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The Wenger Revolution - The Club of My Life (Hardcover): Amy Lawrence The Wenger Revolution - The Club of My Life (Hardcover)
Amy Lawrence; Illustrated by Stuart Macfarlane; Foreword by Arsene Wenger 2
R595 R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Save R121 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In September 1996 a Frenchman, so little known in English football that fans asked "Arsene Who?", walked into Arsenal. In the subsequent 22 years as manager he transformed the club. A total renovation of the training, stadium, style, economics of the team and the attraction of a global audience has taken place under Wenger's instruction. This fascinating era is chronicled from the very beginning with distinctive photographs taken from inside the inner sanctum of the club by official Arsenal photographer Stuart MacFarlane, who has had privileged access for many years. Award winning journalist Amy Lawrence introduces each section to set the scene. This captivating collection of images is captioned with personal anecdotes from Arsene Wenger himself as he reminisces about the significant moments and people that have defined his time at the club.

The Boys in the Boat - Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Paperback): Daniel James Brown The Boys in the Boat - Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Paperback)
Daniel James Brown 2
R421 R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Save R87 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The "New York Times"-bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany
Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times--the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.
It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys' own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man's personal quest.

Olympic Stadia - Theatres of Dreams (Hardcover): Geraint John, Dave Parker Olympic Stadia - Theatres of Dreams (Hardcover)
Geraint John, Dave Parker
R1,431 Discovery Miles 14 310 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Olympic Stadia provides a comprehensive account of the development of stadia including but not limited to: developments in running tracks, the introduction of lighting, improvements in spectator viewing standards and the introduction of roofs. Written by a world-renowned expert on sports architecture, the book: Systematically analyses every stadium from Athens 1896 to Tokyo 2020 Provides drawings, plans, elevations, photographs and illustrations in full colour Considers the fundamental changes wrought by the incorporation of the Paralympic Games Looks at the impact on host cities and their urban infrastructure, and considers the long-term legacies and massive investments that Olympic stadia require Explores the effects of the demands of the world's TV broadcasters. An invaluable and beautiful resource for practical insight and inspiration, this book makes essential reading for anyone interested in Olympic stadia.

When Sport Meets Business - Capabilities, Challenges, Critiques (Paperback): Ulrik Wagner, Rasmus K. Storm, Klaus Nielsen When Sport Meets Business - Capabilities, Challenges, Critiques (Paperback)
Ulrik Wagner, Rasmus K. Storm, Klaus Nielsen
R854 R798 Discovery Miles 7 980 Save R56 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Written by European professors and focusing on the specificities of European sport, When Sport Meets Business analyses the growing commercialisation of professional sport in recent years and explains how it has developed into a major global industry. Structured into four sections, the book covers the key issues in the Business of professional sport: The New Sport Environment - Analysing the consequences of increasing commercialisation by looking at the multi-billion dollar sports goods industry; the effects of globalisation and how commercial influences have made running one of Europe's most popular sports. Sport Marketing and Media - Investigating the role media and marketing has in commercialisation, with emphasis on the growth of sponsorship; media rights in European club football and the growing influence of social media in sport. Sport and Finance - Relating to the economics of European sport: there is an investigation into the financial policies employed by European Football clubs, specifically in regards to the Financial Fair Play regulations, and the topical issue of high level corruption. Sporting Events - Looking at additional factors that affect professional sport: highlighting the impact an Olympic Games can have on a host city and the longevity of an Olympic urban legacy. The authors have included insightful case studies from across the continent, including anti RB-Leipzig media campaigns in Germany, financial policies at England's Chelsea FC, French Tennis Federation corporate responsibility, Media rights in Spain's LaLiga, the sponsorship viability for Ukraine's Klitschko brothers and the case of Denmark's Viborg F.F. Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students in sport related courses, including sport management, sport economics, sport marketing and the sociology of sport.

The Masters - A Hole-by-Hole History of America's Golf Classic (Hardcover, Third Edition): David Sowell The Masters - A Hole-by-Hole History of America's Golf Classic (Hardcover, Third Edition)
David Sowell
R698 R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Revered as the most prestigious tournament in golf, the Masters commands international attention, even among nongolfers. The first and second editions of The Masters: A Hole-by-Hole History of America's Golf Classic took the unique approach of tackling Augusta National hole by hole. Each hole had its own chapter, with colorful stories on the greatest shots, biggest disasters, and most amazing events that took place on each. David Sowell returns to Augusta now with the third edition of The Masters, adding more history and updating each hole with additional stories of greatness and tales of woe for a new generation of golfers led by Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Patrick Reed, as well as from an older guard represented by Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, and Sergio Garcia. The legends of the Masters are in full force in this lively look at America's golf classic. From Bobby Jones and Gene Sarazen to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth, all the greatest Masters moments of the greatest-and not so great-golfers are here in one book. This third edition provides a rich historical view of the course where success breeds legends and where failure can haunt even the most brilliant golfer's career. Purchase the audio edition.

Official Swansea City Quiz Book Volume 2, The (Paperback): David Brayley Official Swansea City Quiz Book Volume 2, The (Paperback)
David Brayley
R199 R114 Discovery Miles 1 140 Save R85 (43%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fun-filled quiz book packed full of fascinating facts and figures about Swansea City Football Club. From the early days in 1912, through each decade, and taking in the managers, the legends and picture rounds, this book of 75 quizzes is perfect for anyone who loves the Swans.

Playing to Win: The Inside Story of Premiership Glory (Paperback): Michael Gordon Playing to Win: The Inside Story of Premiership Glory (Paperback)
Michael Gordon
R664 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R204 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
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
R693 R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Monaco - Inside F1's Greatest Race (Paperback): Malcolm Folley Monaco - Inside F1's Greatest Race (Paperback)
Malcolm Folley 1
R287 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R51 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

**THE ONLY DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST RACE - FULL OF EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH NIKI LAUDA, ROSS BRAWN, DAMON HILL, DAVID COULTHARD, SIR JACKIE STEWART, OLIVER PANIS AND 2016 WORLD CHAMPION NICO ROSBERG** Circuit de Monaco. Monte Carlo. The ultimate race in the Formula One calendar. When you think of Formula One, you think of Monaco. Once a year, yachts jam the harbour, celebrities fill the stands and luxury sports cars litter the streets as of thousands of people gather from across the world to watch the greatest, and one of the oldest, races in motorsport. Monaco is glamorous, prestigious and seductive. But for the drivers, it is the most demanding race of the year. The narrow streets, tight corners and sharp elevations make it the ultimate test of driving skill. It is physically draining and mentally exhausting. Proposed today, the race would not exist but it remains the jewel in the crown for every Formula One driver. There is simply no other race like it. Win at Monaco and your name is etched in history. You will join the likes of Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. With exclusive interviews and insight from drivers and a wealth of F1 insiders, award-winning sportswriter Malcolm Folley goes behind the scenes to discover what it's really like to drive and live and breathe this iconic circuit. He reveals along the way a unique and definitive portrait of the circuit, and recreates in thrilling detail its most extraordinary weekend, when only three cars finished.

PUSH - Breaking through the Barriers (Hardcover): Johnny Quinn PUSH - Breaking through the Barriers (Hardcover)
Johnny Quinn
R628 R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Save R130 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

JOHNNY QUINN shares his "wild dream" of playing in the NFL, being crushed after getting cut three times, losing 2.6 million dollars in contracts and blowing out his knee. At age 30, when most professional athletes are considered "over the hill," Johnny was competing for Team USA in the sport of bobsled at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This book ushers readers through the valleys of life to the thrills of rocketing down icy mountains at 80+ mph with no seat belt. Discover how the author overcame failure on the road to achieving greatness. From an NFL failure to a U.S. Olympian, Johnny's "what's next" attitude led him to success he never imagined. In PUSH, Johnny looks at failure as a season of life rather than a death sentence. He provides incredible insight into the "what's next" instead of "what could've been." We all experience failure at some level; Johnny equips us to embrace change, accept risks and learn to PUSH Through the Barriers, to live life on purpose.

100 Facts - West Ham (Paperback): Steve Horton 100 Facts - West Ham (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 Sport Business Handbook - Insights From 100+ Leaders Who Shaped 50 Years of the Industry (Hardcover): Rick Horrow The Sport Business Handbook - Insights From 100+ Leaders Who Shaped 50 Years of the Industry (Hardcover)
Rick Horrow
R831 Discovery Miles 8 310 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

If you love sports and are fascinated by business dealings in this trillion-dollar global industry, then this is the anthology you've been waiting for. The Sport Business Handbook: Insights From 100+ Leaders Who Shaped 50 Years of the Industry provides insider perspectives from more than 100 of the biggest names in the sport business industry. Plentiful examples and stories, including insiders' views of major sports deals, make this book a bible of information for those looking to begin or advance a career in the field or for anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes intricacies of sport business. Editor Rick Horrow, an internationally known sport business and sport law expert who has been the architect of more than 100 deals worth more than $20 billion, has teamed up with renowned sport business scholar and practitioner Rick Burton and author Myles Schrag to assemble one of the most unique sport books ever published. You will be both informed and entertained by the personal insights of prominent sport business leaders, including league commissioners such as Gary Bettman, Don Garber, and Paul Tagliabue; team owners such as Jerry Colangelo and Tom Ricketts; executives such as Larry Lucchino and Pat Williams; administrators such as Joe Castiglione and Deborah Yow; professional athletes such as Scott Hamilton and Cal Ripken Jr.; and media personalities such as Jay Bilas and Ann Meyers Drysdale. This all-star team also includes legendary Duke University men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski as the foreword author. The Sport Business Handbook gives you guidance for everything from the basics of breaking into the sport industry to the intricate skills required to become an industry giant: Consider the role you want to play, what your values are, and how you can set yourself up for success in the industry. Understand the value of brand management and the opportunities for those with strong knowledge and skills in this area. Embrace technology and use the power of modern media to guide your organization toward its goals. Master leadership skills by establishing a framework for thinking and behaving as a leader at all times. Each chapter addresses a specific topic and weaves in story-like sidebars that share rare glimpses into professional dealings in sport. These 80-plus sidebars include "Game Changer" sidebars, which describe pivotal moments that influenced sport leaders as they strived for success, and "360" sidebars, which present alternative perspectives so all viewpoints are explored in finding best practices. Instructors who adopt the text will have access to an instructor's guide that includes links to online video and audio clips that tie in directly to book topics, along with a "Breakthrough Moments" list of the 50 most significant events, chosen specifically to supplement the book's content with societal context and historical depth. These additional tools feature questions and activities to spark classroom discussion and facilitate an enhanced learning experience for students. Nowhere else will you find such a comprehensive guide with practical advice and personal stories from the biggest names in the industry. The Sport Business Handbook is an engaging, informative book that will help you discover your strengths and develop your skills so you can become one of the leaders to shape the sport business industry for the next 50 years.

Nearly Reach the Sky - A Farwell to Upton Park (Paperback): Brian Williams Nearly Reach the Sky - A Farwell to Upton Park (Paperback)
Brian Williams
R372 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R97 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Success, failure, heroism, stupidity, talent, skulduggery - Upton Park has seen it all. If supporting his club for fifty years has taught Brian Williams one thing it's that football fans defi nitely need a sense of humour - how else would they cope with the trials and tribulations that are part and parcel of cheering on their team? In this frank and funny take on the travails of a die-hard football supporter, Williams takes a nostalgic look back at some of the great players, great triumphs and great calamities that have marked West Ham's time at Upton Park, exploring the club's influence on its fans, the East End and football as a whole over the course of a lifetime. A Fever Pitch for the Premier League generation, Nearly Reach the Sky is an anecdotal journey through the seminal goals, games, fouls and finals, told with all the comedy, tragedy and irrationality fans of any team will recognise. This is a witty, fond, passionate and poignant tribute to the end of an era at Upton Park, as well as a universal meditation on the perks and perils of football fandom.

Advanced Theory and Practice in Sport Marketing (Paperback, 3rd New edition): Eric C. Schwarz, Jason D. Hunter Advanced Theory and Practice in Sport Marketing (Paperback, 3rd New edition)
Eric C. Schwarz, Jason D. Hunter
R705 R631 Discovery Miles 6 310 Save R74 (10%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Effective marketing is essential for any successful sport organization, from elite international teams to local leagues. Now in a fully revised and updated third edition, Advanced Theory and Practice in Sport Marketing is still the only text to introduce key theory and best practice at an advanced level. This new edition goes beyond the introductory marketing course by exploring advanced marketing theories related to social responsibility, global issues, information systems, consumer behavior, product management, logistics, sales, promotions, and social/digital/mobile media. New to the edition are sections on branding, destination marketing, and performance evaluation that demonstrate how to measure impacts through sport marketing and how to use analytics to determine sport marketing success. Every chapter contains extended case studies and theory-to-practice insights from marketing professionals around the world and a companion website includes an impressive array of additional teaching and learning resources. Advanced Theory and Practice in Sport Marketing goes further than any other textbook to prepare students for the real world of sport marketing. It is essential reading for any upper-level undergraduate or postgraduate course in sport marketing or sport business.

History of Surfing (Hardcover): 'Matt Warshaw History of Surfing (Hardcover)
'Matt Warshaw 1
R1,231 R787 Discovery Miles 7 870 Save R444 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Matt Warshaw knows more about surfing than any other person on the planet. After five years of research and writing, Warshaw has crafted an unprecedented history of the sport and the culture it has spawned. At nearly 500 pages, with 250,000 words and more than 250 rare photographs, The History of Surfing reveals and defines this sport with a voice that is authoritative, funny, and wholly original. The obsessive nature of this endeavor is matched only by the obsessive nature of surfers, who will pore through these pages with passion and opinion. A true category killer, here is the definitive history of surfing.

Sports Marketing - A Strategic Perspective, 5th edition (Paperback, 5th New edition): Matthew D. Shank, Mark R. Lyberger Sports Marketing - A Strategic Perspective, 5th edition (Paperback, 5th New edition)
Matthew D. Shank, Mark R. Lyberger
R2,283 Discovery Miles 22 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Now in a fully revised and updated 5th edition, "Sports Marketing: A Strategic Perspective "is the most authoritative, comprehensive and engaging introduction to sports marketing currently available. It is the only introductory textbook to adopt a strategic approach, explaining clearly how every element of the marketing process should be designed and managed, from goal-setting and planning to implementation and control.

Covering all the key topics in the sports marketing curriculum, including consumer behavior, market research, promotions, products, pricing, sponsorship, business ethics, technology and e-marketing, the book introduces core theory and concepts, explains best practice, and surveys the rapidly-changing, international sports business environment. Every chapter contains extensive real-world case studies and biographies of key industry figures and challenging review exercises which encourage the reader to reflect critically on their own knowledge and professional practice. The book s companion website offers additional resources for instructors and students, including an instructors' guide, test bank, presentation slides and useful weblinks."

Sports Marketing: A Strategic Perspective "is an essential foundation for any sports marketing or sports business course, and an invaluable reference for any sports marketing practitioner looking to improve their professional practice. "

Born to be a Baggie - A West Bromwich Albion Supporter's 50-Year Odyssey (Paperback): Dean Walton Born to be a Baggie - A West Bromwich Albion Supporter's 50-Year Odyssey (Paperback)
Dean Walton; Foreword by Tony Brown, Bob Taylor, Adrian Chiles
R364 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R51 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'What is a club in any case? Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it. It's not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes. It's the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city. It's a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father's hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.' Sir Bobby Robson, West Bromwich Albion and England Dean Walton had no choice in his football supporting allegiance, he was born in 1960 to 'Baggies'-mad parents. Over the last fifty years Dean has rarely missed a game at The Hawthorns and has followed his beloved Albion all over the world, watching them play in eighteen different countries. Follow Dean's travels through three divisions over five decades. From UEFA Cup joy on a warm Valencia evening to questioning his own sanity on a freezing cold night in Hartlepool. From Wembley success to humiliating relegation in Bath, every emotion is covered. Football is about much more than the match itself. This book will strike a chord with any dedicated supporter.

Slices of Orange - A Collection of Memorable Games and Performers in Syracuse University Sports History (Paperback): Scott... Slices of Orange - A Collection of Memorable Games and Performers in Syracuse University Sports History (Paperback)
Scott Pitoniak
R471 R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From the last-second heroics of Wilmeth Sidat-Singh in Archbold Stadium to the last-second heroics of Donovan McNabb in the Carrier Dome more than a half century later, this book is a chronicle of the rich tradition of Syracuse University sports. There are games that stand the test of time - performances that years, even decades later bring a smile or in some cases a grimace, to a fan's face. They are indelible moments that, when strung together, give you a sense of a college's history. In ""Slices of Orange"", Sal Maiorana and Scott Pitoniak recapture the heroics of running back Jim Brown's 43-point performance against Colgate at old Archbold Stadium; the pain of Keith Smart's jumper that denied Syracuse a national title in 1987; and the joy of forward Carmelo Anthony's levitation act in the 2003 NCAA basketball championship game. They tell of the fierce SU-Georgetown basketball rivalry - and John Thompson's incendiary comments that ignited it - and how the Gait brothers, Paul and Gary, revolutionized the game of lacrosse and laid the foundation for a college sports dynasty.

Today We Die a Little - Emil Zatopek, Olympic Legend to Cold War Hero (Paperback): Richard Askwith Today We Die a Little - Emil Zatopek, Olympic Legend to Cold War Hero (Paperback)
Richard Askwith 1
R316 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R54 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE CROSS SPORTS BOOK AWARDS BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR The definitive biography of one of the greatest, most extraordinary runners and Olympic heroes of all time, from the author of running classic Feet in the Clouds. Emil Zatopek won five Olympic medals, set 18 world records, and went undefeated over 10,000 metres for six years. He redefined the boundaries of endurance, training in Army boots, in snow, in sand, in darkness. But his toughness was matched by a spirit of friendship and a joie de vivre that transcended the darkest days of the Cold War. His triumphs put his country on the map, yet when Soviet tanks moved in to crush Czechoslovakia's new freedoms in 1968, Zatopek paid a heavy personal price for his brave defence of 'socialism with a human face'. Rehabilitated two decades later, he was a shadow of the man he had been - and the world had all but forgotten him. Today We Die A Little strips away the myths to tell the complex and deeply moving story of the most inspiring Olympic hero of them all.

The Teams of Sunderland AFC (Hardcover): Paul Days, Brian Leng The Teams of Sunderland AFC (Hardcover)
Paul Days, Brian Leng
R749 R579 Discovery Miles 5 790 Save R170 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

89 - Arsenal's Greatest Moment, Told in Our Own Words (Hardcover): Amy Lawrence 89 - Arsenal's Greatest Moment, Told in Our Own Words (Hardcover)
Amy Lawrence 1
R571 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R113 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

FOREWORD BY THIERRY HENRY ____________________ Anfield, May 26th 1989. The final day of the Division One season. The rest of football stopped to watch as perennial champions Liverpool took on rank outsiders Arsenal in a head-to-head contest for the title. With the Gunners leading 1-0 but desperately needing another goal to take the title, it was, in the immortal words of commentator Brian Moore, 'up for grabs now...' Set against the backdrop of Hillsborough disaster, and during an emotional era in football long before the Premier League as we now know it, 89 is an oral history of a sporting moment so unusual it felt instantly historic. Drawing on years of research, writer Amy Lawrence brings together fascinating and never-before seen testimony from the voices who were there, on the pitch, off it, and beyond. 89 creates a definitive and kaleidoscopic portrait of a match, and an iconic moment in English football that changed the sport forever. Drawing on years of research and interviews, writer Amy Lawrence brings together fascinating and never-before heard testimonies from the voices who were there on the pitch, including captain Tony Adams, goalscorers Alan Smith and Mickey Thomas, manager George Graham and many more. Also featured are accounts from those off the pitch, including Arsenal legend Ian Wright, super-fans Nick Hornby, Alan Davies and Dermot O'Leary, and Gunners from across the globe recounting where and how they watched, and the lasting effect this seminal games has had on their lives. ____________________ 'This book is essential reading for Arsenal fans' Nostalgic Gooner blog

The Victory Tests - England v Australia 1945 (Hardcover): Mark Rowe The Victory Tests - England v Australia 1945 (Hardcover)
Mark Rowe
R508 R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Save R110 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One minute before 7pm on Tuesday, May 22, 1945 a packed Lord's roared as Australia beat England in the last over of the first Victory Test. A fortnight after Victory in Europe, the result did not matter - only the cricket. The five matches between a near full-strength England and Australian servicemen, at least one of whom had just been released from a PoW camp, drew huge crowds. Great cricketers played on both sides: Len Hutton, Wally Hammond, Keith Miller, Lindsay Hassett. Everyone hailed the spirit of sportsmanship. Even the result - a 2-2 draw - was satisfying. Yet this story is forgotten today. The only history of the series is a limited-edition Australian book on the subject. The story has characters - besides the stars, men such as the Australian Dambusters Squadron pilot Ross Stanford; the quiet un-Australian Australian spin bowler Reg Ellis; and the English teenagers Donald Carr and John Dewes, who were on the wrong end of Keith Miller discovering that he was the fastest bowler in the world. By using the available sources to the full - newspapers of the time, memoirs, deposited records in England and Australia, recollections of surviving players The Victory Tests details what made the dressing rooms tick - in England's case, the class system of amateurs and professionals; and the tensions inside the Australian team too. Two controversies not aired before but covered in The Victory Tests are the war records of the charismatic Keith Miller - not the war hero his admirers have assumed; and of Sir Donald Bradman, absent in 1945 - and accused of being a war-dodger. Besides the see-sawing games - the largely unknown Australians playing beyond themselves - it's a story of players and sports lovers alike emerging joyously after years of war. Cricket mirrored wider society - people hoped for brighter cricket, just as they hoped for a better post-war world. Their hopes, inevitably, were disappointed. The Australians, wearied by a colourful tour of India, did poorly in matches on their return home and largely returned to obscurity. Even the bomber men's war efforts were later derided. And yet while the Victory Tests were not officially for the Ashes, they offer a refreshing change from the commercial and cynical cricket of the 21st century. The 1945 series brought sporting competition with goodwill - something more than the Ashes.

Sir Matt Busby - The Man Who Made a Football Club (Paperback): Patrick Barclay Sir Matt Busby - The Man Who Made a Football Club (Paperback)
Patrick Barclay 1
R364 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R67 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Man Who Made A Football Club Sir Matt Busby, who took Manchester United to unprecedented glory before seeing the club through profound tragedy, created the global entity that spreads from Old Trafford today. A player with Manchester City and Liverpool before the Second World War, Busby remained at the forefront of football through four decades and made an extraordinary contribution to the game in terms of both style and substance. In this definitive biography, Patrick Barclay looks back at Busby's phenomenal life and career, including the rise of the Busby Babes in the 1950s, the Munich disaster that claimed 23 lives and the Wembley victory ten years on that made United the first English team to win the European Cup. Denis Law, Pat Crerand and such other members of that great side as Alex Stepney, David Sadler and John Aston are among the host of voices testifying to the qualities that set Sir Matt apart. This is the story of one of the greatest figures in football history, and of the making of a legacy that will last for ever.

18 Times & That's a Fact! - A Red-Eyed View of United's Record-Breaking Season (Paperback): Justin Blundell 18 Times & That's a Fact! - A Red-Eyed View of United's Record-Breaking Season (Paperback)
Justin Blundell
R299 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R94 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This was the season when Sir Alex Ferguson's long-held wish to "knock Liverpool off their f**king perch' was made flesh. A season so successful that even European Cup Final defeat to Barcelona couldn't fully diminish the club's achievements. Justin Blundell tells the story of United's triumphs in a punchy, rabidly red-eyed review of every single match and goal. In the wake of the euphoria of Moscow it would have been excusable to regard what followed as an extended hangover. Yet the newly crowned European Champions became World Champions in December following their successful trip to the Far East and when they added the Carling Cup in March they held every honour possible excepting the FA Cup. All this despite a close season dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo's courtship by Real Madrid. This two month long tabloid extravaganza, coming just weeks after United's Moscow triumph, was only settled in mid-August. Then there was possibly the most unpredictable and sensational transfer deadline day in history -- if Manchester City's take-over by Arab billionaires beggared belief, their subsequent attempts to sign any and every player in Europe left the old order reeling. The attempts to de-rail Dimitar Berbatov's GBP30m move to United worried Sir Alex enough for him to pick the Bulgarian up from the tarmac of Manchester airport in his Audi A8. The season that followed had it's own sensations - Chelsea leading and falling away before Liverpool appeared to pull decisively away only for Rafa Benitez's infamous 'fact' rant to unwittingly de-rail them. By the time the rivals met in early March, many assumed that a United win would close out the title. Instead, Liverpool shocked the hosts 4-1, a defeat compounded by another loss at Fulham a week later. It took Frederico Macheda to rescue wins against Villa and Sunderland to keep United a step ahead before a cagey nil-nil with Arsenal confirmed United's 18th record equalling championship. In Europe, Ronaldo confi rmed his standing as the best player in the world by almost single-handedly hauling United into another fi nal. This time, shorn of the industry of Darren Fletcher, United were no match for the Catalans in a game that proved to be the Portuguese's swansong. Written with an eye for the humour and pomposity surrounding the modern game, Justin Blundell brings the matches, goals and managerial spats back to life. From the Ronaldo transfer saga to the despair of defeat in Rome, this is an entertaining, minute-by-minute guide to the matches that really mattered. It contains the season's best quotes from the likes of Ferguson and Benitez to Paddy Crerand and Mickey Thomas. Far from following the tired blueprint of statistics and dry match reports, "18 Times" is a book for everyone who lives and breathes United, not just on match day but every single day.

Tales from the Gwladys Street - Stories from Players and Fans Chronicling More Than 50 Years of Everton FC (Paperback): David... Tales from the Gwladys Street - Stories from Players and Fans Chronicling More Than 50 Years of Everton FC (Paperback)
David Cregeen, Jonathan Mumford
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Fans have been having a rough time of it in recent years. Clubs have hiked their admission prices while TV demands have resulted in odd kick-off times which often mean long and difficult journeys. But still they flock to football matches. ?Tales from the Gwladys Street tells the story of one club, Everton, through the mouths of their fans and players. Gwladys Street is the legendary 'end' behind the goal at Goodison Park that contains the biggest concentration of the club's supporters.?The resulting stories show how obsessive football fans can be and how they seek humour in every situation. The stories are from Evertonians but the type of experiences recalled are not unique to one club.?You don't have to know what Nil Satis Nisi Optimum* means or get goose-bumps when you hear the Z Cars theme to enjoy it. Books on Everton usually concentrate on the club and the players, this Everton book spotlights the fans. ?* nothing but the best is good enough (Everton's motto)

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