Coronet has won a three-way auction for The Totally Football Yearbook, based on the "Totally Football Show" podcast hosted by James Richardson.
Hodder editorial director Melissa Cox acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for two books from Jon Wood at Rogers, Coleridge & White.
With the intention of "reviving and redefining football yearbook publishing", the book covers not only results and tables from the Premier League, Football League, Scottish Premiership, the major European leagues and the Women’s Super League, but will also contain analysis, insight and entertainment from the whole "Totally Football Show" team.
Published in hardback format, the book will tell the story of the preceding football season as well as previewing the forthcoming football year and is marketed as "a must-have for fans of the beautiful game".
The "Totally Football Show", launched by Richardson, Ben Green and Iain Macintosh in 2017, was a British Podcast Awards winner in 2019. Cox said of the podcast it is "fantastic, full of wit and wisdom in this modern era of football", adding: "I think the team’s particular brand of insight will translate brilliantly to the page."
Macintosh, c.e.o. of Muddy Knees Media (owner of the "Totally Football Show" podcast) said: "I’m so excited that we’ll be working with Coronet on The Totally Football Yearbook. Melissa and her team knew exactly what we wanted to do, they completely understood the kind of book we wanted to write. This will look brilliant on your bookshelves for years to come, but it’s also something that you’ll love to sink into during the summer when the excitement is building. We’ll be bringing some of our best writers together to give you an incomparable read. All the intelligence, wit and irreverence of the "Totally Football Show", all the authority, knowledge and warmth, all bound up into a book the size of a house brick. If I wasn’t making it, I’d be buying it."
The Totally Football Yearbook will be published at the end of the 2020 season by Coronet in August 2020.