There is, I was surprised to learn, an England Writers football team. I was even more surprised to learn that they have even completed in a World Cup, playing teams of writers from various countries. Whilst it would have been nice if playing in this England team were Owen (Wilfred) in attack, Gascoigne (Bamber) in midfield, Terry (Pratchett) in defence and Banks (Iain) in goal, sadly this isn't the case; in fact the goalkeeper, Graham Joyce is the author of this excellent little book.
Although Joyce is a very successful writer it is clear from this book that, given the chance, he would rather have been a goalkeeper. He's an expert on the craft of goalkeeping - narrowing the angles, saving penalties, organising the defence, dealing with crosses etc - unfortunately he wasn't quite so good putting this into action. In truth he was a hopeless goalie, so it was to be a writer's life for him instead.
A few years after putting away his gloves when given the chance came to play for the England Writers team he couldn't say no, even though he had turned fifty and his body had long since seen better days.
In this book he writes very amusingly about his new career as England goalie and the team's matches in the Writers World Cup, a competition in which England were severely at a disadvantage; partly because in the line-ups of the other teams were proper footballers, but mostly because the English team was just plain awful.
What impressed me more though, was his writing about the art of goalkeeping. Whilst he is only an enthusiastic amateur he still knows his stuff, and I learned more about goalkeeping from this book than I have from any book written by a `proper' goalkeeper.
Well worth seeking out and reading.