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Posted on April 11, 2012 by samh

A quick note on some of the books due to hit shelves (or Amazon pages if you prefer) this month…

Everyone loves Jeff Stelling, right? Well, if you do, you’ve got to check out Jeffanory: Stories from Beyond Soccer Saturday, in which the award-winning host of Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday and former Countdown presenter returns with a collection of what is billed as “the funniest, weirdest, most tragic, most heart-warming, under-the-radar stories of the football season”. Sounds a bit like an entertaining bog book or something to flick through on those long away days, but it might be good for a laugh. Read more…

Billy Wright: A Hero for All Seasons 0

Posted on August 25, 2011 by samh

Billy Wright: A Hero for All Seasons, by Norman Giller (2003)

Billy Wright captained England 90 times on the way to becoming the first footballer to win 100 international caps. He was skipper of the all-conquering Wolves team that pioneered European football nights in the 1950s.

 

In A Hero for All Seasons, Norman Giller – who was a close friend – traces his life and times. Billy was the David Beckham of his time. When he married Joy Beverly of the Beverly Sisters in 1959, their wedding stopped the traffic. It received almost as much publicity as the Posh Spice/Becks union 40 years later. This is not only a story of a great sportsman, but also of an era of football that has disappeared from sight. Just one difference: David Beckham earns in just one week more that Billy Wright picked up as a player throughout a 20-year career. The author of this biography discusses the many changes that have happened to the game since Wright’s time, while also exploring his career and his personal life.

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