Written by Waggy himself, Dave Wagstaffe: An Autobiography tells the story of his professional playing career at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dave’s story began at his local club Manchester City. His move to Molinuex, following four and a half years at Maine Road, was finalised on Boxing Day 1964.
And it is from there that his story truly begins. Waggy went on to become a Wolves legend, making over 400 senior appearances. He was a key figure in the squad, and ever present in the number-11 shirt when promotion was gained in 1967. He played in two major finals for Wolves, receiving a runners’-up medal in the UEFA Cup Final defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in 1972 and then defeating his old team at Wembley in the League Cup of 1974.
Chelsea FC, as someone once observed, has always done what other clubs have done, but not necessarily in the same order. A stone's throw form the King's Road, draped with showbiz connections, and not even based in the borough from which it takes its name, Chelsea is an enigma. Run by the entrepreneurial Mears dynasty, Ken 'electric fence' Bates and now the Russion oligarch Roman Abramovich, the club has enough entertaining quirks and anecdotes to keep you entertained for ages. It is also a club whose history is filled with glorious games, unique facts, bizarre statistics, larger-than-life players and a special brand of supporter. And, as this book proves, far from being the imposters Kipling suggested, triumph and disaster make for a fantastically entertaining read.
Wolverhampton Wanderers is one of English football's great clubs. In the 1950s they were the Manchester United of their day, hugely successful and feared by all. They have suffered since like all clubs from smaller cities. They managed a period of renaissance in the seventies before falling into the third tier in the eighties. They are back in thePremier League now. The book tells the history of the club from its Victorian origins as a founder member of the Football League to the current day, concentrating on the quirky and combining factual passages with humour. So, for example, the club's first FA Cup Final appearance at the Oval in 1889 is told in the style of cricket commentary by Henry Blofeld and Geoffrey Boycott. But there is also perceptive historical analysis, plus an attempt to give a wider social context to the different eras. In adding music and local flavour to the book, Mark Gold has made it more entertaining while retaining its serious purpose. Gold believes that the current vogue for adding humour to history helps to bring the subject alive for the many people who don't have an academic interest in learning about the past. The title relates to an enduring popular chant among Wolves supporters, sung to the tune of Lord of the Dance. It will be recognised by all fans.
"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.
This title is part of the best-selling "Legends" series, including Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Each player's profile includes in depth coverage of his career with West Bromwich Albion. It deftly illustrated by quotes and comments from players and managers. Since the club's formation in 1878, West Bromwich Albion Football Club has been served by approximately a thousand players and choosing one-hundred of the best from them was not an easy task. However, with the help and knowledge of several avid Baggies' supporters, a handful of past and present players, two former managers, three ex-coaches/trainers, two secretaries, two directors and relatives of former players, Matthews has managed to hunt out the players that have performed the best in their own particular way and in their respective eras. Older supporters who watched Albion in action in the 1930s are well catered for; so too are those who cheered for the Baggies in the 1940s and 50s, while the regulars who attended the Hawthorns in the 1960s and 70s will certainly enjoy reading about their favourites. Not to be forgotten are a handful of players who have given Albion such wonderful service in recent years, so the younger generation of supporters aren't left out. The book also boasts a selection of previously unpublished photographs, which makes it a must for all ardent supporters of West Bromwich Albion, old or young.
From games against noisy north London neighbors Arsenal to others against big rivals like Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur is a club founded in 1882 on romance, taking its name from a legendary historical figure immortalized by Shakespeare, a club with a tradition of panache and style. This book reflects these hallmarks through 50 of their finest matches: from the first FA Cup success to the Double and European Cup Winners' Cup triumphs.