9781589806412

Finn Mccool's Football Club: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead

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  • ISBN13:

    9781589806412

  • ISBN10:

    1589806417

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-02-01
  • Publisher: Pelican Pub Co Inc
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Summary

In this memoir, author Stephen Rea recounts his experiences as a Irish expatriate in America and New Orleans in particular, and his role in the start of a pub soccer team that would soon face the unimaginable challenge of overcoming one of the most devastating natural disasters in history. Set against the dark backdrop of Hurricane Katrina's destruction of New Orleans, the work introduces a hilarious set of eccentric expatriate characters, an eclectic crowd of European-born personalities seeking solidarity, good dark beer, and of course, a place to watch football. There's Frank-the Tank, the 38-year-old Dutch colossus who spends half the year in Amsterdam growing his silver-medal marijuana; there's Benji, the 34-year-old landscape gardener from South Africa, known as "the Mouth of the South," who does his talking off the field; Big Rab, the Scottish ship designer who picks a bad time to lay off the booze; Londoner Paul Medhurst, the team captain whose house is totally destroyed by Katrina; and Scottish-born Steve "Macca" McAnespy, the 33-year-old ex-soccer star and winner of the League Cup in Scotland who ends up stranded on a New Orleans rooftop surrounded by floodwaters. Finn McCool's Football Club is the story of an international love affair with soccer and a pub-team comprised of an unlikely bunch of unforgettable characters; it is an indefatigable tribute to a city and its residents who determined to play on after their lives were all but washed away.

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