Neil’s debut novel, Match Fixer, takes place inside the murky underbelly of Asian football. ‘Squeaky-clean’ Singapore plays host to betting syndicates, which have for decades fed off the insatiable illegal gambling habits of the local population and made a select few bookies very rich and far too powerful. Corruption is destroying The Beautiful Game in Asia and has spread its tentacles into the UK via spread betting cartels. Floodlights have been knocked out. Players jailed. Questions asked.
Against such a backdrop, former West Ham apprentice striker Chris Osborne arrives in Singapore for a final roll of the dice to get his once promising career back on track. However, not even a boyhood spent growing up in London’s East End prepares him for the crooked shenanigans, bloated former British footballing jetsam and the underground party drugs scene that welcome him to life in paradise.
What they say
“Being an old West Ham boy who grew up in East London and played in Malaysia, it’s clear to me that Neil Humphreys knows this world.
Match Fixer paints a vivid picture of life as a professional footballer – colourful, exciting and unpredictable. It really is a fascinating book.”
Tony Cottee, Former England, West Ham, Everton and Selangor striker
“A brilliant journey from the harsh realities of making the grade in the English Premiership, via the A-League and onto the sobering realities of football corruption in Asia. 9/10.
Trevor Treharne, Australian FourFourTwo magazine