LIFELONG Town fan John Waterhouse will be holding a book signing at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, December 8, before Town face Bolton.
Following on from the success of Memories of a Sporting Man, Waterhouse’s latest release is called Fantasy Tales and is an opportunity for the author to detail his sporting dreams – from scoring the winning goal for England and bowling out the Aussies in a Boxing Day Test, to appearing on Match of the Day with the Town video team.
As a football referee, there is a confrontation with the legendary Brian Clough when he was cutting his managerial teeth at Hartlepool, while he achieves his ambition of appearing at Wembley by buying a club which wins the FA Trophy – leading them out after previously being denied a Carling Cup final appearance by an injury suffered in the second leg of the semi-finals!
An avid sports fan, Waterhouse’s previous book was a factual account of his grassroots sporting career, recalling countless tales from numerous sports.
His writing career kick-started when, aged 69, his participation in sporting activities was hampered with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
Despite the difficulties of the illness, the passionate Town fan still frequently makes the journey from his house near York to the John Smith’s Stadium.
Wife Sandra aids John in his Town travels and the author even ventured as far as Wembley for the historic play-off final back in May.
All profits made on the book will be given to Parkinson’s UK, a charity that seeks to improve the life of sufferers and find a cure for the disease.
At £9.99, it is described as a great read for anyone who liked Ripping Yarns, and a signed copy would make an ideal gift for any Town fan and raise money for a good cause at the same time.