Care to Try Something Different? Try Ockley Books



In issue 19 we told you about the most unusual pairing of niche football books and Church.

Two years ago, Grace Communion Church pastor Keith Hartrick, along with his son David, set up Ockley Books and released David’s first book; ‘Fifty Teams that Mattered,’ which focused on football teams that have left their mark on the beautiful game, whether it be Blackburn Olympic taking the FA Cup North for the first time, the Cruyff/ Stoichkov inspired Barcelona dream team of the 90’s or Ron Atkinson’s ‘Three Degree’s’ at West Brom.


David is also one of the editors of the award winning football website ‘In Bed with Maradonna.’  IBWM is an alternative football writing site and has covered everything from the Indian city of Kolkata’s derby between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal to New Order’s Italia 90 classic World in Motion. So it’s not entirely unexpected Ockley’s third book, edited by David is ‘In Bed with Maradonna the First Two Years.’

Sandwiched in-between David’s two books is internet blogger Stuart Fuller’s first book  ‘Passport to Football.’  Stuart  has spent the  best part of the last decade watching football around the world and this is the original guide to watching the game abroad. His follow up, released on 23rd September is ‘The Football Tourist’.  Each chapter details a trip taken, usually with several games involved, beginning with a lost weekend at the Spakenburg derby in 2010 and ending in Dundee in late 2012. Taking in adventures all over the footballing world, every story serves to both entertain and inform those who might wish to dip their toe in the football tourism pool. Along the way you’ll meet Stuart’s family, Belgium’s biggest Newcastle fan, several larger-than-life traveling companions, one of England’s most successful footballing exports, a brilliant young Spanish striker, several Ultras, more than a few landlords and many, many more. In a world where a trip to a Premier League game might cost a family the best part of £500 all told for what’s become a pretty sterile experience, The Football Tourist urges you to try something new.



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  1. Welcome to the left field and no mention of St.Pauli?

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