From Zidane to Mbappé – A Football Journey
After a disastrous few years, Les Bleus’ triumph at the World Cup in 1998, the year Kylian Mbappé was born, transformed the footballing culture of France. Matt Spiro’s analysis of the team’s journey to another win two decades later casts light on what it is to be French and the concept of ‘footballing intelligence’.
Ford Focus WRC
The Auto-Biography of a Rally Champion
A new formula was introduced for the World Rally Championship in 1997 and the four-wheel drive, turbocharged Ford Focus WRC was developed for it, running from 1999 to 2010. This evaluation of the successful model describes how it was designed and built and chronicles its performance history in the hands of champion drivers such as Colin McCrae and Carlos Sainz.
His Untold Life from Berthierville to Zolder
A daring driving style and a tragic early death at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1982 have contributed to Gilles Villeneuve’s legendary status in Formula 1. Illustrated with photographs of the Ferrari star and his cars, on and off the track, this celebration of his career includes interviews with 48 leading figures in the sport, including Jody Scheckter, Bernie Ecclestone, Jochen Maas and Mario Andretti.
How to Play, Coach and Win
Written by an experienced cricket coach, this manual covers the basics of grip and stance before looking in detail at the different shots that can be played. The techniques are demonstrated in black and white photos, including some of professional cricketers in action, with a final section offering advice on advanced topics such as dealing with swing and spin bowling.
Jewel in the Glen
Gleneagles, Golf and the Ryder Cup
The first version of what would become the Ryder Cup was played at Gleneagles in 1921 and the contest returned there for a European victory in 2014. This celebration of the venue, its history and its association with the Ryder Cup recalls great moments of the competition, profiles the players and personalities who have been associated with Gleneagles and includes a review of the 2014 match.
The Anatomy of Manchester United
A History in Ten Matches
Picking out key fixtures, including the 1909 FA Cup Final, the last match of the Busby Babes before the Munich air crash in 1958, and the comeback against Juventus that kept them on course for the treble in 1999, this sporting history illuminates the evolution of one of the foremost clubs of the 20th century.
Fighting Men of London
Voices from Inside the Ropes
Based on a series of interviews with once-celebrated local heroes, this boxing history describes a time, from the 1930s to ’50s, when fighters were as popular as footballers but purses were small and venues dilapidated. The featured London boxers include Sid Nathan, Ted Berry and Sammy McCarthy.
Can Anyone Hear Me?
Testing Times with Test Match Special on Tour
Peter Baxter first worked on Test Match Special in 1966 and produced the show for 34 years. His memoir recounts the technical and human problems of broadcasting from far-flung places, with anecdotes about an Indian commentary hut apparently devoid of radio equipment, and hitching a ride on England’s team bus, as well as stories about TMS stalwarts including Blowers, CMJ and Aggers. Slightly off-mint.
The Lost World of Football Programmes
Charting changing graphic styles and printing fashions from the 1960s to the 1990s, this celebration of football programmes is organized alphabetically and includes examples from most English Football League clubs and the leading Scottish teams. Demonstrating the idiosyncratic styles of each club as well as common themes such as aerial shots of the stadium on the cover, the collection also explores themes such as ‘Manager’s Notes’ and ‘At Home With…’.
The Science of Stretching
There are varied stretching modalities, or types, and choosing which is most appropriate depends on the exercise, environment and target outcome. This guide draws on recent scientific research to explain different stretches, including static, dynamic and ballistic, and assesses each technique in the context of its effects on performance, pain and injury. Diagrams, tables and step-by-step illustrations are included to help you to choose the most beneficial regime for your requirements.
Mountain Biking Skills Manual
Haynes, Step-by-step Guidance from the Experts
Beginning with a brief history of mountain biking and an introduction to the bikes and basic kit, this manual covers the various types of riding, including cross-country, dirt-jumping, downhill and trials, street tricks and stunts, with step-by-step photographs and guidance for riders at all levels who want to improve their skills.
How Rider and Machine Work Together
Written by a scientific journalist, this book looks at the mechanics of the interaction between man and bicycle. It is structured around a series of questions about subjects such as frame and wheel design, different muscle groups and the way that energy is transmitted from rider to road, with answers supported by infographics and illustrations.
The Biography of a Race Mechanic
Tony Robinson became a mechanic for Stirling Moss in 1954, and also worked for Bruce Halford, before joining BRP, a Formula One and Two team part-owned by Moss’s father. This biography describes his path to this crucial role, and gives backstage glimpses of motor racing in the golden age, including encounters with Fangio, Mike Hawthorn and Ron Dennis.
The Encyclopedia of the Yellow Jersey
Tour De France
Eugène Christophe was leading the Tour de France in 1919 when an official, frustrated that all the riders were wearing similar outfits, gave him a yellow jersey so that he could be picked out in the peloton. Celebrating the honour and achievement of following in his tracks, this illustrated volume profiles the top riders, tells the most dramatic stories and provides statistics about the maillot jaune over a 100 years of the world’s premier cycle race. With a preface by Eddy Merckx.
The Official Illustrated History
City fans have recently experienced the heights of the Champions League under Sheikh Mansour’s ownership, but many also remember the lean years and the 1970s relegation to Division Two. After an introduction from Pep Guardiola, Clayton explores the club’s history from foundation in 1880 up to modern times, with pictures of club legends in action and behind the scenes
The Game of My Life
After a successful playing career, Rob Andrew had a defining influence on the new professional era of English rugby, taking charge of the Newcastle Falcons from the mid 1990s, and then joining the RFU as Director of Elite Rugby from 2006. This reflection on his experiences focuses on his time as a coach and administrator and the ups and downs of the England team since his retirement from playing.
Technologies That Changed Sporting History
Compiled by a leading figure in sports engineering, this analysis of sporting technology describes the historical development of equipment, from dimpled golf balls to spaghetti-strung tennis rackets and swimmers' bodysuits, and explores the latest innovations.
Masters of Design
Great Courses of Colt, Mackenzie, Alison and Morrison
This golfing history explores the early game and the first courses built in Britain and America, before examining the careers and courses of four of the most celebrated architects from the 1920s and 1930s. Their designs include many of the best in Britain as well as famous tournament venues such as Augusta National, Sunningdale and Cypress Point, each of which is profiled and illustrated with archive and contemporary photographs.
Heath Robinson's Golf
Classic Cartoons and Ingenius Contraptions
Heath Robinson’s genius for creating absurd machines to execute unnecessary functions is well suited to the world of golf as the telescopic putter, moveable bunker and curled niblick in these cartoons prove. This collection of his drawings making fun of the royal and ancient game is a reproduction of a volume entitled Humours of Golf, first published in 1923, and retains the original introduction by celebrated golf writer and commentator Bernard Darwin.
Bike Repair Manual
In sections on basic maintenance, transmission, brakes, suspension, steering and wheels, this concise, illustrated guide has step-by-step photographic tutorials explaining how the components of a bicycle work and showing how to maintain your bike, make adjustments and fix problems.
Good Run Guide
40 Great Scenic Runs in England and Wales
Encouraging cross-country running to explore the landscapes of England and Wales, the routes in this guide have been chosen for their scenery and the ease with which they can be followed. They range from easy – 5-miles on undulating paths near Dunstanburgh Castle – to hard, such as the hilly 7-mile run around the North Cornish coves. Simple maps are included, and information about the local area and facilities.
In this ‘unique record by a genuine enthusiast’, the well-known painter of motor-racing subjects Bryan Apps celebrates Raymond Mays's career at the helm of British Racing Motors (BRM) and the pre-war ERA (English Racing Automobiles). Illustrated with Apps's paintings, the book traces Mays's influence on British racing from Brooklands in the 1930s to Formula 1 in the 1960s and 1970s, running cars for champion drivers such as Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda.
The Definitive Biography Volume 1, 1929–55
The iconic racing driver Stirling Moss has been called ‘the greatest driver never to win the World Championship', finishing second or third every year from 1955 to 1961, having become British champion at 21. Philip Porter, the motoring expert, was given access to his diaries for this first volume of his biography, which includes numerous photographs and concludes with Moss’s first F1 win and his extraordinary triumph in the epic Mille Miglia road race.
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.
Having debuted for the All Blacks aged 23, Read made over 100 Test appearances, winning the World Cup twice. This memoir discusses the challenges of captaining great players, the coaches who influenced him, and New Zealand’s road to world domination in the sport. Alongside anecdotes about teammates, he analyses the game’s future and describes how he personally dealt with injury and defeat.
Three Weeks, Eight Seconds
The Epic Tour de France of 1989
The 1989 Tour de France is widely held to be the most dramatic in the long history of the cycle race. Drawing on new, exclusive testimony from riders, team bosses, commentators and family members, this book profiles the contenders, and offers a day-by-day account of the adrenaline-fuelled three-week duel between Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond.
Haynes: The Track Day Manual
The Complete Guide to taking Your Car on the Race Track
Track days are not races but an opportunity for individuals to drive as fast as they like. This manual explains how they work as well as giving tips on driving technique, car control and practical considerations such as insurance.
The Argentine Temporada Motor Races: 1950 to 1960
In 220 Contemporary Photos
During the 1950s, Argentina boasted the world's top racing driver in Juan Fangio and hosted Formula 1 and sports car events that attracted star drivers and teams from Europe. This book recounts the key motorsport events of the period with contemporary photographs and race statistics.
My Life and Times in Cricket
Chris Adams played a handful of Tests and One Day Internationals for England in 1989 and 1990 but it was on the county scene where he distinguished himself: as a leading run-scorer and championship-winning captain of Sussex in the 2000s. This autobiography reflects on his experiences in domestic and international cricket and his thoughts about coaching and captaincy.
A Golden Age of Cycling
A Gentleman's Adventure on Two Wheels, 1924–33
Born in 1879, Pope was a keen member of the Cyclists’ Touring Club at a time when relatively peaceful roads and improved bicycles made two-wheeled travel a popular recreation. For ten years he kept this meticulous, evocative diary of trips on his trusty Merlin machine – from weekend circuits near his Hammersmith home to summer tours as far afield as the Scottish Highlands and continental Europe.
How the Bicycle Reinvented Modern Britain
The perfection of the safety bicycle in the late 19th century did not just provide a more secure, comfortable ride for enthusiasts, it opened up cycling to everyone: cheap travel for the working classes, the means for city dwellers to visit the countryside and liberation from the home for women. This social history explores the profound effects the bicycle had on British society in the early 20th century.
The End to End Cycle Route
Land's End to John o' Groats
Covering 1,000 miles in 14 stages, the cycle route described in this pocket guide avoids the busiest roads and instead ventures through landscapes including Dartmoor, the Wye Valley and Loch Lomond. Each stage is clearly mapped, with notes on the terrain and locations of cafes and pubs, and practical advice is given on training, equipment and accommodation.
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.
Keegan and Dalglish
In 1977 Kenny Dalglish moved from Celtic to take over Kevin Keegan’s number 7 shirt at Liverpool, following the high-profile transfer of ‘Mighty Mouse’ to Hamburg. This biography explores contrasts and parallels between two brilliant careers as players and managers: Keegan was hailed the ‘Geordie messiah’ who revived Newcastle’s fortunes, while Dalglish won titles at Liverpool and, after the trauma of Hillsborough, at Blackburn.
To Reach the Clouds
My High-Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers
In 1974, Philippe Petit illegally rigged a tightrope between the Twin Trade Towers, then walked across it eight times. This memoir, with photographs and the author’s diagrams, explains how and why he came to perform this remarkable feat. Off-mint.
British Tennis Legend
Until Andy Murray won Wimbledon, the previous British champion had been Fred Perry, who won three consecutive 1930s titles before turning professional and largely abandoning his homeland. From his working class roots in the North West, this book follows his experiences as a prickly upstart who struggled to find favour with the hidebound tennis establishment. However, following a successful business career, reconciliation came in 1984, when his Wimbledon statue was unveiled.
Ride! Ride! Ride!
Herne Hill Velodrome and the Story of British Track Cycling
Herne Hill Velodrome has been at the centre of British cycling since it was built in the 1890s. Although in decline from the 1960s it was at the heart of the new boom in the sport from the 1990s. This history of the venue recalls its many important competitions and the great riders who were regulars at the track, from Tommy Simpson to Bradley Wiggins.
Complete Bike Book
A range of bikes designed for different purposes are examined in this comprehensive reference manual, including futuristic carbon fibre track racing bikes, fold-up commuter models and various types of mountain bike. Also covered are riding techniques, from efficient pedalling and safe cornering to coping with traffic; expert tips and tactics for racers and off-roaders; health, fitness and nutrition advice; and a comprehensive section on repair and maintenance, with illustrated, step-by-step tutorials.
The Man who was W.G.
Arguably the world’s first sporting superstar, WG Grace (1848–1915) took an unconventional approach to cricket and effectively invented the art of modern batting. Tomlinson re-examines the eccentric figure, who excelled in his sport despite personal misfortune, obesity and a fondness for drink, and is remembered for his humorous quotes, occasional gamesmanship and enduring passion for the game.
A Reappraisal of English Cricket's Most Controversial Captain
This biography of one of England’s most controversial captains is based on interviews with Greig, his many colleagues and his rivals, and includes numerous photographs and statistics. The result is a balanced portrait of a brilliant cricketer whose legacy was tainted by the notorious ‘grovel’ and ‘Kamikaze’ comments and, arguably, by his role in enabling Kerry Packer’s WSC, which was a significant step toward today’s more commercialized sport.
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.
Time to Talk
More interested in basketball than cricket when growing up in Antigua, Curtly Ambrose quickly rose through the ranks when he started to take the game seriously, establishing himself as the world’s leading fast bowler in the 1990s. His biography charts his meteoric rise and achievements in international cricket and reveals his opinions on the game, on his teammates and on Caribbean and sporting politics.
Paul Nixon: The Autobiography
Wicketkeeper-batsman Paul Nixon is among the most eccentric cricketers to play for England, Leicestershire or Kent. With forewords from Steve Waugh and Viv Richards, this frank, humorous account of his career addresses issues such as family tragedy, sledging, match-fixing and his battle with mental demons.
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 World Water Speed Record
The Fast and the Forgotten
The pursuit of the speed record on water has proved more difficult than the land equivalent, with several fatalities resulting from attempts and the current mark of 318 mph lasting for 40 years. Including the exploits of Donald and Malcolm Campbell, this history reviews the progress of the record and the vessels that pushed the boundaries, from the muscular speedboats of the 1920s to jet-powered craft such as Bluebird K7 and the 1978 record-breaker, Spirit of Australia.
En Cyclo Pedia
Everything You Need to Know About Cycling, from the Essential to the Obscure
International bicycle culture is celebrated in this stylishly illustrated A–Z of facts and stories. Entries range from how Brooks’s upmarket saddles are made to performance-enhancing drugs and the colour of a race leader’s jersey (not always yellow).
A Game of Two Halves
Famous Football Fans Meet Their Heroes
In this quirky collection of wide-ranging chats with famous football figures all the interviewers are celebrities: the pairs include Johnny Marr with Pep Guardiola, Clare Balding with Lucy Bronze, and John Bishop with Jürgen Klopp. With introductions by Raheem Sterling and Gary Lineker, the book was published to raise funds for the UN Refugee Agency.
In the Steps of a Legend
WG Grace earned a reputation for gamesmanship through his cricketing career, and his competitive attitude and ability to make money from the game set a pattern for sporting stars of the modern era. This tribute takes the form of a pilgrimage to locations important in WG's life, from his home village of Downend, near Bristol, to tours of North America and Australia; final years playing for London County at Crystal Palace; and Lord's, where the Grace Gates commemorate his achievements. Off-mint.
Memories and Mementoes from a Life Lived at Full Speed
Few sportsmen have generated the devoted following of racing driver Ayrton Senna and this celebration of his life and career features interviews with friends, family and colleagues from the racing fraternity. Included among the photographs and memorabilia, many presented as removable facsimile documents, are reproductions of his birth certificate, his 1981 British competition licence and personal calendar pages showing his busy schedule in 1988.
A Chequered Life
Graham Warner and the Chequered Flag
A behind-the-scenes look at motor racing in the 1960s and 1970s, this illustrated history tells the story of the influential team owner who competed in single seaters, sports cars and rallies and gave early drives to greats such as Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart.
Between the Lines
Although less lauded than some of the glamorous players around him, fellow pros and coaches acknowledged that Michael Carrick held a key role in Manchester United’s winning team in the last decade of Alex Ferguson’s reign. This autobiography reveals his thoughts about his time at West Ham, Spurs, United and England, and the players and managers he worked with including Harry Redknapp, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham.
The Illustrated Story of Road Cycling
Most of the basic technology of the racing bike was in place by 1900 but, along with the fitness and tactics of riders, has been continually in development since. With over 130 specially commissioned illustrations, this stylish celebration of road cycling explores the evolution of the racing bicycle and associated kit as well as profiling the great races and the riders that have shaped the sport.
The Life of Arnold Palmer
With a string of victories in the 1960s, just as television was bringing golf to a wider audience, Arnold Palmer is credited with revolutionizing the game. This biography explores his playing career and the lasting legacy he built through decades as one of the game's leading ambassadors.
Michael Parkinson saw George Best make his Manchester United debut in 1963 and over the next 40 years interviewed him many times, forging a close friendship. This tribute to the skilled but flawed footballer includes personal anecdotes as well as reflections on his talent for the game, his impact as the first footballer to become a media celebrity and the struggles with alcoholism that curtailed his career and led to an early death.
The Last Lama Warrior
The Secret Martial Art of Tibet
Originating with Tibetan warrior monks in the 15th century, the secrets of Sengueï Ngaro ('the lion's roar') were traditionally conveyed only in secrecy to a chosen few in the Kham region of Tibet. In this book the current guardian of the teaching explains the martial art, which combines bodily defence with advanced meditation, and describes its series of movements and techniques inspired by animal behaviour.
National Teams of the World
No less eye-catching than the famous yellow jerseys of Brazil are the team colours of less successful international teams such as Liberia, Malaysia or Aruba. This reference work illustrates the home and away colours of 223 footballing nations affiliated to FIFA, correct for the World Cup of 2018. Each entry also includes key facts about the team, such as top goalscorer and record in international tournaments.
A Graphic History of the World's Most Iconic Soccer Tactics
Including 4-4-2 and the eponymous total football, this history of the beautiful game’s tactics shows how the systems used on the field have defined the mindset, aesthetic quality and results of the greatest teams. Using infographics to explain each style, the book focuses on key matches and influential clubs to show how tactics have evolved from the defensive catenaccio to the short passes of tiki taka and from Cruyff to Guardiola.
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.
Wisden at the Oval
Since 1845 The Oval has played a vital role in cricket’s development, as the site of the first Test match in England, birthplace of the Ashes and backdrop to some of the sport’s greatest performances. This selection of articles illustrates how key moments beneath Kennington’s gasholders were reported in that other venerable cricket institution, Wisden’s Almanack. Forewords by former Surrey captains Micky and Alec Stewart.
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.
Heroes of 1960s Motorcycle Sport: Volume 3
Recalling the heyday of motorcycle trialling and motocross (then better known as scrambling), this book contains interviews and over 100 photographs of leading riders competing between the mid 1950s and early 1970s, when popular events at a variety of now-defunct British venues were regularly televised.
The Heroes and Hellraisers that Made Road Cycling
Despite tacks and broken glass spread on the road, fans attempting to impede competitors, and cyclists drafting behind cars, the inaugural Tour de France was won in 1903 by Maurice Garin, with his and the race's success helping to establish the popularity of the sport. This illustrated history of road cycling tells the story through key personalities, from the early two-wheel pioneers to legends such as Merckx and Hinault and the stars of today.
Anatomy and 100 Stretching Exercises for Cycling
Cycling can be a physically demanding hobby, especially for the less young and flexible. This highly illustrated manual reveals the biomechanics of cycling through exploded views of the body demonstrating the muscles in action. The series of stretches and exercises show how fitness can be improved for cycling as well as how simple stretches performed while riding can reduce fatigue and discomfort. Off-mint.
Raise Your Game
How to Speak Fluent Sport
Specialist language is an intrinsic part of all sport, whether it is understanding an idiosyncratic scoring system or being able to correctly apply the terms peculiar to the technique or equipment of a game. Illustrated with more than 60 cartoons, this humorous look at the eccentricities of 50 popular sports explains how they are played and provides a lexicon of the terminology of each.
The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine
Born in rural Trinidad in 1901 Learie Constantine was a dynamic all-rounder who helped to define the exuberant, aggressive style of West Indian cricket in the 1930s and was one of the first black cricketers to play in the English leagues. This biography tells the story of his remarkable achievements which, in later life, saw him winning a landmark discrimination case in London, qualifying as a barrister and becoming a politician, statesman and peer.
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.
Owners' Workshop Manual 1973 Onwards (All Marks)
When James Hunt drove an M23 to victory in the 1976 World Championship, the car was already a veteran of Formula 1, having been a championship winner for Emerson Fittipaldi. The racing history in this guide is accompanied by a technical breakdown of the car, including revisions and modifications over its long racing career, reminiscences of McLaren team members and drivers, and insights into owning and running examples today.
A Brief History of the Martial Arts
East Asian Fighting Styles, from Kung Fu to Ninjutsu
Many of the martial arts of East Asia claim a history dating back thousands of years; this introduction to the subject traces the evidence to the Middle Ages and unravels the legends that claim a more ancient provenance.
Once the all-conquering bad boy of tennis, John McEnroe is increasingly better known for his insightful commentaries and opinions on the game. In this memoir he reflects on his playing years but also on his life since, developing new careers in broadcasting and art dealing, and bringing up a large family. Still competing in senior tournaments and recently coach to Milos Raonic, he also has plenty to say on the state of modern tennis.
The Pursuit of Victory 1963–1972
In the 1960s, motor racing fans could gain entry to the paddock at any event, and the relatively primitive facilities and relaxed attitude of the teams made it possible to get close to both the cars and their drivers. This photographic memoir of a golden age of the sport comprises over 400 previously unpublished images from a private archive, recording the cars, drivers, teams and action at Formula 1, 2 and 3, sports car, GT and saloon races.
The Times on the Ashes
Covering Sport's Greatest Rivalry from 1877 to the Present Day
The Times reported on the first England-Australia Test in 1877, and has followed the action ever since. This collection features some of the best writing about cricket’s most memorable moments, from journalists including John Woodcock, Neville Cardus and the present correspondent Mike Atherton.
Third Man in Havana
Finding the Heart of Cricket in The World's Most Unlikely Places
Tom Rodwell, Chairman of the Lord's Taverners, spent six years running charity cricket tours to help disadvantaged young people in some of the world's poorest districts. This book recounts his amusing adventures, from playing in cricket-mad cultures in Sri Lanka and Jamaica to unlikely locations such as Cuba and Israel.
Ferrari Grand Prix Moments
Formula One Photographs, 1954–1966
The period that American photographer Jesse Alexander spent photographing the motor-racing scene in Europe turned out to be a golden age for the sport. This portfolio of his images of the Ferrari Formula 1 team bears testament to the easy access that was available at the time, showing the cars from close up and stars such as Fangio, Hawthorn and Surtees in unguarded moments in the pit and paddock.
Wisden on Grace
In 1864, shortly after retiring from professional cricket, John Wisden published the inaugural volume of the famous Almanack that still bears his name; coincidentally, the same year saw WG Grace (1848–1915) first make his mark, with an innings of 170 for South Wales. This volume comprises notable scorecards from WG's long career and a selection of contemporary Wisden articles about the man it called 'the greatest of the world's cricketers'.
The Strangers Who Came Home
The First Australian Cricket Tour of England
The review of the 1878 season in Lillywhite's Cricketers' Annual admitted that 'the idea of a visit from an Australian team...was at first treated as something of a joke' but the success of the tour did much to spark the international rivalry. Including a victory over the MCC at Lord's and controversy and skulduggery involving WG Grace, this book chronicles the adventures of the first representative Australian touring team.
The Men Who Taught the World How to Beat England at Their Own Game
The legacy of the English coaches who taught the world how to play football is preserved in the informal word for manager used in Italy, Spain and South America: ‘Mister’. From pioneers such as Fred Pentland and William Garbutt, who helped shape the Italian and Spanish game in the 1920s, to more recent exports, such as Roy Hodgson, this volume traces the history of England’s football missionaries.
The Mammoth Book of The World Cup
This World Cup compendium includes a comprehensive run-down of every tournament played from the inaugural competition in 1930 up to the 2014 finals. Additional commentary features insightful notes on the best players, classic matches and tactical developments, and there is informed opinion on everything World Cup-related, from why England failed to qualify in the 1970s to the most overrated players to possess a winner's medal.
The History of Guards Polo Club 1955–2005
The Guards Polo Club regularly plays host to the game's greatest players and welcomes prominent royal participants as well as spectators to the Smith's Lawn venue in Windsor Great Park. With many photographs of major events, such as the prestigious International Day, this celebratory volume charts the history of the club from its foundation in 1955 up to 2005, and includes profiles of players and club officers. Slipcased.
The Roar of the Crowd
A Sporting Anthology
The anonymous 16th-century ode The Bewties of the Fute-ball gives us some insight into the early game, and Dickens's description of Epsom Downs Racecourse brings the bustle and excitement of Derby Day in the 1850s vividly to life. This literary collection selects the responses of celebrated writers, including PG Wodehouse, Walter Scott, Ernest Hemingway and Doris Lessing, to sports as diverse as cricket, boxing and fishing.