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John Fallon remains one of Celtic's great characters and is a lifelong supporter of the club. Now, for the first time, this Celtic legend tells the fascinating inside story of his career in football and his years with the club. Fallon joined Celtic in the late 1950s when the club was struggling, saw a fair amount of the desperate days of 1963 and 1964 but was there at the start of the glory years when Celtic won the Scottish Cup in 1965. He shared in good and bad times with the club, was the substitute goalkeeper at the European Cup Final in Lisbon in 1967, and was suddenly called into action in South America when Ronnie Simpson was felled by a missile - and performed brilliantly. He hit a low point in 1968 after one bad game against Rangers at the New Year, but fought back gloriously to play his part in the incredible month of April 1969 when Celtic won all three Scottish domestic trophies in one calendar month. It is a career he is rightly proud of and now John Fallon reveals the inside story and some brand new insights into his relationship with Jock Stein and other members of the Lisbon Lions, which were not always straightforward.There are accounts of his dealings with opponents, the clashes with Rangers and with European opposition in what was a fantastic era for the game in Scotland. He also shares his opinions on the art of goalkeeping, the state of Celtic at the moment and the future of the game in Scotland.
Paul Days and Brian Leng are two of Sunderland AFC's most devoted followers, both historians of a club that has always ranked among the biggest in English football even if their most successful days are behind them. They have produced a unique book, one in which they show a team photograph for every year of the club's existence since 1884. The collection is not complete because although the club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers by James Allan, an Edinburgh school-teacher working in the town, no photographs exist from before 1884-85. Also missing are photos from the First and Second World Wars when none were taken. But otherwise the full panoply is there, from Victorians with handlebar moustaches, to the frizzy perms of the 1980s to today's multi-millionaires. Paul Days has seen more than 1,000 matches involving Sunderland AFC. He was the major contributing author to the club's Official History published in 1999 and has since written many other football books. He was the first editor of their official website now safc.com. Brian Leng saw his first game at Roker Park in September 1956. He has contributed to numerous SAFC-related publications including the official matchday programme and was also co-editor of the award-winning fans' magazine, The Wearside Roar. Brian has also worked closely with the Sunderland Former Players Association since its formation and was elected as an honorary member in 2009. He is currently editor of the SFPA web-site therokerend.com.
In its long and rich history, the GAA has provided many great moments. This book is a celebration of one hundred of the best of them: the Thunder and Lightning Final, the Polo Grounds Final, Seamus Darby's goal in 1982, the epic clashes between Dublin and Meath in 1991, Leitrim's Connacht title in 1994, Clare ending 81 years in the wilderness, Wexford becoming home to `the Riverdance of Sport' and the GAA opening up Croke Park to other sports. These moments and many more are featured in these pages. Every county is included. Based on exclusive interviews with the key personalities who shaped these moments, this book goes behind the scenes and offers unique eyewitness accounts of the dramas on and off the pitch that captivated, enthralled and occasionally infuriated the nation. New light is shed on old controversies, fresh insights into the players and personalities that linger long in the memory are provided, and the epic contests that turned the national games into the national soap opera are recounted by the men and women who were there in the heat of the battles.
The Little Book of England Rugby is the latest volume in this highly successful series of sports-themed quotes books. Focusing on the mots juste from former players such as Steve Smith - who noted that Colin Smart who had been rushed to hospital after quaffing aftershave in Paris, "He may have been unwell, but Colin had the nicest breath I've smelt." - and Will Carling - who, as England captain, called his bosses "57 old f**ts" - to the key men today such as coach Eddie Jones and Owen Farrell.
The 2005 England versus Australia Ashes series attracted thousands of new cricket fans and reaffirmed the love of the game for the millions already converted. Every one of the Tests was a battle from first ball to last with, in the case of the second and third matches, the result in doubt until the final ball. Starting from the beginning of the summer, looking at the pre-series hyperbole, and finishing with a review of the series, player by player and with a full statistical summary of the action, the core of the book is a day-by-day look at each test match, including pre-match incidents, a full scorecard and a feature on the Man of the Match.
This is the new updated paperback edition. In the proud history of Heart of Midlothian football club, one season stands out as their finest ever. Now, fifty years on from that memorable 1957/58 campaign which brought the League Championship to Gorgie, read the full inside story of how they did it and what it meant to the fans. It was without question the golden age of the club, when players like Alfie Conn Sr, Willie Bauld, Jimmy Wardhaugh, Dave Mackay and Alex Young left Rangers and Celtic trailing in their wake, scored a record number of goals in a season and won the League Championship by a huge margin.In "Hearts' Greatest Ever Season", lifelong supporter Mike Buckle brings the whole remarkable story to life and details how, after sixty-one years without a championship win, the club finally achieved their goal. For Hearts fans who remember those heady days, this is an apt and nostalgic reminder of the times. For younger fans who have lived through the rollercoaster years of the Wallace Mercer era, the Deans and Robinson ownership, the threats of the club being wound up and the Romanov revolution which has promised so much but failed to deliver, "Hearts' Greatest Ever Season" offers the hope that history might one day be repeated and that the dream of the League title returning to Gorgie could become reality once again.
Filled with details on the rich history of the Buffalo Bills, this lively, detailed book explores the most critical moments and important facts about past and present players, coaches, and teams that are part of the storied history that is Bills football. This guide to all things Buffalo Bills covers the franchise's historic four consecutive AFC championships, the origins of the famous Billy Buffalo mascot, and the best place to grab a meal or drink before or after a game. Scattered throughout the pages are pep talks, records, and Bills lore, ensuring that readers are certain in their knowledge of the most important facts about the team, the traditions, and what being a Bills fan is all about.
The Little Book of Man City is bursting with wit and wisdom of the great characters associated with the club. From managers, such as Malcolm Allison, Kevin Keegan, Roberto Mancini and Pep Guardiola, via garrulous fans such as Radio 1's Mark and Lard and the Gallagher brothers to voluble players such as Francis Lee, Dennis Tueart, Rodney Marsh, Kun Aguero and Vincent Kompany, here are more than 165 funny and biting quotes for the avid fan of "the only club in Manchester". As their chaplain once said, "Imagine where City would be if I hadn't been praying for them all these years''.
The Official History of the FIFA World Cup Book, revised and updated to include a full report on the outstanding FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia, is an authoritative and comprehensive review of the 21 FIFA World Cups to have taken place since the inaugural tournament in 1930. Packed with stunning photography, exclusive interviews of the biggest stars of each edition, unique official documents and statistics, it is a must read football fans worldwide. In this unique book you can read the stories behind the scenes, as well as the events and the most famous incidents. It features the biggest stars and many previously unknown ones too, all with a unique global point of view.
The sequel to The Roar of the Lionesses - named one of The Guardian's best sports books of 2016. England's Lionesses headed to France for the 2019 Women's World Cup endeavouring to improve on their third-place finish in Canada four years previously. But they didn't have the easiest of preparations, with dramas and headlines emerging for all the wrong reasons. Back home, FA upheavals brought yet another restructure of competition in women's football. The top flights switched back to a winter season, and now all the elite teams had to employ players on a full-time professional basis. While the superstars went in search of spectacular silverware, the goalposts were being moved for pros, part-timers and amateurs alike. Even women playing football for fun were forced to consider their place in the system. Carrie Dunn's Pride of the Lionesses offers a timely inside analysis of one of the UK's fastest-growing sports. Is women's football in England actually growing from top to bottom - or is it just another slick PR campaign?
'You drive for show, you putt for dough'. This old saying is familiar to all golfers and Bob Rotella, one of the foremost authorities on golf today, is a firm believer in its truth. In Putting out of Your Mind he reveals the unique mental approach that great putting requires and helps golfers of all levels master this essential skill. Much like Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect and Golf Is a Game of Confidence, Putting out of Your Mind is a resonant and informative guide to achieving a better golf game. While most golfers spend their time trying to perfect their swing so they can hit the ball further, Rotella encourages them to concentrate on their putting, the most crucial yet overlooked aspect of the game. Great players are not only aware of the importance of putting, they go out of their way to master it. And of course mastery begins with an understanding of the attitude needed to be a better putter. Rotella's mental rules, which have helped some of the greatest golfers in the world to become champion putters can now work for golfers everywhere. With everything from true-life stories from some of the greats to dozens of game-changing practice drills, Putting out of Your Mind is the new bible of putting, and is sure to bring about immediate results for anyone who plays the game.
The Oklahoma Sooners dominated the world of college football during the 1950s. Under the leadership of Coach Bud Wilkinson, the team won three national titles and established an astounding record of forty-seven straight victories that still stands today. Yet by 1959, Wilkinson's Sooners were showing signs of vulnerability, marking the start of a new and challenging era in Oklahoma football. Then along came a new offensive strategy, and OU began to dominate college football once again.In "Wishbone," veteran journalist Wann Smith provides an in-depth account of Sooner football from the team's final years under Wilkinson through its remarkable turnaround under Coach Barry Switzer. At the heart of this story is the phenomenal success of the Wishbone offense--a hybrid offshoot of the Split-t formation that Wilkinson employed so successfully in the 1950s. Though not without its risks, the Wishbone offense changed the face of college football and was a key factor in Oklahoma's resurgence in the 1970s with Switzer at the helm. Drawing on firsthand accounts from coaches, players, and university administrators, many never before published, Smith takes us behind the scenes during this exciting comeback period to reveal not just what happened but why and how it happened. And he brings to life the personalities who played pivotal roles in the team's renewed success, including Jack Mildren, Greg Pruitt, Joe Washington, Billy Sims, and any, many others. Sooner fans, indeed all fans of college football, will relish this account of the remaking of a football powerhouse and its return to glory.
`The year's best cricket book' Daily Telegraph `Well researched and engagingly written, this exemplary work reveals a hidden history...superbly told story' Sunday Times `Easily the cricket book of the year, of the century...It extends the possibility of cricket-writing-as-literature' Suresh Menon, The Hindu It is arguably the most famous photograph in the history of cricket. In George Beldam's picture, Victor Trumper is caught in mid stroke, the personification of cricketing grace, skill and power, about to hit the ball long and hard. Yet this image, 'Jumping Out', is important not only because of who it depicts, but also what it illustrates about the changing nature of the game and how it has been seen. Now, in Gideon Haigh's brilliant new book, Stroke of Genius, we learn not only about the man in the picture but also the iconography of Trumper's powerful position in cricket's mythology. For many, Australian batsman Trumper was the greatest ever. Neville Cardus wrote: 'I have never yet met a cricketer who, having seen and played with Victor Trumper, did not describe him without doubt or hesitation as the most accomplished of all batsmen of his acquaintance.' Like Lionel Messi or Roger Federer today, he defied the obvious bounds of affiliation. Unlike the current generation of sporting stars, however, there were no memoirs or papers, very few interviews, no action footage - even his date of birth is a matter of debate and conjecture. What isn't in doubt, though, is the impact he had on the game and on his nation. Haigh reveals how Trumper, and 'Jumping Out', helped to change cricket from the Victorian era of static imagery to something much more dynamic, modern and compelling. As such, Trumper helped not only transform cricket but even the way his country viewed itself.
Every sport has its definitive annual guide, the book that those who are passionate about the sport use for reference and information. For golf, The World of Professional Golf, sponsored by Rolex, is the bible, the volume that everyone with an interest in what happened on every Tour golf course around the world each year wants to have on their bookshelf. And for the first time, the 2013 edition of this major reference work is available to buy, giving readers the chance not only to read up on every pro event but to access all the hard statistics. The first section concentrates on rankings, prize money and Tour winners. This is followed by reports on the four men's and women's Majors, the men's Tour events across five continents, the Women's Tours, the Senior Tours and the money lists. The book concludes with extensive scoring summaries of every pro tournament played in the world in 2012, providing enough information to satisfy even the most ardent statistician's hunger for figures. This magnificent volume contains an introduction by the legendary Arnold Palmer, a foreword by the first great golf agent and founder of IMG, Mark H. McCormack, whose brainchild this book was, plus approximately 90 photographs of the year in action. If it happened in professional golf in 2012, you will find everything you need to know in The World of Professional Golf 2013. IMG is the world's largest sports marketing agency. It was founded in the early 1960s by the late American Mark H. McCormack who, in 1999, was described as 'The Most Powerful Man in Sports' by Sports Illustrated magazine. A self-confessed golf fanatic, this annual book was his brainchild. Rolex have been highly visible sponsors of golf for more than four decades.
As seen on the RTE TV series. Winner of the Andre Simon Food Book Award. A personal cookery lesson from one of our finest cookery teachers. Nowadays we seem to know a lot about food, but much less about actual cooking. In Master It, Rory O'Connell will teach you simple but essential skills to make you a truly good cook. At the heart of his approach are good ingredients, carefully prepared, and used in recipes that are tried, tested, carefully measured, and full of the essential tips and details that will make your dishes a success. Each chapter will teach you a particular technique - preparing a soup, roasting meat, making biscuits - and include a collection of fresh, seasonal recipes to use it in, from wild garlic soup, to roast pork with fennel seeds, chilli and garlic, to caramel and almond thins.
With pep talks, records, and Bulldogs lore, this lively, detailed book explores the personalities, events, and facts every Georgia fan should know. It contains crucial information such as important dates, player nicknames, memorable moments, and outstanding achievements by singular players. This guide to all things Bulldogs covers the body of water underneath Sanford Stadium, the number of times Herschel Walker was on the cover of "Sports Illustrated," and the Five Commitments and what they signified.
Jimmy Greaves remains the greatest goalscorer in English football history, with a record of 357 top-flight goals that may never be surpassed. Teenage sensation at Chelsea and England debutant at 19, he became - after an unhappy spell at AC Milan - a legend at Tottenham Hotspur. But despite 44 international goals in 57 games, his England career was defined by the heartbreak of missing the 1966 World Cup Final. A shock move to West Ham brought an acrimonious end to his Spurs days and, a year later, he retired from the game, aged only 31. What followed was a desperate descent into alcoholism, followed by a remarkable battle to win back his family and self-esteem. Reinventing himself as a popular TV personality, his instincts in front of camera proved as natural as those in front of goal. Having taken his final drink in 1978, Greaves has remained sober from that day. Drawing on interviews with family, friends, colleagues and opponents, Natural: The Jimmy Greaves Story is the definitive biography of one of England's most loved footballers.
Serena Williams is the most successful tennis player - man or woman - of the modern, professional era, with more Grand Slams than Steffi Graf and Roger Federer. Now in the latter stages of an extraordinary career that stretches over more than twenty years, and having returned to competition after becoming a mother, she is still just as ambitious as she seeks yet more majors and records. More than 300 weeks as the world number one and closing in on $100 million in prize-money, Williams is the ultimate champion. Always a fierce competitor, her story - which began on the cracked public courts of Compton, California - is also one of overcoming challenges through her determination, drive and talent. In this innovative illustrated biography, Williams' tennis is explored like never before: stunning graphics illustrate her serving patterns, her signature power groundstrokes, and her often-overlooked movement - as well as showcasing her astonishing records after more than two decades in the tennis elite. Drawing on Mark Hodgkinson's conversations with the American over the course of her career, and on interviews with those closest to her, this is the ultimate celebration of the genius of Serena Williams - arguably the greatest tennis player of all time and, without question, a true global icon.
This is the untold story of black semi-professional baseball in the Lone Star State. While baseball may have long been considered an all-American sport in which a melting pot could celebrate ethnic heroes like Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Connie Mack, and Stan Musial, racial segregation excluded blacks from an otherwise democratic picture. Such was certainly the case in Texas, where, in the state's first professional matchup soon after the Civil War, the R. E. Lees faced the Stonewalls-and African Americans, not surprisingly, played no part. Drawing upon oral histories and mining such rare sources as rosters and box scores from black newspapers, Rob Fink situates Texas' African American teams and players against the rise and decline of professional Negro Leagues. From the 1880s Galveston Flyaways through Dallas shortstop Ernie Banks' signing with the Chicago Cubs in 1953, ""Playing in Shadows"" brings to light an important but little-studied inning in American sport.
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