"Birmingham City 50 Greatest Matches" covers some of the most momentous games in Birmingham City's history, as well as some of the most crucial. Insightful, interesting and including rare photographs of match-day programmes and tickets, "Birmingham City 50 Greatest Matches" is a must-have book for any True Blue. Birmingham City Football Club has been acknowledged over the years as 'a sleeping giant'. Unfortunately for its fans, the giant has not awoken since the club's formation in 1875. Over 130 years of professional football in the heart of the industrial Midlands has produced only one major trophy – the League Cup in 1963 – but as well as all the heartaches and disappointments the fans have experienced some truly memorable matches. From their first excursions into Europe to promotion to the Premier League, this book covers some of the most momentous games in Birmingham City's history, as well as some of the most crucial. Some of the matches selected themselves – Cup Final appearances, derby victories over Villa and West Brom and promotion-winning games – but all of the games included in this book carry significance for Blues fans. Also included in the book are personal interviews with ex-Blues stars such as: Howard Kendall, Ken Leek, Jimmy Harris, Paul Tait and Paul Devlin – all of whom recount their own experiences of what it was like to be a Blues player. Insightful, interesting and including rare photographs of match-day programmes and tickets, "Birmingham City 50 Greatest Matches" is a must-have book for any True Blue.
Alone is the second volume of William Manchester's brilliant three-volume biography of Winston Churchill. In this volume, we witness the war within, before the colossal war to come. During this period, Churchill was tested as few men are: relentlessly pursued by creditors, disowned by his own party, vociferously dismissed by the press as a warmonger, and twice nearly lost his seat in Parliament. Yet despite his personal and political troubles, Churchill managed to assemble a vast, underground intelligence network-both within the British government and on the continent-which provided him with more complete and accurate information on Germany than the British government. Recognizing the horrifying truth, Churchill stood almost alone against Nazi aggression and the sordid British and French policy of appeasement.
Manchester's luminous portrait never loses sight of Churchill the man-a man with limitations, especially his callousness toward others (including his supporters) and his recklessness, which could border on the foolhardy; but also a man whose vision was global and whose courage was boundless. Here is Churchill as a light in the approaching darkness, readying himself for the terrible stand to come.
The war against Germany is about to be declared. In front of a 23,000-strong crowd at Burnden Park, Bolton Wanderers captain, Harry Goslin, gives a rousing speech before leading the entire team to the local Territorial Army drill hall where they all sign up. For the next six years, as gunners in the 53rd Field Regiment of the Bolton Artillery, they face some of the heaviest fighting of World War II, in France, North Africa, and Italy, and also establish themselves as a formidable regimental football team. Of the full squad only one is killed in action—the remainder return home to their families and to their football careers. This is more than a war or a football story, however. It is the story of three individuals: Ray Westwood, his inseparable team-mate Ernie Forest, whose ready wit carries them through in the face of adversity; and Nat Lofthouse, who is still only a schoolboy when war intervenes to link their destinies.
"Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record" provides the most comprehensive history of one of the country's most famous and respected football clubs.Acclaimed football historian Tony Matthews, a specialist in West Midlands football, has carefully researched all aspects of the club's fascinating history to write this, the full story of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Alongside profiles of the club's great players and managers, fans can relive the games that secured trophies and take an imaginative tour of the club's grounds. In addition to accounts of League and Cup encounters are reports of friendly and tour matches. This compendium of fascinating information is a must-buy for all Wolves devotees. Every game, every scorer, every player and every attendance, this is the Complete Record.This is the ultimate guide to Wolverhampton Wanderers – all the statistics from every season, matches to remember, star players and much, much more. It is fully-illustrated with many previously-unseen photographs
William Manchester met Winston Churchill on January 24, 1953. Their encounter on the Queen Mary sparked an intense curiosity in Manchester that would eventually result in his classic three-volume magnum opus The Last Lion.
In this, the first volume, we follow Churchill from his birth to 1932, when he began to warn against the remilitarization of Germany. Born of a lovely, wanton American mother and a gifted but unstable son of a duke, his childhood was one of wretched neglect. He sought glory on the battlefields of Cuba, Sudan, India, South Africa and the trenches of France. In Parliament he was the prime force behind the creation of Iraq and Jordan, laid the groundwork for the birth of Israel, and negotiated the independence of the Irish Free State. Yet, as Chancellor of the Exchequer he plunged England into economic crisis, and his fruitless attempt to suppress Gandhi's quest for Indian independence brought political chaos to Britain.
Universally acclaimed for their compelling narrative, their fresh insights, and their objective renderings of Winston Churchill's life, THE LAST LION trilogy presents a revelatory and unparalleled portrait of this brilliant, flawed, and dynamic adventurer, aristocrat, soldier, and statesman.
Born at the end of the 19th century when Imperial Britain still stood at the splendid pinnacle of her power, Churchill would witness the shift a few years later as the Empire hovered on the brink of a catastrophic new era. One of the greatest wartime leaders of our time, he would go on to stand alone, politically isolated in Parliament, as he took the lead in warning of the growing Nazi threat, and would lead Britain to victory against Nazi Germany and the Axis powers in World War II.