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.
Touched by Greatness
The Story of Tom Graveney, England's Much-Loved Cricketer
Tom Graveney’s Test career began alongside pre-war star Len Hutton in the early 1950s and ended with him batting with Geoffrey Boycott in 1969. This biography describes his county and international career, his later work as a commentator and President of the MCC, and recalls many notable incidents, such as his ban in 1969 for playing an exhibition match in the middle of a Test.
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 Man Who Said 'No' to England
In 1962, Footballer of the Year Adamson won runners up medals in the FA Cup and First Division; as Assistant Manager at the World Cup, he was offered the England manager’s job before Alf Ramsey. However, two decades later, he had walked away from his management career for a fiercely defended private life. Introduced by Bobby Charlton, this book revisits the remarkable career of an enigmatic sporting character.
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.
The Lost World of Football Programmes
Charting changing graphic styles and printing fashions from the 1960s to the ’90s, 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…’.
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 by the hidebound tennis establishment which never fully embraced him. However, following a successful business career, reconciliation came in 1984, when his Wimbledon statue was unveiled.
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.