BOOK COV­ERS THE COD ARMY’S RISE!

The Football League Paper - - NEIL MELLOR - By David John

FOR­MER Fleet­wood Town of­fi­cial David Mitchell has pub­lished a book chart­ing the re­mark­able rise of the Cod Army from the North West Coun­ties to League One in­side a decade.

Au­thor Mitchell is a for­mer mem­ber of the club’s me­dia team and has had full ac­cess to club ar­chives as well as its key per­son­nel past and present.

At the heart of Living the Dream: Fleet­wood Town’s Six Pro­mo­tions in Ten Years is a leg­endary player and an am­bi­tious chair­man.

Nathan Pond joined squad as a raw teenager back in 2003 and now closes in on the all-time club ap­pear­ance record af­ter suc­cess­fully climb­ing ev­ery step along the way, a feat which re­sulted in an en­try in the Guin­ness Book of World Records for the popular de­fender.

Foot­ball-lov­ing Andy Pil­ley took over the reins early in 2004 and sin­gled his in­ten­tions from the out­set. His money, busi­ness acu­men and bound­less en­thu­si­asm have in­spired many oth­ers to de­vote time and en­ergy to mak­ing Fleet­wood the suc­cess­ful club it is to­day.

Around the cen­tral char­ac­ters – cur­rent Pre­mier League striker Jamie Vardy among them – are wo­ven sto­ries of key matches, gen­uine foot­balling folk and amus­ing in­ci­dents.

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