Foul and Fair

Foul and Fair

Available on the 28th July, 2024

It’s not all about winning, but…

James Hogan’s career as an English teacher is in tatters. All he has left is the boys’ football team he coaches, but rival manager Kieran Butcher threatens to take that away too. After years of doing things the right way, he is determined to come out on top, by any means necessary.

But just how far will James go to succeed?

Single mother and police officer Hayley Birnham is worried about her career, her son, and the string of unusual crimes connected to the local football community.

Fair is foul and foul is fair as James and Hayley try to balance doing the right thing with getting the right result. Game on.


Foul and Fair absolutely captures the world of grassroots football. Anyone who has spent time on the touchline will recognise the characters and situations, as well as getting swept up in the unfolding story. I loved every page. It's fantastic.

If more coaches absorbed the lessons of the book, more kids would have a truly inspirational experience of grassroots football.

Martin Dighton
Senior Coach Developer at UK Coaching and an FA coaching course leader