Article Football Stars Name Their Favourite Books


In a bid to encourage people to enjoy reading more, Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) was set up in 2003. The concept is simple - football has a great following and footballers themselves are increasingly being seen as national and international icons. The project hopes to "harnesses the motivational power of football to encourage families to enjoy reading".

The Football Foundation describes how it works: "Each of the 20 Premier League teams has nominated a 'Reading Champion' to recommend his favourite book. The club then adopts a maximum of 3 public libraries which then host a reading club, based on the book choices of all 20 Premiership Reading Champions. In addition, other popular children's titles are also supplied free to partner libraries. Both the children and parents attend the reading club, a visit to a bookshop, as well as a session visit from a football author! Some lucky readers may also get to meet their favourite team's 'Reading Champion'!"

For those of you who are interested in what the players recommended this year, the full list is reproduced here (you can buy all of these books from

Arsenal Philippe Senderos The Alchemist Paolo Coelho
Aston Villa Mark Delaney I should have been at work Des Lynam
Birmingham City Stephen Clemence It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life Lance Armstrong
Blackburn Rovers Brad Friedel Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Robert O'Brien
Bolton Wanderers Kevin Davies The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
Charlton Athletic Darren Bent Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell Susanna Clarke
Chelsea Eidur Gudjohnsen My Season John Terry
Everton Lee Carsley The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe CS Lewis
Fulham Moritz Volz The Little Prince Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Liverpool Stephen Warnock Gazza - My Story Paul Gascoigne
Manchester City David James War Game Michael Foreman
Manchester United Ruud Van Nistelrooy The diary of a young girl Anne Frank
Middlesbrough Chris Riggott The Power of One Bryce Courtenay
Newcastle United Steven Taylor Keeper Mal Peet
Portsmouth Lomana Tresor Lua Lua Oliver Twist Charles Dickens (Childs version)
Sunderland Steven Caldwell Matilda Roald Dahl
Tottenham Hotspur Stephen Kelly Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix JK Rowling
West Bromwich Albion Thomas Gaardsoe Angels and Demons Dan Brown
West Ham Paul Konchesky The Kray Twins - The Final Countdown Colin Fry
Wigan Matt Jackson Danny Champion of the World Roald Dahl

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