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The Nowhere Men by [Calvin, Michael]
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"A magnificent book, full of extraordinary characters and beautifully told" (Rob Bagchi Guardian)

"There's a strong contender for the William Hill Sports Book Prize in Michael Calvin's The Nowhere Men, a book revealing the hidden lives of football scouts." (The Bookseller)

"Thoroughly recommended reading. Terrific" (John Cross Daily Mirror)

"The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin is a book you have to read" (Tony Evans The Times)

"I commend to you The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin - brilliant book, great journalism " (Ian Herbert The Independent)

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A fascinating insight into the enclosed world of football scouts in the UK

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1067 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099580268
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; Reprint edition (8 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQ1DAJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 162 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've just got this book after hearing so many people recommend the book on an IPSO Scouting Course I just took at Curzon Ashton FC in Manchester. The course presenter Colin Chambers is a Scout for Middlesborough, but he's scouted at the highest level for many years. It was awesome, and I've bought the book based on his recommendation and that of many other professional scouts that attended the course, one of whom prepares player reports and opposition analysis for the first team at Leicester City FC. I'm only on the first few pages but can already tell its packed full of information, and anecdotes. I'm looking to build a new career and am so glad I found this book. Got the Kindle version as I didn't want to delay, and will also be buying the paperback! Thanks Michael!
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Incredible book, opens the world of scouting to the fans. Fantastic insight and discusses players and staff everyone will know
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Well researched book of the real people who make the millionaires/billionaires more millions by watching many games to see talents of players.
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Superb book, excellent read highly recommended
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Brilliant look into the forgotten people of the English game.
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Amazing book gives a great insight in to the scouting world of football, didn't want it to end. Highly recommend
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Amazon currently offer over 15,000 books on football and I am sure that the overwhelming majority are the ghosted memoirs of the latest pampered Premier League brat and originality is hard to come by.

Mike Calvin has been around Fleet Street for many years and has established a reputation for pithy columns that get to the nub of the matter and for his ability to eviscerate cant and hypocrisy.

His previous book "Family", a year in the life of Millwall took us inside the heart and soul of a football club and made us look at the club in a totally new light. The book was rightly acclaimed even if it wasn't totally original as he was following the example set by writers such as Hunter Davies but "The Nowhere Men" is totally different in every way.

Calvin has broken new ground and cast light on a hitherto ignored and unknown segment of the game, the scouts who are responsible for identifying and maintaining the pipeline of young talented players, some as young as the age of six.

He follows a group of scouts and becomes the fly on the wall, recording their conversations, insecurities, fears, whinges and even paranoia as they strive to discover the next potential superstar.

Like most people who spend an inordinate period of their lives working alone on the road and then on their backsides at football matches most scouts are garrulous individuals and their stories are explicit, razor sharp and do not spare the guilty and Calvin is an excellent listener and this book gives them their voice.

There are many footballers who will shrink at the honesty of the withering verdicts of their ability or heart or lack of it and their weaknesses are laid bare by the group of scouts whose job it is to assess em.
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