ATLANTA, GEORGIA—To create smiles and joy for the participants and supporters of the widely popular soccer fundraiser 2021 Father Christmas Cup, the organizers of the soccer for a cause tournament will auction an inspiring book from ATL soccer legend Graham Tutt.
A signed copy of the newly published book Never Give Up will be given to the winner of the 2021 Father Christmas Cup auction.
To learn more about the auction, please visit the official website of the 2021 Father Christmas Cup at https://www.fxcup.org/.
While the auction only allows one winner, those interested to own this book can still have it by visiting its official website at grahambustertutt.com.
This year’s tournament will be held on December 11 at the Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
Graham Tutt is an English retired professional football goalkeeper who spent four seasons in England. Following a serious eye injury, he spent two seasons in South Africa before moving to the United States for the remainder of his career. He played two seasons in the second division American Soccer League and one in the North American Soccer League. He also finished runner-up in the 1986 National Amateur Cup with Atlanta Datagraphics. Since his retirement, he has held numerous coaching and executive positions in the state of Georgia.
In 1974, Tutt made his professional debut with Charlton Athletic. He was seventeen at the time. During the 1975–1976 season, he went on loan with Workington FC for four games. In 1976, he suffered an eye injury which put him in action for eighteen months. In 1978, he returned to playing with the Arcadia Sheperds in the South African League. In 1979, he played for the Arcadia Pepsi which may have been the same team, under new sponsorship. During his two seasons in South Africa, he was twice selected as the Goalkeeper of the Year by the South African Press. In 1980, he moved to the United States where he spent one season with the Columbus Magic in the second division American Soccer League. He was an ASL All-Star and moved up to the Atlanta Chiefs of the North American Soccer League in 1981. In 1982, he finished his professional career with the Georgia Generals of the ASL. However, he continued to play for several years on the amateur level, ironically, as a forward. In 1983, as part of the Anhauser Busch team, he led the Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League (ADASL) in scoring. In 1984, he moved to Atlanta Datagraphic Soccer Club, also in the ADASL, where he played until 1988. In 1987, Datagraphic fell to Yonkers Polish American Eagles in the final of the National Amateur Cup. He retired from playing in 1988.
After his retirement from playing professionally, Tutt turned towards coaching. From 1983 to 2004, he ran various soccer training camps throughout the state of Georgia. In 1988, he established the Canturbury Parks Soccer Complex. In 1989, he founded the Atlanta Attack of the indoor National Professional Soccer League. In 1991, he founded the men’s soccer team at Life University and coached it until the school disbanded its sports program in 2001.