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The Doc: My Story – Hallowed Be Thy Game, by Tommy Docherty 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

The Doc: My Story – Hallowed Be Thy Game, by Tommy Docherty (2006)

‘The Doc’ is one of the most colourful characters in football. Always outspoken and honest, headlines have followed him throughout his career.

He achieved success on the pitch with Preston and Scotland, but it is as a manager that he secured his place in football history. The remark that he has had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus cannot be disputed: 14 teams in four different countries. He resigned from Chelsea; he was sacked by Manchester United within two weeks of winning the 1977 FA Cup and at Derby he became embroiled in a bitter legal dispute. Docherty tells all about his life in football and those he has shared it with – including Shankly, Busby, Clough, Ramsey and Stein.

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Talking Shankly: The Man, The Legend, The Genius 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Talking Shankly: The Man, The Legend, The Genius, by Tom Darby (1998)

There is no doubt that Bill Shankly was one of the greatest football managers of all time.

The former miner from the tiny Lanarkshire village of Glenbuck used football as an escape from the harshness and danger of life down the pit. After spells as a player with Carlisle and Preston North End, Shankly took over as manager of Second Division Liverpool. He revolutionised the club, replacing most of the players he had inherited and giving a chance to up-and-coming youngsters.

Shankly’s first success came in 1962 as Liverpool took the Division Two championship. Two years later they were league champions and followed that up in 1965 by winning the FA Cup for the first time in their history. Over the next nine years, as Shankly ruled supreme at Anfield, Liverpool lifted two more league titles as well as the FA Cup for a second time and the UEFA Cup. It was he who created the modern Liverpool, transforming a sleeping giant into the great club it is today. This biography charts his rise from down the pit to footballing legend.

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The Way It Was: My Autobiography, by Stanley Matthews 1

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

The Way It Was: My Autobiography, by Stanley Matthews (2000)

Stanley Matthews was the most popular footballer of his era, the man who epitomised a generation of legendary players: Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse, Billy Wright and many more.

He was the first footballer ever to be knighted, the first European footballer of the Year (at 41) and he played in the top division until he was 50 – and he will be forever remembered for his performance in the Matthews FA Cup final of 1953, when he inspired Blackpool to victory over Bolton.

But The Way it Was is not just the fascinating memoir of a great footballer, it is the remarkable story of an extraordinary life. For the last months of his life, Sir Stanley was working on his definitive biography, finishing it just weeks before he died.

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Raich Carter: The Biography – The Story of One of England’s Greatest Footballers 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Raich Carter: The Biography – The Story of One of England’s Greatest Footballers, by Frank Garrick (2003)

This is the first full biography of Stanley Matthews’ most famous partner, as well as the only man to win an FA Cup winner’s medal both before and after the Second World War.

The book offers an in-depth exploration of the life and times of this celebrated star, and is of particular interest to all Sunderland, Derby, Hull, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Mansfield fans. It also includes a 16-page section of black and white photographs.

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Jackie Milburn: A Man of Two Halves 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Jackie Milburn: A Man of Two Halves, by Jack Milburn (2003)

Written by Jackie Milburn’s son, this book gives an unprecedented insight into the life and career of the legendary Newcastle United forward.

To this day, “Wor Jackie” remains the Magpies’ top goalscorer, having notched up 238 goals in 492 League and Cup appearances throughout the 1950s. Milburn also won the FA Cup with Newcastle three times in six years and, in the third final in 1955, he scored one of the competition’s fastest-ever goals, after 45 seconds. Read more…

True Grit, by Frank McLintock 0

Posted on August 27, 2011 by samh

True Grit, by Frank McLintock (2006)

Frank McLintock was a leading player of his generation and is acclaimed as one of the Arsenal’s greatest captains.

After transferring from Leicester in 1970, he led Arsenal to a famous victory in the Fairs Cup and followed this up with even greater glory a year later, winning an historic league and FA Cup double. He left Arsenal in 1973 after being controversially dropped, and enjoyed four successful years at QPR. He retired from playing in 1977, to make an ill-conceived and hasty move into management.

Following this difficult period, McLintock entered the often shady world of agents, and faced perhaps his worst moment in the game, becoming involved in the infamous bungs scandal over Teddy Sheringham’s transfer from Forest to Spurs. He continues to retain a high profile in the game, appearing weekly as a Sky pundit. His is a captivating football story spanning 45 years during which he achieved fabulous success and faced shattering lows, all told with enthusiasm, humour, honesty and intense passion.

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Bobby Johnstone: The Passing of an Age 0

Posted on August 25, 2011 by samh

Bobby Johnstone: The Passing of an Age, by John Leigh (2007)

More than a century ago, Bobby Johnstone became the first player to score in consecutive FA Cup finals at Wembley. Today, such an achievement would bring worldwide fame, yet Bobby Johnstone did not earn his fortune.

Johnstone was born at the end of the 1920s in Selkirk, in the Scottish borders. After the war, He began his football career with Selkirk FC, but the mighty Hibernian soon noticed his talent. Hibs had not won a major trophy for more than 40 years, but they assembled the all-international forward line of Smith, Johnstone, Reilly, Turnbull and Ormond, known as the “Famous Five”, and their golden age began. Read more…

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