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Green Shoots: Irish Football Histories Hardcover – 26 Oct 2017
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"Green Shoots gives an affectionately perceptive view of Irish football on both sides of the border, its emotional core a moving evocation of Walker's ill-fated great uncle, Johnny Brown, a start of the middle of the last century." -- The Guardian, Sports books of the year
"Michael Walker has followed up the wonderful Up There: The North East Football Boom and Bust with a charming, potted history of Irish soccer." -- Irish Examiner, sports books of the year:
"A typically in-depth and diligently reported trip through Irish soccer on both sides of the border by one of the best in the business." -- Irish Times, sports books of the year
"Walker's labour of love is a triumph of research and storytelling with its quirks easily forgivable. As an episodic work it is ideal for dipping in and out of and is that rarest of books one that is both rigorously authoritative and a great bog read." -- When Saturday Comes
"Walker laces his history with an interesting personal touch. His mature and assured account is fascinating." -- The Times, Scottish edition
"A metaphorical thread often runs through stories; in the case of this book, it starts with a lace, an actual lace. Walker succeeds in his aim in terrific style, weaving all those laces, ties, and threads together into a wonderful tapestry, a memorable series of snapshots." -- The Irish News, Belfast
"Highly recommended, fascinating stories, brilliantly written." -- Andy Hunter, The Guardian
"Excellently-researched [with] many connections and nuggets... the author selects key figures and events from the three centuries concerned to illustrate how the game developed here [and] its worldwide influence." -- Irish Daily Star
"The inside story of Irish football blends original research, travel writing and interviews. There are wonderful vignettes on numerous famous and not so famous Irish footballers." --Coventry Telegraph
"An even-handed, affectionately perceptive view of Irish football on both sides of the border." -- The Guardian
"Highly recommend this for the Christmas list. Fascinating stories, brilliantly written by Michael Walker." -- Andy Hunter
"Walker succeeds in his aim in terrific style." --The Irish News
About the Author
Michael Walker has been a football reporter for over 25 years working for the Observer, Guardian, Irish Times, Independent and Daily Mail. Born in Belfast, Walker attended his first match in 1975 - Norther Ireland versus Yugoslavia at Windsor Park. He has reported regularly on both Irish international teams and has covered four World Cups and five European Championships.
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