Meet Eric Gill and Dave Hollins, once feted as two of the finest goalkeepers in Britain. Between them they have more stories to tell spanning the past 10 decades than there are holes in a football net. Their unique friendship started out as a rivalry, two men wrestling over the same goalkeeper jersey at Brighton & Hove Albion during the 1950s. Seventy years later they remain the best of pals having lived long, eventful lives bookended by the horrors of World War Two and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Journey back to when footballers earned £20 a week and goalkeepers wore string gloves as Eric and Dave recall how they dodged Hitler’s bombs before pitting their wits against some of sport’s most iconic names, a list that includes Stanley Matthews, Pelé and George Best not to mention their shared nemesis, Brian Clough. Touching, inspiring and searingly honest, Eric & Dave is a salutary reminder that youth is not a time of life but a state of mind.
"The ups and downs of their careers makes for a fabulous read, whether you are a football fan or not." - Best of British magazine
"Two goalkeepers, one jersey and a lifelong friendship, in a gem of a football story." - Paul Hayward, The Daily Telegraph