Sports Teams & Clubs

Read about the origins and histories of your favourite sports teams, both local and national, with our hand-picked range of sports club books.

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    Leap (Hardback)

    Geva Mentor

    Geva Mentor is the best netballer in the world. In her honest, open and inspiring autobiography, Leap, she sheds light on her journey to becoming the best. As a child she was a naturally gifted athlete, standing out at 5'10" at the age of twelve. She began life as a champion trampolinist, but when she outgrew the sport, literally, she found she had to try something new. This led her to basketball, but the boys on the other teams complained - she was just too good. Making up the numbers for an impromptu netball match one day at the age of thirteen she found her home in netball - or rather it found her. From here, Geva's rise amongst the ranks of British netball was stratospheric, she was playing for the England senior team when she was just fifteen years old. Taking risks and forging the way for other athletes Geva moved to Australia to develop her game by playing in the best league in the world. However, it's not all been easy, both on and off the court, and Geva talks honestly about her personal life, and how the difficulties and failures of her teams, both international and domestic, have driven her on to achieve the highest possible success in the sport.
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    Manchester City - 100 Facts (Paperback)

    Steve Horton

    Football fans love nothing more than to read about their favourite teams. Although this books is aimed at young teenagers they will delight all ages with their mixture of funny and enlightening stories and will give hours of pleasure discovering quirky facts about your favourite team. Each title is also augmented with a selection of sketches by the young sketch artist Becky Welton that depict some of the stories within. A percentage of net profits from this title will go to the children's charity ChildLine Rocks.
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    Spurs' Cult Heroes (Hardback)

    Michael Lacquiere

    Spurs' Cult Heroes is devoted to 20 players who, over the years, have won a special place in the hearts of the White Hart Lane faithful - not necessarily the greatest footballers, but a unique brotherhood of mavericks and stalwarts, local lads and big signings. The cast list alone is enough to stir up the memories and tug at the heartstrings of any Tottenham fan - Greaves, Klinsmann and Blanchflower, Ardiles, Roberts and Ginola - recalling how these charismatic personalities used to ignite passion on the terraces. Find out exactly what Double-winning Dave Mackay said to Billy Bremner while grabbing him round the throat. Which legend accidentally dented the FA Cup in post-match celebrations. And who turned up to training plastered in GBP50 notes. Discover and delight in the magical qualities of these 20 mere mortals elevated to cult status in the streets of North London.
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    Royal Arsenal (Hardback)

    Mark Andrews

    This book lifts the lid on how Royal Arsenal grew to become the `Champions of the South' - encapsulating the football lives of the founders, players, supporters and administrators of the forerunners of the Arsenal we know today. This is the amazing, real, story of the birth of The Arsenal and how Royal Arsenal Football Club emerged to become one of the most ambitious clubs in the land. Arsenal historians, Mark Andrews and Andy Kelly, along with editor Tim Stillman, reveal the location of the initial Dial Square football match for the first time, as well as the club's struggle to turn professional, and how the supporters followed their team. Along the way, this book also chronicles the fascinating tale of how working men put one over the Old Boys' network who ran the local Football Associations and repelled the rapacious landlord of their ground. Royal Arsenal, Champions of the South, is where the spirit of Arsenal Football Club was born and is a fascinating read for all football fans.
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    Great Moments in English Football History Wall Calendar 2019 (Art Calendar) (Other)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Revel in the glory of English football with this stunning full colour wall calendar. Expertly captured through skilled photography, the moments depicted range from Bobby Charlton celebrating England's World Cup victory in 1966 to Peter Shilton, Steve Bull and Bryan Robson in action. Relive once more the triumphs, trials and celebrations of great players from England's national team. The datepad features previous and next month's views.
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    Jurgen Klopp (Paperback)

    Elmar Neveling

    Updated to include the Champions League Final 2018 "It is the intensity of the football, of how the people live football in Liverpool, all the Liverpool fans around the world. It is not a normal club, it is a special club." Jurgen Klopp As innovative as Arsene Wenger and as crowd-pleasing as Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp is the charismatic German manager who single-handedly overthrew the accepted order in German football, taking Borussia Dortmund from nowhere to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final. He had long been admired in the Premiership and was finally wooed by Liverpool in the belief he could bring back the glory days to the Kop. Klopp is revered as a master tactician with his own unique playing philosophies like counter pressing and spatial geometry. He is loved by his players for his passion and man-management skills, and adored by the media and fans alike for his disarming wit and charm and exciting football on the pitch. Here is the definitive story of Jurgen Klopp - the normal one - and his footballing genius.
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    The War of the White Roses (Paperback)

    Stuart Rayner

    In 1968 Yorkshire County Cricket Club was the dominant force in English cricket, yet by 1986 it had slid to become one of the game's also-rans. The War of the White Roses tells the story in full from a completely neutral perspective for the first time. With insight from inside the dressing room, committee room, and from the terraces, it tells how two decades of fierce infighting caused so much damage it took almost 30 years to recapture those past glories. The period from 1968 to 1986 was scarred by bitterness, pettiness and jealousy as civil war broke out with one of the county's greatest-ever players, the brilliant but divisive Geoffrey Boycott, at the centre of the story. He is just one of the many interviewees to contribute from both sides of the divide, looking at the personal feuds and political machinations of the period, and examining just how they contributed to the team's fall from grace.
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    100 Facts - West Ham (Paperback)

    Steve Horton

    Football fans love nothing more than to read about their favourite teams. Although this books is aimed at young teenagers they will delight all ages with their mixture of funny and enlightening stories and will give hours of pleasure discovering quirky facts about your favourite team. Each title is also augmented with a selection of sketches by the young sketch artist Becky Welton that depict some of the stories within.
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    The Little Book of Spurs (Hardback)

    Louis Massarella

    This book is a collection of quotes from those who have passed through London N17 and some who are still there, soundbites that range from the inspired to the insane, from the profound to the surreal. From Danny Blanchflower, Jimmy Greaves, Paul Gascoigne and Sir Alan Sugar, to Daniel, Mauricio and Harry Kane, few clubs can boast so many people with so much to say for themselves. Tottenham Hotspur have a proud tradition and a very loyal support, and this book captures the flavour of both.
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    The Little Book of Man United (Hardback)

    Justyn Barnes

    The Little Book of Man Utd is a neat collection of words of wit and wisdom by and about Manchester United's players, managers and officials past and present. From Alan Hansen's falsely prophetic "You'll never win anything with kids" to Eric Cantona's existentialist aphorism on the theme of seagulls, sardines and trawlers, the book contains more than 165 Red Devilish football quotes. Broken down into seven chapters, each one focuses on what makes being a supporter of Manchester United FC such a special experience.
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    The Little Book of Arsenal (Hardback)

    Neil Martin

    The Little Book of Arsenal is a hotshot collection of words of wit and wisdom by and about the managers, players and officials who have graced Highbury and the Emirates. From Herbert Chapman to Arsene Wenger, via the likes of George Graham, from one Double to another, and from Ted Drake, Thierry Henry, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, here are more than 165 hot-shot quotations for the avid Gooner. Enjoy the humour and poignancy as The Little Book of Arsenal takes you through the highs and lows of the club's fortunes on the pitch and savour some great moments. As England rugby International and broadcaster Stuart Barnes says: "I did not have a choice, but I am so glad I was born an Arsenal supporter."
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    The Little Book of Liverpool FC (Hardback)

    Geoff Tibballs

    Revised and updated, in a new format for the 2017-18 season, The Little Book of Liverpool FC celebrates the club's continued success at home and abroad. From Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness through Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp to Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, John Henry and coach Jurgen Klopp, few clubs can boast as many people with so much to say for themselves, especially in the case of Bill Shankly, football's most quoted man. Liverpool FC has a proud tradition and a very loyal support, and this book aims to capture the flavour of both with 165 Klopp's quotes.
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    The Little Book of Aston Villa (Paperback)

    Dave Woodhall

    Tradition is a byword for Aston Villa. Few clubs anywhere in England, let alone anywhere else, can boast a timeline of success to match the Birmingham club. Founder members of the Football League, they first won the First Division in 1893-94 and by the end of the 1890s they had won five of their six championships and two of their seven FA Cups. Their last major portion of footballing glory came in 1981 when they won the League again under the disciplinarian Ron Saunders and went on to take the European Cup under his assistant Tony Barton a year later. From Pongo Waring and 'Big Ron' Atkinson through Peter Withe, Gary Shaw and Dr Josef Venglos, to Graham Taylor, Dion Dublin, Gareth Southgate, Dwight Yorke, Juan Pablo Angel, and David O'Leary, there is no lack of contrasting characters to draw on for quotes. Chairman 'Deadly Doug' Ellis is worth a book in himself and few clubs have a richer history or as many outspoken characters to comment on where it's all gone wrong (and occasionally spectacularly right) since the glory days of baggy shorts and Bovril at half-time.
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    The Little Book of Everton (Paperback)

    Becky Tallentire

    Traditionally one of the Big Five English football clubs, although Everton haven't won many trophies in recent years, they are currently undergoing a revival thanks to the management of Roberto Martinez and leadership of Bill Kenwright, the club's owner. Older than Liverpool, Everton have nearly as rich a history. Nine-time winners of the English League title and winners of the FA Cup on five occasions, they've sent out some of the greatest characters in English football on to the pitch at Goodison Park. From Dixie Dean, Tommy Lawton and Alex Scott through Alan Ball, Bob Latchford and Howard Kendall to Gary Lineker, Duncan Ferguson, Wayne Rooney and Leighton Baines, few clubs can boast as many people with so much to say for themselves. Everton have a proud tradition, very loyal support, and this book, filled with more than 180 quotes from legendary Evertonians, aims to capture the flavour of both.
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    Chelsea - 100 Facts (Paperback)

    Kristian Downer

    Football fans love nothing more than to read about their favourite teams. Although this books is aimed at young teenagers they will delight all ages with their mixture of funny and enlightening stories and will give hours of pleasure discovering quirky facts about your favourite team. Each title is also augmented with a selection of sketches by the young sketch artist Becky Welton that depict some of the stories within. A percentage of net profits from this title will go to the children's charity ChildLine Rocks.
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    Jurgen Klopp (Hardback)

    Elmar Neveling

    Updated to include the Champions League Victory 2019 "It is the intensity of the football, of how the people live football in Liverpool, all the Liverpool fans around the world. It is not a normal club, it is a special club." Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp is the charismatic German manager who single-handedly overthrew the accepted order in German football, taking Borussia Dortmund from nowhere to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final. He had long been admired in the Premiership and was finally wooed by Liverpool in the belief he could bring back the glory days to the Kop. Klopp is revered as a master tactician with his own unique playing philosophies. He is loved by his players for his passion and man-management skills, and adored by fans for his charm, wit and exciting football on the pitch. In 2019, Klopp cemented his name in the history books by returning Liverpool to Champions League glory. Here is the definitive story of Jurgen Klopp - the normal one - and his footballing genius.
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    Allez Allez Allez (Hardback)

    Simon Hughes

    'WE ARE LIVERPOOL - THIS MEANS MORE.' J RGEN KLOPP This Means More is the inside account of Liverpool FC's 2018/19 season, a campaign which could see the club crowned as English champions for the first time in 29 years. Featuring unprecedented access to management, players and staff, This Means More explains how Liverpool have emerged from what J rgen Klopp described as the "depression" of 2015 to potentially achieve a feat that has eluded an entire generation of supporters. Through original research and exclusive interviews, Hughes takes readers into Melwood, the club's training ground, and behind the dressing room door. He takes them to Chapel Street, where the club's business is determined and to America, where it is owned. He takes them into Anfield, where many of the most important moments are defined, and he takes them on to the pitches of the Premier League, where the story of what could become Liverpool's greatest season is being written.
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    Football Leaks (Paperback)

    Rafael Buschmann

    'Astonishing . . . Fans will be fascinated.' Daily Mail One anonymous football fan. 18.6 million confidential documents. The explosive story of the shady underworld of modern football. In 2016, a whistle-blower known only as 'John' began leaking a treasure trove of top-secret files, revealing the clandestine dealings of clubs, players and agents at the highest levels of international football. From the eye-popping details of player transfers, to loopholes and opaque tax structures that ensure maximum earnings, this is a tale of rapacious greed and dodgy deals. It is also a gripping story of a fan who wanted to free football from corruption, but finds himself on the run.
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    Cricket's Greatest Rivalry (Paperback)

    Simon Hughes

    From the William Hill Award-Winning Author of A Lot of Hard Yakka comes Cricket's Greatest Rivalry: A History of the Ashes in 12 Matches by Simon Hughes. A fast-paced, distinctive history of the iconic, 137-year-old cricketing rivalry between England and Australia published in the year of back-to-back Ashes contests. No other sport has a fixture like the Ashes. From the early 1880s the rivalry between these two great sporting nations has captured the public imagination and made sporting legends of its stars. Commentator, analyst and award-winning cricket historian Simon Hughes tells the story of the 12 seminal series that have become the stuff of sporting folklore. Cricket's Greatest Rivalry places you right at the heart of the action of each pivotal match, explaining the social context of the time, the atmosphere of the crowd and the background and temperaments of the players that battled in both baggy green and blue caps. The book also includes complete statistics and records of all the Ashes fixtures and results and much more!
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    The Promised Land (Paperback)

    Daniel Harris

    In 1998-99, Manchester United won the Premier League, the FA Cup and Champions League - the only English team ever to accomplish such a feat. Whether that makes it the finest of all time is open to debate, but what is not is the status of the season: it featured astounding football, exceptional competition, staggering determination, ceaseless tension, astonishing plot twists, and a cast of fascinating, iconic characters. The Promised Land relives these breathless moments on a month-by-month basis, taking you into the dressing room, onto the pitch and into the minds of those involved, to explain why it all worked and how it all happened - with the perspective afforded by twenty years' distance.
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    On To Glory! (Hardback)

    Welsh Rugby Union

    At the start of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations Wales were 9/2 against to win the tournament. Six weeks later they had gone one better and won a historic Grand Slam! On To Glory! tells how Warren Gatland's men defied the odds and expectations to rouse a country behind them and defeat all-comers across an action-packed campaign. Packed with wonderful photographs and exclusive interviews with stars of the tournament such as Alun-Wyn Jones, George North, Gareth Anscombe and Warren Gatland, the book takes readers inside the Wales camp and provides a wonderful souvenir of a very special achievement. From the remarkable comeback in Paris, to the training camp in Nice, getting the job done in Italy and then the euphoria of beating England in Cardiff, the book follows the team as they strive to make history. As momentum builds the reader is taken to Murrayfield for the brutal match against a proud Scotland team and then to the Welsh capital for the dramatic decider against the world's second-best team.
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    Newcastle United (Paperback)

    Denis Cassidy

    A lifelong fan of Newcastle United, businessman Denis Cassidy spent the late 1990s observing the workings of his beloved club from a perspective few can dream of - inside the Boardroom. In this no-holdsbarred expose, Denis' knowledge and love of football is matched by his insatiable desire to understand why the game has changed so much since 1943, when he first saw his boyhood heroes in action. A true story, The Day the Promises Had to Stop describes the last twenty years of Newcastle United's chequered history. Denis covers the rewards and the pitfalls, the triumphs and the tragedies, of any football club aspiring to the Premiership - the toughest, richest, and most successful football league in the world. During this time of momentous change, while fans experienced the thrill of watching great victories and the bitter taste of defeat, Denis was sitting at the Boardroom table, sometimes with pride, sometimes with horror. The lessons, he says, are plain. Only with responsible corporate governance, long-term strategies, and an honest recognition of the thousands of fans can a club plan for victory. Whether or not you agree with Denis Cassidy's prescription for the future of football, this remains a must-read book for any football fan resolved to revel in past glories and dream of the days ahead.
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    The National Team (Hardback)

    Caitlin Murray

    The success of the US Women's National Soccer Team is undebatable. They've won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals, they've set record TV ratings, drawn massive crowds, and earned huge revenues for US Soccer. But despite their obvious dominance, and their roster of superstar players, they've endured striking inequality: low pay, poor playing conditions, and limited opportunities to play in professional leagues. The National Team, from leading soccer journalist Caitlin Murray, tells the history of the USWNT from their formation in the 1980s to the run-up to the 2019 World Cup, chronicling both their athletic triumphs and less visible challenges off the pitch. In the wake of their 2015 World Cup victory, the athletes pushed back publicly against the unequal treatment they'd received from FIFA and US Soccer and negotiated a landmark collective bargaining agreement on their own. Murray also tells of the rise and fall of professional leagues in the US, including the burgeoning National Women's Soccer League, an essential part of the women's game. A story of endurance and determination, The National Team is a complete portrait of a beloved and admired team.
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    The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Yearbook 2019 (Hardback)

    David Warner

    Although no trophies were lifted by Yorkshire in 2018 they fought hard throughout the summer and finished with their heads held high and looking forward immensely to the coming season which promises to be one of the most important and thrill-packed in the Club's proud history. Emerald Headingley in 2019 is hosting a Royal London one-day international between England and Pakistan, four ICC Cricket World Cup matches and a mouth-watering Ashes Test match, in addition to its county cricket programme. All these games will be played out in front of the new multi-million pound Emerald Stand which replaces the old cricket-rugby stand and is nearing completion after 18 months of frenzied construction work. Yorkshire were acutely aware last season that they needed to preserve their Specsavers County Championship First Division status with such a big summer coming up in 2019 and after one or two scares on the way they managed it by securing a respectable fourth place in the table. The Yearbook follows their fortunes in great detail and tells how fast bowler Steve Patterson eventually took over the reins of captaincy on a permanent basis after Gary Ballance had stepped down from the job because the pressures were affecting his playing form. It describes how Ballance's playing fortunes were restored to such an extent that he topped the County Championship batting averages with 906 runs at an average of 39.39 with three centuries and four halfcenturies, well supported by dynamic opening batsman Adam Lyth and young Harry Brook who looks to have a promising international career ahead of him. Others to make their mark with the bat included the hard-hitting Tom Kohler-Cadmore and wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Tattersall who experienced a fairy tale rise to prominence in the first team setup after making the most of a second chance when all had seemed lost. Ben Coad, who gained his county cap, and the evergreen Tim Bresnan both enjoyed success with the ball, along with Patterson in between two spells out with injury, but the leading wicket-taker with 51 dismissals was speed merchant Jack Brooks who said farewell in great style before leaving at the end of the campaign for Somerset. It was tough luck on Yorkshire that they failed to get over the last hurdle to what would have been a place at Lord's in the final of the Royal London 50-overs Cup. Four consecutive victories in the group stages assured them of a quarter-final appearance against Essex which they won but they were then undone by a brilliant 171 by James Vince for Hampshire. Even so, the crowds had earlier been richly entertained at various times by the broad bats of Lyth, Kohler- Cadmore and India's Cheteshwar Pujara who all hit centuries. A few too many off moments resulted in Yorkshire missing out on the knockout stages of the Vitality T20 Blast but they played in front of record home crowds and their batsmen often ran riot in providing great entertainment, not least Lyth who smashed his way beyond the 400-runs mark with David Willey and Tom Kohler-Cadmore in close pursuit. Every exciting innings and every fine bowling performance is faithfully recorded in the 2019 Yearbook which is again packed with interesting and informative articles by a wide range of expert writers who were in close touch with events throughout the long hot summer.
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