Unashamed Football Novels

  • Rocking all over the world

    June 3, 2020 by

    Today saw the end of a glorious two week period with the Unashamed Football Novels featured on nufc.com. Starting with a competition to win a copy of the first two books, this then morphed into a promo for the third book, Jarrod Black Guilty Party, which came out unofficially on May 25th. The traffic on… Read more

  • Into the Top 20!

    May 27, 2020 by

    This morning, Amazon UK had Introducing Jarrod Black in the top 20 … the top 20 American football books that is. Hey I’ll take it! Amazon is a peculiar beast – the rankings for each country appear to be totally independent of each other, and the classifications tend to be a little mixed up. I… Read more

  • Excitement levels high!

    May 25, 2020 by

    The release date of Jarod Black Guilty Party looks to have been set on Amazon, at least on the US site, for Wednesday 27th May. That’s in two days time. After an eight month incubation since it was submitted to Fair Play Publishing, overcoming a difficult period with bush fires, the demise of a key… Read more

  • Who is the Guilty Party?

    May 19, 2020 by

    We’re so close, it hurts. The absolute final edits were made to the third Unashamed Football Novel today, down to the last comma to remove and the last grammar error to correct. The book is now up on the Fair Play Publishing website, it has an ISBN for both the paperback and the eBook, and… Read more

  • What’s it all about then?

    May 17, 2020 by

    So, you’ve stumbled upon these Unashamed Football Novels. The question has been asked though – why should I invest the time to read them? First things first, if you love football, if you play yourself, or if you are in a family that plays or loves the game, you will definitely find this series entertaining.… Read more

  • Howay the Toon!

    May 16, 2020 by

    Anyone who knows me will be aware of my fanatical support for the Toon. It’s no surprise really – growing up in Morpeth, just north of Newcastle, you don’t really get much of a choice in the matter. A first visit to St James, Pat Heard’s debut in a 1-1 draw when Chris Waddle scored,… Read more

  • Finally, a voice recording

    May 7, 2020 by

    After two, no make it three, failed attempts to make it onto the airwaves over the last year, I can now say that my voice is now recorded and available for public consumption. So what, you may say. The first attempt was at the Football Writers Festival in March 2019. The sessions were all being… Read more

  • Play on …

    April 15, 2020 by

    When Fair Play Publishing floated the idea of an online football magazine to get us through the lockdown phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, I was straight on to it. The theme for Edition 1 was ‘old soccer and new football’, and the contributors could decide how they interpreted that theme. The resulting piece compares the… Read more

  • The Boy on the Shed

    January 5, 2020 by

    I don’t know what possessed me to get this book. I found it online by chance. The title of the book doesn’t exactly give it away, but seeing the familiar name of Paul Ferris, a player around in the time when I was starting to go to St James Park regularly, it was an obvious… Read more

  • That was 2019…

    December 31, 2019 by

    A few moments as we approach the end of 2019 to reflect on what has been a debut year for Texi Smith, Jarrod Black and the Unashamed Football Novels from Fair Play Publishing. It was Saturday 23rd March when the world, and indeed myself, got the opportunity to touch and feel an Unashamed Football Novel… Read more

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