‘A fascinating look at the journey made by all of us who set out as young kids with the dream of one day becoming a professional footballer, and all the obstacles which crop up along the way...Dave Edwards has been one of my best mates in football, all the way through my career ,and this book offers some great behind-the-scenes insight into what it is like for a player at a major tournament, and some of the secrets behind Wales’ spectacular success.’
Joe Hart, from his Foreword
‘I remember, towards the end of the anthem, looking up to the big screen and there was a Welsh fan screaming it out with tears streaming down his face. We knew how much it meant to those fans. We knew how much it had cost them to get to games and having to take time off work and everything else that went with it. Seeing that fan on the big screen just brought all that home to me about just how much it meant for Wales to be at a major tournament after so many years.’
from chapter 14, Slovakia for Starters
As a football-mad young boy living on the rural Shropshire/Powys border, Dave Edwards dreamt of playing the game professionally and perhaps, one day, wear the red shirt of his father's homeland - Wales.
Living My Dream is the frank and fascinating story of just what it took for Edwards to achieve his life's ambition, and describes how his dedication and commitment to the game he loves has enabled him to enjoy a successful 16-year career with over club 400 appearances for Shrewsbury, Luton, Wolves and Reading, spanning the top five English divisions from the Conference to the Premier League.
Woven into the story of his club career, Living My Dream is also a behind-the-scenes account of Dave's brave fight back, after a serious injury in January 2016, to make the starting line-up in Wales' opening game in Bordeaux at that summer's European Championships, and his magical month inside the Welsh camp in Brittany as the national team exceeded all expectation to reach the semi-finals. The first player from the Welsh squad to reveal just what it was like for a player cocooned inside the team bubble at the Euros, Edwards reveals how the Welsh players thrived and forged an untouchable team spirit, how Chris Coleman managed the squad, and the tournament, with such meticulous planning and inspirational leadership, and how the Together Stronger ethos was spurred on by the unshakeable pride of an entire nation.
Edwards' story is one of a family man who feels fortunate and privileged to have enjoyed the career he has, and is a rare insight into the day-to-day life of a professional footballer. Living My Dream, written with Paul Berry, the Media Manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers, will appeal to all football fans with an interest in - and passion for - the inner workings of The Beautiful Game.