By David Picken

Football Fans in their own write

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It's a truism that's true: there is no football without fans.

In Football Fans in their own write, David Picken has invited some of the biggest names on the world stage, as well as those who are volunteers at community clubs who allow the game to thrive day-to-day, to write about why they are football fans.

From Pope Francis to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle; from journalists such as Henry Winter, Simon Hill, and Ned Hall, to volunteers such as Victoria Morton of South Hobart FC and Jean Jackson of Port Vale in the UK; and from those in the entertainment industry such as Sir Tim Rice and Lex Marinos to those involved in the football industry such as former Football Australia Chairman Chris Nikou.

We find out the 29 contributors' favourite teams, their journeys into football, and how the world game has affected and continues to affect their life.

Football Fans in their own write reminds us once again, of the huge tapestry of football fans of every colour, shape, and size who, together, form the world's largest and most passionate community. 

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Published:  July 2023
  • ISBN:  978-1-925914-75-7, 978-1-925914-76-4 (ePub)
  • Weight: 300g
  • Size:  234mm x 156mm
  • Pages: 186
  • Imprint: Fair Play Publishing

About the Author

David Picken was born in England and is a lifelong supporter of Port Vale now in the English Football League One (third tier) after a stunning play-off victory at Wembley in 2022.

He played competitively from age 11 to 45 in England, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. He has been a volunteer women's and junior football coach and an administrator with Surf Coast FC in Victoria, Australia. 

In his other life as a construction professional and academic (formerly in Hong Kong and then in Australia at Deakin University) he has published textbooks and scientific papers and won awards for excellence in teaching.

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