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with Tom Palmer

Which game is the best?  Football or rugby?  Join Tom Palmer, the author of more than 30 children’s books, most of them about sport, in an event to decide once and for all.  Take part in a quiz to test your knowledge of rugby and football.  Also, there’ll be a penalty shoot out at two different sets of posts, as a final test of skills to see WHO WILL WIN!!  FOOTBALL OR RUGBY?


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Kennedy Hall, Shrewsbury High Prep School, Old Roman Road, Shrewsbury SY3 9AH

12.30pm - 1.30pm, Families, £6    

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"Who’ll win? I don’t know.


Which game do I want to win?  I don’t know that either.


I am in a quandary, you see. I don’t know which game I like best. Football has always been my great sporting love. I have been to over 700 Leeds United games in stadiums from Scunthorpe to Real Madrid.


But something changed when I started writing the book Combat Zone, the first Rugby Academy book. I had to immerse myself in a game I knew less than a lot about. I went to games. I watched games on TV. I read magazines, books, websites, newspapers.

And I loved it.

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...a message from Tom Palmer...


To the extent that I find it hard to say this to the extent that at the moment on the balance of things I like rugby more that I like football...perhaps.


It’s complicated.  It’s guilt-ridden.  I feel like I have betrayed someone, though I am not sure who.


But the evidential truth is that this season my daughter and I have season tickets at Yorkshire Carnegie, Leeds’ rugby union team and not at Leeds United.

...and then, weather permitting, join us for a kickabout afterwards on the playing field with kind permission of Shrewsbury High prep School.

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“one of the best football writers of our time” The Guardian


“Packed with football action and great off-field story lines, Tom Palmer’s books are often cited as the reason a reluctant reader turned into a book-lover!”


“an excellent fast-paced detective novel” The Times


“scores with the precision of a Ronaldo free kick” The Sunday Times


“Excellent” Daily Express


“Credited with turning book-phobic boys into page-turning maniacs” Sunday Telegraph


“Ideal for introducing the reluctant reader to books though sport” Scotland On Sunday

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Parking: There is plenty of parking on site at the venue.