Home and Away by Dave Roberts

Home and Away
by Dave Roberts

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Sad Men by Dave Roberts

Sad Men
by Dave Roberts

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Bromley Boys by Dave Roberts

32 Programmes
by Dave Roberts

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Bromley Boys by Dave Roberts

The Bromley Boys
by Dave Roberts

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e-luv: an internet romance by Dave Roberts

e-luv: an internet romance
by Dave Roberts

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News

13 November, 2016

ON SET AT THE BROMLEY BOYS SHOOT

After five years in the making, The Bromley Boys film finally got under way in early October. Although the storyline differs dramatically from the book, it still retains the spirit of it. Having paid a few visits to the set, I can reveal that filming consists mainly of standing around getting cold, and pretending not to be starstruck when talking to the actors. The casting all seems to be spot on, and I managed to see Brenock O'Connor doing a great job playing the young me and Jamie Foreman making an excellent Charlie McQueen, the club chairman. The film is due out in the summer.

The Beautiful Game Movie Poster

Posing with actor Brenock O'Connor, who portrays a 15-year-old Dave Roberts in the film.


The Beautiful Game Movie Poster

Met up again with my childhood hero, Alan Stonebridge on set. 47 years after our last meeting.


The Beautiful Game Movie Poster

With Jamie Foreman, one of my all-time favourite EastEnders characters, who plays the club chairman.


The Beautiful Game Movie Poster

Alan Soper, Bromley goalkeeper from the 1969/70 season, popped by the set for a cameo. Here he is with the lovely Martine McCutcheon, who plays my mum.


The Beautiful Game Movie Poster

Producer TJ Herbert, who plays Roy Oliver - with the original Roy.


7 May, 2016

LATEST NEWS ON THE BROMLEY BOYS FILM. AGAIN.

The Beautiful Game Movie Poster

The film is now due to be shot in August, with pre-production starting in June. The cast is the same, which means Alan Davies is playing me, with Martine McCutcheon as my mum. The title has gone full circle - originally it was The Bromley Boys, then it became The Beautiful Game, before becoming The Bromley Boy. It has now returned to The Bromley Boys.


5 April, 2015

LATEST NEWS ON THE BROMLEY BOYS FILM

The Beautiful Game Movie Poster

The news is that it’s no longer called The Bromley Boys, for a couple of main reasons: firstly, investors thought it was a film about hooligans and secondly, the storyline is completely different from the one in the book - although it features the same characters. I don’t have a lot to do with the film, but I’ve read the script (by the brilliant Warren Dudley) and really like it. The producer (TJ Herbert, a fellow Bromley-ite) also keeps me up to date with all developments and, as you can see, is putting a splendid cast together. It’s hopefully going to be filmed in mid-October.


THE DAVE ROBERTS FAN CLUB

Dave Roberts Fan Club Bromley Football Club

No, really. There is one. I found out about it in December, when they wrote to me saying that they were match sponsors for Bromley’s home game against St. Albans. It’s a very exclusive club, on the grounds that it only has four members. This picture is from the programme and means I have achieved a lifetime’s ambition - getting my name in the Bromley programme. A print of this page is on my wall.


SAD MEN COMES OUT IN PAPERBACK ON MAY 7th

Sad Men by Dave Roberts Transworld Books

Apparently there’s some kind of election going on that day, but the big story is the paperback of Sad Men hitting the shops. It has a brand new design and that lovely Tony Parsons quote on the front cover. They’ve also added the subtitle “How NOT To Get Ahead in Advertising.” which my wife Liz came up with. We’re moving to the UK a couple of days beforehand and certainly won’t be stooping to the level of going into multiple Waterstones branches and sneaking copies from the shelf into their main displays. I’ll leave that to you.


FRED BINNEY T-SHIRT NOW AVAILABLE

Fred Binney Cult Zeroes

My love for portly Plymouth Argyle goal machine Fred Binney is well-documented in 32 Programmes. Reading about him apparently inspired Paul from Cult Zeros to produce the t-shirt I am so proudly wearing here. They also make a Warren McBean t-shirt, which should be news to quicken the pulse of many a Bromley fan. Their full range is here: cultzeros.co.uk


4 September, 2013

SAD MEN - THE COVER

Sad Men by Dave Roberts

One of my favorite parts of the whole book writing process is seeing the cover for the first time. I've always been lucky with these, but I couldn't have been happier when this arrived in my inbox. It 's the work of Lisa Horton at Transworld (who also did such a good job with 32 Programmes) and, as far as I'm concerned, is the best I've had by a long way. I think the design perfectly captures the feel of the book, where ability doesn't always match ambition. It comes out in March 2014.


27 December, 2012

ARTICLE IN JANUARY EDITION OF WHEN SATURDAY COMES

Dave Roberts article in When Saturday Comes

Click here to read the full article from When Saturday Comes.


7 December, 2012

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT:
SAD MEN COMING MARCH 2014

Dave Roberts Sad Men

Dave and Don Draper circa 1970, two giants of the Ad World.

Dave's next book, Sad Men, will be published by Transworld in April 2014.

It's the story of his time as an ad man during the 1980s. This was the golden age of advertising, where the Creative Director turned up for work just in time for lunch, having spent the previous night sipping Martinis in exclusive clubs, scribbling ad ideas and women's phone numbers onto cocktail napkins.

That was in New York. The small provincial agency in Leeds where Dave started out was slightly different.

The only time these men ever got mad was when the sandwich shop forgot to put HP sauce in their chip butties. Cocktails in West Yorkshire? You'd probably get beaten up just for asking. And when the Creative Director rolled in after ten, it was only because his useless car, the one he was forced to drive because the manufacturers were a client of the agency, had broken down yet again and he'd had to walk the rest of the way.

This was the flipside to Madison Avenue's Mad Men. This was the world of the Sad Men.

And this is the story of Dave's time amongst them.


18 May, 2012

ARTICLE BY DAVE IN MAY EDITION OF THE CRICKETER

William Hill Sport Book of the Year 2011

Read the article in this PDF file.


17 May, 2012

BAFTA WINNING DIRECTOR FOR THE BROMLEY BOYS

William Hill Sport Book of the Year 2011

The production team are delighted to announce that Matt Lipsey will direct the film version of The Bromley Boys.

Matt is one of the top comedy directors currently working in television. He moved into comedy in the mid 1990's with the successful original series The Armstrong & Miller Show, which was hailed for its "delightful surrealistic edge". In 2005, Matt was presented with a BAFTA for his work directing the second series of Little Britain starring David Walliams and Matt Lucas. The 2007 Little Britain Christmas Special, also directed by Matt, won an International Emmy. Matt directed both series of the award-winning Psychoville for BBC2, written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton with, among others, Dawn French and Dame Eileen Atkins. Other credits include the critically acclaimed Saxondale starring Steve Coogan and Human Remains starring Rob Bryden and Julia Davis. Most recently Matt has completed an eight-part Sky Atlantic comedy series This is Jinsy as well as Starlings for Sky 1/Babycow. Matt’s unique style of storytelling and impeccable comedic timing will ensure The Bromley Boys gets the best possible treatment in bringing the film to life!


5 January, 2012

32 PROGRAMMES PAPERBACK COVER

William Hill Sport Book of the Year 2011

A fresh look for the book in time for its Mass Market Paperback launch in May. I really like this and thanks to Lisa Horton at Transworld for her fantastic work.


30 December, 2011

END OF YEAR LISTS

Considering I've never featured in any newspaper or magazine's end-of-year lists before, 2011 turned out to be a pretty good year. First up was The Independent, which was brilliant, despite the fact they appear to have changed my name.

Then there's The Daily Telegraph. Another one I was delighted to see, even though they have me down as a Chelsea fan. I also got a mention in The Guardian.

Another brilliant thing was getting totally unexpected recommendations from Danny Kelly, Freya North (below) and finally one of my favourite football writers, Henry Winter, again in the Daily Telegraph.

Freya North

28 November, 2011

WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS

William Hill Sport Book of the Year 2011

Yes, it's me getting a leather-bound copy of 32 Programmes from telly celeb John Inverdale. The book made the shortlist of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Awards and the ceremony was held at Waterstones in Piccadilly. It was a great day out, apart from forgetting to hold my belly in when the photo was being taken.

The 2011 Finalists and Judges:

William Hill Sport Book 2011 Portrait


7 November, 2011

32 PROGRAMMES MAKES THE WILLIAM HILL SHORTLIST

William Hill Sports Book of the Year Shortlist 2011

Much excitement in these parts when this arrived in the mail - an invitation to the William Hill Sports Books Awards in London. 32 Programmes is one of seven shortlisted books for the prize, which is worth a scarily astronomical sum to the winner.


3 October, 2011

32 PROGRAMMES MAKES LONGLIST FOR WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF YEAR 2011

32 Programmes Longlisted for William Hill Sport Book Award

It's the world's longest established and most valuable sporting book prize, so getting on the longlist is an exciting achievement - especially in a year that has seen so many brilliant sporting books. The next stage is when the 14 books are cut down to a shortlist of 6 in late October. Fingers are well and truly crossed.

The longlist in full (alphabetical order):


21 August, 2011

32 PROGRAMMES LAUNCH EVENT

The launch of 32 Programmes took place at Waterstone's Bromley, in early August 2011. In front of around 100 people (according to me) or 40-50 people (according to everyone else), the actor TJ Herbert read a chapter from the book, before it finally went on sale.

TJ Herbert reads 32 Programmes by Dave Roberts

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, especially meeting up with some of the people who buy my books. After signing a few copies, with Ben from Transworld in charge of what he calls "leafing" (finding the page for signing see photo), many adjourned to an Italian restaurant in the High Street.

Dave Roberts at 32 Programmes launch Waterstones Bromley

Photos courtesy Paula McWaters

18 May, 2011

FIRST REVIEW OF THE NEW BOOK!

32 Programmes reviewed in The Bookseller by Caroline Sanderson. View PDF by clicking here.


15 September, 2010

32 Programmes by Dave Roberts

NEW FOOTBALL BOOK FROM DAVE
COMING OUT NEXT SUMMER


Dave's next book, 32 Programmes, will be published by Transworld in August 2011. Not surprisingly, it's about football programmes - 32 of them. The idea is that when he decided to move to the US with his wife Liz, he had to whittle his collection of 1,134 programmes down to whatever would fit inside a Tupperware container the size of a Dan Brown hardback, as there was no space for any more. The book gives the story behind each of the 32 chosen and covers everything from an obscure FA Cup qualifying round game between Bromley and the Civil Service, through to Argentina playing Peru for a place in the World Cup semi final.

Giles Elliott, sports books editor at Transworld, said: “It’s an absolute honour and pleasure to be publishing Dave. He’s the fan’s fan, as obsessive as they come, and a wonderful writer. It’s a brilliant concept for a book, and beautifully delivered.”


10 May, 2010

Dave is working on his next book, which again deals with youthful football obsession, crushes on disinterested girls, rubbish jobs and trying to impress skinheads. Watch this space for more details...



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