Eason Sports Book of the Year, in association with Ireland AM

Shortlist 2022

The Rodfather by Roddy Collins

The Rodfather

By Roddy Collins with Paul Howard

Roddy Collins is a football man – now in the sixth decade of a career as a player (at sixteen clubs), manager (twelve clubs) and commentator. And he is a funny man: an unequalled raconteur with a sharp eye for the absurdities of the professional game and spectacular recall. He has made friends wherever he has gone, along with some high-quality enemies. When John Delaney said he could get Roddy a job if he’d just stop criticising him, Roddy replied that he’d ‘rather dig holes in the road’.


Now, with the brilliant Paul Howard, Roddy puts it all down on paper for the first time – the adventures, the rows and the craic – in what is not only one of the funniest but also one of the most eye-opening books ever written about professional football.

About Roddy Collins with Paul Howard...

Roddy Collins grew up in Cabra, on the north side of Dublin. In his long career as a player and then a manager, he was often injured, many times sacked, and constantly on the move – but somehow always on the right side of football history. Now a beloved pundit and football personality, Roddy Collins lives in Dublin with his family.


Paul Howard is a journalist, author and comedy writer best known as the creator of the No 1 bestselling Ross O’Carroll-Kelly series. He has won a record four Irish Book Awards and is a former Irish Sports Journalist of the Year and Irish Newspaper Columnist of the Year.

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