Take a look inside Glove Story

It’s a bit like that Amazon feature where you can sneakily read half a book before anybody’s even noticed. But this time we don’t mind. No really, go ahead. Have a peep inside what will shortly be your very own copy of Glove Story.

And just in case this shotstopper showcase doesn’t tip the balance, we’ll paste some smashing media reviews down at the bottom of the page as well.

What the media are saying about Glove Story

It’s yours for a tenner from Conker Editions

“Fully justifies its self-styled description of being the number one book for every goalkeeper, past and present. The perfect stocking filler for anyone who has ever taken their place between the sticks or simply goes wobbly at the knees at the mere mention of Uhlsport, Sondico or Coffer. More exclusive interviews and anecdotes from some of the game’s goalkeeping greats. Lavishly designed. Stunning. Magnificent.” — TheSportsman.com

“When it says it’s the no.1 book for every goalkeeper it means it. A glorious collection of memorabilia and images touching on just about everything you can think of regarding goalies. If you’re a fan of the ‘Got, Not Got’ series then you’ll almost certainly like this. In addition, all the author royalties from the book go to Bob Wilson’s Willow Foundation.” –talkSPORT Christmas Gift Guide

“An ode to the goalkeeper – too often football’s overlooked scapegoat. Not only can you reconnect with your carefree childhood, but you are different – and often the difference. Goalkeepers get a bad rap. They deserve to be celebrated more than they have been. A fun ode to goalkeepers, bringing together an array of stories from the world of goalkeeping.” –The i Paper

“A goalkeeping version of Got, Not Got. Glove Story promises to be another winner, packed as it is with easily digestible mix of photographs, memories, memorabilia and large chunks of subjectivity. All great stuff and a perfect stocking filler.” –Sports Book of the Month

The book for all with a goalkeeper’s-eye view of the game. Packed full of exclusive interviews with some goalkeeping greats. You can read about the great brands, games, cartoon characters, kits and just about every other aspect… but you don’t have to have been one to enjoy this book.” –The League Mag

“Fine book illustrating what’s in goalkeepers’ heads as much as goalkeeping artefacts. Wallowing in goalkeeping sentiment and lore, the book is terrific.” –Francis Hodgson, author of Only the Goalkeeper to Beat

“Buy this book – inside it’s laid out fantastically well with superb illustrations and has colour on every page. The most enigmatic of positions.  Usually the maddest man in the squad.  When he’s good he’s loved – think Pat Jennings, Sepp Maier,  The Goalie, Peter Bonetti – hell, one of my earliest heroes was Felix the Brazil goalkeeper in the 1970 World Cup! “ –Follow, Follow

“A collection of goalkeeping memorabilia, vintage product images, goalkeeping memories and interviews. The ideal gift for any goalkeeper past or present but you don’t have to be a member of the Goalkeepers Union to appreciate this book. By purchasing this book you’ll also be doing some good as all the author royalties are being donated to the Willow Foundation.” –The Boot Room blog Christmas Gift Guide

Lots of positive reader reviews on Amazon, too…

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Time running out to get your special gift Subscribers’ Copy of Glove Story!

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NOW FOR LIMITED PERIOD ONLY at http://www.conkereditions.co.uk: Glove Story Special Subscribers’ copy, signed with your name printed inside – just £15. Glove Story: The No.1 book for every goalkeeper, past and present – just £10. Continue reading

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Pre-order your copy of Glove Story – from Conker Editions

Glove Story: The Number 1 book for every goalkeeper, past and present is now available for pre-order, to be shipped as soon it’s published on 7 November. The book was written by Rob Stokes along with Derek Hammond and Gary Silke, and is the first book to be published by Conker Editions. (That’s us!)

Please do have a click around the new Conker website and see what we’ve got to offer. You can order your copy of Glove Story, or get your name printed inside a special signed subscribers’ copy. You could even add the name of the goalie in your life – a great Christmas gift idea! All this and a massive goalie poster, too…

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On the Conker site, you can find out a bit about the new publishing company, about national charity, Willow, and the Art of Goalkeeping. That’s the new site set up by illustrator Doug Nash to sell posters of his amazing goalkeeper artwork, as featured on the endpapers of Glove Story and throughout the book.

Click on the Conker and something magical will happen. If you’re lucky, it might mean a smashing addition to your prezzie pile on Christmas morning…

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Glove Story ‘Goalie Heroes’ pic appeal

Calling all goalies! Have you got any photos from back in the day, featuring a youthful you and one of your goalie heroes?

If so, please do bung the pics to us as soon as possible for your chance to star in GLOVE STORY alongside the likes of Shilton, Banks, Burridge, David James, David Seaman, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle and Dragoje ‘The Eel’ Leković (Kilmarnock & Yugoslavia).


Clearly, our Goalie Heroes pages are the way forward to fame and fortune (well, a free book). Early adopters on a path to glory include Steve Hale, pictured here with Peter Bonetti (great work, ‘The Cat’ – Steve is now head of goalkeeping at Forest Green Rovers!) and Pete Weller, who is apparently being set free after a night in the cells with Neville Southall.

Please do send your own Goalie Heroes pics right away!

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Glove Story: so what’s inside?

Out this November, GLOVE STORY is a visual feast, featuring a unique collection of goalkeeping memorabilia and original illustrations by Doug Nash. Gloves and stars’ shirts from the 60s to date, vintage games and equipment catalogues appear alongside photography covering goalkeeping from park to international level.

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The book sets out to capture the essence of what it means to be a goalkeeper, shining a light on the concerns and obsessions of everyone who has ever been a member of the Keepers’ Union. We’re talking:

  • Exclusive interviews with legendary goalkeepers – memories, tips, stories, plus ‘My First Gloves’
  • Games, toys and memorabilia – from Subbuteo and Striker to Tonka and Corinthians
  • Features on all the top brands – adidas, uhlsport, reusch, Coffer, Sondico, Sells…
  • Secret goalies, from Arthur Conan-Doyle and Che Guevara to David Icke
  • The evolution of goalkeeping shirts, gloves, boots, training and thinking
  • Memories of goalkeeping summer schools
  • Fictional, cartoon, stand-in and endorsement-friendly keepers
  • The dawn of modern goalkeeping, coaching and development
  • The greatest ever saves, quotations, superstitions, blunders and Kids in Kit
  • Budgie – and whether Goalkeepers are Crazy, or just Different…

Here’s a few pics to give you a taster…


Thanks to mini-Nev Southall and co. Plus photographer Pete Blackman – cheers Pete! Can anyone guess where this was taken?


Spot the quality step-up in the GB Coffer range? Make mine a large one…

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Thanks to Mark Chilab for his youthful contribution to our Kids in Kits goalies special!

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Left or right? To find out the definitive scientific answer get Glove Story this Xmas! Thanks to Dave Morcom for the pic.

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Shirts left to right: The late great Les Sealey (Luton Town, matchworn), Alan Knight (Portsmouth), Uhlsport Jersey signed by Jimmy Rimmer, Nottingham Forest replica as worn by Mark Crossley & Steve Sutton. Photo: Pete Blackman.

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With thanks to Paul Woozley at oldfootballgames.co.uk – tons more of Paul’s insane tabletop games (and keepers) are featured in the book.
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Bob & Megs with staff and pupils at their goalkeeping school in Hertfordshire.

GLOVE STORY. From the authors of Got Not Got plus Rob Stokes and a cast of thousands. Ten quid to you. Out in November on the Conker label. 

All the author royalties from the book will be donated to the Willow Foundation.


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The Number 1 book for every goalkeeper, past and present

Aimed at goalkeepers and football fans, GLOVE STORY is set to become the 20th book in the popular Got Not Got series, to be published by Conker Editions in November 2017. There’s never been a goalie book like it.

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Are you, or have you ever been, a goalkeeper?

Do you dream of pulling on a quilted green or Dayglo orange football shirt? Does it make you sigh, just thinking about enormous latex gloves – or of diving in muddy puddles? If so, this might just be the football book for you.

Lavishly illustrated, GLOVE STORY marks out its territory and aims to cover every possible angle from the unique perspective of the goal-line. Memories and memorabilia. Gloves through the ages. Timeless tips. From goalie gear to keeper culture, GLOVE STORY safely gathers tales of larger-than-life characters, shot-stopping obsession and psychology between the sticks.

If your idea of the perfect Match of the Day is seven 0-0 draws – if you suffered from penalty phobia, or have ever secretly stashed a lucky charm in your glovebag – then you’ll need to catch GLOVE STORY.

GLOVE STORY will be available soon for advance order, priced at £10.00. All the author royalties from the book will be donated in support of the Willow Foundation.

Watch this space for more details, sneak previews and press kits. Look out for vintage goalie gear, astonishing stories, top tips, bad football cards, weird history, bizarre toys, exclusive star interviews and fantastic Top 100 goalie posters designed by GLOVE STORY illustrator Doug Nash – also in support of Willow.

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Glove Story

Are you, or have you ever been, a goalkeeper?

Do you dream of pulling on a quilted green or Dayglo orange football shirt? Does it make you sigh, just thinking about enormous latex gloves – or of diving in muddy puddles? If so, this might just be the football book for you.

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Brought to you by the magic of GoalieVision, here’s a zoomed-in pic of the pile of old football cards and stickers featured in our recent Furnace of Creativity post.

Glove Story is coming soon. Many of these stars will feature.


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