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Finn McCool's Football Club - The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead (Paperback):... Finn McCool's Football Club - The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead (Paperback)
Stephen Rea
R414 R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Save R25 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 2004, Belfast-born Stephen Rea moved to New Orleans, a city where "football" means something entirely different than what it does back home. After struggling to find a place to watch European soccer games, Rea discovered Finn McCool's pub and its mixed clientele of good-humored European ex-pats, charismatic New Orleanians, and assorted matchless personalities. Before long he was playing on the pub's motley over-thirty-five fledgling soccer team. Gathered at the bar on August 27, 2005, members of the team were discussing their upcoming match, untroubled by the impending storm and unknowing that their city and team would nearly be obliterated by Hurricane Katrina in a matter of hours. Days later, the lucky among them were scattered across the country; the others struggled to survive as they awaited rescue in New Orleans. With clarity and compassion, Rea examines the disaster as he profiles the experiences of his teammates and their efforts to resurrect the team and pub that had become so central in all of their lives. A gripping and moving memoir about an unusual pub team and a devastating natural disaster, Finn McCool's Football Club is a celebration of ex-pats and pubs, soccer and sportsmanship, and the strength it takes to rebuild a team, a city, and a life.

Negro Leaguers and the Hall of Fame - The Case for Inducting 24 Overlooked Ballplayers (Paperback): Steven R. Greenes Negro Leaguers and the Hall of Fame - The Case for Inducting 24 Overlooked Ballplayers (Paperback)
Steven R. Greenes
R1,118 Discovery Miles 11 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since 1971, 35 Negro League baseball players and executives have been admitted to the Hall of Fame. The Negro League Hall of Fame admissions process, which has now been conducted in four phases over a 50-year period, can be characterized as idiosyncratic at best. Drawing on baseball analytics and surveys of both Negro League historians and veterans, this book presents an historical overview of NLHOF voting, with an evaluation of whether the 35 NL players selected were the best choices. Using modern metrics such as Wins Above Replacement (WAR), 24 additional Negro Leaguers are identified who have Hall of Fame qualifications. Brief biographies are included for HOF-quality players and executives who have been passed over, along with reasons why they may have been excluded. A proposal is set forth for a consistent and orderly HOF voting process for the Negro Leagues.

Skills: Soccer - goalkeeping (Paperback): Skills: Soccer - goalkeeping (Paperback)
R169 R142 Discovery Miles 1 420 Save R27 (16%) In stock

The Know the Game Skills series is the perfect introduction to a sport for every budding player. Each book aims to teach young players the basic skills of the game they need to start enjoying the sport - by giving plenty of simple practice drills and showing how the star players do it. Football: Goalkeeping aims to teach the basic skills needed to become a great goalkeeper. It teaches the young player how to: control the area and narrow angles handle the ball block shots clear the ball by punching or kicking come off the goal line set up counter attacks. Clearly illustrated and written by a professional coach, this book will give every player all the skills and confidence they need to enjoy football - from the playground kickabout to competitive matches.

Mister - The Men Who Taught The World How To Beat England At Their Own Game (Paperback): Rory Smith Mister - The Men Who Taught The World How To Beat England At Their Own Game (Paperback)
Rory Smith 1
R257 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R84 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR. SUNDAY TIMES SPORT BOOK OF THE YEAR. From its late-Victorian flowering in the mill towns of the northwest of England, football spread around the world with great speed. It was helped on its way by a series of missionaries who showed the rest of the planet the simple joys of the game. Even now, in many countries, the colloquial word for a football manager is not 'coach' or 'boss' but 'mister', as that is how the early teachers were known, because they had come from the home of the sport to help it develop in new territories. In Rory Smith's stunning new book Mister, he looks at the stories of these pioneers of the game, men who left this country to take football across the globe. Sometimes, they had been spurned in their own land, as coaching was often frowned upon in England in those days, when players were starved of the ball during the week to make them hungry for it on matchday. So it was that the inspirations behind the 'Mighty Magyars' of the 1950s, the Dutch of the 1970s or top clubs such as Barcelona came from these shores. England, without realising it, fired the very revolution that would remove its crown, changing football's history, thanks to a handful of men who sowed the seeds of the inversion of football's natural order. This is the story of the men who taught the world to play and shaped its destiny. This is the story of the Misters.

Harry Stafford - Manchester United's First Captain Marvel (Paperback): Ean Gardiner Harry Stafford - Manchester United's First Captain Marvel (Paperback)
Ean Gardiner
R317 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R105 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Tanking to the Top - The Philadelphia 76ers and the Most Audacious Process in the History of Professional Sports (Hardcover):... Tanking to the Top - The Philadelphia 76ers and the Most Audacious Process in the History of Professional Sports (Hardcover)
Yaron Weitzman
R658 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
South African Cricket Annual 2019 (Paperback): Colin Bryden South African Cricket Annual 2019 (Paperback)
Colin Bryden
R270 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R47 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days
Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away - A Story of Perseverance and Hope (Paperback): Ben Utecht Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away - A Story of Perseverance and Hope (Paperback)
Ben Utecht; As told to Mark Tabb
R373 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R25 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Full Time: The Secret Life Of Tony Cascarino (Paperback, Re-issue): Paul Kimmage Full Time: The Secret Life Of Tony Cascarino (Paperback, Re-issue)
Paul Kimmage 1
R251 R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Save R85 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a world where so many books by and about footballers are little more than bland PR exercises, Full Timebreaks the mould decisively. Stripping away the facade of what we think life must be like for an international football star, Paul Kimmage reveals a different story when it comes to Irish footballer Tony Cascarino. Scarred by his childhood, haunted by indiscretion and troubled by a secret from his past, Cascarino is struggling to find answers as he speeds towards the most terrifying juncture in sport: the end. As Cascarino opens up about his fears, crippling loss of confidence and sexual indiscretion, no wonder The Timesvoted it one of the Top Ten football books of all time and Eamon Dunphy said of it: 'If it were fiction this book could win the Booker Prize.'

Fastpitch - The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game (Paperback): Erica Westly Fastpitch - The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game (Paperback)
Erica Westly
R397 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R26 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Gary Lineker's - Football: it's Unbelievable! - Seeing the Funny Side of the Global Game (Hardcover): Gary Lineker,... Gary Lineker's - Football: it's Unbelievable! - Seeing the Funny Side of the Global Game (Hardcover)
Gary Lineker, Iain Spragg; As told to Adrian Clarke 1
R515 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R165 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Gary Lineker's - Football: It's Unbelievable!" is a unique, light-hearted look at the global game. Fronted by "Match of the Day" presenter and England football legend Gary Lineker, this stunning book, packed with amazing images and a lively text, covers such diverse football topics as amazing goals, tantalising tricks, brilliant saves, embarrassing mistakes, ludicrous haircuts and ghastly shirts. Arranged thematically and featuring everything from the sublime to the ridiculous, "Gary Lineker's - Football: It's Unbelievable!" explores the most incredible and fascinating football stories and incidents from across the world. The result is an ingenious book that mixes football's brilliant moments with the utterly bonkers to create a unique and thrilling book that will have you astounded and laughing out loud in equal measure.

The Little Book of Arsenal - Over 170 hotshot quotes! (Hardcover): Nick Callow, Neil Martin The Little Book of Arsenal - Over 170 hotshot quotes! (Hardcover)
Nick Callow, Neil Martin 1
R135 R108 Discovery Miles 1 080 Save R27 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

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.'

Babe Ruth, One of Baseball's Greatest (Paperback, 1st Aladdin Books ed): Guernsey Van Riper, ill. Seymour Fleishman Babe Ruth, One of Baseball's Greatest (Paperback, 1st Aladdin Books ed)
Guernsey Van Riper, ill. Seymour Fleishman
R192 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R12 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A biography of the well-loved baseball personality who set many records and made home runs a common part of the game.

At the Close of Play (Paperback): Ricky Ponting At the Close of Play (Paperback)
Ricky Ponting 1
R382 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R65 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Love him or loathe him, Ricky Ponting is one of the biggest names in cricket, having been at the heart of so many memorable Ashes and Test encounters over the years. Coinciding with the end of Ponting's spectacular career, 'At the Close of Play' is a must-read for all cricket fans.

Rapture - Fifteen Teams, Four Countries, One NBA Championship, and How to Find a Way to Win -- Damn Near Anywhere (Standard... Rapture - Fifteen Teams, Four Countries, One NBA Championship, and How to Find a Way to Win -- Damn Near Anywhere (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Nick Nurse; Contributions by Michael Sokolove; Foreword by Phil Jackson
R1,727 R1,190 Discovery Miles 11 900 Save R537 (31%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sheffield United - 100 Facts (Paperback): Steve Horton Sheffield United - 100 Facts (Paperback)
Steve Horton
R170 R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Save R32 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Nottingham Forest - 100 Facts (Paperback): Steve Horton Nottingham Forest - 100 Facts (Paperback)
Steve Horton
R170 R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Save R32 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

The Inside Game - Bad Calls, Strange Moves, and What Baseball Behavior Teaches Us about Ourselves (Hardcover): Keith Law The Inside Game - Bad Calls, Strange Moves, and What Baseball Behavior Teaches Us about Ourselves (Hardcover)
Keith Law
R674 R531 Discovery Miles 5 310 Save R143 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Watching the Match - The Remarkable Story of Football on Television (Paperback): Brian Barwick Watching the Match - The Remarkable Story of Football on Television (Paperback)
Brian Barwick
R256 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R84 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Football and television have been intertwined in culture for more than half a century and Brian Barwick has played a massive role in the continuing liaison between them. Watching The Match tells the story of how football on television became a national obsession. The first live football match in England was the 1938 FA Cup final, and the winning goal was a penalty in the last minute of extra time - proof if ever it was needed that football can deliver the dramatic like no other sport. The BBCs Match of the Day, the first dedicated football highlights show, was first aired in August 1964. The FA Cup Final, for years the only match shown live, suddenly became an all-day event with ITV's FA Cup Wrestling Special FA Cup Final going up against the BBC's It's An FA Cup Knock-out. The 1966 World Cup brought live international matches into the public's home for the first time and the BBC coverage of the final will forever be remembered by Kenneth Wolstenholme's legendary, "Some people are on the pitch ...they think it's all over ...here comes Hurst ...it is now!" Soon commentators, presenters and analysts such as Wolstenholme, Barry Davies, John Motson, Brian Moore, Martin Tyler, Keith Macklin, Gerald Sinstadt, Jimmy Hill, Brian Clough and Terry Venables became national figures and their sucessors, Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Jeff Stelling, Adrian Chiles, more so. Satellite television has moved football into a new stratosphere with almost 40 per cent of all Premier League matches shown live every season and the FA's sale of broadcast rights in 2012 for that league alone brought in GBP3 billion. Watching The Match is full of a fascinating story, personal anecdotes and interviews from in front of and behind the cameras, spanning 75 years. Written by a man who has held every important post in football television, this is a must-read book for all football fans.

Heath Robinson's Golf - Classic Cartoons and Ingenious Contraptions (Hardcover, 2nd edition): W.Heath Robinson Heath Robinson's Golf - Classic Cartoons and Ingenious Contraptions (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
W.Heath Robinson
R325 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R75 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

W. Heath Robinson is best known for his hilarious drawings of zany contraptions, though his work ranged across a wide variety of topics covering many aspects of British life in the decades following the First World War. Starting out as a watercolour artist, he quickly turned to the more lucrative field of book illustration and developed his forte in satirical drawings and cartoons. He was regularly commissioned by the editors of Tatler and The Sketch and in great demand from advertising companies. Collections of his drawings were subsequently published in many different editions and became so successful as to transform Heath Robinson into a household name, celebrated for his eccentric brand of British humour. A collection of full-page cartoons on the hapless antics of the portly golfer and his long-suffering caddie, including 'How Noah Managed to Keep his Hand in during the Flood', the 'Origin of Plus Fours', the multiple meanings of 'an Awkward Lie' and the highly amusing invention of 'Pogo Golf': a gem for the golf enthusiast.

Manchester City Minute By Minute - Covering More Than 500 Goals, Penalties, Red Cards and Other Intriguing Facts (Hardcover):... Manchester City Minute By Minute - Covering More Than 500 Goals, Penalties, Red Cards and Other Intriguing Facts (Hardcover)
David Jackson 1
R474 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Manchester City Minute By Minute takes you on a fantastic journey through the Citizens' matchday history. Relive all the breathtaking goals, heroic penalty saves, sending offs and other memorable moments in this unique by-the-clock guide. From City's early years and domestic domination of the mid-1960s to the glorious modern era, the book covers everything from Ernest Mangnall's early trophy-hunters to Wilf Wild's league and FA Cup legends, Joe Mercer and Pep Guardiola. Revisit City's most spectacular modern feats and learn things you didn't know about the club's proud history. From goals scored in the opening seconds to those last-gasp extra-time winners that have thrilled generations of fans at Maine Road, the Etihad and around the world, Manchester City Minute By Minute is packed with memorable moments. With goals from the likes of Sergio Aguero, Colin Bell, Dennis Tueart, Shaun Goater and hundreds of others - the book is filled with thrilling memories from kick-off through to the final whistle.

Pele - The Autobiography (Paperback, Ed): Pele Pele - The Autobiography (Paperback, Ed)
Pele 2
R260 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R84 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Even people who don't know football know Pele. The best of a generation of Brazilian players universally acknowledged as the most accomplished and attractive group of footballers ever to play the game, he won the World Cup three times and is Brazil's all-time record goalscorer. But how did this man -- a sportsman, a mere footballer, like many others -- become a global icon? Was it just by being the best at what he did, or do people respond to some other quality? The world's greatest footballer now gives us the full story of his incredible life and career. Told with his characteristic grace and modesty, but covering all aspects of his playing days and his subsequent careers as politician, international sporting ambassador and cultural icon, PELE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY is an essential volume for all sports fans, and anyone who admires true rarity of spirit.

100 Things Bears Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Paperback): Kent McDill 100 Things Bears Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Paperback)
Kent McDill
R389 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
100 Things Dolphins Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Paperback): Armando Salguero 100 Things Dolphins Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Paperback)
Armando Salguero; Foreword by Jason Taylor
R389 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mission 27 - A New Boss, a New Ballpark, and One Last Win for the Yankees' Core Four (Paperback): Mark Feinsand, Bryan Hoch Mission 27 - A New Boss, a New Ballpark, and One Last Win for the Yankees' Core Four (Paperback)
Mark Feinsand, Bryan Hoch; Foreword by Nick Swisher
R389 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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