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.
"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.
Whatever happened to the City players of yesteryear? That is the question Mark Leesdad (author of the popular 'Memory Lane' column in the "Sunday Independent") attempts to answer in this book as he delves into the lives of publicans, postmen and football managers, reminiscing about their days in the famous red shirt and discovering what happened after they hung up their boots. Featuring interviews and illustrations, this book tracks down former Reds in all walks of life, including Ashton Gate favourites such as Jackie Dziekanowski, Terry Bush and Geoff Merrick, and reveals what life after Bristol City held in store for them.
In September 1997, Bolton Wanderers Football Club opened the doors on a new chapter in its history. "Bolton Wanderers: 10 Years At The Reebok" by Tony Garner is the inside story of one of the most memorable eras ever for the club. As well as charting the development of the Reebok Stadium from dream to award-winning reality, the book reflects on the events on the field during one of the most successful periods in the club's history through the eyes of the people that made it happen. Packed with exclusive interviews with the stars who have helped shape the Reebok's remarkable 10 years, "Bolton Wanderers: 10 Years At The Reebok" is a must read for any Wanderers fan.