Classes Apart: The Crazy Nature of Sunday Morning Football

This is an adult sporting comedy that follows the fortunes of Paul Marriot, the secretary of the Barnstorm Village Sunday soccer team and coach of a school cricket team in Yorkshire, England. The story describes the remarkable camaraderie between the players and supporters of this little club and their desire to achieve success. The team had previously been known more for its antics off the field, rather than their performances on it. During his time at the club he meets and becomes involved with Emma Potter, who is the sister of James Potter, a major player for their bitter rivals Moortown Inn. Thus, begins an entangled web of romance and conflict. He also begins working at Derry High School, a school with a poor reputation of academic success, where he becomes coach of the school cricket team. Here he develops an amazing relationship with the children and they embark on an epic journey.

About the Author

Philip O’Mara is a Campaigns Officer for a political lobbying organisation based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. He decided to write this book after being involved in grassroots soccer for almost twenty years. Phil now lives in South Elmsall, which is a small village in the heart of Yorkshire, England. He was brought up in the nearby former coal-mining village of Upton and educated at Huddersfield University, where he obtained a BA (Hons) degree in politics. His early beliefs were shaped through his work as a trade union branch secretary and his involvement in local community education. He is also a lifelong supporter of Barnsley football Club.