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Finn McCool's Football Club: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead Hardcover – January 27, 2009
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Rea attended Campbell College in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied journalism at the United Kingdom's National Council for the Training of Journalists before joining the Sun. After moving to New Orleans with his wife, Rea won a writing grant from the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in 2006.
After his move to New Orleans, Rea struggled to find an outlet for his love of soccer. He discovered an Irish bar in New Orleans's Mid-City area called Finn McCool's, an eccentric blend of locals and ex-pats. The men eventually formed a club team and joined a league--the perfect place for Rea to play soccer and express his love of the game. He wrote Finn McCool's Football Club while he was displaced to Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Katrina, and the story follows not only Rea's struggles through that difficult period, but the rest of the team's as well.
Stephen Rea's eclectic life has led him to more than one hundred countries, all seven continents, and all fifty U.S. states. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he spent his childhood against the backdrop of bombings and shootings in that country during the seventies and eighties. At the age of sixteen, he went on tour with rock star Ozzy Osbourne and later traveled the world as his assistant road manager, contributing a chapter to Osbourne's official biography Diary of a Madman. In New Orleans, Rea served as the media relations officer for the Shell Shockers, the city's minor league soccer club. Rea lives with his wife and daughter in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Top Customer Reviews
I walked into the place and had a sip of my Harp and could hear a Belfast accent cheering on Chelsea to my left. Turned out to be Steven Rea and I found out all about him and his book. You couldn't meet a nicer person I had to come back at 7am to watch another game before I left.
The book is amazing it has everything in it and appeals to all audiences young, old, ex pats, locals, football fans and any sporting fan in general. It has some sad moments and some very laugh out loud moments (which make you fit-in well with the random crazy subway riders who talk to themselves).
All round fantastic book and fantastic fella who should be very proud of this accomplishment.
I look forward to the next installment!
As a long-time fan and visitor of New Orleans--yet a recent convert to soccer fandom--Rea's book introduced me to a side of NOLA I had not seen, the life of ex-pats just looking to get their soccer fix...or those "odd" Americans who would get up at 6:00 a.m. on a Saturday to watch a game largely ignored by most of our countrymen.
Here's to raising a pint to Rea for sharing his story with us...and hopefully we can all enjoy that pint with him at Finn McCool's while watching (ugh) Chelsea!
The entities of Finn McCool's pub and the football team are one and the same and the people involved are part of that landscape and a superb illustration of how the team collectively support one another and the bond this brings. Having the team re-assemble is an important point in the book, as is the Pheonix like resurrection of the pub itself.
Stephen Rea has an easy, conversational writing style that just flows and his love of football is obvious to the reader.
An extremely readable story and one that has a happy ending that continues to this very day and hopefully beyond.
As stated in other reviews, one need not have any knowledge of or passion for soccer to enjoy this book. Yet love of the game runs through the pages illuminating its universal appeal. As the one sport played and adored in every corner of the planet, we see its ability to connect people of different nationalities, ages, occupations and languages. After being introduced to the gang at Finn's through this book, you may find yourself wanting to know all the more about the Beautiful Game... and with World Cup a mere year away, the timing is perfect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even for a non-soccer/football enthusiast, this book is a good read with humor and poignancy. It is a must for anyone wanting to understand the tight fellowship between members of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by LV Vehaskari
I read this book on the beach over a couple of days. It was over 85 degrees, I was sweating in the sun, yet I still got chills from the story. Read morePublished 19 months ago by C. M. MCCOOL
Very well written and compelling account of life during Katrina. Interesting perspective from a group of ex-pats living in New Orleans. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Adam Dennis
I could not put it down...Wonderful book! Being from Southeast Louisiana, and now a New Orleans resident, I could perfectly grasp how well he captures the heartbreaking events of... Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Tierney
Stephen Rea's book, Finn McCool's Football Club, is one of the best reads I have purchased this year. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Tony Strong
Could not put it down! It captured the sense of all expats grapling with foreign cultures in one of the most foreign places in the USAPublished on November 7, 2013 by allegrazzurra
Stephen Rea uses Katrina as a backdrop for a tale of the power of love and courage to defeat despair. Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Sayseye
Through the perceptive eyes of foreign misfits, Mr. Rea captures the essence of the human struggle to overcome adversity and carry on cultural traditions.Published on July 18, 2013 by Dr. H
Having also survived Hurricane Katrina, I found Rea's view of post-Katrina New Orleans, taken from the slice of life perspective of a neighborhood bar and its denizens, to give a... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Richard S