Sports Teams & Clubs

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    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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    AFC Bournemouth: The Fall and Rise is the ultimate rags-to-riches football story, exploring how a small lower-league club on the south coast fought back against all the odds to reach the riches of the English Premier League. With fascinating insights from renowned manager Eddie Howe and all the key players, the book reflects on the club's day of destiny against Bolton Wanderers in April 2015, when Premier League promotion was secured just six years after the club almost went out of existence. Former captain Tommy Elphick candidly reveals how Howe plotted the Cherries' route out of the Championship, while club legend Steve Fletcher tells the emotionally charged story of his return - and the goal in 2009 that halted the club's slide into non-league. Howe, meanwhile, provides amazing detail into how he took a club on the brink to the top of the beautiful game.
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    Home of the legendary Tar Heels basketball team, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill enjoys a sporting brand known the world over. The alma mater of Michael Jordan and Mia Hamm, winner of forty national championships in six different sports, and a partner in what Sporting News calls "the best rivalry in sports," UNC-Chapel Hill is a colossus of college athletics. Now, it has become ground zero in the debate on how the $16 billion college sports industry operates--an industry that coexists uneasily within a university system professly dedicated to education and research. Written by notorious UNC athletics department whistleblower, Mary Willingham, and her close faculty ally, Jay Smith, Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports exposes the fraudulent inner workings that for decades have allowed barely literate basketball and football players to take fake courses, earning fake degrees from one of the nation's top universities while faculty and administrators looked the other way. In unobscured detail, Cheated recounts the academic fraud in UNC's athletic department, even as university leaders attempted to sweep the matter under the rug in order to keep the billion-dollar college sports revenue machine functioning, and it makes an impassioned argument that the"student-athletes" in these programs are being cheated of what, after all, has been promised them from the start--a college education.
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    In April 1981, Howard Gayle was summoned from the substitutes' bench and sent on to play for Liverpool in the second leg of a European Cup semi-final at German champions Bayern Munich. The previous October, by filling the same role at Manchester City, he became the first black footballer in Liverpool's 89-year history to play at first team level. Gayle's Liverpool career proved to be short. He would pull on the red shirt only five times in total, scoring once. Yet he is remembered as a trailblazer. In 61 Minutes in Munich, Gayle takes you inside his life: bringing the shutters down on a childhood spent between Toxteth and Norris Green, two contrasting areas of Liverpool. He details life on the streets, the racism, the other forms of abuse, of which he has only told a handful of people before, and his ascent from teenage football hooligan to a player with Europe's leading club. Gayle explains what it was like to be a black man with a sense of insecurity inside a Liverpool dressing room at the most successful point in the club's history, a place where only the strongest survived. In Munich, Gayle ran Bayern's defenders ragged and is credited by many as the catalyst for Liverpool's progression to the final. And yet, by being substituted after 61 minutes on the pitch, he reveals his dismay at never being trusted to keep his cool in the most tense of environments. Gayle takes you to Newcastle, to Birmingham City, to Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers. He takes you back his modest home in the south end of Liverpool where it all began. Part social-history, part-autobiography, 61 Minutes in Munich is an exposition of life in the city of Liverpool during one of the most turbulent periods in its history. Above all it examines how a pioneer like Gayle has been up against it from the moment he was born.
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    In more than a century of senior football in Aberdeen, the Granite City has been entertained by hundreds of proud Dons stars. Aberdeen FC Who's Who profiles every one of the post-war players to have featured in competitive action for the first team as well as delving further into the past to examine a select band of the leading lights in the pre-war era. From the legends of the first championship victory in 1955 and the European Cup Winners' Cup victory in 1983 right through to the current squad on their trophy quest, the book charts the highs and lows encountered by more than 450 men to have graced Pittodrie from the 1940s through to the modern day. From in-depth features on the most illustrious characters in the history of the Dons to pen pictures of those who made the briefest of cameo appearances, supporters from every generation will have memories sparked by the stories behind every one of the names to have been woven into the fabric of their club in the most comprehensive record of Aberdeen players ever produced. Aberdeen FC Who's Who is packed with facts, statistics and pictures to make it a must-have title for every Reds supporter.
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    Sheffield Wednesday FC was born out of the Wednesday Cricket Club, formed back in 1820, and was officially founded on Wednesday 4 September 1867 at the Adelphi Hotel. During the meeting, brewery traveller John Pashley rose to his feet and proposed 'that a football club be formed in connection with the cricket club, and that no body of persons shall be empowered to sever the two clubs without the unanimous consent of the general meeting, six days notice to be given to every member of the club'. Around sixty members joined the fledgling club on the night, the colours of blue and white were adopted and plans were made to start the club's first-ever season. The club secured a playing field in the Highfields district of Sheffield and, after holding an inter-club practice game, The Wednesday played their first ever match, beating the Mechanics Club at Norfolk Park, in October 1867. The popularity of association football had been growing steadily during the mid-1850s, and Wednesday arrived onto a thriving Sheffield football scene that included the likes of Sheffield FC, formed 1857, Hallam, Broomhall and Heeley. The city became the spiritual home of the sport and one of the first-known cup competitions further enhanced that opinion, the Cromwell Cup being offered as a prize in 1868. In The Origins of Sheffield Wednesday, Jason Dickinson, Wednesday's Official Club Historian, tells for the first time the in-depth story of the birth of Sheffield Wednesday FC.
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    From the earliest days of West Ham United the club sought out competition from outside the British Isles. Building on this, the Hammers, led by England captain Bobby Moore, won their way into top class competition in Europe to become the first side made up entirely of English players to win a major international trophy: the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965 at Wembley. Although this was to be the zenith of the team's performance on the international stage, there were to be further exciting and intriguing campaigns and games-great goals, magnificent victories, and defeats fought to the finish. However, this is more a story about places, people, and times, as West Ham went about breaking ground and hearts on their rampage across the continent. The boys from London's East End were learning, teaching, and developing a pedigree of football that was to be replicated, but never entirely reproduced. No-one else had the pioneering magic that the Irons engendered; they nearly reached the sky, while others just followed. This is the story of that glory.
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    From the thousands of matches ever played by Arsenal, stretching from a muddy field on the Isle of Dogs in the 19th century to the Premier League era and the pristine perfection of the Emirates Stadium, here are 50 of the club's most glorious, epochal and thrilling games of all! Expertly presented in evocative historical context, and described incident-by-incident in atmospheric detail, Arsenal Greatest Games offers a terrace ticket back in time, taking in their first FA Cup win in 1930, 1930s dominance of domestic football under the great Herbert Chapman, through to the great 1971 double-winning side; on to the exploits under George Graham in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and Arsene Wenger's revolution and his all-conquering invincibles of 2004. An irresistible cast list of club legends - Frank McLintock, Charlie George, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp - comes to life in these thrilling tales of goalscoring feats, great comebacks, Wembley glory and the odd glorious yet crushing disappointment. In all, a journey through the highlights of the Gunners' history which is guaranteed to make any fan's heart swell with pride.
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    The History Boys celebrates 30 iconic goals and players in the illustrious history of Nottingham Forest. Featuring exclusive interviews and detailed career profiles, it delves deep into the club's defining moments, which echo down through history and resonate with each generation of Forest fans. Goals don't just change games of football, they change lives - not only of those who scored them, but also of those who witnessed them. Here are the stories of goalscorers who shaped the very fabric of Forest - from the 1959 FA Cup-winning team, through the miracle years of European domination to the present day. Club legends such as Ian Storey-Moore, Frank Clark, Colin Barrett, John Robertson, Ian Bowyer, John McGovern, Steve Chettle, Brian Rice, John Metgod and Wes Morgan look back on career-defining moments, offering insightful analysis and commentary in this celebratory stroll down Memory Lane.
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    Does your life revolve around your football team? Does your team's result on a Saturday make or break your weekend? Would you leave your wife on the day she's due to give birth to go to a cup final 140 miles away? Or miss your daughter's fourth birthday because you're in Madrid for a UEFA Cup tie? If so, this book is for you. The Team For Me is a personal reflection of the joy and heartache of football from a fan's perspective. Written by a Hearts supporter of 50 years' standing (and occasionally falling over), its tales will hit home among fans of any and every club - from the Saturday-morning feeling of anticipation to regaling your children with what it means to follow your club; from pre-match rituals to hammering your arch-rivals in a cup final. Fans who grew up in the 60s and 70s will also revel in memories of half-time scoreboards, dashing to the local newsagent at 5.30pm on a Saturday for a copy of the ink-stained 'Football Special' edition, and of collecting football cards to swap with your pals.
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    Record Breakers: The Inside Story of Notts County's Momentous 1997/98 Title Triumph delves into the inner sanctum of a basement-league dressing room in the 90s, as its inhabitants attempt to write themselves into the history books. Led by future England boss Sam Allardyce, taking some of his first managerial steps, Record Breakers is the inspirational tale of how the world's oldest Football League club fought back from a plunge down the divisions, falling attendances and financial strife to become the first side in post-war English football to win a title in March. The momentous feat is relived by the players themselves, lending a unique insight into their record run. It's packed with characters and anecdotes, and augmented with memories of supporters who lived through this season of tumbling records. From training ground punch-ups to transfer tales and unforgettable celebrations, Record Breakers is a remarkable winners' story in what now seems a bygone era.
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    Sixteen Swansea City legends tell the stories behind their favourite games for the club - allowing Swans fans of all ages to relive these magical moments through the eyes and emotions of the men who were there, playing for the white shirt. From Alan Curtis's jaw-dropping first goal in the First Division to James Thomas's epic survival hat-trick in 2003, here are the stories from the players that created these moments. Alan Tate recalls his tales of the Championship play-off final, Lee Trundle remembers the 2006 Football League Trophy victory and John Toshack selects a game he watched entirely from the sidelines - the promotion-winning match against Preston North End in 1981. Vetch legends Mel Nurse, Leon Britton, Wyndham Evans and Roger Freestone also turn in characteristic star performances, winding back the clock to relive treasured memories of the Match of Their Lives for the Swans.
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    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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    Sheffield Wednesday, the third oldest football club in England, have experienced contrasting fortunes in their first 150 years but remain one of the best-supported teams in the land, with a rich and fascinating history. Within these pages, the ups and downs of 'The Owls' are covered in detail, from the formation of the original cricket club in 1820 to the present day. At a general meeting held on Wednesday 4 September 1867 at the Adelphi Hotel, it was decided to form a football club from the membership of the Wednesday Cricket Club as a means of keeping together the members of the cricket club during the winter season. Thus began the story of one of the most respected and cherished football clubs in England, springing from the spiritual home of football itself. The Wednesday Football Club played their first ever game in September 1867 and within twenty years had turned professional as Sheffield Wednesday, making their home at Olive Grove. When the lease for Olive Grove expired in 1899, Sheffield Wednesday made the long trek north to the suburb of Owlerton, taking up residence at the Owlerton Stadium, later to be renamed Hillsborough. To mark Sheffield Wednesday's 150th anniversary, club historian Jason Dickinson has painstakingly researched and written a comprehensive history of this venerable old club, one that every self-respecting Wednesday fan will want to read.
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    It is probably not surprising to learn that the modern craze for running is not new: our species has been running since we were able to stand upright. What may be surprising, however, are the many ways and reasons we have performed this painful, exhausting and yet exhilarating activity down the ages. In this original, humorous and almost improbable world history, Thor Gotaas brings us many unusual and curious stories showing the remarkable diversity of running, from earliest times to the immense popularity of running today at athletics meetings, world championships and Olympic games. Amongst the myriad characters the author describes are King Shulgi of Mesopotamia, who four millennia ago boasted about his ability to maintain high speeds while running long distances, and once claimed to have run from Nippur to Ur, a distance of not less than 160 kilometres, and Norwegian Vikings who exercised by running races against animals. There are also the little-known naked runs, backward runs, monk runs, snowshoe runs, the Incas' ingenious infrastructure of professional runners and the running culture of Native Americans. This unique book will be a revelation to everyone who reads it. It will appeal to all who wish to know more about why the ancients shared our love, and hatred, of this physically demanding yet spiritually rewarding pastime.
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    The German inquiry blamed the accident on pilot error. However, this book establishes beyond any question that this was not so. Based on his enormous technical knowledge of aircraft accident investigation, years of research and interviews with those involved, the author shows that the pilot, Captain James Thain, performed heroically and was shamefully treated by the aviation authorities for many years. Munich swept away a generation of gifted footballers including the legendary Duncan Edwards, Tommy Taylor, Roger Byrne, David Pegg, and Liam Whelan from Dublin. Stephen Morrin's authoritative book is a story of tragedy, a pilot's heroism in adversity, legal treachery and one of the defining moments in the Manchester United story. It was a sporting disaster that gave birth to a legend - a legend which fifty years later shows no sign of diminishing.
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    In November 1914, Hearts led the Scottish First Division. In the middle of a debate about the morality of continuing professional football during the First World War and a campaign to shame footballers into joining up, eleven Hearts players enlisted in Sir George McCrae's battalion on 25 November. Hearts supporters and players and supporters from myriad other clubs flocked to join as well. Officially known as 16th Royal Scots, this unit was the first to be described as a footballers' battalion. On 1 July 1916, 15th and 16th Royal Scots attacked near the village of Contalmaison in the Somme Valley. Three Hearts players would die that day; seven would be killed in total during the war, and many more would be wounded. In this book, Tom Purdie tells the story of the Hearts players and supporters who served their country during the Great War and those who were left behind in Edinburgh who, with unstinting effort and sacrifice, helped to bring the club through that extremely trying time in its proud history.
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    From Saints to Winners tells the tale of a campaign bookended by tragedy, but laden with glory. Jim Mallinder's Saints marched all the way to three finals, winning two of them, as they secured the first Premiership trophy they craved, as well as Challenge Cup glory. The previous summer had seen the death of Leon Barwell, who did so much to bring success to Northampton, and Saints went on to do their late chairman proud. There was more heartache to come as Luis Ghaut, the young man so many had taken to their hearts, sadly passed away at the start of the following season; but courageous Luis had been able to lead his favourite team out at Twickenham and saw them win two trophies before he lost his battle with cancer. It was a season that he was able to treasure, and one that no one who witnessed it would ever forget. The story is told by Tom Vickers, the local journalist who covered every game, home and away, and by the players and coaches who made it possible.
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    Leeds United's Elland Road home is one of the most iconic sporting arenas in Britain, yet it started life as a desolate patch of land surrounded by coalfields. The Only Place For Us pulls together the never-before-told history of the developing stadium and its changing local environment, revealing the background stories behind Elland Road's most famous features and characters, and the astonishing events it has witnessed. Along the way there have been fires, gypsy curses and a host of cherished memories including the diamond floodlights, the West Stand facade and escapee pantomime horses. Using archive research and insiders' insights, fascinating photographs and fans' memories, Jon Howe retraces an intriguing historical journey to show how Elland Road became one of Europe's most feared football grounds. Through triumph and adversity, neglect and redevelopment, Elland Road has emerged as a fine, modern stadium that's alive with history. This is its unique story.
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    Nottingham was crowned England's first City of Football, the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest was chosen as the country's best-loved tree and both Nottingham Forest Football Club and the city's Theatre Royal celebrated their 150th anniversaries, all in 2015. Forest is the second oldest football league club in the world (after Notts County, which began in 1862) and Don Wright tells its unique story largely through the exceptional individuals who formed and shaped it. Inspired by Italian freedom fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi's redshirts, the young founders of the Forest Football Club, who played on the Forest recreation ground near the centre of Nottingham, decided that Garibaldi red would be their colour and so it has remained ever since. Forest are the original reds of world soccer. Walter Roe Lymbery was in turn captain, chairman and secretary/treasurer, setting the club on its feet. Another Victorian, Sam Weller Widdowson contributed new methods and ideas. He invented the shinguard, proposed the referee's whistle and introduced the 2-3-5 line-up that was universally adopted and still in use up to the 1950s. Tinsley Lindley was a famous Forester and Corinthian who championed the cause of the professional player. Forest won the FA Cup for the first time in 1898 and celebrated by opening the City Ground. Frank and Fred Forman became the first brothers from the same Football League club to be capped by England. Less well known were winger Bob Firth and centre-forward Randolph Septimus Galloway both of whom made their mark in Europe as managers. Firth made Real Madrid champions of Spain in 1932/32 and Galloway guided Sporting Lisbon to three Portuguese titles from 1950 to 1953. Back home, Bob Marsters' Forest defeated Everton to win the Victory Shield in 1919. But the master managers were Billy Walker, twenty-one years in office, and Brian Clough, eighteen years in charge. Walker gave the Reds a glorious decade when they climbed from the Third Division South to the top flight and won the FA Cup in 1959. Clough, with Peter Taylor's help, made Forest English champions and twice champions of Europe. Truly, the Forest story is the stuff of legends.
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    Players come and players go, managers and staff regularly change. The one consistent thing about any football club is the fans. They follow their team home and away through good times and bad times. They will always be there. Dean Walton has followed West Bromwich Albion around the world for over fifty years. He has taken his camera with him on his travels since the 1970s, photographing the Baggies' fans at hundreds of away games, including European matches and numerous overseas tours. His father also took some wonderful photographs on the way to Albion matches in the 1950s which really capture the spirit of the era, and following a social media appeal for supporters' personal pictures, many more gems were unearthed. This book focuses on Albion fans proudly displaying their colours up and down the divisions, on trips to Wembley, at legendary games and matches abroad. The majority of photographs have never before been published and many of the grounds featured have sadly now disappeared. Enjoy.
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    For many, supporting Manchester United Football Club is much more than the ninety minutes out on the pitch. Away from the stadiums around England and abroad, fans' interest can also extend to collecting items of memorabilia relating to the club and its players. Some simply collect programmes from the games they attend, along with the match ticket if they had one, but there are others so engrossed in the club's long and illustrious history that they have created their own personal Manchester United museum, with countless other items relating to the games and the individuals who have worn the red shirt. Here, Iain McCartney, long-time collector and editor of the Manchester United Review Collectors Club, looks at some of the items that these supporters scour the footballing world for.
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    On a rainy night in Gothenburg in May 1983 twelve young Scotsmen turned the footballing world on its head. Against all the odds, those players took on the might of Spanish giants Real Madrid, and beat them convincingly. Aberdeen were winners of the European Cup Winners Cup. The manager, Alex Ferguson, would go on to become one of the greats, his team Pittodrie legends. The tale of that season, the remarkable triumph in the Ullevi Stadium and of the men who made it possible has never fully been told - until now. "Glory In Gothenburg" goes behind the scenes, deep into the inner sanctum, and through a series of in-depth interviews with all the main characters reveals what made that side and those players so special and what drove them on to achieve unparalleled success. Thirty years later, the story remains one of the most astonishing in the history of Scottish football.
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    Burnley On This Day revisits the most magical and memorable moments from the club's illustrious history, mixing in a maelstrom of anecdotes and characters to produce an irresistible Clarets diary - with an entry for every day of the year. From the club's Victorian origins as a Football League founder member to the Premier League era, the Clarets' rollercoaster journey has seen them become one of only four clubs to win every division of the Football League. Revisit the 1914 FA Cup Final when Burnley beat Liverpool in front of King George V. Remember the incredible First Division title wins of 1921 and 1960. Look back at the famous 1987 win over Orient that preserved Burnley's Football League status, and recall the recent fabulous promotions to the Premier League. Timeless greats such as Jimmy McIlroy, Jimmy Adamson and Ralph Coates sit alongside modern-day heroes including Robbie Blake, Ben Mee and Sam Vokes. Read how this club from industrial Lancashire roots fought its way back from near oblivion to sit once more among the elite.