The Kick Off

Jamie Johnson Book #1

The Kick Off

You'll read this and want to get out and play

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Jamie’s heart seemed to be beating all through his body.
Everything depended on him.
He had to score.

Loved by Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. Written by the ultimate football insider who knows the score. An epic tale of dreaming big and chasing glory.

Meet Jamie Johnson: football hero and TV star! When this story starts, Jamie is a talented schoolkid with a passion for football. He dreams of on-pitch stardom – but he’s got a long way to go. Goal one: to become Kingfield School’s star player. Goal two (in his dreams): to play for Hawkstone United.

But when Jamie messes up his school trial, has he missed his chance?

If you like football, this book's for you



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Dan Freedman

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Dan Freedman


Creator of Jamie Johnson, author of Unstoppable and trying his hand at poetry too...


Dan gives engaging talks to schools, academies, football clubs and corporations across the UK.


Partnerships include Premier League Primary Stars, Wicked Young Writer Awards and Youth Sport Trust.

Jamie Johnson


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Rooney & Gerrard

Inspiration for Born to Play
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Jamie Johnson Intro

Dan introduces JJ
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