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|Theo Give Us a Ball: A Life in Football
Theo Foley and Paul Foley
Brief Description: Theo Foley has been involved in professional football for over six decades as a player, coach and manager. During the early days of his playing career, whilst captain of Northampton Town, Theo ran a pie and chip shop to supplement his income from football, a far cry from the riches enjoyed by footballers today.
In his autobiography, Theo Give Us a Ball: A Life in Football, co-authored with his son, Paul, Theo details the highs and lows of professional football in a bygone age. From kicking a ball about on the streets of 1950s' Dublin to captaining a First Division team during the 1960s and becoming assistant manager at Millwall and Arsenal, this book provides a fascinating insight into football in the days when players were motivated by a love of the game rather than wealth and fame.
During his time at Highbury, Theo became a local legend and fans would chant 'Theo, give us a ball,' to which he duly obliged. In this honest personal account, Theo reveals his life in football and shares his memories of working with some of the football greats of the past.
About the Author:
Theo Foley: Theo is a retired professional footballer who has played in all four divisions of the football League and for the Republic of Ireland nine times. After an extended career coaching and managing professional sides in and around London for over thirty years, Theo now works as a corporate host at Charlton Athletic FC.
Theo is a keen golfer but he is still in love with the game that has given him so much joy and success for more than sixty years. His previous published works include coaching and fitness manuals.
Theo lives with Sheila, his wife of fifty-five years, in the same house he bought upon moving to Charlton in 1968. He is a grandfather of ten and has one great grandchild.
Paul Foley: Paul grew up in a football family, where meal times involved discussing tactics with the salt and pepper pots with his two brothers and sister. School summer holidays were spent collecting balls every day at Queens Park Rangers' Greenford training ground for his father, Irish footballer, Theo Foley.
Paul has played semi-professional football for a number of Kent and SE London clubs. He is a Chartered Surveyor and works as a project manager for a residential developer in Sevenoaks. Paul is the father of three girls, only one of which has an interest in football.
Author, Theo Foley has his own Wikipedia page: