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    Aston Villa On This Day recounts, in diary form, major events and magic moments in the history of the Villa Park club. From its foundation by the congregation of Handsworth's Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel in Victorian Birmingham to the ignominy of Third Division football Aston Villa has been a unique football club. On This Day includes some of the most famous names in football history, such as John Devey, Archie Hunter and William McGregor, founder of the Football League, of which Villa were original members. It lists the tragic story of Tommy Ball, one of the only professional footballers ever to be murdered. With an entry for every day of the year, the pages of this unique reflection will take any fan on a wonderful journey from Victorian FA Cup Finals, exceptional goal scoring exploits and multi-talented Edwardian sportsmen to that magic night in Rotterdam in 1982 when a Peter Withe goal clinched the European Cup. It also includes possibly the best football one-liner from Tommy Docherty, on Villa legend Tony Hateley.
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    Being an England fan is not always an easy cross to bear, but a healthy sense of humour helps to weather the worst of times. In that spirit, 40 Years of Shite is here to help. It takes the reader on an entertaining fan's tour of every England squad to have taken part in every major tournament, from the 1966 glory days downwards...It features every footballer to have worn the three lions for England, and every manager to take charge of our World Cup and European Championship teams, and it reminds us that for every Lineker, Hoddle and Rooney, there were those players whose inclusion (Danny Mills?) or exclusion (Paul Scholes!) in the squad left everyone utterly baffled. It reveals 'The People's Managers' (men like Clough and Shankly who, despite their achievements, were never offered the job), names our one-cap wonders and our deadliest opponents, and puts together the all-time dream team, capable of winning every World Cup for England, every time. Along the way it takes in some spectacularly dodgy haircuts and distinctly short shorts. Three cheers for 40 Years of Shite, a must-have book for die-hard England fans everywhere.