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October round-up 0

Posted on October 31, 2011 by samh

Nostalgia is always popular with football fans, and the rather lengthily titled Those Were The Games: A Nostalgic Look at a Century of Great Football Matches (When Football Was Football), released on October 6, promises a look back at “fascinating football matches from the last 100 years”, including the ‘White Horse’ FA Cup final of 1923.

Tim Quelch’s Underdog: Fifty Years of Trials and Triumphs with Football’s Also-Rans, published on October 14, looks back over a lifetime of watching struggling teams around the country, including some non-league teams. It’s a personal tale that also highlights the changing times and has been hailed as “a major work” by Backpass magazine.

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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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Look Back in Amber, by David Goodman 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Look Back in Amber, by David Goodman (2005)

This book is Hull-born writer David Goodman’s attempt to gain the inside story into Hull City’s extraordinary journey throughout the past 30 years by speaking to ex-players, staff and supporters.

With the club now looking up after so many years of looking down, the book is essential reading for all supporters of the Tigers. Read more…

Hull City Saga: The Seesaw Tale of the Tigers 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Hull City Saga: The Seesaw Tale of the Tigers, by David Bond (1999)

When this book was first published, good historical books on Hull City didn’t exactly clutter the High Street bookshelves, but David Bond’s book filled the gap perfectly.

Various statistical books on the Tigers are valuable resources, but hardly your idea of an absorbing read. This, however, is just that. Unlike previous books on City, Bond does not just start in 1904 and trudge on, season by season, year by year, through to the present day. He takes themes (such as giant-killing feats, cup controversies, promotion and relegation) and uses them to seamlessly draw together the past and the present. Read more…

The India Rubber Man: The Story of Billy Bly, Hull City’s Longest-serving Player 0

Posted on August 25, 2011 by samh

The India Rubber Man: The Story of Billy Bly, Hull City’s Longest-serving Player, by Roy Bly and David Bond (Editor) (2002)

This book tells the fascinating story of the Tigers’ legendary goalkeeper Billy Bly. His son Roy and local journalist David Bond pay an affectionate and well-researched tribute to the 1940s and 1950s Boothferry Park hero.

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