Jumpers for Goalposts by Tom Wells

Jumpers for Goalposts
  • Title : Jumpers for Goalposts
  • Author : Tom Wells
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781848423268
  • Pages : 79
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A charming comedy about Britain's national sport, soccer, penned by one of the UK's most exciting young playwrights.


Jumpers for Goalposts by Rob Smyth,Georgina Turner

Jumpers for Goalposts
  • Title : Jumpers for Goalposts
  • Author : Rob Smyth,Georgina Turner
  • Publisher : Elliot & Thompson Limited
  • ISBN Code : 9781907642227
  • Pages : 250
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Jumpers For Goalposts is a fascinating reflection on the history of British soccer, which examines why the charm, innocence, and good humor has disappeared from today's game, compared to the golden days of yesteryear. Smyth considers everything from the huge wage bills, to players' lack of loyalty to their clubs, and their escapades off the pitch. He concludes that the true beauty of football is when it's at its simplest. Including anecdotes from players, past and present, and other sporting insiders, Jumpers For Goalposts is an exhaustive study of whether football has lost its charm—and, perhaps more importantly, whether it can ever get it back.


Jumpers for Goalposts by Dave Gomm

Jumpers for Goalposts
  • Title : Jumpers for Goalposts
  • Author : Dave Gomm
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781693106101
  • Pages : 277
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Boys and girls football book. The story the formation of a boys football team from a clueless manager. John moves to the country and becomes the manager of Grove Challengers under 7's so that his son can get a game of football. This is the story of their start, from the hysterical size of the pitches and goalposts , to the development of the team. The little characters of these six-year old kids comes through, as well as the growth of the team as a unit. It has lots of humour and observations as their soccer skills progress.As the team grow and the kids become footballers, the story of their rise from a scrappy bunch of ragamuffins into a proper, competing football team unfolds.This is a book for football fans of any age, suitable for children also, that pre-dates small-sided football and gives a lovely insight into how boys soccer was in the 1990's. Witty observations about the game, the highs and the lows with goals, laughter and disappointment, while winning and losing players, matches and championships.Well worth a read and a superb gift!


Jumpers for Goal Posts by Jamie Redknapp

Jumpers for Goal Posts
  • Title : Jumpers for Goal Posts
  • Author : Jamie Redknapp
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781472279378
  • Pages : 288
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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For the Redknapp clan, football is a family concern; it's the family business. Me, Family and the Making of a Footballer is a deeply moving, heartfelt and beautifully personal account of growing up as the second son of Harry Redknapp, and also an enchanting love letter to football."I'm Jamie Redknapp. Chances are my surname rings a bell. I want to introduce you to a colourful cast of characters from my formative years.Growing up, Dad and grandad 'Pop' told us tall stories from London's East End, but there was no artistic licence needed when I was actually kicking a ball about with legends like George Best, Bobby Moore, and Geoff Hurst. This book is the story of my childhood and adolescence. Like many others, I guess it's a pretty typical mix of caravans and lollies, sweaty T-shirts and paper rounds, cheese sandwiches and Glacier Mints, The A Team, E.T. and Chinese takeaways.But this is also the story of a journey through an extraordinary childhood obsession with football. One minute it was all about Shoot! magazine, endless keepy-ups and countless impromptu kickabouts. The next, I'm playing for Bournemouth Reserves against terrifying, fully-grown men. Then I got my move to Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool. I might've been living off gristly sausages and Smash potato in my dingy digs up on Merseyside, but I was living the dream. I was desperately hoping it was the start of something special. Writing Me, Family and the Making of a Footballer has helped me discover so much about myself. This book is my way of explaining who and what have made me ... well, me."


Me, Family and the Making of a Footballer by Jamie Redknapp

Me, Family and the Making of a Footballer
  • Title : Me, Family and the Making of a Footballer
  • Author : Jamie Redknapp
  • Publisher : Headline
  • ISBN Code : 9781472271969
  • Pages : 336
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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'a great read' Daily Mail 'a fascinating book ... I really enjoyed it' Piers Morgan, Good Morning Britain One of the Guardian's 'Biggest Books of Autumn 2020' 'A beautiful book about football, family, friendship and finding out who you really are.' JACK WHITEHALL 'One of the best books I've ever read about what it takes to become a pro.' FRANK LAMPARD For the Redknapp clan, football is a family concern; it's the family business. Me, Family and the Making of a Footballer is a deeply moving, heartfelt and beautifully personal account of growing up as the second son of Harry Redknapp, and also an enchanting love letter to football. "I'm Jamie Redknapp. Chances are my surname rings a bell. I want to introduce you to a colourful cast of characters from my formative years. Growing up, Dad and grandad 'Pop' told us tall stories from London's East End, but there was no artistic licence needed when I was actually kicking a ball about with legends like George Best, Bobby Moore, and Geoff Hurst. This book is the story of my childhood and adolescence. Like many others, I guess it's a pretty typical mix of caravans and lollies, sweaty T-shirts and paper rounds, cheese sandwiches and Glacier Mints, The A Team, E.T. and Chinese takeaways. But this is also the story of a journey through an extraordinary childhood obsession with football. One minute it was all about Shoot! magazine, endless keepy-ups and countless impromptu kickabouts. The next, I'm playing for Bournemouth Reserves against terrifying, fully-grown men. Then I got my move to Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool. I might've been living off gristly sausages and Smash potato in my dingy digs up on Merseyside, but I was living the dream. I was desperately hoping it was the start of something special. Writing Me, Family and the Making of a Footballer has helped me discover so much about myself. This book is my way of explaining who and what have made me ... well, me."


Star Observer Magazine December 2014 by Elias Jahshan

Star Observer Magazine December 2014
  • Title : Star Observer Magazine December 2014
  • Author : Elias Jahshan
  • Publisher : Star Observer
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 56
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Child Welfare in Football by Celia Brackenridge,Andy Pitchford,Kate Russell,Gareth Nutt

Child Welfare in Football
  • Title : Child Welfare in Football
  • Author : Celia Brackenridge,Andy Pitchford,Kate Russell,Gareth Nutt
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1134193521
  • Pages : 272
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Sport and those who run it have an important duty to ensure the safety and wellbeing of young participants. This text presents the findings of a unique research project into the experiences of a wide range of stakeholders in contemporary youth soccer, exploring crucial issues of child protection, social policy, and the culture and governance of sport. It covers: The youth soccer context — twenty-first century family life, the sports policy background, and the organisation, governance and culture of the English game Research findings — the experiences of children and young people, parents and carers, coaches, teachers, referees, Child Protection Officers, Football Development Officers, and those involved in women’s, disability and professional soccer Issues in social policy research — methodological, ethical and management challenges Conclusions and implications — the benefits and limitations of different approaches to the protection of children and young people in sport. For researchers, professionals and decision-makers, this text provides important new insight into the impact of child protection policies, and into the potential for evidence-based practice in youth sport.


The Five-a-Side Bible by Chris Bruce

The Five-a-Side Bible
  • Title : The Five-a-Side Bible
  • Author : Chris Bruce
  • Publisher : Cargo Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 1910449296
  • Pages : 240
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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If you play football, the chances are you play 5-a-side - it's by far the most popular version of the game in the UK. But it's much more than a game. It's an unbeatable fitness regime, it's a social club, it's an elite sport, it's what we do when we get too old for 'jumpers for goalposts'. The 5-a-side Bible tells the whole story. There's sports science, the low-down on tacti and nutrition, how to use warm-ups and warm-downs to optimise performance. But there's also the fun side of fives: crazy team names - The Neville Wears Prada, Murder on Zidane's Floor - wacky stories of ill-discipline and injuries, outlandish excuses for not playing, kit disasters and a bucket list of the world's most iconic 5-a-side pitches. Produced by BackPage Press (Football Manager Stole My Life), Freight and 5-a-side.com, this is the book 5-a-side has been waiting for.


New Perspectives on Sport and 'deviance' by Tony Blackshaw,Tim Crabbe

New Perspectives on Sport and 'deviance'
  • Title : New Perspectives on Sport and 'deviance'
  • Author : Tony Blackshaw,Tim Crabbe
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780415288842
  • Pages : 211
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The everyday makeup of contemporary sport is increasingly characterised by a perceived explosion of 'deviance' - violence, drug taking, racism, homophobia, misogyny, corruption and excess. Whereas once these behaviours may have been subject to the moral judgments of authority, in the face of dramatic socio-cultural change they become more a matter of populist consumer gaze. In addressing these developments this book provides a new and insightful approach toward the study of 'deviance' in the realm of sport. New Perspectives in Sport and 'Deviance' awakens the sociology of sport to the possibilities of re-imagining 'deviance' and offers an evocative approach which will appeal both to academics and students in the field of sociology of sport and sociology of deviance.


The World According to Harry by Harry Redknapp

The World According to Harry
  • Title : The World According to Harry
  • Author : Harry Redknapp
  • Publisher : Ebury Press
  • ISBN Code : 9781529104929
  • Pages : 256
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'The beautiful game has taught me a lot, but I've had quite a life outside of football too. This book is full of my best stories - kickabouts with jumpers for goalposts with Bobby Moore, mine and Sandra's disastrous honeymoon to Torquay in a dodgy car and my funniest 'Mr Pastry' moments - as well as my thoughts on the important things in life. I'm finally sharing what I've learned on and off the pitch: from growing up poor in Poplar to the heights of the Premiership and even lying in a coffin with a load of rats on national television. It's everything I know about true team spirit, hard work, tough times, why family are so important and why everyone deserves respect no matter whether they're royal or sleeping rough - and, of course, the real joy of a jam roly-poly.'


Hemingway and Faulkner in Their Time by Earl Rovit,Arthur Waldhorn

Hemingway and Faulkner in Their Time
  • Title : Hemingway and Faulkner in Their Time
  • Author : Earl Rovit,Arthur Waldhorn
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • ISBN Code : 9780826418258
  • Pages : 200
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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John Steinbeck Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner are generally recognized as the most influential American novelists of the 20th century. Their careers paralleled one another in significant ways - two of their fledgling poems coincidentally appeared in the same avant-garde little magazine; they died a year apart, almost to the day; each won the Nobel Prize. It is as much biography as critique, a short, happy reference work that sometimes tells more about the commentators than their subjects. Among the writers on the writers, there is Sherwood Anderson, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Conrad Aiken, W. H. Auden, John Dos Passos, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and many others. This book is not only a valuable addition to literary scholarship, it is also a unique re-creation of an era in American culture.


Scribbles in the Margins by Daniel Gray

Scribbles in the Margins
  • Title : Scribbles in the Margins
  • Author : Daniel Gray
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 1408883937
  • Pages : 160
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARDS! We lead increasingly time-poor lifestyles, bombarded 24/7 by petrifying news bulletins, internet trolls and endless noises. Where has the joy and relaxation gone from our daily lives? Scribbles in the Margins offers a glorious antidote to that relentless modern-day information churn. It is here to remind you that books and bookshops can still sing to your heart. Warm, heartfelt and witty, here are fifty short essays of prose poetry dedicated to the simple joy to be found in reading and the rituals around it. These are not wallowing nostalgia; they are things that remain pleasurable and right, that warm our hearts and connect us to books, to reading and to other readers: smells of books, old or new; losing an afternoon organising bookshelves; libraries; watching a child learn to read; reading in bed; impromptu bookmarks; visiting someone's home and inspecting the bookshelves; stains and other reminders of where and when you read a book. An attempt to fondly weigh up what makes a book so much more than paper and ink – and reading so much more than a hobby, a way of passing time or a learning process – these declarations of love demonstrate what books and reading mean to us as individuals, and the cherished part they play in our lives, from the vivid greens and purples of childhood books to the dusty comfort novels we turn to in times of adult flux. Scribbles in the Margins is a love-letter to books and bookshops, rejoicing in the many universal and sometimes odd little ways that reading and the rituals around reading make us happy.


Champagne and Cheese Wire by Sue Butler

Champagne and Cheese Wire
  • Title : Champagne and Cheese Wire
  • Author : Sue Butler
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • ISBN Code : 1291162135
  • Pages : N.A
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Gossy The Autobiography by Jeremy Goss,Edward Couzens-Lake

Gossy The Autobiography
  • Title : Gossy The Autobiography
  • Author : Jeremy Goss,Edward Couzens-Lake
  • Publisher : Amberley Publishing Limited
  • ISBN Code : 1445619121
  • Pages : 208
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The official autobiography of the famous ex-Canary and Welsh international, Jeremy Goss.


Funnybones by Paul Kane

Funnybones
  • Title : Funnybones
  • Author : Paul Kane
  • Publisher : Creative Guy Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 1894953142
  • Pages : 174
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Paul Kane - author of Alone (in the Dark) and Touching the Flame - has returned, not to terrify this time, but to tickle the funnybone. Inside this book you'll find a collection of his most outrageous humorous horror, with stories ranging from "Dracula in Love" to "The Last Temptation of Alice Crump..".and not forgetting fan favourite "The Bones Brothers." Funnybones also includes several of the adventures of Dalton Quayle, that most famous of supernatural detectives.


Electricity by Ray Robinson

Electricity
  • Title : Electricity
  • Author : Ray Robinson
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • ISBN Code : 0802199127
  • Pages : 368
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This novel of a thirty-year-old epileptic woman and her estranged family is “mesmerizing . . . and unexpectedly tender” (Jim Crace, author of Harvest). Lily O’Connor lives with epilepsy, uncontrollable surges of electricity that leave her in a constant state of edginess. Prickly and practical, she’s learned to make do, to make the most of things, to look after—and out for—herself. Then her mother—whom Lily has not seen for years—dies, and Lily is drawn back into a world she thought she’d long since left behind. Reunited with her brother, a charismatic poker player, Lily pursues her own high-stakes gamble, leaving for London to track down her other, missing brother Mikey. In the pandemonium of the city, Lily’s seizures only intensify. As her journey takes her from her comfort zone, it leads her into the question of what her life is meant to be. “A wry, ingenuous, hugely compassionate heroine.” —The Guardian “A gritty tour of both London and the wrecked neurological pathways of epileptic Lily O’Connor. With equal parts hip misanthropy and sweet, clean-hearted sentiment, Ray Robinson convincingly channels the voice of a woman at war with the material world, for whom language itself arrives as a jarring shock to the brain.” —Jonathan Raymond, author of The Half-Life


Unlocking a gift-from psychic to medium to channel by Shane McMinn

Unlocking a gift-from psychic to medium to channel
  • Title : Unlocking a gift-from psychic to medium to channel
  • Author : Shane McMinn
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • ISBN Code : 1291741631
  • Pages : 230
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In this book the author describes his development as a psychic through to working as a medium through to working as a channel. This book also contains exercises for the developing psychic and medium.


Raising Unicorns by Jessica S. Marquis,Kevin Hedgpeth

Raising Unicorns
  • Title : Raising Unicorns
  • Author : Jessica S. Marquis,Kevin Hedgpeth
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN Code : 1440525900
  • Pages : 160
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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"Includes the rainbow-filled principles for unicornomics!"


Broken Biscuits by Tom Wells

Broken Biscuits
  • Title : Broken Biscuits
  • Author : Tom Wells
  • Publisher : Nick Hern Books
  • ISBN Code : 9781848425965
  • Pages : 96
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A bittersweet comedy about growing up as outsiders while finding your groove in music.


Come On You Reds by Tony Bower

Come On You Reds
  • Title : Come On You Reds
  • Author : Tony Bower
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • ISBN Code : 1291828478
  • Pages : 67
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Picking Daisies... by Dave Gomm

Picking Daisies...
  • Title : Picking Daisies...
  • Author : Dave Gomm
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781983139871
  • Pages : 474
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This is a book about boys football, Oxford United and England, football trips and beer. It is a journey from a man with no experience starting up a rag-a-muffin group of six year old boys and trying to make a football team out of them. There are football games, trips, drinking sessions, life and humour. The boys football is interspersed with Oxford United trips and games, England at the Euro's and at World Cups, and the bunch of friends that hap-hazzardly followed them. Any sports fan, parent, player, referee or ex-player can identify with the up's and down's of the world of football/soccer from grass-roots level up to the excitement of World Cup games and beyond. The fan culture and friendships of the supporters in the following of their teams, the drinking, the madness are all here!


The Kitchen Sink by Tom Wells

The Kitchen Sink
  • Title : The Kitchen Sink
  • Author : Tom Wells
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781848422223
  • Pages : 95
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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An irresistibly funny and tender play about big dreams and small changes. Amid the dreaming, the dramas and the dirty dishes, something has to give. But will it be Kath or the kitchen sink? Things aren't going to plan for one family in Withernsea, Yorkshire. Pieces are falling off Martin's milk float as quickly as he's losing customers and something's up with Kath's kitchen sink. Billy is pinning his hopes of a place at art college on a revealing portrait of Dolly Parton, whilst Sophie's dreams of becoming a ju-jitsu teacher might be disappearing down the plughole. This volume also includes the monologue Spacewang, in which a teenage girl roams the streets of Withernsea in search of aliens.


More Than A Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years by John Major

More Than A Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years
  • Title : More Than A Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years
  • Author : John Major
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • ISBN Code : 0007280114
  • Pages : 400
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The former Prime Minister examines the early history of one of the great loves of his life in a book that sheds new light on the summer game’s social origins.


A Season with Verona by Tim Parks

A Season with Verona
  • Title : A Season with Verona
  • Author : Tim Parks
  • Publisher : Arcade Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 9781559706285
  • Pages : 447
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The author offers a personal account of his relationship with Italy, its people, and its national sport from the perspective of his beloved Verona soccer club--as well as its fans--as it travels around Italy competing with other teams.


Me, as a Penguin by Tom Wells

Me, as a Penguin
  • Title : Me, as a Penguin
  • Author : Tom Wells
  • Publisher : Nick Hern Books
  • ISBN Code : 9781848421042
  • Pages : 84
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A charmingly offbeat, surreal comedy of knitting, penguins and Battenberg. Stitch is hitting the gay scene of Hull. Or at least dipping his toe in the water, while staying with his heavily pregnant sister Liz and her shabby sofa-loving partner Mark. But why won’t Stitch let anyone into the bathroom even though Liz is dying for a pee? And who is the man in the giant penguin costume? This volume also features two monologues by Tom Wells, About a Goth and Notes for First Time Astronauts.


Football Fans, Rivalry and Cooperation by Christian Brandt,Fabian Hertel,Sean Huddleston

Football Fans, Rivalry and Cooperation
  • Title : Football Fans, Rivalry and Cooperation
  • Author : Christian Brandt,Fabian Hertel,Sean Huddleston
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN Code : 131545520X
  • Pages : 198
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Football is undoubtedly the sport with the largest following in the world, attracting billions of fans across the globe. These fans play an integral part in determining the identity of the football club they support. Many studies have focused on the intense rivalry between clubs, their fans and the opposing identities they represent. However, little attention has been paid to examples of cooperation between rival fans. This book is the first to explore antagonistic cooperation in football; the idea that rival fans can work together despite their animosity. With examples from Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Croatia, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, the UK, the US and Zimbabwe, this book brings together case studies on rival fans working together and explores how and why such cooperation takes place. Showcasing original research from a team of international football scholars, it sheds new light on the social and political complexities of contemporary football fan culture. Football Fans, Rivalry and Cooperation is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in football studies, the sociology of sport, sport and politics, or sport and social theory.


A Life Too Short by Ronald Reng

A Life Too Short
  • Title : A Life Too Short
  • Author : Ronald Reng
  • Publisher : Random House Uk Limited
  • ISBN Code : 9780224091664
  • Pages : 390
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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WINNER OF THE 2011 WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER OF THE BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2012 FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR Why does an international footballer with the world at his feet decide to take his own life? On 10 November 2009 the German national goalkeeper, Robert Enke, stepped in front of a passing train. He was thirty-two years old and a devoted husband and father. Enke had played for a string of Europe's top clubs, including Barcelona and Jose Mourinho's Benfica and was destined to become his country's first choice in goal for years to come. But beneath the veneer of success, Enke battled with crippling depression. Award-winning writer Ronald Reng pieces together the puzzle of his friend's life, shedding valuable light on the crushing pressures endured by professional sportsmen and on life at the top clubs. At its heart, Enke's tragedy is a universal story of a man struggling against his demons.


Muddied Oafs by Richard Beard

Muddied Oafs
  • Title : Muddied Oafs
  • Author : Richard Beard
  • Publisher : Random House
  • ISBN Code : 1448112370
  • Pages : 304
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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There is Rugby Union: the fast, compelling, TV-friendly combat sport in which sponsored gladiators are sold on their ability to crash into each other at top speed, and sometimes even to avoid each other and score. And then there's rugger. Rugger was once the serious version of rugby, more than a mere game, a fierce contact-sport developed in Victorian public schools to forge manly and unshakeable character. For a hundred years boys played rugger and made themselves into men. They also drank too much beer and took their trousers down in public. Richard Beard sets out to examine this contradiction by revisiting his seven former rugby clubs in four different countries. He meets Booker prize-winning authors and former England hookers, explores rugby's rivalry with soccer, its surprising attraction for nonconformists, and its unlikely role in organised crime. All while trying to get himself a game. This is Beard's quest into his rugby-playing past, where he's lived the sport in many of its varied forms. By the end of his wayward journey, he almost qualifies to judge whether rugger has achieved what the Victorians always intended, and made him a better man.


No Hunger in Paradise by Michael Calvin

No Hunger in Paradise
  • Title : No Hunger in Paradise
  • Author : Michael Calvin
  • Publisher : Arrow
  • ISBN Code : 9781784756116
  • Pages : 464
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Shortlisted for the British Sports Book Awards 2018 "What's your dream, son?" A six year-old boy, head bowed, mumbles the eternal answer: "Be a footballer...." Steadman Scott, football's most unlikely talent scout, smiles indulgently, and takes him in from the street. He knows the odds. Only 180 of the 1.5 million boys who play organised youth football in England will become a Premier League pro. That's a success rate of 0.012 per cent. How and why do the favoured few make it? What separates the good from the great? Who should they trust - the coach, the agent or their parents? Michael Calvin provides the answers on a journey from non-league grounds to hermetically sealed Premier League palaces, via gang-controlled sink estates and the England team's inner sanctum. He interviews decision makers, behavioural specialists, football agents and leading coaches. He shares the hopes and fears of players and their parents. He exposes bullying and a black economy in which children are commodities, but remains true to the dream.


Home Boys by Alex Wheatle

Home Boys
  • Title : Home Boys
  • Author : Alex Wheatle
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781911350934
  • Pages : 240
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Inspired by personal experience, a powerful, moving and beautifully structured novel dealing with the lives of children in care, from award-winning author Alex Wheatle.


Love Child by Joanna Murray-Smith

Love Child
  • Title : Love Child
  • Author : Joanna Murray-Smith
  • Publisher : Currency Press Pty Limited
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 44
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A reconciliation between a mother and the daughter she gave away at birth. Anna is a successful film editor in her 40s who has defined herself through her political conscience. Living alone in a cold, stylish apartment she believes she has come to terms with her history, until a young woman called Billie arrives at her door. Billie acts in soap operas, doesn't believe in political action and wants a mother. Together these two fractured women confront the implications of distance; between then and now, between generations and between the one who gave away and the one who was let go.


How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A. Cup by J.L. Carr

How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A. Cup
  • Title : How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A. Cup
  • Author : J.L. Carr
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • ISBN Code : 0241252350
  • Pages : 144
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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'One of the greatest football novels ever written and a comic masterpiece' DJ Taylor 'But is this story believable? Ah, it all depends upon whether you want it to believe it.' J.L. Carr In their new all-buttercup-yellow-stripe, Steeple Sinderby Wanderers, who usually feel lucky when their pitch is above water-level, are England's most obscure team. This uncategorizable, surreal and extremely funny novel is the story of how they start the season by ravaging the Fenland League and end it by going all the way to Wembley. Told through unreliable recollection, florid local newspaper coverage and bizarre committee minutes, How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A. Cup is both entertaining and moving. There will never be players again like Alex Slingsby, Sid 'the Shooting Star' Swift and the immortal milkman-turned-goalkeeper, Monkey Tonks.


Not a Game for Boys by Simon Block

Not a Game for Boys
  • Title : Not a Game for Boys
  • Author : Simon Block
  • Publisher : Nick Hern Books
  • ISBN Code : 9781848425033
  • Pages : 104
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A razor-sharp comedy about three cabbies competing in a local table tennis league. Once a week, three cabbies seek respite from their lives in a local table tennis league, and tonight they must win – or face the unthinkable oblivion of relegation. Deeper rivalries and competitive obsessions emerge as the team try to survive the pressure, but the real game takes place anywhere but at the table. Not a Game for Boys was originally performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1995. It was revived at the King’s Head Theatre, London, in 2015.


You're Better Than That! by Chris Sutton

You're Better Than That!
  • Title : You're Better Than That!
  • Author : Chris Sutton
  • Publisher : Monoray
  • ISBN Code : 1913183270
  • Pages : 320
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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"As a player and pundit I've seen and experienced plenty of the good, the bad and the ugly. And let's get face facts - there is still plenty of the bad and ugly. Our game can be so much better, and in this book I'll tell you just how." In his trademark tell-it-like-it-is style, Chris sets his sights on 25 aspects of the modern game that need fixing. From ridiculous rules and feckless agents to dreaded VAR and abusive fans, no subject is out of bounds. Discover which managers Sutton slams for giving bland post-match interviews, which clubs are fleecing their fans and why he believes Messi and Ronaldo aren't as good as Best and Maradona. In You're Better Than That! Sutton also reveals who has bagged a spot in his top 10 lists - from the best-value players and most entertaining teams, to the most underrated players and best FA Cup moments. A former top-level pro player with a 16-year, trophy-laden career behind him, Chris knows the game from the inside out. Now observing from the commentator's perch, his perspective is shot through with experience, passion and occasionally a little anger. Sutton is a man on a mission, determined to get under the skin of the game he loves and to call out exactly what's going wrong.


Motor Industry Magazine by N.A

Motor Industry Magazine
  • Title : Motor Industry Magazine
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : N.A
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Sidemen: The Book by The Sidemen

Sidemen: The Book
  • Title : Sidemen: The Book
  • Author : The Sidemen
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • ISBN Code : 147364819X
  • Pages : 256
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Billions of you have watched their videos and millions of you have followed them on social media. So here we go; it's time to back up because YouTube superstars, The Sidemen, are finally here in book form and they're dishing the dirt on each other as well as the YouTube universe. There's nowhere to hide as KSI, Miniminter, Behzinga, Zerkaa,Vikkstar123, Wroetoshaw and Tobjizzle go in hard on their living habits, their football ability, and their dodgy clobber, while also talking Fifa, Vegas and superheroes. They'll also give you their grand house tour, letting you in on a few secrets, before showing you their hall of fame, as well as revealing some of their greatest shames. Along the way you'll learn how seven of the world's biggest YouTube stars started off with nothing more than a computer console, a PC and a bad haircut before joining forces to crush the internet. And they'll tell you just how they did it (because they're nice like that) with their ultimate guide to YouTube while also sharing their memories of recording their favourite videos as well as a typical day in the life of The Sidemen. You'll feel like you're with them every step of the way, smelling the 'sweet' aroma of the boys' favourite dishes in the kitchen, stamping your passport as you follow them on their trips around the world and kicking every ball as the boys gear up for the biggest football match of their lives. It's going to get personal. It's going to get intense, and JJ is going to have lots of tantrums, so take a moment to prepare yourself, because this is The Sidemen book you've been waiting for!


A Social History of English Cricket by Derek Birley

A Social History of English Cricket
  • Title : A Social History of English Cricket
  • Author : Derek Birley
  • Publisher : Aurum Press
  • ISBN Code : 9781781311769
  • Pages : 400
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Winner of the William Hil Sports Book of the Year and acclaimed as a magesterial, classic work, A Social History of English Cricket is an encyclopaedic survey of the game, from its humble origins all the way to modern floodlit finishes. But, it is also the story of English culture, mirrored in a sport that has always been a complex repository of our manners, hierarchies and politics. Sir Derek Birley's survey of the impact on cricket of two world wars, Empire and 'the English caste system', will, contends Ian Woolridge, 'teach an intelligent child of twelve more about their heritage than he or she will ever pick up at school'. Superbly witty and humorous, peopled by larger-than-life characters from Denis Compton to Ian Botham, and wholly forswearing nostalgia, A Social History of English Cricket is a tour-de-force by one of the great writers on cricket.


Red Or Dead by David Peace

Red Or Dead
  • Title : Red Or Dead
  • Author : David Peace
  • Publisher : Melville House Pub
  • ISBN Code : 1612193684
  • Pages : 720
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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'Red or Dead' is the story of the rise of Liverpool Football Club and Bill Shankly. And the story of the retirement of Bill Shankly. Of one man and his work. And of the man after that work. A man in two halves. Home and away.


Every Boy's Dream by Chris Green

Every Boy's Dream
  • Title : Every Boy's Dream
  • Author : Chris Green
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • ISBN Code : 1408132095
  • Pages : 224
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Short listed for the Best Football Book in the 2010 British Sport Book Awards The way Britain develops its top football talent is a hot topic of debate. The failure of all four of the UK's national teams to reach the 2008 European Championships and the ever-increasing reliance of England's top clubs on foreign talent underlines an undisputable fact: that Britain now lags well behind the world's top countries in producing the best footballers, despite having the wealthiest league in the world and untold riches at the game's disposal. Every Boy's Dream: England's Football Future on the Line investigates why - despite unprecedented expenditure on a huge overhaul of youth development in the past decade - British football continues to fail to nurture top-class football talent. With some 10,000 boys in the system at any time - and less than one per cent of those boys likely to make it as professional footballers - there is a real need for a long, hard look at our domestic football development system. Who funds the system? How are the boys recruited? Who is responsible for their coaching and what qualifications do they have for the job? Who looks after their welfare, ensuring they are enjoying the sport and still keeping up with their schooling while under the clubs' stewardship? What happens when the boys don't make the cut and are released by the clubs? Every Boy's Dream does not pull any punches. It lays the blame at the doors of the authorities in charge of youth football. But, rather than just listing the faults of system - which are many, as the hard-hitting real-life examples demonstrate - it provides tales of inspiration and a blueprint for the future of the national game. It is the most thorough book ever written about football youth development, and cracks through the age-old veneer of perceived wisdom that has stifled debate on the subject.


Commando 50 Years by George Low

Commando 50 Years
  • Title : Commando 50 Years
  • Author : George Low
  • Publisher : Carlton Publishing Group
  • ISBN Code : 9781847328496
  • Pages : 176
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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War stories. Graphic Novel. 50 years of "Commando"...home for heroes...and still going strong! And now you...yes, YOU...can advance shoulder to shoulder with the bravest and the best through six of the finest "Commando" stories ever...brought together in this battling book for all "Commando" fans out there! When the toughest of the tough get going, the action accelerates from page to blistering page. Can you cope with the pressure? Are you sure? Good, because we're also going to unleash the stinging power of 50 full-colour covers on you as well. That's one for every hard-fought year, and you'll need nerves of steel to get in close...combat close...to pick out the finer details of these startling illustrations. You just know it will be well worth the risk. And all the gen from the classified documents which shield the secrets of "Commando" comic books will be there too for you to explore and enjoy. The truth is revealed about the 50-year fight from day one of a carefully planned and well executed campaign to bring you the best of the action to rock you right back on your heels. You've proved you can take all that's thrown at you by reading this far, so don't miss out on this mother of all battle books. Remember what they say. Who dares wins...and that could be YOU!