A New Dream

The story of Northern Ireland's UEFA Women's Euro 2022 journey

Nigel Tilson

The ultimate underdog story: a team who were resigned to the backwaters of women’s international football before an inspirational figure – Kenny Shiels – instilled belief and passion. This book charts Northern Ireland’s incredible journey to UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 and the part the team played in the record-breaking tournament in England.

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This is the ultimate underdog story: the story of a team who were resigned to operating in the backwaters of women’s international football before an inspirational figure instilled belief and passion in them.

Players who had pulled on the green jersey year upon year, campaign after campaign, never dreamt they could reach the heights of appearing at a major tournament. That was until Kenny Shiels came along and sparked a new dream. He was a coach who had been there and done that in several countries, winning plenty of trophies along the way.

Shiels had successfully managed a Northern Ireland international boys’ team in the past but he was keen to bring his know-how to the senior international stage. The veteran manager immediately set about reinvigorating the experienced players in the squad which he inherited – and introducing younger players who could step up to a higher level. He found a blend that worked. And he moulded a togetherness which players often describe as “one big family”.

Flanked by his son Dean, goalkeeping coach Dwayne Nelson and a strong backroom team, he instilled a hunger and drive that led to a maiden appearance at a major tournament.

Through words and the brilliant pictures of William Cherry this book charts, in chronological order, Northern Ireland’s incredible journey to UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 – often against the odds – and the part the senior women’s team played in the record-breaking tournament in England.

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Format: Paperback / Softback

ISBN / EAN: 9781399954044

Published On: 1 May, 2023

Page Count: 148

Publisher: Irish Football Association

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