Paul Rowan

Champagne Football
  • Champagne Football

  • THE NO.1 BESTSELLER!

    'I read it in one sitting, it's a superb book' Eamon Dunphy,
    The Stand

    'An astonishing exposé' Martin Ziegler, The Times

    Over the course of fifteen years, John Delaney ran the Football Association of Ireland as his own personal fiefdom. He had his critics, but his power was never seriously challenged until last year, when Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan published a sequence of stories in the Sunday Times containing damaging revelations about his personal compensation and the parlous financial situation of the FAI. Delaney's reputation as a great financial manager was left in tatters. He resigned under pressure, and the FAI was left hoping for a massive bail-out from the Irish taxpayer.

    In Champagne Football, Tighe and Rowan dig deep into the story of Delaney's career and of the FAI's slide into ruin. They show how he surrounded himself with people whose personal loyalty he could count on, and a board that failed to notice that the association's finances were shot. They detail Delaney's skilful cultivation of opinion-formers outside the FAI. And they document the culture of excess that Delaney presided over and benefited from, to the detriment of the organization he led.

    Champagne Football is a gripping, sometimes darkly hilarious and often enraging piece of reporting by the award-winning journalists who finally pulled back the curtain on the FAI's mismanagement.

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    'Excellent' Irish Sun

    'A jaw-dropping story ... brilliant' Irish Times

    'Essential reading' Irish Daily Star

    'Astonishing ... Side-splittingly hilarious' Guardian

    'A damning account' Sunday Independent

    'An instant classic, one of the all-time great Irish sports books' Alan English

    'Excellent ... includes staggering detail' Daily Mail

    'A cracking read ... [An] incredible amount of jaw-dropping detail' Matt Cooper

    'One of the most hotly-anticipated sport books of the year' Brendan O'Connor

    'A masterpiece'
    Tommy Martin

    'At last, the truth of his ruinous reign has been rigorously and painstakingly exposed' Irish Daily Mail
    '
    An absolutely extraordinary book' Eoin McDevitt, Second Captains

    'Remarkable. The desperate story of Irish football but also a book about how Ireland works. Outstanding'
    Dion Fanning

Born and raised in Dublin, Paul Rowan is the Irish football correspondent for The Sunday Times, and the author of The Team That Jack Built. In 2019 he was joint winner of the NewsBrands Campaigning Journalism and Investigative Journalism awards (alongside Mark Tighe and Colin Coyle) for his work on the FAI.

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