'Hello, John. It's Mike here from 6th Rhyl. I've not heard from you, but I assume the game's off in the morning.' 'No, the match is still on, Mike.' 'But, John, there's a couple of inches of snow on the ground.' 'Not on our pitch there isn't, Mike, or should I say there won't be by kick-off. It's all sorted. The game's on.' In The Soul of Football, Mark Chester looks back at his early dreams and aspirations and considers, through the events of his own life and reflections such as 'Understanding the coach' and 'Playing by the rules', what life lessons the 'beautiful game' has taught him.