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Roy of the Rovers specials announced!

Thursday 11th July, 2019

With Roy’s 65th birthday fast approaching, we’re thrilled to reveal that July and August will see the release of two very special Roy of the Rovers’ collections – The Best of the 50s and The Best of the 60s – filled to the rafters with the greatest stories of Roy’s early footballing career on the pages of Tiger!

We’re also excited to reveal the cover art for both of these editions, complete with reworked art from the original comics, and a swanky 65th logo to boot!

The Best of the 50s is full of stories from the original creators themselves – Frank S. Pepper and Joe Colquhoun - including Roy’s first call up in Tiger magazine on September 11th 1954 and other stories from Melchester’s soccer sensation. Perfect for introducing new readers to the world of Roy Race!

The Best of the 60s includes artwork and stories from Joe Colquhoun once more, but also includes additions from Derek Birnage, Fred T. Holmes, and even the one and only Bobby Charlton. There’s something for everyone, and regular readers will remember iconic stories contained within, such as a saboteur club burning down the dressing room, an obsessed fan trying to ruin Melchester’s cup run, and even Rovers’ crash-landing on a small South American Island!

Both of these fantastic editions will be released in hardback, with The Best of the 50s launching July 25th, and The Best of the 60s launching a month later on August 22nd. Use the linkes below to pre-order your copies right now!

The Best of the 1950s: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roy-Of-The-Rovers-Best-Anniversary-Collection/dp/1781087172 

The Best of the 1960s: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roy-Rovers-Best-Anniversary-Collection/dp/1781077180

Roy of the Rovers: The Exhibition!

Monday 8th July, 2019

We're thrilled to announce that Roy is getting his very own museum exhibition for this 65th birthday, as we've teamed up with the National Football Museum for an exclusive pop-up, and you're all invited! The exhibition starts on July 19th and runs until November, so save the date and put in your diary football fans!

As you well know, the Melchester Rovers legend made his first appearance in Tiger magazine in 1954, and remains a comic book icon to this very day. His exploits are known far and wide - you’ll likely hear commentators using the term ‘Roy of the Rovers stuff’ when describing last-gasp winners, underdog comebacks and intense cup drama!

Now Roy has returned, alongside his new female counterpart Rocky. So come and see how the comic strip has evolved over the years through retrospective artwork, unique objects and family-friendly activities. Practice your drawing skills on our lightboxes, and don the iconic red and gold kit of Melchester Rovers in our dress-up area.

Manchester residents get free entry!

National Football Museum website: 

https://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/whatson/roy-of-the-rovers/

Roy of the Rovers Season 1 finale is here!

Thursday 27th June, 2019

Roy of the Rovers: Going Up, the exciting, action packed finale to Roy’s thrilling first season of professional football is out now!

After a tumultuous season, Melchester Rovers have turned their fortunes around and promotion is within reach, but going up isn’t a foregone conclusion, and there’s a crisis looming…

Superstar striker Roy Race will miss the play-offs after receiving a controversial red card. If that wasn’t bad enough Melchester’s unscrupulous owner Barry ‘Meat’ Cleaver has plans that could spell the end for the club!

Going Up, written by Rob Williams (Amazing Spider-Man, Star Wars, Judge Dredd), with art from Ben Willsher, is the third awesome footy adventure in the new Roy of the Rovers series – read alone, or alongside the new Roy of the Rovers novels! The new era begins here!

It's been a fantastic first season for Roy, and we're so thrilled to have been able reboot Roy, and get him and his adventures, in to the hands of children and adults alike all across the country! If you've not read any yet, why not try out Book 1 or Comic 1 now!

Now, we're off for pre-season training! 


Rocky Race Heads to the Women's World Cup!

Monday 20th May, 2019

That's right, Roy's football crazy sister Rocky is heading to the Women's World Cup 2019! 

Not to play though, sadly, instead she'll be there in a series of short LIVE stories, written each week during the competition by Roy of the Rovers author Tom Palmer, which will feature Rocky as well as her brother Roy (who?) and Ffion.

The first chapter is can be downloaded for free right here!

The Women's World Cup will take place between 7 June and 7 July 2019, and there will be three chapters published on the National Literacy Trust’s website each week during the tournament, responding to events on and off the pitch!

The story is designed to be read in class or at home and is aimed at children aged 8 to 14 - but that's not to say anyone over that age won't enjoy it! To sign up and be reminded when the next chapter is live, and for updates on the story, go to the Literacy Trust website and fill in your details.

Not up to date with Roy of the Rovers? Why not try reading the first book or graphic novel - perfect for football-crazy children!

Roy signs boot deal with Gola!

Thursday 7th February, 2019

Roy Race, the teenage goal-scoring sensation at Melchester Rovers, and the star of iconic football series Roy of the Rovers, has signed an exclusive boot deal with British sportswear brand Gola.

It’s not the first time Gola has been seen in the pages of Roy of the Rovers - back in 1981, Gola sponsored the iconic footballing superstar Roy Race, and his team Melchester Rovers. The partnership made the cover of the July 4th 1981 issue of Roy of the Rovers, with Roy first showing off his brand new red and yellow Gola sponsored kit to his team mates.  “What do you think of our new playing strip?” he asked.  “Terrific, isn’t it?”

In the following years, the Gola sponsorship of Melchester Rovers would become emblematic of Roy of the Rovers for an entire generation of football-mad fans. Now Rebellion – publishers of the rebooted Roy of the Rovers – are delighted to be working with Gola once more! 

Roy will be sporting Gola football boots in illustrated fiction and graphic novels for the rest of the 2018/19 season, and will be seen in his custom boots for the first time on the cover of Roy of the Rovers: Teamwork by Tom Palmer (illustrated fiction, published today!).

Roy can also be seen shaking the hand of Gola Chairman Harvey Jacobson on the pitch at Mel Park in the pages of Roy of the Rovers: Foul Play by Rob Williams and Ben Willsher (graphic novel, published 7 March 2019). Having signed a boot deal with the brand, the signature Melchester Rovers colour palette of red, yellow and black has been applied to the Gola Ativo 5 Gamma VX style.

New to the rebooted Roy of the Rovers? Catch up here!

Gola commented:

“Gola is so pleased to be sponsoring Roy Race for the second time and to a whole new generation of readers. The partnership is a fitting tribute to Gola’s long footballing heritage.”

Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley OBE said:

“We’re delighted to have signed a boot deal for Roy, and Gola are the perfect partner! Gola had a great – and hugely popular – partnership with Roy of the Rovers in the past, and it’s fantastic to be able to re-establish that relationship for the modern era. We’re sure Racey will be scoring plenty of goals with his awesome new boots!”

Roy of the Rovers: Teamwork is out now!

Roy of the Rovers: Teamwork is out now!

Thursday 7th February, 2019

Roy of the Rovers is back!

Yes, Melchester Rovers' brand new goalscoring superstar returns with another illustrated fiction adventure, from the bloomin' brilliant Tom Palmer and Lisa Henke.

Roy of the Rovers: Teamwork picks up where Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off left us - in the aftermath of Rovers' incredible cup tie against their superstar local rivals Tynecaster.

New to the rebooted Roy of the Rovers? Catch up here!

Find out more about Roy of the Rovers: Teamwork below, and head over to the shop to grab your copy!

Don't forget to pre-order the next Roy of the Rovers graphic novel, Roy of the Rovers: Foul Play - out in March!

Roy of the Rovers: Teamwork

Author: Tom Palmer
Illustrator: Lisa Henke

It’s tough at the top!

Roy Race is living the dream. After all, how many 16-year-olds get to play up front for their favourite football team?

Except life as Melchester Rovers’ new star striker isn’t easy. Everyone’s looking at him differently, social media is a nightmare, and Rovers are still stuck at the bottom of the league.

All that, and he’s still got to go to college, help out at home, and coach his little sister Rocky’s football team. If he’s going to cope, Roy better learn to be a team player – and fast....

Nationwide school competition launches!

Friday 1st February, 2019

To celebrate the return of Roy of the Rovers , the National Literacy Trust and Rebellion are inviting pupils aged 8 to 12 to get creative and write a club motto for Roy Race’s iconic football team, Melchester Rovers.  

As well as £250 worth of books and comics for their school, the winning pupil will receive a prize that money can’t buy – their motto will be written into an upcoming Roy of the Rovers book by best-selling children’s author, Tom Palmer, who will also visit the winner’s school! The winner and 10 runners up will also get a full set of signed Roy of the Rovers books.

Publishers Rebellion have rebooted the legendary Roy of the Rovers comic for the 21st century to help inspire new generations of children to fall in love with reading through football. As part of Rebellion’s commitment to children’s literacy, the publisher has already donated 10,000 Roy of the Rovers graphic novels and illustrated fiction books to National Literacy Trust Hubs around the UK. This competition is the natural next step for Rebellion’s burgeoning partnership with the charity.

Using exciting excerpts and illustrations from the new books, the National Literacy Trust has created a range of free teaching resources and activities, including top tips from author Tom Palmer, to help pupils write a motto that encapsulates Roy Race’s passion for football, celebrates the team spirit of Melchester Rovers and inspires fans. Teachers will also receive a free Roy of the Rovers poster for their classroom and bookmarks for pupils.

Tom Palmer, author of the new Roy of the Rovers chapter books, said: Roy of the Rovers helped me discover a love of reading. I might be a reader and writer now, but I wasn’t when I was at school. I was intimidated by reading. I feared it. But all that changed when I started reading about the only thing I cared about at that age – football. Roy Race quickly became my football hero. He didn’t give up. He faced challenges head on. When things went wrong, he would find a solution, not just blame others. And he scored great goals!

“10-year-old me would have loved to enter this competition, getting the chance to turn Roy’s ‘can do’ attitude and passion for the beautiful game into a punchy motto for Melchester Rovers. Good luck to everyone entering the competition – I can’t wait to celebrate the winning pupil by writing their motto into a Roy of the Rovers book!”

Jim Sells, Sport and Literacy Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust, said: “We’ve seen first-hand how bringing football into the classroom can level the playing field for children who have fallen behind with their reading and writing. We can’t wait to see how Roy’s latest adventures will inspire children and young people to write a motto that celebrates the true spirit of the mighty Melchester Rovers.”

Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley said: Roy of the Rovers isn’t just about football, fair play and Roy Race – it’s also about the joy of reading compelling stories and following great characters as they overcome the odds. We’re delighted to be partnering with the National Literacy Trust in this competition, and hope that Roy of the Rovers can inspire a whole new generation to enjoy reading, just as it has done in the past.”

To enter the competition and download free materials and activities, visit: literacytrust.org.uk/competitions/roy-of-the-rovers/

Roy of the Rovers Cup Heroes Special out now!

Wednesday 23rd January, 2019

The heroes of The Emirates FA Cup Third Round have been immortalised in a limited-edition Roy of the Rovers comic, released today!

That's right, we've teamed up with The FA to bring you the Roy of the Rovers FA Cup Heroes Special - and you can download it right here, for free

You can also read this epic special edition on the Roy of the Rovers app - simply search for Roy of the Rovers on your app store of choice, download for free, and get reading!

The commemorative special issue depicts action from an exhilarating Emirates FA Cup Third Round weekend which saw Barnet, Gillingham, Oldham Athletic and Newport County all overcome the odds to record famous upsets.

Following Oldham Athletic’s and Newport County’s stunning victories against Premier League opposition, the managers of both sides described their achievements as “Roy of the Rovers stuff” and the new comic features a cup themed storyline and artwork by Roy of the Rovers artist Ben Willsher.  

It includes Oldham keeper Daniel Iversen’s penalty stop against Fulham at Craven Cottage, Padraig Amond’s 85th minute winner for League Two Newport County against Leicester City, Gillingham’s Elliott List’s winner against Cardiff City and Barnet’s victory at Sheffield United.

A limited number of the free of charge comic books were released today by each of the teams with fans queueing to own a piece of history.  They were joined by players and managers who signed copies and looked ahead to the Fourth Round ties taking place this weekend.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY OF THE ROY OF THE ROVERS CUP HEROES SPECIAL!

Oldham caretaker boss Pete Wild said “I described our win as “Roy of the Rover’s stuff” and I wasn’t lying. When I heard that The FA were actually creating a Roy of the Rovers comic book I was over the moon. To put this club and the players who worked so hard to secure the win in the spotlight is really special. I’m sure the fans are going to love it.”

Newport County’s Third Round winning goal scorer Padraig Amond added “Growing up I used to read Roy of the Rovers comics, so seeing myself in comic book form is crazy. The Emirates FA Cup has given us a chance to prove ourselves and I’m delighted that our fans can now keep a bit of that history with this comic. It’s brilliant, I’ll certainly be keeping my copy in a special place.”

Andy Ambler, The FA’s Director of Professional Game Relations, said “Anything is possible in The Emirates FA Cup as results in the Third Round showed. The competition is for all and a chance for players and teams across the football pyramid to write their names into folklore. We are delighted to create this commemorative comic book featuring the stars of Barnet, Gillingham, Newport County and Oldham Athletic and hope the fans across the country enjoy looking back on these memorable moments in cartoon form. Good luck to all the clubs in the Fourth Round.”

The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round kicks off on Friday 25 January. Following the doubling of The FA’s prize fund this season, winning clubs will receive £180,000 in prize money and a place in the Fifth Round Proper.

We're sure you'll all agree, it's real Roy of the Rovers stuff!

The Official 2018/19 Home Kit is here!

Friday 7th December, 2018

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the official home kit of the mighty Melchester Rovers, as seen in the pages of the 2018 Roy of the Rovers reboot, is out now!

That's right, just in time for Christmas, we've teamed up with Hummel to bring the brand new Rovers home shirt to life. 

The first Melchester Rovers kit of the modern era is (in our humble opinion) a classic. Designed by Hummel in the iconic Rovers red and yellow, this is a shirt every Melchester fan - and every aspiring Roy Race - can be proud to wear.

Featuring:

  • Embroidered Melchester Rovers badge
  • Classic Melchester Rovers red and yellow colours
  • Iconic Hummel chevron design
  • Made from lightweight performance material

The 2018/19 home shirt is available in adult and children's sizes, but numbers are very limited - so make sure you head over to the store and grab yours now!

Head to the Roy of the Rovers shop and get your Official Melchester Rovers Home Kit 2018/19!

The Roy of the Rovers app is here!

Wednesday 5th December, 2018

Huge news, Rovers fans: the Roy of the Rovers app is here!

That's right, Roy has finally gone digital, and you can download the new app right now. 

The Roy of the Rovers app features free comics, games, and lets you read the brand new Roy of the Rovers stories in digital form!

Head to your app store of choice and download the app now! 

 Download here: 

 iTunes

Google Play


10,000 book Roy of the Rovers charity giveaway!

Friday 16th November, 2018

Rebellion, the publisher of the 2018 Roy of the Rovers reboot, has teamed up with the National Literacy Trust this week to give away 10,000 books from the brand new series to reluctant readers across the United Kingdom.

The return of Roy of the Rovers has been greeted with enthusiasm across the UK, especially in the football community, where the comic and its central character, Roy Race, are thought of as icons – and which also introduced generations of football fans to reading for pleasure.

This week’s giveaway includes 5000 copies of Roy of the Rovers: Scouted, an illustrated novel by celebrated children’s author Tom Palmer, and 5000 copies of Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off, by best-selling comics writer Rob Williams (2000 AD, Suicide Squad) and artist Ben Willsher (2000 AD, Doctor Who Magazine).

The books are being distributed through National Literacy Trust Hubs - areas where the charity works with communities and local partners to tackle low literacy levels that are seriously impacting on people’s lives.

The National Literacy Trust Hubs that will receive books through this giveaway include Swindon, the North Yorkshire Coast, Peterborough, Middlesbrough, Bradford, Nottingham, Hastings, and Stoke-on-Trent.

Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley commented:

‘We’re delighted to be bringing brand new Roy of the Rovers comics and novels to children up and down the country. Over the years Roy was many youngsters’ route into reading, and we often hear from journalists, authors and, of course, footballers, who went on to have careers inspired by the comic. It’s a real pleasure to be bringing the joy of reading – and Roy of the Rovers – to an entirely new generation of readers.”

Jim Sells, Sport and Literacy Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust, commented:

“I loved Roy of the Rovers growing up, so I’m delighted that the adventures of Roy Race and Melchester Rovers are back to inspire a whole new generation of children to get reading. We’ve seen firsthand how bringing football into the classroom can level the playing field for children who have fallen behind in their reading, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, where we focus our work.

We would like to thank Rebellion for their generous support and for enabling us to get 10,000 exciting new books into the hands of the children who need them the most in our National Literacy Trust Hubs.”

Rebellion and the National Literacy Trust will be launching an exciting competition for schools in 2019. Teachers can find out more and register their interest in taking part from today here.

Return to 1980 with the iconic Melchester home shirt!

Friday 9th November, 2018

539 career goals. 10 league titles. 10 FA Cups. 4 European Cups. There’s no doubt about it: Roy of the Rovers is the stuff of legend. 

To the generations of readers who followed Roy Race’s exploits in his comic every week, the Melchester Rovers number 9 remains the definitive football superstar - a hometown hero with the lethal left foot, who never played dirty and always pulled it out of the bag at the last minute.

As you'll have seen, Roy has returned in a brand new comic, but the legacy of the world's greatest fictional footballer hasn't been forgotten! We've teamed up with top notch retro football shirt company COPA to bring you this: the 1980 Melchester Rovers home shirt.


Arguably the most iconic Rovers shirt ever with its yellow strip and round collar, our collaboration with COPA also features the period-correct Melchester rovers badge, and Roy's famous number 9 on the back - so you can become real life Roy of the Rovers stuff!

Manufactured in Portugal, and shipped in a beautiful presentation box, this is the first replica Melchester Rovers shirt in many years, and we're delighted to bring you a slice of glorious Rovers history. 

The Melchester Rovers retro shirt can be found at the Roy of the Rovers shop, or alternatively at COPA and via selected resellers.

Classic Roy of the Rovers calendar out now!

Monday 5th November, 2018

Once upon a time, Christmas wasn't Christmas unless you got something with Roy of the Rovers on it in your stocking - and we're bringing those days back!

We're teamed up with the good folks at Calendar Club to create an exclusive 2019 Classic Roy of the Rovers calendar, featuring legendary covers from the comic's incredible run in the '70s and '80s.

To grab your copy, head on over to Calendar Club. We've got a feeling the older football fan in your life might like this one...

Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off out now!

Thursday 1st November, 2018

It's actually happening:  Roy of the Rovers has returned to comics!

Roy Race and Melchester Rovers are finally back in comics with the release of Rob Williams and Ben Willsher's superb graphic novel Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off. Yes, it's real! The greatest fictional footballer of all time is back, with a new look and a new story. Exciting isn't the word!

So what can you expect from Kick-Off? Quite apart from the best football comics in decades, that is? Read on to find out...

Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off

Out: Now!
Written by Rob Williams
Illustrations by Ben Willsher
Lettering: Jim Campbell
Editor: Keith Richardson

Times are tough for Melchester Rovers. Languishing at the bottom of League Two, the once-proud powerhouse of British football is out of money and out of luck. 

Sixteen year old Roy Race always dreamt of playing up front for Rovers. Oozing with natural talent and possessing a powerful left foot, Roy may just be the answer to all of Melchester’s prayers. 

Can Roy break into the Rovers first team and bring back the glory days of old? Or will the pressure of problems on and off the pitch prove too much for the young prospect? 

The epic footballing saga begins here!

Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off is out now!

Racey returns!

Thursday 1st November, 2018

Roy of the Rovers is a legend. Melchester Rovers’ blonde haired superstar striker with the lethal left foot is nothing short of a footballing icon, a comics institution, and a household name.

Roy Race’s story began way back in 1954, and by the time he graduated to his own Roy of the Rovers comic in the late 1970s, sold hundreds of thousands football-mad fans were following his exploits every week!

Roy’s story eventually ended in 2000, and since then he’s been on the subs bench.

But no more! We’re bringing back Roy of the Rovers for a new era! That’s right, Roy has been rebooted – and he’s now 16, and just starting out on his career in football.

So what can you expect from the brand new Roy of the Rovers? Well, obviously goals, glory and football drama galore, but also a modern spin on the classic character that will appeal to a whole new generation of football fans!

We’ve teamed up with some awesome partners, such as the Totally Football Show, Match of the Day Magazine, Hummel, the National Literacy Trust and The FA, to bring you a thrilling new football comic unlike anything else!

We’re publishing two series of books, which all tie together to make one epic Roy of the Rovers story, and we’ll also be reprinting classic comics, and issuing things like classic Melchester Rovers shirts.

We’re releasing illustrated fiction books (these are middle grade novels, with a few black and white illustrations throughout) and graphic novels (think of these as posh, hardback comics), timed to coincide with the football season.

Head over to our shop to grab your copies of the new Roy of the Rovers books!

Here’s what’s already out there – and what’s coming in 2019!

  

Roy of the Rovers: Scouted
Illustrated fiction book 1
Author: Tom Palmer
Artist: Lisa Henke
Out: Now!

Roy Race is the most talented striker in Melchester– but is he good enoughto catch the eye of the Melchester Rovers scouts?

 

Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off

Graphic novel book 1
Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Ben Willsher
Out: Now!

Roy Race is 16, talented, and desperate to make it as a footballer. But is he good enough for Melchester Rovers? Now’s the time to prove if he’s got what it takes to become Roy of the Rovers.


 Roy of the Rovers: Teamwork
Illustrated fiction book 2
Author: Tom Palmer
Artist: Lisa Henke
Out: February 2019 PRE-ORDER NOW!

Life gets tricky for Roy as he adjusts to life in the spotlight. Fortune and glory await, but can Roy juggle football, fame and family?

 

Roy of the Rovers: Foul Play
Graphic novel book 2
Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Ben Willsher
Out: March 2019 PRE-ORDER NOW!

Roy picks up an injury that puts him on the sidelines, and suddenly there’s competition for his place as a brand new - and brilliant - striker is brought in by the management…

 

Roy of the Rovers: Playoffs
Illustrated fiction book 3
Author: Tom Palmer
Artist: Lisa Henke
Out: May 2019

Crunch time for Rovers: the end of the season is here, the club is in deep trouble, and it’s down to Roy to bring a bit of hope back to the Melchester faithful.

 

Roy of the Rovers: Going Up
Graphic novel book 3
Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Ben Willsher
Out: June 2019

Roy and the team have battled through a tough season, but have they got enough left to get promoted? Or will they fall at the final hurdle and see the club sold by its greedy owner?


Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all things Roy, and check back here at the official Roy of the Rovers website for news and updates!

A new era begins, and it’s real Roy of the Rovers stuff!

Roy Race changed my life!

Thursday 4th October, 2018

I still can’t believe that I was asked to write Roy of the Rovers.


Roy of the Rovers? The football legend? Me?


But it happened. And, when it did, several other authors got in touch to congratulate me. They admitted, too, that it was a dream they would have liked to have come true for them.


And it is a dream. Because, for me, Roy was personal even before I put pen to paper.


Because Roy Race helped changed my life.


How?


Roy of the Rovers played a part in encouraging me to become a reader.


I might be a reader and a writer now. But I wasn’t. Not when I was eight, nine, ten. All I cared about, then, was football. I wanted to play football, watch football, make lists about football.


Also, when I was that age, I was a reluctant reader. A very reluctant reader. I was intimidated by it. I feared it. Because books were for clever people about clever things that I didn’t understand. Books were what my sister read. Books were hard. And, on the rare occasions I tried to read one, I quickly felt like a failure for not having the stamina to get through even a few pages.


But my mum was watching. She was determined to change that. Using football.


Football in newspapers.


Football in magazines.


Football in Roy of the Rovers.


My mum got me reading because I loved football.


I was excited by reading.


But reading Roy changed my life in another way too. It was his attitude.


Roy didn’t give up. Roy took challenges on head on. When things went wrong, Roy would find a solution, not just blame others or blame himself, like I did with my reading.


So, when I write Roy, I remember the kind of man he was. In the graphic novels and novels, the authors have tried to make Roy an inspiration for today’s young readers as he inspired all of us.


That excitement about picking something up and reading it. That magic. We want to do that for today’s readers. If we can help one reader find that, brilliant. If we can help hundreds, maybe thousands…


Scouted starts with Roy remembering something he has read in a magazine. He uses that memory to develop as a footballer and as a person through the book. I wanted to start Roy of the Rovers: Scouted with a nod to reading magazines and comics. For obvious reasons.


Roy of the Rovers: Scouted by Tom Palmer is out now!

Roy of the Rovers is back!

Thursday 4th October, 2018

The day is finally here: Roy of the Rovers is back!

The very first story of the new era of Roy of the Rovers is now out in the wild, and you can grab your copy of Tom Palmer and Lisa Henke's brilliant novel right now!

So what can you expect from Scouted? Well, goals, of course, and plenty of football action, but what else? Read on to find out more...

Roy of the Rovers: Scouted

Out: 4 October 2018
Written by Tom Palmer
Illustrations by Lisa Henke

Roy Race is a totally normal 16 year old. He just happens to be the best striker in Melchester, too...

Roy always dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and playing for Melchester Rovers, the team he’s supported his entire life, but he never thought he had a chance - until now.

Rovers are on the lookout for new players, but is Roy good enough to catch the scout’s eye? He’ll have to be fitter, stronger and more determined than ever - but if he’s going to become Roy of the Rovers, now’s the time.

Roy of the Rovers: Scouted is out now!

AMAZING SCENES!

Wednesday 15th August, 2018

Incredible scenes! Roy of the Rovers is back, and for a limited time only, you can grab the first two books in the early anticipated new series for only £15! 

We've even thrown in free postage, that's how eager we are to get these stories into your hands!

Of course, these books aren't out yet, but each will be delivered to you as it comes out - that's 4 October for Tom Palmer's illustrated fiction title Scouted, and 1 November for Rob Williams' and Ben Willsher's debut Roy of the Rovers graphic novel Kick-Off.  Result, right?

What are you waiting for?! Get going! This offer won't be around for long, so now's the time to get your Roy of the Rovers fix!

GRAB SCOUTED AND KICK-OFF FOR ONLY £15 AT THE ROY OF THE ROVERS SHOP!

Roy of the Rovers covers revealed!

Tuesday 7th August, 2018

 


WHAT! Check those out! Yes, that's right, the covers for the brand new Roy of the Rovers books are here!

We're delighted to show Roy off, in his Hummel kit, doing his thing! The artwork for both covers is by Ben Willsher, who is also on art duties for the graphic novel (that's a posh comic!). 

PRE-ORDER BOTH BOOKS NOW FOR ONLY £15 INCLUDING P&P!

The first book to hit the shelves is Scouted by Tom Palmer, an illustrated fiction novel featuring 20 fully awesome illustrations by Lisa Henke (whose artwork you'll recognise from Roy's recent Match of the Day magazine strip). The novel follows Roy as he attempts to catch the eye of Melchester Rovers scout Johnny Dexter and get a shot at becoming a pro footballer!

Next up is Kick-Off by Rob Williams and Ben Wilsher, a hardback graphic novel (ok, ok, comic!) featuring an amazing 50 page story. It looks unbelievable and is packed with football, drama, action, and more football!

Read all about the books below - both are also now available to pre-order in our shop, just follow the links to find them...

Roy of the Rovers: Scouted

Out: 4 October 2018
Written by Tom Palmer
Illustrations by Lisa Henke

Roy Race is a totally normal 16 year old. He just happens to be the best striker in Melchester, too...

Roy always dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and playing for Melchester Rovers, the team he’s supported his entire life, but he never thought he had a chance - until now.

Rovers are on the lookout for new players, but is Roy good enough to catch the scout’s eye? He’ll have to be fitter, stronger and more determined than ever - but if he’s going to become Roy of the Rovers, now’s the time.

Pre-order available here!


Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off

Out: 1 November 2018
Written by Rob Williams 
Art by Ben Willsher
Letters by Jim Campbell


Times are tough for Melchester Rovers. Languishing at the bottom of League Two, the once-proud powerhouse of British football is out of money and out of luck. 

Sixteen year old Roy Race always dreamt of playing up front for Rovers. Oozing with natural talent and possessing a powerful left foot, Roy may just be the answer to all of Melchester’s prayers. 

Can Roy break into the Rovers first team and bring back the glory days of old? Or will the pressure of problems on and off the pitch prove too much for the young prospect? 

The epic footballing saga begins here!

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New Roy! New kit! New era!

Friday 25th May, 2018

Say hello to Melchester Rovers latest signing: Roy Race!

Rebellion Publishing is delighted to unveil the star of the highly anticipated Roy of the Rovers reboot, and hot new Melchester Rovers prospect: Roy Race.

The new-look Roy of the Rovers will make its debut in a serialised strip in BBC Match of the Day magazine  - published by Immediate Media - running weekly from 5 June through to 21 August. It’s a glorious return to the pages of Match of the Day magazine, which was home to Roy of the Rovers from 1997 to 2001.

Roy’s been on the subs bench since then, but Rebellion is enormously excited to be launching a rebooted version of the world’s most famous football comic in 2018, first with this strip and then with more new material to follow in the Autumn.

The Match of the Day magazine strip is a self-contained story following Melchester Rovers as they partake in the Caridad Cup, a charity tournament taking place in Spain that pits them against local rivals Tynecaster, and Spanish teams Varagosa and Real Santana.

Rebellion is also to publish a series of graphic novels and illustrated children’s fiction in 2018, with the first books hitting shelves in the autumn.

The artist for the Match of the Day magazine strips is talented newcomer Lisa Henke, with Rebellion’s Rob Power and Keith Richardson on writing duties.

Character design of the new Roy Race was by acclaimed comics artist Ben Wilsher (2000 AD, Doctor Who magazine), who will also illustrate the graphic novels later in the year.

The new Melchester Rovers kit, seen here for the first time, is supplied by hummel®, and sponsored by leading football podcast The Totally Football Show.

Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley OBE commented:

Roy of the Rovers is a legend of British comics, a national icon that has been in the public consciousness since 1954. Re-imagining a character as beloved as Roy Race is an opportunity that doesn’t come around too often, and we’re delighted to begin the next chapter in Roy of the Rovers history. The ‘new’ Roy Race might look different to his predecessors, but rest assured the core of the character – from his talent through to his sportsmanship and, of course, his blonde mop, remain.”

Match of the Day magazine editor Ian Foster commented:

“We’re delighted to be serialising Roy of the Rovers: the new designs are stunning and with a World Cup around the corner it’s the perfect time to bring the adventures of Roy Race to a new generation of young football fans. From buying the comic as a kid myself in the 80s I know our readers will be really excited to follow the storylines every week.”


KEY POINTS


Roy of the Rovers is being rebooted and relaunched in 2018, with a modernised Roy Race taking centre stage.

• The ‘new’ Roy Race is 16 years old, and beginning his career in football with Melchester Rovers.

• An exclusive Roy of the Rovers comic strip is to appear in Match of the Day magazine, running from 5 June – 25 August 2018 – the first new Roy of the Rovers material to be published since 2001.

• The new Melchester Rovers kit is designed and supplied by hummel®, and sponsored by The Totally Football Show Podcast.

• The artist on the Match of the Day Magazine Roy of the Rovers strips is talented newcomer Lisa Henke, and they are written by Rebellion’s Rob Power and Keith Richardson.

• The character design on the Roy of the Rovers reboot is by Ben Willsher (2000 AD, Doctor Who Magazine).

• Rebellion’s publishing plan also includes three 56 page hardback graphic novels per football season, launching in Autumn 2018, January 2019 and April 2019. The graphic novels are written by Rob Williams (Suicide Squad, Action Comics) and illustrated by Ben Willsher. 

• Middle grade illustrated fiction titles are also to be released alongside the graphic novels, launching in October 2018 and following on in February 2019 and May 2019. These titles are written by best-selling children's author Tom Palmer. 


New Roy of the Rovers logo unveiled!

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

Rebellion has teamed up with leading football lifestyle magazine and design studio Mundial to create a new logo for the highly anticipated Roy of the Rovers reboot.

A new era of the world’s most famous football comic demanded a bold new look, and so Mundial –whose reputation for sharp looks equals their footballing credentials – were drafted in.

The result is a stunning new logo that echoes the rich history of Roy of the Rovers while emphasising the exciting new era that begins in 2018. Modern, clean, and with a distinct colour palette, Mundial has brought Roy of the Rovers bang up to date.

Of course, the collaboration doesn’t end with simply a logo. Mundial has also been instrumental in guiding the Roy of the Rovers team, providing invaluable expertise and insight as the project to reboot the iconic comics property has taken shape.

Roy of the Rovers Brand Manager Rob Power commented:

Mundial was top of our list when we were looking for collaborators to help shape the look and feel of the rebooted Roy of the Rovers, and we were genuinely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a superb team. Mundial loves football, has an uncanny knack for gorgeous design, and a team that will move heaven and earth to help. They have delivered a stunning new look for Roy of the Rovers, and we’re sure that this is the first of many collaborations between us. Viva Mundial!”

Mundial’s Head of Content Owen Blackhurst commented:

“The offer to work with Rebellion on Roy of the Rovers came out of the blue, and after seeing the art direction we were incredibly happy to be involved. We all have our own memories of Roy, whether it was in newspaper comic strips or iconic annuals we owned as kids, and it was a fantastic experience seeing the new Roy take shape. All we need now is a Melchester Rovers v Sporting Club de Mundial pre-season friendly immortalised in print and our work will be done…”

Melchester Rovers unveils new shirt sponsor!

Thursday 17th May, 2018

Melchester Rovers, the legendary football team featured in iconic British football comic Roy of the Rovers, is delighted to unveil its official shirt sponsor for the 2018/19 season: The Totally Football Show.

The UK’s leading football podcast, The Totally Football Show – presented by Football Italia maestro James Richardson and produced by Muddy Knees Media – is authoritative, witty, and full of a passion for the game. No wonder that it was listened to over 26 million times in the 2017/18 season...

All of which makes it the perfect fit for Melchester Rovers, as the club builds up to the exciting 2018 reboot of Roy of the Rovers. And while Melchester Rovers might be fictional, the relationship between TheTotally Football Show and the club is very real.

The Totally Football Show’s logo will appear on the brand new Rovers shirt, and a special podcast will air before the publication of the first new Roy of the Rovers graphic novel in the autumn. 

Muddy Knees Media’s chief executive Iain Macintosh commented:

“As someone who grew up reading Roy of the Rovers in my dad’s old Tiger annuals, I’m absolutely delighted that The Totally Football Show will be the first Melchester Rovers shirt sponsor of this exciting new era. Like so many football fans, young and old, we can’t wait to get stuck into the new adventures.”

Roy of the Rovers brand manager Rob Power commented:

“We’re over the moon to be working with The Totally Football Show – there really couldn’t be a better sponsor for the new Melchester Rovers kit. The podcast, its presenters and its audience all have one thing in common: a deep passion for football, from the top of the Premiership to the bottom of League Two and beyond. That love of the game is what’s at the heart of Roy of the Rovers, and that’s what makes this partnership such a perfect fit.” 

New Melchester Rovers crest revealed!

Monday 14th May, 2018

We’re delighted to today unveil the brand new Melchester Rovers club crest.

Featuring a modern, sleek design and a nod to the history of Roy of the Rovers – which made its debut in Tiger back in 1954 – the brand new Melchester Rovers crest represents a new era for the club after so many years out of the public eye.

The new badge will make its on-pitch debut in the 2018/19 season, in what is sure to be a tough year for the club as it takes on the challenges of League Two.

However, we’ve heard there are some talented young prospects looking to burst through the ranks into the senior team, and we’re certain that the future is looking very bright indeed for Melchester and the Rovers faithful…

Royof the Rovers makes Free Comic Book Day debut!

Friday 4th May, 2018

You can get a glimpse of the brand new Roy of the Rovers this weekend as part of Free Comic Book Day. 

Roy makes a small cameo in 2000 AD Regened, a riotous new comic featuring original, full-colour strips from the makers of 2000 AD, created specially for Free Comic Book Day. 

2000 AD is also under the Rebellion banner alongside Roy of the Rovers, and although Roy and the Galaxy's Greatest Comic haven't crossed paths much in the past, that's all about to change!

Free Comic Book Day is the biggest date in the comic book calendar,  and this special issue of 2000 AD will be available exclusively in print from participating comic book stores on 5 May 2018.

“At 2000 AD we’re thrilled to once again be involved in Free Comic Book Day 2018,” said editor Keith Richardson, who is also editing the forthcoming  Roy of the Rovers reboot. “In the spirit this momentous day in the comics calendar, our droids have been working overtime to assemble a truly special comic, intended to deliver a healthy dose of craziness to the hands of Earthlets young and old - and we couldn't leave Roy of the Rovers out!”  

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. 

New creative team announced!

Friday 20th April, 2018

We're delighted to reveal our latest set of signings: the creative team behind the 2018 Roy of the Rovers reboot!

Internationally acclaimed comics writer Rob Williams (Suicide Squad, Superman: Action Comics) and artist Ben Willsher (2000 AD, Doctor Who Magazine) are the team behind the brand new Roy of the Rovers graphic novels, beginning with Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off, to be released 6 September 2018.

Best-selling children’s author Tom Palmer (Football Academy, Foul Play) takes the lead on Roy of the Rovers: Scouted, Rebellion’s first foray into middle grade fiction, to be released 4 October 2018.

Also on the Roy of the Rovers team sheet is graphic novel editor Keith Richardson, and Rob Power, who will be editing the middle grade fiction alongside his role as Roy of the Rovers Brand Manager.

Rebellion  CEO  Jason Kingsley OBE commented:

Roy of the Rovers is an enormously exciting project for us, and we’ve been working hard to ensure that we respect the legacy of this iconic British character. We’ve assembled an incredibly  strong team to bring Roy Race back for the 21st century, and I look forward to following  Roy’s journey through the always exciting world of modern football.”

Rebellion Head of Publishing Ben Smith commented:

“We’re delighted to have such a high calibre  of creative talent on board for our reboot of Roy of the Rovers. Rob, Ben and Tom’s stories are bursting with all the excitement, drama and football fervour of the classic Roy of the Rovers comics,  while giving us a thoroughly  modern  take on the character.  We can’t wait for a new generation of fans to read them.”

Rob Williams commented:

“I read and loved  Roy of the Rovers as a boy  - I even had the old Gola Melchester Rovers kit - and I have very fond memories of the Roy annuals arriving on Christmas Day with wonderful David Sque art on their covers. Roy’s a British football  icon. Even now, a ‘rocket’-like goal is a Roy of the Rovers moment. So I’m delighted to be part of the passionate team bringing Roy’s adventures to a new era of football fan.”

Tom Palmer commented:

“Millions of girls and boys dream about being their favourite football player and being scouted and playing for their favourite team. I had that dream. Sadly it didn’t come true for me. But, being scouted and succeeding in my trial to write Roy of the Rovers fiction is a dream that has come true. There is no other fictional footballer I would rather be and write. And I intend to write these books with the same passion and commitment  Roy shows when he pulls on the red and yellow of Melchester Rovers.”

Ben Willsher commented:

Roy of the Rovers was a big part of my childhood. The annuals stacked up in my bookshelf, and the comics burst out of my cupboards. Growing up I dreamed of helping Roy score goals and lead Melchester to the top... I finally  get to do that- result!”

It's fair to say we're pretty excited about our new creative team - and soon we'll have loads more to tell you about the all-new Roy of the Rovers. Watch this space!

Roy of the Rovers returns!

Friday 1st September, 2017

After years on the subs bench, Roy of the Rovers is to return to the pitch this year, refreshed and re-imagined for the 21st century!

The all-new Roy of the Rovers will star talented schoolboy Roy Race as he starts his footballing career at struggling league two team Melchester Rovers – a once mighty club brought low.

What can you expect from the new Roy of the Rovers? Well, for starters, football, drama, all the thrills and spills of the modern game, and an absolute rocket of a left foot!

A sporting icon, cultural touchstone, and the beloved torchbearer of fair play and football for generations of fans, Roy of the Rovers was, for many generations, the defining British footballer – and now he’s back to bring a bit of Melchester magic to the modern game!

In the coming months Rebellion we’ll be revealing the stunning new look Roy of the Rovers, the writers and artists behind the reboot, exclusive partnerships, exciting digital goodness, and much, much more.

The rebirth of a legend starts here – join us on the journey!


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