The R.A.F. Sharpshooters come under enemy fire in Operation Football
Goals — or Gaol !: He Refused to Sign for a Foreign Club — and Found Himself on a Murder Charge!. When Seamouth Rangers hammer Perula FC during a South American tour, Don Pedro Gonzalez, the home side's managing director and wannabe Dictator of Barildia, makes a huge cash offer for Mike Adams, Rangers' blonde bombshell inside forward. On turning him down, Mike is promptly arrested and imprisoned on a murder charge! Maybe now the Senor will see sense? "As it happens, I have a contract in my pocket. Your signature on it and you can be gone from the foul air of this house of goats." Will the hot shot number ten sell out to the swarthy foreigner? All seems lost - unless plucky street kid Juan Periera, captain of an impoverished local junior side, can somehow spring his idol from jail and thwart an insurrection!
The reigning Home Counties Combination League Champions, 1960-61.
Mistaken for His Big-Time Brother: Second Best - But Then Dick Tried a Daring Bluff! Richard 'Dick' Robinson, radio ham and electronics whizz-kid, is a skilful amateur footballer seemingly doomed to live in the shadow of big brother. For the elder Robinson son is none other than Bobby, the Chapwell Wednesday goal-machine and England centre forward! Just when things couldn't get any more demoralising, some bounder has stolen Dick's latest invention; a revolutionary transistor circuit, co-created with a "chunky little Scot" Jack Bruce, Dick's Hyfield Town team-mate. Can Dick catch the thief, retrieve the device, and sign for first division Burnaby City in time to score a debut hat-trick?
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.