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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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As we read about the struggles of the pub soccer team in the aftermath of the hurricane, we feel what they felt, their hopes and fears. These are ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary, and frightening, situation. One can't help but wonder how we would have fared under such circumstances.
Finn McCool's Football Club is a well written page turner that delivers from start to finish.
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!
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New Orleans is full of interesting characters and this book displays a few of them and their quirks. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rabia Latif
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 17 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 on July 13, 2014 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 on May 14, 2014 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
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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
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