Kitson to go the distance for new book

Dave Kitson
Dave Kitson
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As a habitual goalscorer and recurring match-winner, Dave Kitson has written plenty of headlines.

But never has he also contributed chapter and verse. Until now.

The Pompey striker is currently devoting much of his spare time to penning a book.

Described by the aspiring author as semi-autobiographical, the precise details of the manuscript are being kept strictly under wraps, though.

What can be drip fed, however, is the subject matter involves travel.

One day the public will be able to judge its merits for themselves, the 31-year-old harbouring intentions to publish the finished article.

It’s a remarkable piece of career diversification from the one-time supermarket worker who metamorphosed into a professional footballer.

Yet Kitson has long possessed an unquenchable thirst for literature.

It was William Shakespeare’s Macbeth which captivated him as a schoolboy, a play he regards as ‘absolute perfection’.

The Blues striker has since gone on to build an extensive library at the Berkshire home he shares with wife, Claire, and two young sons.

And soon he intends to have his own literary contribution nestling impressively within.

He added: ‘I am very into my wine, I also have some businesses which other people have set up and I have come onto the board and taken an interest. And I write.

‘I’m trying to write a book at the moment.

‘I’ve had a great idea for something for ages but not actually done anything about it until now.

‘I’ve just started to get the ideas down for it.

‘I’m not writing it because I want it to be on the New York Times best seller list or for it to become the next blockbuster film.

‘Some people watch TV and find that relaxing. I write and find that relaxing.

‘I cannot tell you exactly what the book is about, I would love to, but it’s such a good idea.

‘I would hate to see somebody take it and profit from it because I would like to do it first and give people the opportunity to read it.

‘It is about travel, though. I have always wanted to be a travel writer and it’s a book based on travel from a lot of my own experiences.

‘They say write about what you know and I guess you’d call it semi-autobiographical, if that is not being too pompous. There is a lot of my life in there but I would probably write it under a pseudonym.

‘It would be interesting to see how it would be received.’

The very concept of a footballer writing a book will inevitably draw sneers of derision.

In an industry where many need not work again upon retirement, courtesy of their sizeable nest egg, career deviations of such extremes are rare.

Except Kitson is no stereotype.

Granted, he has scored 126 goals during a career which has involved stops at Cambridge, Reading, Stoke, Middlesbrough and Pompey so far.

Yet he’s a passionate wine connoisseur, he pores over The Times at Pompey’s Eastleigh training base and, of course, he writes books.

What’s more, Kitson believes his footballing background should not be allowed to distract from whatever else he attempts to achieve in life.

He added: ‘I have always been an ideas person, I can’t help it. Things come into my head.

‘A good idea is a good idea. It doesn’t matter who has it, where it came from, what that person has done before or what their allegiances are.

‘This is my big annoyance – people who close their minds up to ideas. It’s such a weakness.

‘It doesn’t matter who has the best idea, that is the one you go with.

‘I remember watching The Beatles Anthology and Paul McCartney said they wrote the songs and whoever had the best idea, that is what they went with.

‘To me that is very, very simple and I think that probably scares a lot of people.

‘In modern society there are a lot of attempts to pigeonhole people.’

For Kitson, literature has long played a passionate part in his world.

As a father, he is intent on his sons being provided with the opportunity to also share in such beliefs.

And it’s an exposure to riches he considers priceless.

He said: ‘At home, the one thing I have always, always wanted is a library.

‘Finally I’m lucky enough to have one and have been stocking it now for about three or four years.

‘I can just get lost in there. I just love it, absolutely love it. It is something I have always wanted. I put my chair in there and absolutely love it.

‘There are so many books I won’t get to read but what better start could I give my kids than a wealth of knowledge from the best writers and the best literature in one room?

‘I would have loved that as a kid.

‘When I was younger I was massively into Shakespeare.

‘I love Macbeth, which is absolutely perfect from start to finish.

‘I can read it and just know everything is absolutely perfectly written.

‘When I was 14, 15 and 16, I would go to the school library and read all the time.

‘What I wouldn’t have given to have all of that at home just on tap.

‘It just excites me that my son could take a book off the shelf and it is Plato and he wonders “who is this guy?”.

‘Then he can go on Google and find out everything you want to know. It is right there.’