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Dave Shaw is a young man with a big dream. Come with him on his journey inside the secretive world of professional soccer as he tries to make it at his hometown club.
Dave must confront the dark side to the beautiful game. The one the rest of us never see.
A professional contract and the big time beckoned for Wolston’s teen hotshot. Until it happened. A serious ankle injury turns the striker’s world upside down.
Now Dave has to convince Rovers’ tough academy chief, Rob Duncan, he deserves a scholarship and that once-in-a-lifetime chance to pull on the shirt of the team he’s adored for as long as he’s loved soccer.
It all comes down to 90 minutes to prove he can be part of Wolston’s future in the biggest match of his life. But above all he needs to convince himself he still has what it takes to survive in a cut-throat world where only the very best ever get a shot at stardom.

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Paddy Davitt is an award-winning chief football writer with more than 13 years experience covering professional football in the English Premier League and Championship.
Paddy has extensive knowledge of the game built up from working closely with owners, managers and players. He has also covered professional football in the USA, Italy, France and Austria.
His childhood passion for writing was sparked by reading the fictional football stories of authors such as Brian Glanville and Michael Hardcastle.
Paddy grew up in the Midlands and is a lifelong Coventry City fan. He works as a Group Football Editor in Norfolk, England, for the regional publishing group Archant, where he reports on the fortunes of Norwich City FC.
‘One Shot at Glory’ is the first in a series of novels featuring a young footballer’s quest to follow his boyhood dream and make it big at his hometown club.
Paddy is currently working on the second book in the series.

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