THE NOWHERE MEN: The Unknown Story of Football’s True Talent Spotters by Michael Calvin, published by Century, has won THE TIMES SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR at the British Sports Book Awards.

Selected by public vote Calvin’s fascinating, and widely-acclaimed, story of football’s talent scouts fought off strong competition from seven other category winners at this year’s British Sports Book Awards to win the overall title.

One of UK’s most versatile sportswriters, Calvin was named Sportswriter of the Year for his despatches as a crew member in a round the world yacht race, and has twice been named Sports Reporter of the Year. He is currently chief sports writer with the Independent on Sunday, His previous book, Family: Life Death and Football, was shortlisted in the 2011 Sports Book Awards.

Michael Calvin said of his win, “Being named as The Times Sports Book of the Year is a huge honour, and I hope its success is seen as collective rather than personal. The Nowhere Men would not have been written without the trust of a group of men who deserve to be hailed as football’s hidden heroes”.

THE NOWHERE MEN, which won the Football Book of the Year category at a star-studded awards ceremony last month, fought off strong competition from the seven other category winners. The full list was Jimmy Connors’ THE OUTSIDER, (Autobiography of the Year); THE GREAT TAMASHA by James Astill, (Cricket Book of the Year); Brough Scott’s HENRY CECIL, (Horse Racing Book of the Year); Simon Halliday’s CITY CENTRE, (Rugby Book of the Year); Harriet Tuckey for EVEREST: THE FIRST ASCENT, (Outstanding Sports Writing); LAND OF SECOND CHANCES by Tim Lewis (New Writer of the Year); and Chris Power for INCREDIBLE WAVES, (Best Illustrated Book of the Year).

We now invite the UK book industry to make their nominations for the 2014 British Sports Book Awards.

This is the 12th Sports Awards ceremony, held for the 2nd year at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 21st May 2014 and will be heavily promoted within the media and broadcast for the first time on BT Sport TV.

Nominations are now open.