covers football alongside real life issues that some of our children face today. #welldone” @emmasuffield School Librarian of the Year 2018

Win a school author visit! 

With the National Literacy Trust, as well as £250 worth of books and comics for their school, the winning pupil will receive a prize that money can’t buy – their motto will be written into an upcoming Roy of the Rovers book and Tom Palmer will also visit the winner’s school! The winner and 10 runners up will also get a full set of signed Roy of the Rovers books. Ends 30 April 2019.  More here

Fiction 1 : Scouted

Times are tough for Melchester Rovers. Languishing at the bottom of League Two, the once-proud powerhouse of British football is out of money and out of luck.

Sixteen-year-old Roy Race always dreamt 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.

Can Roy break into the Rovers first team and bring back the glory days of old? Or will the pressure of problems on and off the pitch prove too much for the young prospect?

The epic footballing saga begins here!

Read Chapter 1 of Scouted here

Buy Scouted here

“Scouted has everything that a football fan needs… match day action, local club rivalry, modern football politics, trials, crunching tackles, tricks, misses and goals. But this is much more than a book about the beautiful game, because it also has everything that today’s children need as they grow up. It is jam-packed with positive role models, girls involvement in Women’s Football, respect, mental well-being, good work ethic, education and aspiration. Tom Palmer expertly weaves all of this together with friendship, family and a great little plot.”   Books for Topics 

Fiction 2 : Teamwork 

The second instalment of the brand new series of illustrated middle grade fiction titles starring Roy of the Rovers, the classic British children’s football hero rebooted for the 21st century!

Roy Race has it all: all the skill, all the talent, and all the eyes on him now he’s broken into the Melchester Rovers first team at only 16 years old.

Except, of course, there’s more to life than football. His dad’s in a wheelchair and needs looking after, his mum is working all hours, and his sister? His sister wants to play football too, and she won’t leave Roy alone until he helps her do something about it…

Join us for amazing scenes, incredible tekkers, and all the thrills, sprills and drama of football!

Read Chapter 1 of Teamwork here

Buy Teamwork here 

“Can’t endorse these books enough. They’ve given a legend a brilliant new lease of life and are absolutely PACKED with heart. ” Phil Earle

Fiction 3 : Playoffs

Crunch time for Rovers: the end of the season is here, the club is in deep trouble, and it’s down to Roy to bring a bit of hope back to the Melchester faithful.  The new era of Roy of the Rovers continues!

Pre-order Playoffs here for 2 May 2019

Writing Roy of the Rovers

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 

Listen to our Totally Football Show podcast here


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

For FREE Roy poster pack and bookmarks for your school email “Roy poster pack” to

Win a school visit from me in the Roy of the Rovers schools competition with the National Literacy Trust!  Ends 30 April 2019. More here


Buy the Books

Fiction 1 : Scouted available here

Fiction 2 : Teamwork available here 

Fiction 3 : Playoffs preorder for 2 May 2019

Keep in touch with how the series is progressing and get a newsletter reminder when it is out, email “Roy Reminder” to . 

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