Former midfielder releases a book looking at his career and Wales’ special run in Euro 2016
“And then came the anthem……we were singing it with the Welsh fans away to our right behind us. We could hear the roar from them belting it out with so much passion. And we could see all the lads on the bench in front of us, with the manager and the backroom staff, all with their arms around each other. The atmosphere was out of this world."
‘Dave Edwards: Living My Dream’ is the story of just what it took for Edwards to progress from kicking a ball around the leafy fields of Shropshire to proudly belting out that anthem in Bordeaux, and starting the opening game for Wales in the European Championships.
The story of a player whom, by his own admission, has wrung every last drop out of his ability to enjoy a career which has seen him make over 500 appearances for club and country, spanning all four of the English divisions, as well as non-league.
It tells of how he moved from terraces to pitch at his boyhood club Shrewsbury Town before moving onto Luton and then Wolves, where he would spent almost 10 years and make over 300 appearances, including over 50 in the Premier League.
This new publication flicks between Edwards’ upbringing and club career and his recovery from that injury as a background to the main event - a behind-the-scenes fly on the wall account of that magical month inside the Welsh camp at Euro 2016.
The story of a family man who feels fortunate and privileged to have enjoyed the career that he has, and a rare insight into the day-to-day life of a professional footballer, ‘Living The Dream’ should appeal to all football fans with an interest in – and passion for - the inner workings of the Beautiful Game.
“Being a footballer is a privileged existence – it is one I have never taken for granted and one which has given me some unbelievable experiences”, Edwards explains.
“Hopefully this book will give people an insight into what it means for a farm boy from Shrewsbury to follow his dream, making it both to the Premier League and being part of a Wales squad which reached the semi-finals at their first major tournament in 58 years.”
The 224-page publication also includes a foreword from England and former Shrewsbury Town keeper Joe Hart and it is hoped that we will be able to stock it in the club shop soon.