Living the Dream
This is a unique and remarkable football story. Ten years ago, Fleetwood Town were playing in the North West Counties League in front of fewer than 100 spectators. In May 2014, Fleetwood won the League Two play-off final at Wembley to elevate them to League One status. This was the club’s sixth promotion in a decade. Many have contributed to the success, but two figures stand out. Andy Pilley, an ambitious businessman, joined in 2004 and was elected Chairman almost immediately. Pilley has created an impressive stadium and a successful team as well as galvanising a town that has suffered since the demise of its fishing industry. Defender Nathan Pond has been ever-present throughout this period after signing as an 18 year old in 2003.
Pond has matured year on year and captained Fleetwood as they started their League One campaign. This was his seventh league with one club, earning him a place in this year’s Guinness Book of World Records. This book charts an incredible rise. It is full of facts, anecdotes and many memorable characters and games.
David Mitchell retired from education in 2009 and began working for Fleetwood Town Football Club's media team. 2010 saw the publication of his first book Time to Declare that covered his career in both private and state sector schools. This was followed by Big Hands, Big Heart that followed the life of goalkeeper Eric Nixon. Hannah, Same Both Ways is the remarkable story of a how a young woman has come to terms with a life-changing event. Mitchell's most recent work, Life's a Ball, has covered the eventful life of football physiotherapist Ian Liversedge.
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