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Kissing the Badge: How Much Do You Know About 20 Years of the Premier League? 0

Posted on September 12, 2011 by samh

Kissing the Badge: How Much Do You Know About 20 Years of the Premier League? by Phil Ascough (2011)

This is a quiz book that offers just that little bit more than mere trivia. It’s perfect for long car or train journeys on away days (especially, of course, if you follow a Premier League team), but it’s also one of those books that’s interesting to dip in and out of whether you feel like testing your fellow footy mates or just yourself. Read more…

The Unofficial Football World Championships: An Alternative Soccer History 0

Posted on September 01, 2011 by samh

The Unofficial Football World Championships: An Alternative Soccer History, by Paul Brown (2006)

This book reveals an alternative international soccer competition and claims to discover football’s real champions.

Football fans facing the prospect of waiting four years to see their side make another early exit from the next World Cup finals need not despair.

The UFWC determines football’s world champions via a continuous series of boxing-style title matches dating back to the first ever international game in 1872, 58 years before the first World Cup. This book is an official guide to this unofficial competition, its matches, players, and stats. Read more…

The South Wales Derbies: A History of Cardiff City Versus Swansea City 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

The South Wales Derbies: A History of Cardiff City Versus Swansea City, by Dean Hayes (2003)

This book was the first written account of the intense rivalry between Cardiff City and Swansea – the Bluebirds and the Swans – two great Welsh clubs that first met in the Southern League in 1912.

The author traces the 90-year history of derby games against a backdrop of local and national events of the past century. Each game has been carefully researched, with a full report on each of the 149 first-team meetings of the clubs – in the League, FA Cup, League Cup, Associate Members Cup, Welsh Cup and Southern League games – plus the lesser-known wartime and friendly encounters. The book also includes details about the clubs’ grounds, player profiles and a statistical section.

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Soccer at War 1939-45 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Soccer at War 1939-45, by Jack Rollin (2005)

This is a revised edition of Jack Rollin’s compelling account of the national game during this defining moment in history, when surprisingly enough football continued to be played and watched.

It was first published 20 years ago and recognised as a classic work on football’s history. This edition contains the one of the most comprehensive collections of statistics on football during the wartime period.

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The Complete George Best: Every Match, Every Goal 0

Posted on August 24, 2011 by samh

The Complete George Best: Every Match, Every Goal, by Darren Phillips (2007)

George Best is widely regarded as the finest footballer ever produced by the British Isles, and his death last November prompted lengthy analysis of his career and his standing in the game – a debate this book aims to help settle.

The author attempts to shed more light on Best’s football career which was, after all, the source of his fame before it was overtaken by his Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle. Read more…

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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Accrington Stanley: A Complete Record 0

Posted on August 23, 2011 by samh

Accrington Stanley: A Complete Record, 1894-1962, by Mike Jackman (1991)

This rare book details the glory years of this famous Merseyside club, with everything from player profiles, complete season records and tables, and a selection of pictures.

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