25 July 2014

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Journalism student on the ball with book venture

A journalism student who published a book of footballing trivia last year has published a second book, this time focusing on the history of the England team.

Joe Mewis’s first book, ‘Football On This Day,’ was a miscellany containing stories on the beautiful game from every day of the year.

Now Joe, who is studying at News Associates in Manchester, has applied the “on this day…” format to the England team in a new collaboration with friend and fellow journalist Rob Burnett.

Their new book ‘England On This Day’ charts the history of the Three Lions from their first clash with Scotland in 1872 to Fabio Capello’s preparations for next summer’s World Cup campaign.

“Like all good ideas, we came up with this one over a beer whilst watching another hapless England friendly and decided to put our encyclopaedic football brains to good use for once,” explained Joe.

“Rob and I set up a website – onthisfootballday.com – and on the back of that managed to secure a book deal, which we were delighted about.”

As Joe, who lives in Leeds, gets ‘England On This Day’ ready for release he is also swotting up on his shorthand at the end of his year-long part-time NCTJ course, whilst also working full-time for a Leeds-based marketing company as a project manager.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in the last few months, it’s how to multi-task. I’m busier than Peter Crouch on the dancefloor, but I’m enjoyed it immensely and hopefully it should help me land a job in the industry,” he said.

Order a copy of Joe’s book here

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