TEB Interview – Gary Jordan
Joining a growing list of budding authors that have popped in to have a chat with us here at TEB HQ is Gary Jordan whose debut title ‘Out Of The Shadows’ is available to pre-order.
Q. Let us start with the easiest question, how did you become an avid fan of AFC Wimbledon?
It was a natural progression of following the team that I had grown up supporting. The FA made their decision but we would not just go away, tails between our legs. Something had to be done, the rest is firmly in the history books.
Q. Who is your favourite player to have ever played for the Dons?
A tough one as we have had so many characters down the years, but I would go to long before the AFC days and say Dennis Wise.
Q. After all the success of moving up through the leagues as the original Crazy Gang, it has been quite a turbulent time being a fan of the club since that FA Cup Final victory hasn’t it?
Yes for sure, 1988 was of course a huge milestone and really shook the football world at the time. Then being part of the Premier League launch, having to move to Selhurst Park, the search for a new home in Merton, the whole franchise debacle, and taking nine years from trials on the common to getting back in the league. We have crammed a lot into the last three decades!
Q. How long have you been writing and how did it all start?
To be honest it has been quite a new thing. My interest in NFL sparked it all off with a blog, then contributing to several sites in that area. I got noticed by a feature writer for The American magazine, a mag that caters for ex-pats living in the UK, and I regularly write for them. I then started my own website covering all areas of American Football across the world. Then the urge to write a book was strong, I pitched the idea to several publishers and luckily one jumped on board.
Q. Tell us a little about your book ‘Out Of The Shadows‘?
Some of the best books I have read have not always been about winners or champions. This fell true with the England team that had o’t been to a World Cup for twelve years. It was the first World Cup I remember as a child, the colours and noise grabbed me. The story of the teams qualification was one that had not been written about in depth, and the way they stayed true and loyal to the cause was immense. To go out conceding just one goal and unbeaten put England back on the world stage.
Q. Where can fans purchase the book?
Q. Are there any other football books that you would recommend?
My favourite is ‘All Played Out‘ by Pete Davies, which covered England at the 1990 World Cup. I enjoy reading managers autobiographies – Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Terry Venables, Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough have all had great books out.
Q. What do you find the most rewarding about writing and do you have any tips for budding authors?
Well I guess the most rewarding is yet to come. The day I actually see a copy of my first book, on a shelf, in a store. Or in someone’s hand on a train, that’ll be cool. Tips, well just get yourself out there. Blog, push on social media, write for different sites, fanzines. The more you write the easier it gets.
Q. And finally, please share with us any projects that you are currently working on.
As I mentioned before, I still write for The American so when I get topics from them I meet their deadlines. I am currently pitching a couple of ideas to my publisher, both football themed, and both historical. One is international based, the other a domestic team that had success in the late seventies and early eighties.