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    DescriptionThis is the winner of The Times British Sports Book Award 2014. It is a fascinating insight into the enclosed world of football scouts in the UK. A teenaged boy plays football in a suburban park. His name is Raheem Sterling. The call is made: "Get down here quick. This is something special". Another boy is 8, going on 28. His name is Jack Wilshere. The referee, an Arsenal scout, spirits him away from Luton Town. A young goalkeeper struggles on loan at Cheltenham Town in League Two. His name is Jack Butland. Within months he will be playing for England. Welcome to football's hidden tribe. Scouts are everywhere yet nowhere, faceless and nameless, despite making the informed decisions worth millions. Award-winning sportswriter Michael Calvin opens up their hidden world, examining their disconnected lifestyles, petty betrayals and unconsidered professionalism of men who spend long, lonely hours on the road.


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    Title
    The Nowhere Men
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Calvin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 288 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099580263
    ISBN 10: 0099580268
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.1
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: WSJA
    DC22: 796.334
    B&T General Subject: 760
    LC classification: GV
    Abridged Dewey: 796
    B&T Approval Code: A09302045
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24450
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000, SPO040000, SPO015000
    B&T Approval Code: A09150000
    BISAC V2.8: SPO068000
    DC23: 796.334
    Thema V1.0: SFBD, SFBC, KNS, SCBM
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    ARROW BOOKS LTD
    Publication date
    23 September 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Michael Calvin is one of the UK's most versatile sportswriters, having worked in more than 80 countries, covering seven summer Olympics, and six World Cup finals. He was named Sportswriter of the Year for his despatches as a crew member in a round the world yacht race, and has twice been named Sports Reporter of the Year. He is currently chief sports writer with the Independent on Sunday, and has held similar positions at the Daily Telegraph, Times and Mail on Sunday. His last book, Family: Life Death and Football, was shortlisted in the 2011 Sports Book Awards. It was a critically-acclaimed study of a season embedded at Millwall, one of English football's most notorious clubs.
    Review quote
    "Michael Calvin charts the evolution of the sports' scouts from chaotic beginnings to Moneyball-inspired analysis, and is enough to make you pay close attention when you next pass a kids' kickabout in the park" Shortlist "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