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Strachan: My Life in Football 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Strachan: My Life in Football, by Gordon Strachan (2006)

Gordon Strachan has had one of the most illustrious careers in modern football.

As a player, he was the heartbeat of Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen in the early 1980s, before being poached by Ron Atkinson to play for Manchester United. He captained Leeds to championship in the early 1990s, won 50 Scottish caps and went on to manage Coventry and Southampton.

A former regular on Match of the Day, and one of the most honest and interesting voices on the game, he was manager of Celtic at the time this book was published. The book is a mix of both Strachan’s story and an analysis on the way the game is played and run. It is refreshingly candid on everything from the stress and pressure managers are under to the players and bosses Strachan has worked with.

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Steak… Diana Ross: Diary of a Football Nobody 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Steak… Diana Ross: Diary of a Football Nobody, by David McVay (2003)

This book opens on a rubbish tip that doubles for a training ground littered with refuse engineers – known in those distant pre-politically correct days of 30 years ago as dustmen – and ends, more or less, at Elland Road, home of Leeds United and the European Cup finalists the previous season.

The diaries of David McVay, written during his formative years as a teenager with Notts County during the 1970s, invite readers on an undulating and nostalgic soccer sojourn that can never be repeated in the context of the modern game. Read more…

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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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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Peter Lorimer: Leeds and Scotland Hero 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Peter Lorimer: Leeds and Scotland Hero, by Peter Lorimer and Phil Rostron (2002)

They called him “Lash”, after the velocity at which he was officially recorded as the hottest shot in football.

Peter Lorimer’s blistering 90mph strike left many a goalkeeper clutching thin air as he waltzed into the record books as a permanent member of the fantastic Leeds United team which, under the managership of Don Revie from 1961-74, carried all before them.

Lorimer remains the only Leeds player to have scored more than 200 goals, and won 21 caps for Scotland. The highlight of his international career was the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, although his country was eliminated despite having not lost a single game. Telling his story with candour, humour, warmth and not a little controversy, Lorimer celebrates the 40th anniversary of his involvement with a club which have recently enjoyed a spectacular rebirth with successive appearances in European semi-finals.

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John Charles: Gentle Giant 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

John Charles: Gentle Giant, by Mario Risoli (2003)

In Italy, where John Charles played for Juventus and Roma, he was known as Il Gigante Buono – the Gentle Giant – because of his placid temperament.

In a playing career of 21 years, he was never booked. One of the greatest footballers Britain has ever produced, Charles left his native Swansea at 16 to join Leeds United, where he was switched from defence to attack. The Yorkshire club reached the First Division for the first time in its history thanks to Charles’s phenomenal strike ratio of a goal every other game. Read more…

Behind the Dream: The Story of a Scottish Footballer, by Joe Jordan 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Behind the Dream: The Story of a Scottish Footballer, by Joe Jordan (2004)

Joe Jordan, the world-class Scottish footballer who played for Leeds United, Manchester United, AC Milan and Verona, tells the story of his intense and inspirational career.

Jordan grew up in a Lanarkshire pit village, and always viewed football as both a dream and the gateway to a better life.

At the age of 18, he was spotted by Don Revie, the manager of Leeds United, who signed him to the club immediately. He won the league title with Leeds in 1974, then signed for Manchester United in 1978 for the record fee of £350,000. After the disappointment of losing the 1979 Cup final to Arsenal, Joe Jordan made the break to European football, starting a new life with AC Milan, then Verona. Then followed a successful managerial and coaching career.

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Marching on Together: My Life With Leeds United, by Eddie Gray 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

Marching on Together: My Life With Leeds United, by Eddie Gray (2001)

Not many people recently associated with Leeds command as much respect as jack-of-all-trades Eddie Gray.

He was among the most skilful and exciting players in the club’s history and his links with the club were further strengthened by his roles as manager, youth team coach, reserve-team coach and recently assistant manager.

Gray takes readers back to his home city of Glasgow, explaining how he developed his skills as a boy. No less intriguing is Gray’s account of what life was like for him in the 10 years in which he was not involved with Leeds and the upsurge in his fortunes since his return to the club in 1995.

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Don Revie: Portrait of a Footballing Enigma 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

Don Revie: Portrait of a Footballing Enigma, by Andrew Mourant (1990)

The Leeds United team Don Revie created was possibly the finest in the history of the English league, one of legendary endurance, its characters strong and unyielding.

Yet it remained unloved by the world at large, for many felt its voracious pursuit of honours was hallmarked by cynicism and ruthlessness. Read more…

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