Toffee Soccer: Everton and North America

David France, Rob Sawyer, Darren Griffiths

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Now shipping: A landmark new book detailing Everton's long association with North America.

Toffee Soccer is co-authored by renowned Everton historian Dr David France, the acclaimed biographer Rob Sawyer, and Everton FC’s Darren Griffiths and will be published on 10 June 2021.

Expertly researched and beautifully illustrated, Toffee Soccer highlights Everton Football Club’s significant contribution to soccer in the USA and Canada over the past 140 years. Lavishly adorned with hundreds of previously unseen and original illustrations, this 560 page book summarises every tour and profiles every player and official to split their career between North America and Goodison Park.

Toffee Soccer’s three co-authors have between them contributed more than 30 books encompassing some 4 million words to the royal blue canon, and in producing this work have interviewed 80 ex-Blues, including Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Wayne Rooney and the late, great Alan Ball. 

Published in a limited edition of 1878 copies, Toffee Soccer is a must read for all soccer fans, irrespective of accent.

About the Authors

David France

During his early life on Merseyside and the past 44 years in North America, David has been besotted with Everton Football Club. So much so that he has travelled over two million miles to support the club and introduce his trail-blazing initiatives. In addition to writing a small library of Everton books, he created the Hall of Fame, established the Heritage Society, registered the Former-Players’ Foundation, and combed the globe to assemble football’s finest archives, now celebrated as The Everton Collection. Universally lauded as ‘Doctor Everton’, David is the Life President of the Everton FC Shareholders’ Association. In 2011, Liverpool’s Freedom of the City panel conferred him the prestigious title of Citizen of Honour for services to football in Liverpool, the first to receive the award since Bill Shankly. The next year, he was awarded an OBE for his services to football in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Rob Sawyer

A fourth generation Toffee, Rob’s great-grandfather, William J Sawyer, was the club’s secretary between December 1918 - November 1919 as well as a highly respected Everton director between August 1920 - October 1930 who was active in the recruitment of Dixie Dean. Admired as a diligent researcher and football historian, Rob is a popular columnist for ToffeeWeb – the first independent Everton website, and an enthusiastic member of the Everton FC Heritage Society. He has authored three other Everton books, Harry Catterick: The Untold Story of a Football Great released in 2014, The Prince of Centre-Halves – The Life of Tommy ‘TG’ Jones in 2017 and most recently Blue Dragon – The Roy Vernon Story in 2019.

Darren Griffiths

A lifelong and diehard Blue, Darren has been a key member of the club’s media department for more than two decades. In his current role of Broadcast and Liaison Manager, he is involved in editing the matchday programme and scripting, voicing and producing club videos and podcasts. Celebrated worldwide as ‘The Voice of Everton Football Club’, Darren has hosted hundreds of royal blue events, including the annual shareholders’ meetings at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and provided regular interviews with players and managers as well as live match commentaries for EvertonTV. Also, he has co-authored a dozen editions of The Official Everton FC Annual and Graeme Sharp’s biography Sharpy: My Story, published in 2006.

Author David France, Rob Sawyer, Darren Griffiths
Format Hardcover
ISBN-13 9781916278479
Pages 560
Depth 38.0mm
Height 290.0mm
Publication Date Jun 2021

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