Steve O'Donoghue

Official Website of the Author, Steve O'Donoghue 

promoting his new book

Junior Football - It's not a man's game


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What's it all about?

If you have ever played football, have a child that plays football or have been barmy enough to coach football, then this book is a must. It is the story of one man, a father, who volunteered to manage his sons’ local football team on the outskirts of Greater Manchester. A journey that takes him across rain soaked football pitches, with over bearing parents, unhappy substitutes, dictator like referees and penalty shoot-outs all in the course of their first season.


Along with the ups and downs the team endures throughout the season, the book also exposes the ugly more sinister side of our children's game, the relationship between players and parents, and uncovers the backlash when parents and coaches expectations collide.


Offering an insight into the amount of work it takes to coach grass roots football and effect the coaching has on his private life. It uncovers an honest, humorous and sometimes poignant account of a man who just wants the best for his players.


And as he says,


“we’ve had our chance, it’s their turn now... “

Steve O'Donoghue lives in Manchester with his Wife Suzanne, two children and two cats.

He studied at the University of Central Lancashire 

Steve has attended both level 1 & 2 of the FA Coaching courses and he is currently the manager of Signol Athletic Under 13's who play in the EMJFL.





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