This is the One
Sir Alex Ferguson: The Uncut Story of a Football Genius
Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the greatest football managers of all time, having won more trophies than any other. For this candid account, football writer Taylor followed him through two key seasons, from the low point of 2005–6, when there were notorious disputes with Roy Keane and Ruud van Nistelrooy, through to ultimate triumph in the 2006–7 Premier League.
The Fabulous Baker Boys
The Greatest Strikers Scotland Never Had
Although they grew up and learned their football in Scotland, Joe and Gerry Baker represented the countries of their birth, earning caps for England and the United States respectively. This double biography follows their footballing careers at clubs including Hibernian, Arsenal and Torino in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Official History
The success of the Hibernian football club in Edinburgh prompted the formation of a similar team from among the Irish Catholic community in Glasgow in the 1880s. This history tells the story of the resulting club, Celtic, considering the religious and political issues that underlie its identity and describing its growth and fluctuating fortunes, both on and off the pitch.
Lost League Football Grounds
Since the Hillsborough tragedy and the Bradford City fire in the 1980s, more than a third of English professional football clubs have moved to a new stadium, leaving beloved old grounds, often dating back to the Edwardian era, to disappear beneath housing estates and retail parks. This survey tells the history of nearly 70 lost stadiums, including famous venues such as Highbury, Roker Park, Maine Road and the Baseball Ground.
Inverting the Pyramid
The History of Football Tactics
Passing was the first innovation of the organized game of football in the late 19th century and ever since, coaches have attempted to devise strategies that give them an advantage. This classic book explains the developments from W-M to tiki-taka.
The Lives and Times of Four Captains of England
The four England captains discussed in this history of post-war English football are Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Gary Lineker and David Beckham. Each a world famous and long-serving skipper, they represent their times: from the hard-working Wright and the glamorous Moore, embodiment of the social mobility of the 1960s, to Lineker, the savvy exploiter of the new media age and Beckham, the global celebrity. Slightly off-mint.
Out of Time
1966 and the End of Old-Fashioned Britain
Peter Chapman was 18 years old in 1966, the year of Harold Wilson, the seamen’s strike, London ‘swinging’ to a soundtrack of Beatles and Rolling Stones, and England’s victory in the World Cup. Chapman, whose hopes of being a professional footballer had been dashed, but who would become an outstanding football journalist, gives a vivid picture of the lost world of Britain in the Sixties from the perspective of his world in Islington, north London.
A History in Ten Matches
From the flowering of Ferguson's Manchester United in the early 1990s to the last-gasp championship won by their now astronomically well-funded rivals, Manchester City, in 2012, this book charts the rise of the Premier League through ten milestone matches. Slightly off-mint.
The Jimmy Hill Story
As a revolutionary players' union rep, innovative manager and pioneering presenter and pundit, Jimmy Hill had a profound effect on football. This new edition of his autobiography, first published in 1998, contains an additional chapter reflecting on his remarkable career.
Celtic changed from vertical green stripes to the famous hoops in the early years of the 20th century, and the distinctive jersey has since been worn by many of the greatest names in Scottish football. This book collects the official team photos from the first season of 1888 to the 2006-7 season as well as player portraits of legends such as Jock Stein and Bobby Murdoch. Changing Faces series.