Saturday Afternoon Fever A Year On The Road For Soccer Saturday
You might already know Johnny Phillips. He is a football reporter for Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday programme.
For the 2012/13 season, Johnny decided to do something different. He wanted to look beneath the veneer of household-name superstars and back-page glamour to chronicle a different side to our national sport... More
You might already know Johnny Phillips. He is a football reporter for Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday programme and a man who gets beamed into the homes of fans across the country every weekend.
For the 2012/13 season, Johnny decided to do something different. He wanted to look beneath the veneer of household-name superstars and back-page glamour to chronicle a different side to our national sport. As Johnny travelled the country, he found a game that he loved even more, where unheralded stars were driven by a desire to succeed, often telling stories of bravery and overcoming adversity. People who were plucked from obscurity, placed in the spotlight and, sometimes, dropped back into obscurity again. Football stories that rarely see the limelight but have a value all fans can readily identify with.
The homeless African street kid who ended up playing for his country to the coach who conquered dyslexia. The world’s most Eco-friendly football club, Welshpool Town’s not-so-fresh-faced new players, the octogenarian dressing room attendant and many more stories from a season of travel - Johnny provides coverage of the dedicated, the eccentric, the heart warming. The people whom the game should salute.
Covering the length and breadth of Britain, and culminating with the commentary at the Watford vs Leicester play-off match, which made Johnny an unwitting internet sensation, Saturday Afternoon Fever is more than a book about football or a simple travelogue, it is a considered look at a different side to the modern game, and contemplation of one fan’s path to becoming a reporter in the modern age.