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 into new stadia, 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.
World Encyclopaedia of Racing Drivers
The Definitive Reference to the Lives and Achievements of 2,500 International Racing Drivers
Covering winners, losers, has-beens and hopefuls in a great range of races and championships, from Grand Prix to stock car racing, this is the definitive reference to the lives and achievements of some 2,500 international racing drivers. Arranged alphabetically, from Rauno Aaltonen (a rare cross-over from rallying to racing) to the 2005 Formula Atlantic winner, Charles Zwolsman Jr, the Encyclopaedia lists each driver’s principal race wins and gives a concise account of his or her life and career. Slipcased.
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.
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.
Unusually for an elite sportsman, Mike Brearley has a reputation as an intellectual. His success as England cricket captain and his subsequent training as a psychoanalyst combine to make him a notably thoughtful commentator on the game. This collection of his essays covers his own experiences in Ashes battles and against the leading players of the 1970s and 1980s, discusses controversies and innovations, and evaluates cricket’s most significant players and commentators.
All in a Day's Cricket
An Anthology of Outstanding Cricket Writing
From first-hand accounts of a time before the third stump was adopted to a disputed toss at the 2011 World Cup, this collection includes contributions by famous players, from Grace to Botham, and the greatest writers on the game, including Neville Cardus and CLR James.
The Complete Rugby Union Compendium
International rugby matches were first played among the British 'home' countries in the 1870s, and by the end of the century British teams were visiting Commonwealth countries such as New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, who soon proved more than a match. This reference book records all the results of the major and minor rugby-playing nations up to 2015 as well as head-to-head tables for each country and rugby trivia.
Geoff Hurst's 50 Greatest Footballers of All Time
England's 1966 hero finds room for some of his World Cup team mates in his pick of the world's best footballers of all time, giving personal insights into the abilities of great footballers he played with or against, including George Best and Jimmy Greaves, as well as his assessment of where world stars such as Messi, Cruyff, Zidane and Di Stefano rank alongside them.
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.
Autocourse 60 Years of World Championship Grand Prix Motor Racing
The powerful engines of the Italian and German teams dominated the early years of the Formula 1 World Championship before British challengers began to emerge in the 1960s and 1970s with innovative chassis designs and performance-enhancing aerodynamics. This highly illustrated volume charts the whole history of the championship from its pre-war precursors and daredevil early racers such as Fangio, Moss and Clark to the developments, teams and star drivers of the ultra-professional, high-tech modern sport.
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.
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 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.
Formula One and Beyond
Being the son of Oswald Mosley and Diana Mitford perhaps persuaded Max Mosley to steer clear of politics. He rose to prominence instead through motor racing, first as a driver and team owner and then as an administrator, revolutionizing Formula One alongside Bernie Ecclestone. As well as his unusual childhood and life in F1, this autobiography also deals with his campaigning against media intrusion following a 2008 sex scandal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grand Prix Circuits
Maps and Statistics from Every Formula One Track
Since the first Formula 1 World Championship race in 1950, 71 venues have hosted Grands Prix, from historic circuits with their roots in the early years of motoring, such as Monza and Monaco, to the latest tracks built to the specifications of the modern sport, such as Abu Dhabi, Shanghai and Sochi. This book profiles all the layouts, with a track plan, brief history and statistics for each, and photographs of historic Grand Prix action. Slightly off-mint.
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.
Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a Legend
The 1926 Open Championship at Royal Lytham St Annes was the first major British victory for the amateur Bobby Jones (1902–1971), thanks to a remarkable recovery shot on the 17th hole of the final round. This book explores the sporting life and legacy of one of the greats of the game through this pivotal championship and Jones's tussle over the Lancashire links with fellow Americans Walter Hagen and Al Watrous. Foreword by Jack Nicklaus.
Skills – Training – Techniques
The most compelling and the most frustrating of pastimes, golf has more variable and complex rules and equipment than most sports and probably rewards knowledge of technique and tactics more than any. This extensively illustrated book provides sensible advice on all aspects of the game, from how to play specific shots and effective fitness and practice routines to taking a positive mental approach onto the course.
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 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.
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.
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.
A Social and Economic History of Horse Racing
Before Sandown Park was enclosed and required everyone to pay to enter in 1875, race meetings had been open to spectators, charging only those who sat in the stands or viewed from private carriages. This history of horse-racing, first published in 1976, traces the origins and development of flat racing in Britain and examines its social and economic impact as an ever more professional sport, a spectator attraction and the heart of the gambling industry.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas J Lipton's America's Cup Campaigns
The Saga of One Man's Three-Decade Obsession with Winning the America's Cup
Having built up his grocery empire and established his famous tea brand, Thomas Lipton used his wealth to enter a yacht for the America's Cup in 1899. This book tells the story of his subsequent obsession, challenging on five more occasions over the next three decades. Drawing on contemporary accounts and newspaper reports, the book includes a summary of the early years of the race and reviews the developments in yacht design up to and during the Lipton challenges.
The International Tennis Federation
A Century of Contribution to Tennis
Inspired by earlier racquet games, lawn tennis was devised in the 1870s; it quickly became established around the world with prestigious championships and competitions and the formation of the International Lawn Tennis Federation in 1913. This illustrated history celebrates the Federation’s role in the development of the sport, standardizing the rules of the early game, popularizing it beyond its original heartlands (the ‘Lawn’ was dropped in 1977) and evolving tennis at the elite level from amateur beginnings to today’s professional sport.
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.
Floodlights and Touchlines
A History of Spectator Sport
The codification of field games, the setting up of leagues and the desire to bet on the outcome of matches all contributed to the growth of spectator sport; professionalism and big business followed close behind. From ancient chariot races and boxing matches, this much-acclaimed study explores the history of games as entertainment, the politics and governance of modern sport, and the factors that draw so many of us into the drama.
Out of the Shadows
Motor racing track marshal at weekends and keen amateur photographer, Roger Lane attended the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix and his images earned him a commission from Agfa to record the colour and atmosphere of international motor racing. These never-before-published photographs show the paddock and trackside scene at Formula 1, sports and saloon car events in the late 1960s, including behind-the-scenes pictures of teams and drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and Jochen Rindt.
Closer to the Action in the 80s and 90s
Bryan Apps has been observing the motor racing scene since the 1950s and through his friendship with team owner Ken Tyrrell was invited into the pits and paddock of every British Grand Prix between 1985 and 1997. This portfolio of his photographs of those events presents an access-all-areas view of the cars, drivers, mechanics and team managers during a period that saw British wins for Mansell, Herbert and Hill, and all-time greats such as Senna, Prost and Schumacher locking horns.