Written by sixteen of the club?s most-famous stars, Match of My Life ? Ipswich Town is a wonderful journey through the club?s history, reliving their greatest games through the eyes of some of their greatest ever players.Each chapter features each player?s unique story behind their chosen greatest matches for Ipswich and reflects upon their time with the club. John Wark, Paul Mariner and Mick Mills look back to games from the golden era of the late 1970s and early 1980s, while the 1978 FA Cup Final triumph against Arsenal is covered in great depth by winning goalscorer Roger Osborne.Games covered also include the 1982 UEFA Cup semi-final and final, winning the League title in 1962, plus the Second Division and Third Division (North) championships before that, the 1992 Second Division title and the 2000 play-off semi-final and final, plus Town?s more recent adventures in the Premiership and Europe.Featured players include Terry Butcher, Ray Crawford, John Elsworthy, Jim Magilton, Kevin Beattie, Kieron Dyer, George Burley and Marcus Stewart.Match of My Life ? Ipswich Town will delight Town fans of all ages as they relive these magic moments through the eyes of the men who made them happen.
Craig Brown was the first Scotland manager to take his side to the European Championship and World Cup Finals in succession. He began his career as a professional footballer and was a member of Dundee's championship winning side in 1962, the only time the club has ever won the title. However, a knee injury brought a promising career to a premature end, and it was to be as a manager that Craig's talents really shone through. In this autobiography, he talks about the thrills and spills of this relentlessly demanding job and takes us behind the scenes, into the dressing room with its tensions, decisions and celebrations.
In this unique anthology of more than 80 personal stories, subjects ranging from the frivolous to the deadly serious combine to paint a picture of humanity at its most upbeat. A housewife and mother describes her extraordinary achievement in becoming one of the first two women to walk to both of the Earth's poles. Gavin and Stacey writer/co-star James Corden recalls welcoming his beloved father home from the first Gulf War. Former champion rugby player Phil Greening celebrates avoiding a life of crime and winning his first cap for England. Comedian Alan Carr recounts his nerve-wracked triumph at The Royal Variety Performance, while 'Keith' from The Office describes the day he won his hilarious supporting role. Alongside the above are moving personal testimonies of becoming the youngest man to climb Everest, escaping death in Iraq, recovering from cancer - and release into the outside world after 13 years of wrongful imprisonment. THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE will enlighten, amuse, and provide the perfect tonic for those days when life just seems to get you down
Eddie Large and Syd Little dominated television screens across the nation for fifteen years, drawing in record viewing figures of more than 16 million at their peak. They are fondly remembered as two Britain's finest comedians, taking the winning double act formula and making it their own. In this account, Eddie Large tells his own amazing story of their antics and their sometimes turbulent yet continuing life-long friendship. Larger Than Life is his own account of his rise to fame, from his earliest days with Syd and their young dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom through to the realisation of their popularity. One of the country's most fondly-remembered and well respected comics, Eddie Large speaks openly and honestly about his hard upbringing, opening up in this uplifting and humorous autobiography of a larger than life man with a larger than life personality.
Colin Shindler has previously written of his deep love for Manchester City in the bestselling Manchester United Ruined My Life and three other previous books. Now he tells the story of his sorrowful disenchantment with his home town club as, on the instruction of its new foreign owners, it turns itself remorselessly into a global brand. Trophyless since 1976, in 2011 Manchester City won the FA Cup and set off on their quest for the Premiership and the Champions League. In their zeal to win every competition the new Manchester City has spent money with wild abandon, signing outstandingly talented players as well as a few ordinary ones but in almost every case at hugely inflated prices. From the nail-biting win over Gillingham in the League Two Play Off final at Wembley in 1999 to the climax of the 2011 season, Shindler watches his team get steadily more successful and, to his own bewilderment, feels steadily more alienated from it. This is the story of a frustrated romantic who finds in the glitz and glamour of the current media-obsessed game a helter-skelter of artificially fabricated excitement. As he details how football courses through his veins Shindler tells how it intersects with his own life, a life that has been marked by family tragedy, and how he finally found personal redemption even as his team lost its soul.
When Trevor Brooking was still at school, the Essex-born teenager was one of the most eagerly pursued prospects in London, but he chose to go to West Ham United - the only club that was prepared to allow him to complete his studies - and so began a lifelong attachment to the Upton Park outfit. In 1967 he made his debut for the club, and went on to play for them until 1984, helping them to win two FA Cup trophies, and scoring the only goal in the 1980 final. A cultured midfielder at the heart of West Ham's side, he was soon seen as crucial to England's fortunes, helping them to qualify for the World Cup finals in 1982. Brooking recalls the highlights of his career, playing with and against some of the most famous names in the sport, and provides revealing details about life with West Ham and England. His story recalls a time when he was a symbol of solidity during the era of flared trousers, punk, and the turmoil of the Revie regime. Respected by fans and his peers alike, Brooking has been at the forefront of the FA's work to develop the game in recent years, and his views on the future of football are essential reading.
An Expat's Life, Luxembourg & The White Rose is a refreshing and forthright take on the Englishman Abroad genre. Reading David Robinson's relaxed prose is like sitting down for a drink or two with the author in the pub of the title. Indeed, as the tome progresses, so the reader warms to Robinson's down-to-earth character. The author's very personal view of an expat's life in Luxembourg is not overbearing, and even the most informed reader will learn something new about the history of the Grand Duchy, its bureaucracy and social conventions and attitudes. The book is brimful with little snippets of useful information and trivia for those unfamiliar with the country, and Robinson's anecdotes will spark empathy with readers who live, or have lived, in Luxembourg. -Duncan Roberts, editor of 352 Magazine.
The final word on Brian Clough In this first full, critical biography, Jonathan Wilson draws an intimate and powerful portrait of one of England's greatest football managers, Brian Clough, and his right-hand man, Peter Taylor. It was in the unforgiving world of post-war football where their identities and reputations were made - a world where, as Clough and Taylor's mentor Harry Storer once said, 'Nobody ever says thank you.' Nonetheless, Clough brought the gleam of silverware to the depressed East Midlands of the 1970s. Initial triumph at Derby was followed by a sudden departure and a traumatic 44 days at Leeds. By the end of a frazzled 1974, Clough was set up for life financially, but also hardened to the realities of football. By the time he was at Forest, Clough's mask was almost permanently donned: a persona based on brashness and conflict. Drink fuelled the controversies and the colourful character; it heightened the razor-sharp wit and was a salve for the highs of football that never lasted long enough, and for the lows that inevitably followed. Wilson's account is the definitive portrait of this complex and enduring man.
With a total of more than 500 goals in careers that saw them turn out for the likes of Hibernian, St Mirren, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Torino, Joe and Gerry Baker are two of the greatest strikers Scotland never had. While Liverpool-born Hibs legend Joe became the first man to make his England debut having never played in the English league, his US-born brother Gerry, a hero of St Mirren's Scottish Cup-winning side of 1959, was the first top-flight European footballer to turn out for the USA. Even though he spoke with a broad Scottish accent, Joe was in Alf Ramsey's initial squad for the 1966 World Cup. With unprecedented access to the Baker family archives, including contributions from Gerry Baker and the late Joe's son Colin, The Fabulous Baker Boys is a unique tale of Scotland's most celebrated sporting siblings and contains exclusive interviews with the likes of Denis Law, Lawrie Reilly, John Robertson, Alex Young, Pat Stanton, Bob Wilson and George Eastham.
Beating Them at Their Own Game charts how Irish players, managers and business people have come to have a disproportionate influence on soccer in the UK. An entertaining survey of the growing prominence of Irish figures from the post-war period to the present day, it chronicles the period of time in which soccer in Ireland has evolved from being derided as a foreign and essentially Anglo-Saxon game that no true Irishman would play to a beloved sport that inspires almost religious following. Not only have the Irish taken soccer to their heart, they have taught the nation that gave the game - the same nation that ruled them for 800 years - how to play it. From Pat Jennings to Martin O Neill, Kevin Moran, Frank Stapleton, David O'Leary, Mick McCarthy, to Niall Quinn and Roy and Robbie Keane, in Beating Them at Their Own Game Patrick West documents how Irish players have in many ways changed and shaped English soccer over the last forty years. Launched by former Republic Of Ireland manager Eoin Hand, the book also deals with the success of Northern Irish players - George Best, Sammy McIlroy and Norman Whiteside - the consummation of Ireland's ascendancy with their victory over England in the 1988 European Championships; Tony Cascarino's admission that he is not Irish; and the debates about how Irish the international team was and is; and the way in which the favor has been returned, with Jack Charlton and now Bobby Robson coaching the Irish side. On another level it is a microcosm of how Ireland and Anglo-Irish relations have changed in recent years; how Ireland has become more multiracial and tolerant of foreign games; and how the English have lost their ancient hostility towards the Irish and come to view them increasingly as allies and neighbors. Although Patrick West is British, he writes emphatically (and flatteringly) of his admiration of Irish sporting culture, following a tradition of Bill Bryson on England and Pete McCarthy on Ireland. Image courtesy of Fionnbar Callanan from his book, A Sporting Eye.
Bill Haywood, an English, working-class, Black Country lad, saw only a lifetime of factory drudgery as his fate when he was young. He left school at fifteen without any academic qualifications and entered the workforce with various engineering companies. For five years, he served in the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom, Cyprus, and Malta. After his service, he was hired on at one of the largest engineering companies in the UK—Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds. At the age of thirty-six, while still working at GKN, he threw caution to the winds to attend Ruskin College, Oxford, to pursue a dream. At the age of thirty-nine, he earned the first of three university degrees, culminating in a doctorate at the age of forty-five. In this memoir, he expresses strong views that may challenge those who are unwilling to debate the issues, including the environment for education and the social situation in the UK, the apparent goals of the current government, and sport and sportsmanship. He has traveled the world and befriended interesting and stimulating people from places he never thought he would see with his own eyes. His is a journey of discovery, proof that life holds great potential for those who are willing to look beyond their immediate environment or circumstances. He hopes to encourage others to seek something beyond their current factory, office, or shop door, where a more satisfying future may await.
Andrew Lawn has examined something that is often dismissed as harmless fun: chanting at football matches. In some cases, it is neither harmless or fun, as callousness or prejudice that would be unacceptable in other circumstances is expressed out loud. This is an important investigation into the social psychology of the processes by which people in crowds come to behave in ways that they themselves would find unacceptable in other circumstances - Professor Ray Tallis
He was one of the hardest, most controversial footballers of his generation: the £20million man who became the first professional player to go to jail for an offence committed on the field of play. He was the fans’ hero who disappeared. Duncan Ferguson was an old-fashioned Scottish centre-forward who went from a boarding house in Dundee to the marble staircase of Rangers in a record-breaking transfer. His £4m move from Dundee United to Ibrox made him British football’s most expensive native player. But he would also become one of the most notorious footballers in the land. Sent to prison after head-butting an opponent during a Scottish Premier Division match between Rangers and Raith Rovers, Ferguson made history all over again. He served half of a three-month sentence in Glasgow’s infamous Barlinnie Prison. A twelve-match ban from the Scottish Football Association was later overturned following a long appeal process. Bruised by the experience, he turned his back on Scotland’s national team and the media. Ferguson reaped the riches of the Sky era. He was a folk hero at Everton, where he spent ten years either side of an injury-hit spell at Newcastle United. Although the game made him a millionaire, he rejected its new culture of celebrity and remained a fiery figure, racking up a Premiership record of eight red cards. And then, after scoring in the final minute of the last game of his career, he turned his back on football completely – or so it seemed.
The average life expectancy of a male New Zealander is 76 years, leaving the few average male New Zealanders interested in the World Cup Finals just 18 tournaments to savour. It still gnaws frustratingly that my first three - the 1966, 1970 and 1974 tournaments - were played while I was alive but somehow managed to elude me. I also doubt whether I will prove average enough to see out my remaining allocation of 15, all of which leaves me to glumly conclude that my life has been largely wasted. Euan McCabe is a football World Cup compulsive. Once a typical rugby-loving New Zealand schoolboy, he was mesmerised by his first sighting of Buenos Aires' Monumental Stadium in 1978 and has since become besotted with the global phenomenon that is the FIFA World Cup. This book traces his growing infatuation with an event that he chooses to celebrate more for its flaws and its unique ability to accentuate the complexities of human nature and engross our planet, than for its more obvious role as football tournament and sporting event. Incisive, punchy, emotional and humorous, this is a story of obsession. An absolute must-read for those people who spend four years of their lives waiting for each World Cup, not to mention those who have to live with them!
If you've ever wished you could emulate Sex in the City girl Carrie's distinctive style or Samantha's gung-ho approach to seduction, this guide can help. It includes the recipe for a Cosmopolitan, as well as looking at the original book and providing an episode guide to the first four seasons.
Daniel Gray is about to turn thirty. Like any sane person, his response is to travel to Luton, Crewe and Hinckley. After a decade's exile in Scotland, he sets out to reacquaint himself with England via what he considers its greatest asset: football. Watching teams from the Championship (or Division Two as any right-minded person calls it) to the South West Peninsula Premier, and aimlessly walking around towns from Carlisle to Newquay, Gray paints a curious landscape forgotten by many. He discovers how the provinces made the England we know, from Teesside's role in the Empire to Luton's in our mongrel DNA. Moments in the histories of his teams come together to form football's narrative, starting with Sheffield pioneers and ending with fan ownership at Chester, and Gray shows how the modern game unifies an England in flux and dominates the places in which it is played. Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters is a wry and affectionate ramble through the wonderful towns and teams that make the country and capture its very essence. It is part-football book, part-travelogue and part-love letter to the bits of England that often get forgotten, celebrated here in all their blessed eccentricity.
The greatest achievement in British sporting history is down to just a few men - who have since become national legends. Every England team since them has tried to emulate them. The Team of '66 explores the key to their key to success
BBC news presenter Martyn Lewis interviews people from all walks of life who have been successful to find out how they achieved their success, what mistakes and failures they had to overcome, how they have coped with success, and what challenges lie ahead
The Story of One of Football's Most Influential Figures
Author: Patrick Barclay
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The definitive story of the father of modern football, Herbert Chapman. Herbert Chapman, the boss of the all-conquering Arsenal team of the 1930s, was the father of modern football management. A relative journeyman as a player, he moved into the dugout aged 29 with Northampton Town, before building a multiple-title-winning team with Huddersfield in the 1920s. It was at Arsenal, however, where Chapman would leave an indelible mark on the landscape of football. Patrick Barclay's poignant and detailed biography weaves Chapman's story into the momentous times through which he lived, including the tragedy of the First World War, the subsequent Depression and the rise of fascism. Deeply influential on Arsenal successors such as George Graham and Arsène Wenger, he also pioneered changes in the game's scenery and tactical approaches. As Sir Matt Busby later remarked, Herbert Chapman changed the game of football.