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Biting Talk: My Autobiography, by Norman Hunter 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Biting Talk: My Autobiography, by Norman Hunter (2004)

Norman Hunter, who was one of the greatest love-hate figures in football history, talks candidly about what it was like to gain a reputation as one of football’s hard men.

He played for Leeds during the 1960s and 1970s under the great Don Revie, earning himself the nickname ‘Bites Yer Legs’ due to his fierce tackling. However, this sometimes disguised the fact that he had outstanding talent – he won 28 caps for England and in 1973 became the first footballer to achieve the PFA Player of the Year award.

As well as telling of his travails managing Rotherham and Barnsley, Hunter reveals how he was witness to one of the most controversial chapters in Leeds United’s history – the appointment of Brian Clough as successor to Don Revie – and recalls the stormy dressing room scenes that led up to Clough’s sacking after only 44 days.

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Keeper of Dreams: The Incredible Story of a Goalkeeper 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Keeper of Dreams: The Incredible Story of a Goalkeeper, by Ronald Reng (2003)

This is one man’s controversial story of life in the English Premiership – the tabloid truth about professional football.

Cologne footballer Lars Leese experienced in real life what tens of thousands of amateur footballers can only dream of as they kick a ball about in parks on Sunday afternoons: someone appearing out of nowhere and making you a professional footballer. At the age of 20 Leese was still playing in the third lowest of division of all German organised football, yet by 28 he’d abandoned his job as a computer software salesman and was helping Barnsley to their 1-0 Premiership victory over Liverpool.

Through a series of interviews, Ronald Reng traces Leese’s stratospheric rise and equally rapid fall from grace: the resulting narrative offers us an antidote to the average footballing biography and a unique – and at times shocking – outsider’s view of the Premiership and life in England.

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Life at the Top: A Season in the Premiership with Barnsley FC 0

Posted on August 24, 2011 by samh

Life at the Top: A Season in the Premiership with Barnsley FC, by Mark Hodkinson (1998)

This book follows Barnsley throughout the 1998-99 season, reporting on the team’s progress and the reaction of the town and its football fans to life at the top of the footballing world.

It tells the story of how a season among football’s elite brought excitement and despair to the mining republic of South Yorkshire.

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Barnsley FC, 1887-1998: The Official History 0

Posted on August 24, 2011 by samh

Barnsley FC, 1887-1998: The Official History, by Bryan Dennis, John Daykin and Derek Hyde (1998)

This is a complete history of Barnsley football club, filled with facts and stats, players’ biographies, match records and memories.

The book’s forewords are written by two famous sons of Barnsley – legendary cricket umpire Dickie Bird and football manager Mick McCarthy.

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