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Norwich City writer Paddy Davitt launches first novel to raise foodbank funds

09:29 23 December 2014

Chief Norwich City writer Paddy Davitt is raising funds for a foodbank charity from the proceeds of his first novel. Picture: Paul Chesterton.

Chief Norwich City writer Paddy Davitt is raising funds for a foodbank charity from the proceeds of his first novel. Picture: Paul Chesterton.

The EDP’s chief Norwich City football writer Paddy Davitt has published his debut novel which he hopes will raise funds for those in Norfolk forced to turn to foodbanks.

Paddy, who joined Archant, publishers of the EDP in 2003, has penned the tale of ambitious young footballer, Dave Shaw, who dreams of playing for his hometown club before injury threatens to wreck his fledgling career.

His first e-book, One Shot at Glory, launched on the Amazon website this week with all the proceeds from the first in a series of novels going to the Trussell Trust, a national charity who sets up and runs foodbanks across Norfolk and the rest of the UK.

Paddy said he had been ‘deeply moved’ by stories of families forced to turn to charity for food aid.

“They really do a remarkable job and you can see how important foodbanks have become in recent years. Nearly a million people in this country used a foodbank over the last year and, particularly at Christmas time when there is so much emphasis on celebrating with family and friends and enjoying yourself, it really brings it home to you how many people struggle with something most of us take for granted.

“I just felt if there was anything I could do to raise awareness and funds for such an important cause then let’s try to do it.”

Paddy, who moved from the Midlands to become a trainee sports reporter in the EDP’s King’s Lynn office, is a lifelong Coventry City fan who developed his passion for football and writing by reading fictional football tales in his youth.

He has covered the fortunes of Norwich City for more than a decade and was named chief Norwich City football writer when the Canaries were promoted to the Premier League in 2011.

One Shot at Glory costs £2.06 and is available for download at amazon.co.uk.

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38 comments

  • Welcome back pubmandave, I've missed your imaginative ramblings. It's amazing how people like you always seem to be hanging around food banks at the time people are taking advantage, or know a taxi driver who gave a Norwich City director a lift, etc etc. For those of you who have cynical attitudes about food banks, I'm glad to see the spirit of Christmas (remember good will to all men) isn't dead. Paddy is at least making an effort rather than sitting on his fat spotty behind pontificating in a begrudging manner.

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    PaulWho

    Thursday, December 25, 2014

  • Pubmandave, see my point below. This is one of the two problems with any benefits system: it can be accessed by those who don't deserve it and may not be by those who need it. The second problem is that the more charities or the state does for people, the less they do for themselves.

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    waclor

    Thursday, December 25, 2014

  • I admire Paddy for his efforts, but do have problems with the Foodbank service. Yesterday at an outlet in Norwich I witnessed dozens of young fit n able lads queue up for their FREE Xmas hampers. Everyone I saw was fit n able to get a job, some even could afford to run a car. Over 75% could afford to share a fag with their friends whilst waiting their turn in the queue. Not one single pensioner was in the queue, Not one single OAP who had worked all their life, but no doubt in my mind, their are older people amongst us all who could have done with a bit of help over Christmas. Maybe the older one's amongst us have far too much pride to be seen collecting hand outs ? Or maybe we now have a system that licks the bum's of the lazy and idle at the expense of the OAP's.

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    pubmandave

    Thursday, December 25, 2014

  • Happy Christmas to you all.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Just started reading Paddy's book and I have to say I've read much worse. It flows well and paints a good picture. So far Paddy well done.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • I'll try and make the January party as well. Cheers

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Me and Mrs Dingo are en route to the Fat Cat. You never know! Please advise for January Steely!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Steely, many thanks, look forward to it, enjoyed the last one. Merry Christmas.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Cutty - the young fellah doesn't really have a local as such. He can be found in the Kings Head on Magdelen and the Plasterers from time to time. What I shall do is arrange one of our get together's for sometime in January and invite him and everyone else to join us. Was going to do so in December but January is more convenient for most. Will keep you posted.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • p.s. make that here, my hearing isn't what it use to be.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Steely, what's Brew's local ale house? He seems to have gone AWOL an if I can't share a joke with him on hear I'll drop by and share a pint or two with the old fella.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Derek, you're all heart !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Nice gesture from Paddy which ought to be reciprocated,or at least matched,from a tiny part of McNally's bonus.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Dubai old chap, If I wanted a book I would buy one myself, so don't waste your money on my account. Everyone has there own opinion, if it was a charity I support, I would buy it. My own personal charity is the British Heart Foundation

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Derek, the book is £2 old chap, for a good read and it is helping a good cause too. This is the time of year for goodwill - if you can't afford one - perhaps you'd like me to buy one for you ? That's three please for Paddy, one for Bah Humbug Derek, one to get Mad Brewer back posting again and one for myself. Merry Christmas to all and a three pointer against Millwall on Friday, Cheers !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • I think Timbo's point on ambulances Derek counters yours about the government doing more if there were no foodbanks. Foodbanks however, unlike NHS services, are charitable in status and are run responsibly so as to minimise abuse. Vouchers are issued for 3 days emergency supplies on the recommendation of various care agencies, eg social services, CAB, even the police. One of the reasons I do not vote is because politicians contrive to arrive at situations like this.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Timbo.What are you blabbering on about, who said anything about ambulance response times? or about anyone injured in a car lying in the road.

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Some good comments from our chaps on this subject. For what its worth, Mrs Fagen has taken to buying an extra tenners worth of food every week which she takes to the church food bank point. I know these things are open to abuse and there will be those who think they can spend more money on other things (booze and drugs etc) and then get free food. However I also have an ex work friend who found himself living on the streets of Norwich for two months with very little support or guidance. Briefly he was in a long term relationship with a lady who had the tenancy on a council flat. When the thing broke up he found himself with nowhere to live whilst suffering some sort of mental breakdown. I get a little angry with people who try to turn food banks into some sort of political issue. Best of luck with the book Paddy,and I'm sure somebody will buy a copy for Brew.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • There is a link on MBA Marines facebook page, please help if you can.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • There should be a Archant poll, on should the Brewer's exile be revoked. I ask you all to look up 'the real junk food cafe' I for one have given money to help them as food waste to me is more criminal, we could help so many if it was not binned.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • There are some very interesting points here. I guess from afar it is easy to dismiss all those who do not have the means to support themselves as the idle who have made a lifestyle choice not to work but live off those who do. They are the ones who get the publicity. My wish would be for an affordable benefits system which provides a safety net for those who have no choice but to use it and sufficient filters to deny benefits to those who are too lazy to work, genuinely cannot find work and whose plight is not self induced. However this is a fantastic gesture by Paddy and I will buy the book as a tribute to the gesture in the hope that the help goes to those who truly need it.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Yes all the best Paddy. I think it was Edwina Currie who inspected our local foodbank + then pompously announced that such things weren't really necessary.....Derek, I assume you'd leave a car accident victim lay injured in the road, on the basis that we weren't happy about ambulance response times...?

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Good lucluck with the book, it is a sad reflection on our society and ourselves that anything like this is needed at all. It puts me in mind of someone wanting to ask God why he allows so much suffering in the world, but being afraid to in case he asks the same question back. Happy Christmas everyone.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Paddy, from the North Lower but without any partisan sentiments whatsoever on this, wish you every success. Great thing to do and deserves to be supported.

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    Northstander

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • I work in the homeless sector and foodbanks are a sad fact of life for many. Recent brutal government cutbacks have left some bloody big cracks in the system and lots of unfortunate people are falling through. It's a nice idea to think that if foodbanks didn't exist, government would take up the slack. Nice but naive. The reality is that if you're the sort of person that might need to use foodbanks, you're exactly the sort of person that this government doesn't give a toss about. On a lighter note, merry Christmas to City fans everywhere.

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    ncfcyellowman

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Can't understand what Mad Brewer has done wrong - he hasn't even made a film about Kim Jong-un !

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Without being hypocritical I wish you good luck and good sales. Food banks say more about our politicians than anything else. Fair play to you because it's a brave stance to take. Feliz Navidad a todos - Amarillos!

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Ha, ha, Mad Brewer is going to love this article. I bet his novel will be a "Divotting read".

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Food banks are an indictment of the state of the nation . I used to get really annoyed about reading about the soup kitchens of the great depression and of the Victorian period . Sadly we still treat the have not's harshly . Nice one Paddy.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • I totally agree Derek, but these poor people would starve to death before the government does anything to halt it. Anyway Feliz Navidad to all, and lets hope for loads of points over the next week or so. "Free the Norfolk one"

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    spanishcanary

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Well done Paddy, you are showing true Christmas spirit. Here's to a healthy, happy and prosperous year to you and all NCFC fans. OTBC

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    SinguptheJarrold

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • please let brew back.what happend to freedom of speech.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Good luck with your 'book' but it's criminal that we need food banks in this country, shame on all politicians for forcing people into poverty.

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    martyn elmy

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Paddy, if I buy two copies, will you let Mad Brewer come back to cheer us all up ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Well done Paddy - I for one WILL be buying a copy. Merry Christmas !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • If people did not do this, perhaps the Government would do more

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • I do not post often on here, however on this occasion I just wanted to say this: Sad sad sad Derek, enjoy your Christmas, many wont!!

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    spanishcanary

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • I for one will not buy it, I don't use foods banks or agree with them

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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