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  • Michael Calvin charts the evolution of the sports’ scouts from chaotic beginnings to Moneyball-inspired analysis, and is enough to make you pay close attention when you next pass a kids’ kickabout in the park

    Shortlist
  • ‘Calvin’s book is excellent, a highly readable insight into the slog and grind of assessing talent.’

    Tottenham On My Mind
  • One of the ‘50 Best Sports Books Ever Written

    In The Nowhere Men, Mike Calvin somehow manages to make the job of football scout sound like the most romantic existence imaginable. It also sounds bleak and deeply lonely. It is a fascinating insight into an often misunderstood and under-represented part of the sport, revealing the hours, dedication and struggles of men who love football and don’t know what they’d do without it.

    Daily Telegraph
  • A magnificent book, full of extraordinary characters and beautifully told

    Rob Bagchi, Guardian
  • There’s a strong contender for the William Hill Sports Book Prize in Michael Calvin’s The Nowhere Men, a book revealing the hidden lives of football scouts.

    The Bookseller

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