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Author interview – Calvin Wade

Posted in Authors, Books, FA Cup, Family life, Football with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I first came across author Clavin Wade after reading his very enjoyable ‘Another Saturday & Sweet F.A’, where he follows a team from the very start of the FA Cup right through to the FA Cup final. He has since  written two more books covering the FA Trophy and FA Vase. If that wasn’t enough he has also written a series of fiction books! You can find out more about his books on his Amazon page.

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What inspired you to start writing and how did you manage to get your writing noticed

From the age of about 17 or 18, I was always writing things that I never finished and then one day, in 2006 (by which time I was 35) I was listening to Radio 5 Live and they were wanting listeners to write 5 minute monologues with a World Cup theme for Johnny Vegas, Sheridan Smith or Kwame Kwei-Armah from Casualty. I thought I could write a pretty funny one for Johnny Vegas so I wrote it flat out in about fifteen minutes and sent it off. Luckily the BBC liked it and it was the first entry to air with Johnny Vegas performing it. It was played on the first day of the World Cup and then again on a Christmas Day special. It was called ‘I Hate Football’ and it was about Johnny Vegas’ character hating football but then falling in love with a football mad lady who had a life sized poster of Wayne Rooney above their bed and every night he had to lift her up so she could kiss his fourth metatarsal better.

From that very small taste of success, I thought I could write a book so spent about three years writing a very long novel called ‘Forever Is Over‘. Initially, I just badgered friends and friends of friends to buy it and then word of mouth led to the Irish novelist Cathy Kelly hearing about it and she put me in touch with the directors of a London literacy agency called Curtis Brown. They ended up dropping me fairly quickly (as they were dealing with proper literary stars like Jojo Moyes) but they passed on some invaluable advice including to get my book on to Kindle as soon as possible and that’s when the hundreds of sales became tens of thousands of sales (unfortunately it never became hundreds of thousands or millions)!

Who would you say are authors you admire and why?

I have always liked writers who can tell a great tale without necessarily having to confuse me with long words. When I was in my twenties I loved John Irving’s books (I still do) and then writers like Nick Hornby and Tony Parsons came along when I was in my thirties and I found their stuff very readable. More recently I’ve really enjoyed Matthew Quick’s ‘The Silver Linings Play Book’.

You have written a number of fiction books. Which do you find easier to write, non-fiction or fiction?

I find non-fiction a million times easier to write than fiction! As a child I always kept a diary which was probably quite unusual for a boy. My non-fiction is probably just an extension of that. Grown up diary writing with a footballing theme. With fiction, I really need to be in the mood to write it and have to think hard about what direction I want things to go in and who would say what and why. With non-fiction, everyone else creates the events for me and I just write about them. I think I have probably overdone the footballing books now though and if I write another non-fiction book it will be horse racing or cricket.

How did  you meet up with Alan Oliver?

It was pure fate. I had decided to go to every round of the FA Cup and after the draw was made decided to start at West Didsbury & Chorlton v Abbey Hey. There were two reasons for this, firstly because I used to live in both West Didsbury & Chorlton as a student and secondly, because the winners were due to play Burscough, a team I had briefly played for. Alan had also decided to do every round that season and as a Mancunian had also decided to start at West Didsbury & Chorlton. 24 hours before the game, I read something on WD&C’s website about Alan so contacted him, we met up at the first game and have been mates since. Alan is a proper ‘groundhopper’ whilst I am just a football fan.

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Your books are very open about your personal life….

It’s very natural for me to be candid and I think the hardest bit is to hold back a little to avoid upsetting other people who may not be as candid as me. My wife, for example, is always telling me off for letting everyone know our business good or bad! My wife is, in many ways, a lot more private than I am, so I have to bear that in mind.

Highs and lows of Everton’s current season…

The highs from a general perspective has been Koeman turning around the gradual depressing slide under Roberto Martinez and returning to being a Top 7 side. Hopefully (even if Lukaku and Barkley go) we can build further on it next season. Seamus Coleman was having a great season which was a high but then his broken leg on international duty was the real low.

Who would  you like Everton to sign?

He has his critics but I think Joe Hart is a far better keeper than any of the four keepers on Merseyside at the moment so if we could afford him, I would like Hart. I would also like us to further strengthen the spine of the side, we will need a centre back (as Jags can’t go on forever), a central defensive midfielder (as the same applies to Gareth Barry) and a centre forward (as Lukaku wants to move on and I think there will be a bid to tempt him this summer).

Do you think non-League is undergoing a resurgence?

Non-League crowds remain healthy helped by a lot of people being priced out of Premier League fixtures. Personally I found the FA Trophy campaign just as enjoyable as the FA Cup and enjoy going to watch the likes of Southport, Chorley or North Ferriby United almost as much as watching Everton. In the North West though, it has been disappointing to see Southport, Burscough and Skelmersdale United all going through very difficult times.

Other Footy Stuff...

My eldest son is now an under 18 at Rochdale so I enjoy watching him (and my other son) play most of all. Tomorrow (I’m writing this on Friday 21st April) I am off down to Shrewsbury to watch Shrewsbury v Rochdale (u18s) which will be great. Whilst mentioning Rochdale, I’ve probably seen their first team six or seven times this season and enjoy the family feel they still manage to retain there. They also manage to punch above their weight so I’ve particularly enjoyed seeing them surprise a number of sides at Spotland. I am excited about next season as it will be my son’s last season in the Academy and I am hoping he can push on and earn himself a professional contract.

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Everton 0-0 Stoke City

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on July 15, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

In the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore we lost 5-4 on penalties to Everton. Most of our internationals did not feature and Shawcross was absent through a back injury.

Ollie Shenton had a good game as did new goalie Jacob Haugaard. Very makeshift defence with Teixeira featuring and Steve Sidwell was captain for the game.

Team:
Haugaard; Bardsley, Cameron, Muniesa (Wilson 61), Teixeira; Sidwell (c), Shenton (Walters 71); Odemwingie (van Ginkel 61), Ireland, Arnautovic (Adam 46); Joselu (Crouch 61). Subs: Given, Whelan, Johnson, Diouf, Moha

Another new face and signing is Moha El Ouriachi who we have signed from our new feeder club Barcelona 😉 He featured on the bench in today’s game.

Asmir Begovic finally completed his move to Chelsea in an £8m deal.

Player of the Season awards and pre-season friendlies

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke’s Player of the Season is Steven N’Zonzi, as well as the Player’s Player of the Year. Jon Walters was voted Player of the Season by the various Stoke City supporter’s groups. Marc Muniesa won Community Champion and Ollie Shenton was named Young Player of the Season. Special awards were given to Thomas Sorenson and Andy Wilkinson for their log service to the club, both leave at the end of this season.

Stoke travel to Wrexham on Wednesday 22nd July for a pre-season friendly. This joins the already announced Singapore trophy in July. This will consist of two semi-finals played on Wednesday July 15th, followed by a third place play-off and final played on Saturday July 18th. Stoke will join Arsenal, Everton and a Singapore Select Xl.

Stoke City 1-1 Everton

Posted in FA Cup, Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on January 1, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Jermaine Pennant’s rash tackle gave Everton a late penalty and equaliser. Sadly Pennant is a shadow of his Stoke heyday and it’s time to get rid.

Open game with Asaidi scoring again, he gets better and better. Sorensen went of at half time injured with a suspected Achilles injury. Jack Butland made an assured debut and very accurate goal kicking by him.

Next it’s the FA Cup third round against Leicester.

Tottenham 3-0 Stoke City

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on December 29, 2013 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Stoke away goals charity keeps on giving 😦

Spurs played well and we looked at sea at the back. Did think we’d lose today but only one nil as our goal difference has taken a battering.

Butland in goal next game please Mr Hughes and at least Wilson will be back.

Serious worries over injuries as Wilkinson and Pieters picked up knocks with Shawcross playing on through injury.

Everton at home next!

Stoke City 1-1 Everton

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on December 15, 2012 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Both goals came from Stoke players with a Shawcross own goal before Kenwyne Jones equalised. Everton’s Fellani headbutted Shawcross and will get a ban once the video is reviewed. The ref didn’t spot this and Everton were lucky to still have eleven men on the pitch. Another useful point and Spurs away next.

Still Shawcross hasn’t signed his new contract and Pulis hinted he may weigh in to get it signed.

Collins to Forest?

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2012 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Telegraph’s John Piercy on Twitter has revealed Danny Collins is close to agreeing a deal to join Notts Forest. Good luck to him if he goes as I can’t honestly see him playing again for us bar maybe in Carling Cup games.

The squad are currently in the US bar Jermaine Pennant who would not be granted a visa based on his recent court appearance over his driving offences.

Geoff Cameron’s proposed move to us is now down to personal terms and work permit approval.

Michael Owen is still the bookies favorate to join us as it seems Everton have dropped out of the picture. I am pretty sure we will spend less this summer especially after chairman Peter Coates said we need to be prudent with our transfer dealings.