Book by Norwich fan reveals faith of top footballers
A Norwich City fan has helped to write a new book in which 20 high profile footballers share their Christian faith and reveal how it influences their lives, both on and off the pitch. Keith Morris reports.
Canaries’ supporter Ollie Baines has teamed up with fellow Christian sports writer Liam Flint to write Cross The Line.
It is based on interviews with international players such as Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus and Ghana), Heurelho Gomes (Watford and Brazil), Hernanes (Juventus and Brazil), Odion Ighalo (Watford and Nigeria), Kaka (Orlando City FC and Brazil) and Victor Wanyama (Southampton and Kenya).
The book also includes interviews with ex Ipswich Town striker Darren Bent and former Portsmouth defender Linvoy Primus, who nearly joined Norwich City on several occasions.
Ollie said: “My mum's side of the family all live in Norfolk, my grandparents were huge Canary fans and I decided I wanted to fly the Norwich City flag because of my granddad’s passion for them. I loved listening to the radio with him and hearing the matches unfold, he was the one who gave me the heart for football and Norwich City.
"God gave us the idea of Cross The Line and writing a book - we are merely stewards of his work. We are so excited to see how God will use the book for his glory and reach out to football fans across the world through it.
“My two greatest passions in life and football and my faith, so I feel really blessed to be able to do something that combines these. I’m really excited about the book and had such a good time putting it together interviewing such wonderful people,” said Ollie.
Sky Sports News Presenter and Norwich City fan, Simon Thomas, has endorsed the book, saying: "Football, fame, fast living and faith? Surely they can't go together? The modern day footballer appears to have everything, but beneath the glamorous surface are people just like you and me. To hear them talking openly about their faith is not just fascinating, but a massive encouragement."
Linvoy Primus will be in Norwich on Saturday June 25 when he will be at St Thomas church on Earlham Road to help launch the book and join visitors in watching a last-16 game in the European Championships from 7pm.
Cross the Line, by Ollie Baines and Liam Flint is available from SPCK Publishing from July 21 for £9.99 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.
Pictured above are Cross the Line authors Ollie Baines and Liam Flint.