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Magical Maygars - The Rise and Fall of the World's Once Greatest Football Team (Hardcover): David Bailey Magical Maygars - The Rise and Fall of the World's Once Greatest Football Team (Hardcover)
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Magical Magyars tells the remarkable story of the legendary Hungarian football team of the 50s, a side whose breathtaking technical skills and passing-and-movement style of play changed the very way the sport was played. Author David Bailey traces the team's origins and details how communist Hungary, a tiny nation impoverished and subjugated by one of the most brutal Stalinist regimes in the Soviet empire, was able to produce a football team that was the envy of the sporting world, and so very nearly world champions. Captained by the genius that was Ferenc Puskas, the Magical Magyars walked a tightrope between being the regime's darlings and providing the beleaguered Hungarian people with a sense of national pride during their darkest days. The team enthralled, dominated and revolutionised world football - until its own demise was brought about by a revolution of a different kind. Weaving in threads of friendship and betrayal, tactics and politics, the quest for glory and upheaval, here is a football story quite unlike any other.

Rugby - Haynes Explains (Hardcover): Boris Starling Rugby - Haynes Explains (Hardcover)
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Written by bestselling author Boris Starling, Rugby is one of the new titles for 2019 in the Haynes Explains series.

A light-hearted and entertaining take on the classic workshop manual, it contains everything you'd expect to see including exploded views, flow charts, fault diagnosis and the odd wiring diagram.

It takes the reader through all areas of the game, giving all the hints and tips needed, whether you're watching the World Cup or down at your local club.

Astroball - The New Way to Win It All (Paperback): Ben Reiter Astroball - The New Way to Win It All (Paperback)
Ben Reiter
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Brighton Up - The Inside Story of Brighton & Hove Albion's Journey From Despair to Triumph and the Premier League... Brighton Up - The Inside Story of Brighton & Hove Albion's Journey From Despair to Triumph and the Premier League (Hardcover)
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Brighton Up tells the story of how Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club bounced back from the heartbreak of missing out on promotion to the Premier League by the narrowest of margins, to achieve that ultimate goal earlier this month. Acclaimed sports journalist Nick Szczepanik, a lifelong Brighton fan with strong contacts at the club, documents its travails over two turbulent seasons. The book explains how the Seagulls, written off as certainties for relegation to League One before the 2015-16 season, overcame the loss of one of their own in the Shoreham Air Show tragedy to go on a record unbeaten run. But although top scorers in the Championship, they fell agonisingly short of their target of automatic promotion by a single goal, then lost out again in the lottery of the play-offs. The football world expected them to be crushed by disappointment and outspent by the big guns of Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa, but instead they regrouped and came back stronger in 2016-17. Led by experienced and inscrutable manager Chris Hughton and backed by owner Tony Bloom - the worldclass poker player nicknamed `The Lizard' for his ice-cold blood - they played with a determination not to let the heartbreak happen again.

The Complete Encyclopedia of Cricket (Hardcover, Revised edition): Peter Arnold, Peter Wynne-Thomas The Complete Encyclopedia of Cricket (Hardcover, Revised edition)
Peter Arnold, Peter Wynne-Thomas
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"The Complete Encyclopedia of Cricket" is a comprehensive, single-volume illustrated reference book, that will be required reading for all lovers of the game. Every major facet of cricket is covered in detail, accompanied by carefully chosen images to provided added impact. Complementing the text and photos is an in-depth records section, an integral part of cricket lore. It is updated to include full coverage of England's winter tour to Australia and 2007 Cricket World Cup held in the Caribbean.

On To Glory! - The Inside Story of Wales' 2019 Grand Slam Triumph (Hardcover): Welsh Rugby Union On To Glory! - The Inside Story of Wales' 2019 Grand Slam Triumph (Hardcover)
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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.

The Thing About Football - The Songs of Greg Champion (Paperback): Greg Champion The Thing About Football - The Songs of Greg Champion (Paperback)
Greg Champion
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Bloody Southerners - Clough and Taylor at Brighton (Paperback): Spencer Vignes Bloody Southerners - Clough and Taylor at Brighton (Paperback)
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Imagine Pep Guardiola quitting Manchester City to take over at Rochdale. Or Jose Mourinho walking out on United to join Southend. That sort of thing just wouldn't happen, would it? Except that in 1973, it did. At that time Brian Clough was managerial gold dust, having taken Derby County to the Football League title and to the semi-finals of the European Cup. After those feats, he and his sidekick Peter Taylor could have managed anywhere. And yet the most famous men in British football decided to take the reins at Brighton & Hove Albion, sixth bottom of the old Third Division, for what would prove a controversial and ultimately unsuccessful spell that would test their friendship to breaking point. The move to a sleepy backwater football club made little sense then and, forty years on, it remains a mystery. It seems especially odd considering Clough's aversion to the south and refusal to relocate his home from Derby. Featuring candid interviews with the men who played under Clough and Taylor at Brighton, Bloody Southerners attempts to make sense of the strangest managerial appointment in English post-war football. What shines through in page after page of never-before-heard stories is the profound complexity of both characters.

The Little Book of Spurs (Hardcover): Louis Massarella The Little Book of Spurs (Hardcover)
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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.

Glory in Gothenburg - The Night Aberdeen FC Turned the Footballing World on Its Head (Hardcover): Richard Gordon Glory in Gothenburg - The Night Aberdeen FC Turned the Footballing World on Its Head (Hardcover)
Richard Gordon
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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.

Bayou Classic - The Grambling-Southern Football Rivalry (Paperback): Thomas Aiello Bayou Classic - The Grambling-Southern Football Rivalry (Paperback)
Thomas Aiello
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The annual clash in New Orleans between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars represents the fiercest and most anticipated in-state football rivalry in Louisiana. The most significant national game to feature historically black colleges and universities is more than a contest; the Bayou Classic is a lavish event, featuring celebrities, a fan festival, and a halftime "Battle of the Bands" that offers an intensity equal to that of the gridiron. In Bayou Classic, Thomas Aiello chronicles the history of the game and explores the two schools' broader significance to Louisiana, to sports, and to the black community.

When the Southern University Bushmen football team traveled to Monroe, Louisiana, to play the Tigers of Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute for the first time on Armistice Day, 1932, few realized they were witnessing the birth of a phenomenon. Aiello recounts Southern's early dominance over the smaller, two-year institution; Southern's acceptance into the Southwestern Athletic Conference; Grambling's hiring of the legendary Eddie Robinson, who would lead the Tigers to 408 wins between 1941 and 1997; Grambling's first victory over Southern; and years of alternating home and away games. In 1974, the rivalry found a neutral site in New Orleans -- first at Tulane Stadium and then the Superdome -- and became the "Bayou Classic." An NBC television contract introduced the Bayou Classic to a nationwide audience and completed the transformation of the game into a major event. The Bayou Classic remains the only nationally broadcast game between two historically black schools. Aiello supplements his colorful narrative with period photographs and informative appendices providing game results, statistics, and all-star teams from every year the schools have played.

"To appreciate the rivalry," Coach Eddie Robinson once noted, "you have to realize Grambling and Southern fans are close friends, as well as relatives." Bayou Classic offers a splendid history for fans, friends, and those who want to know more about this special game.

Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 46 #1 (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 46 #1 (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
R290 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R53 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The flagship publication of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the Baseball Research Journal is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed publication presenting the best in SABR member research on baseball. History, biography, economics, physics, psychology, game theory, sociology and culture, records, and many other disciplines are represented to expand our knowledge of baseball as it is, was, and could be played.

The Official Liverpool FC Supporter's Book (Hardcover): John White The Official Liverpool FC Supporter's Book (Hardcover)
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One of the most famous names in the football world, Liverpool FC has a history that stands up to the closest scrutiny. Their fans may be demanding, but they have enjoyed countless memorable nights watching the Reds and The Official Liverpool FC Supporters Book will bring back the glory days in so many ways. It is revised and updated to include the fantastic 2013-14 season, and filled with a cornucopia of facts and stats, match reports, biographies, histories; as well as fun and games in the shape of puzzles and crosswords. This is the perfect gift for any Liverpool fan.

Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket (Paperback): Stephen Fay, David Kynaston Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket (Paperback)
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'Beautifully written, meticulously researched and stuffed with rich sporting and social history ... Unputdownable' Mail on Sunday

After the Second World War, as the BBC tightened its grip on the national consciousness, two of the most famous English voices were commentators on games of cricket. John Arlott and E.W. ('Jim') Swanton transformed the broadcasting of the nation's summer game into a national institution.

Arlott and Swanton typified the contrasting aspects of post-war Britain. Because of their strong personalities and distinctive voices - Swanton's crisp and upper-class, Arlott's with its Hampshire burr - each had a loyal following. As England moved from a class-based to a more egalitarian society, nothing stayed the same - including professional cricket. Wise, lively and filled with rich social and sporting history, Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket shows how, as the game entered a new era, these two very different men battled to save the soul of the game.

Our White Boy (Hardcover): Jerry Craft Our White Boy (Hardcover)
Jerry Craft
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In the Jim Crow South, is an inspiring story of 'Jackie Robinson in reverse'. At the outset of summer break in 1959, Texas Tech senior Jerry Craft had no more enticing options than to stay home and help on the family ranch-so the telephoned offer to play for a semipro baseball club he'd never heard of came as a welcome surprise. But Craft was in for an even bigger surprise when he reported for tryout and discovered he'd been recruited for the West Texas Colored League. Wichita Falls/Graham Stars manager Carl Sedberry persuaded Craft to put aside his misgivings and pitch for the Stars. Despite the derision of black teammates, fans, and opponents, and his own trepidation, 'that white boy' took the mound to close a rousing victory in his first game. At home and on the road in segregated Texas, Craft saw discrimination firsthand and from every side. Yet out of his two seasons with the Stars comes an unlikely story of respect, character, humor, and ultimately friendship as the teammates pulled together to succeed in a game they loved.

Kicking Through the Troubles - How Manchester United Helped to Heal a Divided Community (Paperback): John David Thomas White Kicking Through the Troubles - How Manchester United Helped to Heal a Divided Community (Paperback)
John David Thomas White
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Cricket's Strangest Matches - Extraordinary but true stories from over a century of cricket (Hardcover): Andrew Ward Cricket's Strangest Matches - Extraordinary but true stories from over a century of cricket (Hardcover)
Andrew Ward
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Cricket's Strangest Tales is a fascinating collection of cricketing weirdness - and there's a lot of it to choose from! Within these pages you'll find a game that was played on ice, meet a plague of flying ants who failed to dampen players' enthusiasm, and examples of the grand old tradition of one-armed teams versus one-legged teams. The stories in this book are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious, and, most importantly, true. This brand new edition, redesigned in splendid hardback for 2018, is the perfect gift for the cricket fanatic in your life. Word count: 45,000 words

Africa Cup of Nations 1957-2019 (Paperback): Karsdrop Africa Cup of Nations 1957-2019 (Paperback)
Karsdrop
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The Double: - How Cork Made Gaa History (Paperback): Adrian Russell The Double: - How Cork Made Gaa History (Paperback)
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Redprint - Overcoming Manchester United's Identity Crisis (Paperback): Wayne Barton Redprint - Overcoming Manchester United's Identity Crisis (Paperback)
Wayne Barton
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In 2013, when legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement, Manchester United seemed the dream job for any football manager. Champions of England, the biggest and most profitable club in the world. What could possibly go wrong for his successor, who would be appointed with the clear intention of continuing the club's rich tradition? Redprint explores, in forensic detail, the six turbulent years at Old Trafford since Ferguson walked away. Despite record levels of expenditure, a succession of different managers with different philosophies and concerns about the changing identity of the club, United continued to compel throughout this period of underachievement. Wayne Barton examines each of the managerial reigns since 2013 and discusses their successes and failures in a historical and contemporary context to ask the question - are Manchester United closer to regaining their glory, or are they simply repeating mistakes of years gone by?

250 Days - Cantona'S Kung Fu and the Making of Man U (Hardcover): Daniel Storey 250 Days - Cantona'S Kung Fu and the Making of Man U (Hardcover)
Daniel Storey
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An incredibly entertaining and perceptive look at the most controversial moment in Premier League history. 25th January 1995 A cold winter's evening. Manchester United away against Crystal Palace at a packed-out Selhurst Park. Eric Cantona, United's mercurial talisman, has been man-marked closely all game by Richard Shaw and become increasingly frustrated. In the 48th minute, Cantona's temper boils over and he kicks out at Shaw. The ref shows him a red card. On his way off the pitch, a Palace fan rushes towards the hoardings to hurl abuse. The Frenchman loses it. He launches into the crowd, aiming a kung-fu kick at the fan's chest. He is forcibly restrained and then taken off down the tunnel. The football world is stunned. Nothing like this has ever happened before. What followed has entered football folklore: the media furore, the seagulls following the trawler, and the longest domestic ban ever handed to a player; it would end up lasting 250 days. As Manchester United's campaign stuttered towards a trophy-less conclusion, surrendering the league on the last day of the season and losing the FA Cup final, Cantona withdrew from the public eye. But, behind closed doors, Ferguson was planning the most remarkable of fresh starts for his star player and for a new-look United. 250 Days tells the story in brilliant detail of one of the most turbulent times in United's recent history. Showing Cantona in a new light, and the genius of Ferguson's man management and vision in close relief, it is an incredibly entertaining and insightful look at the most controversial episode of the Premier League era.

Wasting Your Wildcard - The Method and Madness of Fantasy Football (Paperback): David Wardale Wasting Your Wildcard - The Method and Madness of Fantasy Football (Paperback)
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Every Saturday afternoon, 5.8 million people around the world settle down to see how their team will get on. But this isn't the team they support. It's THEIR team. They have spent hour after hour assessing injuries, swapping subs and tweaking formations. Because when the day is done and the scores are in, they want to be able to look in the mirror and say, `THAT TRIPLE CAPTAIN CALL WAS AN ACT OF GENIUS!' Welcome to the obsessive world of Fantasy Football, where managers will do anything to succeed. David Wardale - writer for the UK's number one Fantasy Football site, Fantasy Football Scout - meets previous winners to discover how they beat millions to the crown. He reveals the leagues where failure involves outright humiliation and discovers just how low some managers will go to claim a psychological advantage. Along the way, he finds Saudi sheikhs, stats professors, most of Norway and a member of one of the biggest pop bands of all time, all of them united by their unflinching desire for Fantasy Football greatness.

Desi Hoop Dreams - Pickup Basketball and the Making of Asian American Masculinity (Paperback): Stanley I Thangaraj Desi Hoop Dreams - Pickup Basketball and the Making of Asian American Masculinity (Paperback)
Stanley I Thangaraj
R529 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R74 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

South Asian American men are not usually depicted as ideal American men. They struggle against popular representations as either threatening terrorists or geeky, effeminate computer geniuses. To combat such stereotypes, some use sports as a means of performing a distinctly American masculinity. Desi Hoop Dreams focuses on South Asian-only basketball leagues common in most major U.S. and Canadian cities, to show that basketball, for these South Asian American players is not simply a whimsical hobby, but a means to navigate and express their identities in 21st century America. The participation of young men in basketball is one platform among many for performing South Asian American identity. South Asian-only leagues and tournaments become spaces in which to negotiate the relationships between masculinity, race, and nation. When faced with stereotypes that portray them as effeminate, players perform sporting feats on the court to represent themselves as athletic. And though they draw on black cultural styles, they carefully set themselves off from African American players, who are deemed "too aggressive." Accordingly, the same categories of their own marginalization-masculinity, race, class, and sexuality-are those through which South Asian American men exclude women, queer masculinities, and working-class masculinities, along with other racialized masculinities, in their effort to lay claim to cultural citizenship. One of the first works on masculinity formation and sport participation in South Asian American communities, Desi Hoop Dreams focuses on an American popular sport to analyze the dilemma of belonging within South Asian America in particular and in the U.S. in general.

Three Seconds in Munich - The Controversial 1972 Olympic Basketball Final (Hardcover): David A. F. Sweet Three Seconds in Munich - The Controversial 1972 Olympic Basketball Final (Hardcover)
David A. F. Sweet
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One. Two. Three. That's as long as it took to sear the souls of a dozen young American men, thanks to the craziest, most controversial finish in the history of the Olympics-the 1972 gold-medal basketball contest between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the world's two superpowers at the time. The U.S. team, whose unbeaten Olympic streak dated back to when Adolf Hitler reigned over the Berlin Games, believed it had won the gold medal that September in Munich-not once, but twice. But it was the third time the final seconds were played that counted. What happened? The head of international basketball-flouting rules he himself had created-trotted onto the court and demanded twice that time be put back on the clock. A referee allowed an illegal substitution and an illegal free-throw shooter for the Soviets while calling a slew of late fouls on the U.S. players. The American players became the only Olympic athletes in the history of the games to refuse their medals. Of course, the 1972 Olympics are remembered primarily for a far graver matter, when eleven Israeli team members were killed by Palestinian terrorists, stunning the world and temporarily stopping the games. One American player, Tommy Burleson, had a gun to his head as the hostages were marched past him before their deaths. Through interviews with many of the American players and others, the author relates the horror of terrorism, the pain of losing the most controversial championship game in sports history to a hated rival, and the consequences of the players' decision to shun their Olympic medals to this day.

European Football International Line-ups & Statistics - Volume 8 - Portugal to San Marino (Paperback): Gabriel Mantz European Football International Line-ups & Statistics - Volume 8 - Portugal to San Marino (Paperback)
Gabriel Mantz
R842 R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Save R207 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
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