Sales of yhe book commissioned by the Empire Sports Club to commemorate its 50-plus years of “empowering Grays-Green people” – Kicking Ball – got off to a rousing start this past Saturday evening.
Over 100 copies were sold at the book-signing event held at the Multipurpose Cultural Center at Perry Bay.
The proceeds will be going both toward the Greenbay Moravian Church development and the Empire club team advancement.
Within the book’s introduction it states that, “this is a historical account of the 50 + years since Empire’s emergence and which is well documented in many pages that follow, provides ample testimony to the significant rise and relevance of what can only be described as a permanent and unshakable institution.”
Former Empire football coach Clarence “Max” Martin commends that, “the genius of this book is that Reverend Nicholas didn’t just sit down and write from out of his head. He interviewed 60 or 70 persons and documented all that history along the way.”
The book’s author Reverend Joseph Emanuel Nicholas describes himself as one who, “never donned the Empire colors on the field of play but played an important roles beyond the touchline from water-carrier, boot carrier/cleaner, administrator, motivator, super-fan and National Representative to President of the great institution.”
“It is important that this story be documented,” Nicholas commented.
“It helps the present generation to better understand where we’ve come from and why they always need to strive for excellence and allows us the chance to take seriously the heritage we have so that future generations will benefit.”
Empire is the oldest football club on the island. All of its contemporary teams have disappeared such as Trojan, Rangers and Atomic. Yet, this mainstay has kept relevance in not only the football community, but the Antiguan community as well.
The book sells for $50 and can be purchased by contacting any member of the Empire executive including current president of the Club Veron “Epilus” Edwards or the book launch’s organizer, MP Winston Baldwin Spencer.