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A funny old game? Football coach pens book of one-liners

Steven Wise says money raised from 'Life Is A Joke' will go to the Grenfell Tower disaster fund

07 September, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Steven Wise with his new book

THEY say football is a funny old game, and now, thanks to veteran coach Steven Wise, it truly is.

The 63-year-old, who grew up in Somers Town and now lives in Kentish Town, has put together his favourite one-liners and anecdotes from more than 40 years of coaching with Camden Council.

Wisey, as he’s known to his friends and family, revealed that he decided to write Life Is A Joke, which he self-published through UK Book Publishing, after being left “heartbroken” by the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. “I have been thinking about writing a book for a while now,” he said. “People often used to say to me ‘Wisey, with all the jokes and stories you know, you should write a book’, so I have.”

He added: “I’m someone who has heard many jokes in my lifetime, and, fortunately, I have a good memory for them. I have been known to tell a joke on any given subject at any given time.”

Famed for his cheeky-chappie grin, the only time Wisey pulled a straight face was when he revealed where half of the profits from the book are going. “I’m donating as much money as possible, after paying for the publishing, to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster,” he said. “What they’ve been through it heartbreaking. I was watching the tragedy unfold on TV and just had to do something to try and help. It’s only a small gesture, but I want to raise as much money as possible for them.”

Wisey is hosting a special book launch tonight (Thursday) at The Grafton Pub in Prince of Wales Road between 6pm and 8pm. All are welcome. Alternatively, anyone interested in buying Life Is A Joke, which costs £10, can email him directly at: stevenwise23@aol.com

Wisey’s wisecracks

Some of the funnies that Steven Wise shares in his new book Life is a Joke:

  •  Someone knocked on my door. I opened it, and there was a three-foot man standing there; he said he was the metre man!
  •  I bought a microwave bed, you get eight hours sleep in three minutes!
  • A neighbour knocked on my door and asked have I got a step ladder. “Yes,” I said, “my real ladder left me when I was a kid!”
  • A man had all the windows replaced in his house, then he realised that he had a crack in his glasses! n I have a dog called Minton, he ate a shuttlecock! And I said bad Minton!

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