Following the conclusion of the World Cup, local author Mat Guy will be visiting October Books on Wednesday 18th July to read from and discuss his book Minnows Utd: Adventures at the Fringe of the Beautiful Game
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In contrast to the World Cup, 'Minnows United' is an ode to the unsung heroes of football matches taking place out of the limelight, all over the world. Minnows United follows what became of an under 15’s side from Gaza that Mat sent a football kit to in 2003. In the book he also travels to Iceland, Luxembourg, meets Tibet’s first Women’s team, and explores national teams of nations unrecognised by the UN and FIFA.
What he finds is countries transcending the game itself and instead building communities, lifelines and friendship with football at the centre.
About the author.
Mat Guy lives in Southampton. His first book, Another Bloody Saturday was published in November 2015 and explored Tibet’s struggle to maintain it’s identity through their football team, as well as how the beautiful game helped bring comfort to two victims of sexual and physical abuse. From the Faroe Islands to Bhutan, via Accrington and the Women’s Super league, the book explored how, for many, community, identity, and meaning can often revolve around their local team.
Mat also writes for Late Tackle Magazine and contributes articles to match programmes from Arbroath to Gibraltar.
As an intern for Free Tibet Campaign, Mat was deported from China in 2008 for attempting to protest the Beijing Olympics. His sympathies for the Palestinian cause inspired him to donate to the Palestine FA’s under 15 team in Gaza, that became the focal point of Minnows United.