In his autobiography, Theo Give Us a Ball: A Life in Football, co-authored with his son, Paul, Theo details the highs and lows of professional football in a bygone age. From kicking a ball about on the streets of 1950s’ Dublin to captaining a First Division team during the 1960s and becoming assistant manager at Millwall and Arsenal, this book provides a fascinating insight into football in the days when a love of the game came before wealth and fame.
During his time at Highbury, Theo became a local legend and fans would chant ‘Theo, give us a ball,’ to which he duly obliged. In this honest account, Theo reveals the highs and lows of his life in football and shares his memories of working with some of the football greats of the past.
Keywords: Theo Foley, Exeter City FC, Northampton Town FC, Charlton Athletic FC, Millwall FC, QPR FC, Arsenal FC, Fulham FC, Southend United FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Spurs, Republic of Ireland National Football Team, Eire, Paul Foley, George Graham, Gordon Jago, Dave Bowen, Joe Kiernan, John Kurilla, Cliff Holton, Frank Large, Eddie Firmani, Mick Flanagan, Colin Powell, Derek Hales, Graham Moore, Paul Went, Barry Kitchener, Terry Brisley, John Seasman