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 The book also boasts a selection of previously unpublished photographs, which makes it a must for all ardent supporters of West Bromwich Albion, old or young.
This is the ultimate guide to Barnsley FC featuring over 400 photographs. It is a premium hardback volume. It is the ultimate companion for fans young and old. The content will include up-to-date details of the current season (2010-11). It is written by lifelong fans, Grenville Firth and David Wood. It is printed in glorious full colour. "The Who's Who of Barnsley FC" is a richly-illustrated reference guide to the players of the cherished South Yorkshire club. In the years since Barnsley FC played their first game in the Football League in 1898, many have pulled on a Barnsley shirt to represent the club in compelling competitive matches. In this hugely informative work, Grenville Firth and David Wood have meticulously researched the careers of every single one of those players, whether they are household names or men who made only a handful of appearances at Oakwell. Various statistics are included to supplement the career details of the players, including the top 20 goalscorers and appearance statistics, while a separate section is devoted to managers of the club. The book is illustrated throughout with a fine collection of full-colour photographs, many of them from the club's own archives. The result is a fascinating volume that is sure to find its way onto the bookshelves of supporters young and old.
This is a premium hardback volume. This is the ultimate companion for fans young and old. Content will include up-to-date details of the current season (2010-11). It is written by club secretary, Simon Marland. It is printed in glorious full colour, containing over 500 pages of club insight. "Bolton Wanderers The Complete Record" is the definitive record of the club since its formation in 1877. Written by Club Secretary Simon Marland, the book covers every aspect of Bolton Wanderers history from the early days of the 1920s when they won the FA Cup three times to much more recent victories and losses. The book details the history of a unique football club who survived not only the trials of war, but also a string of relegations through the seasons. Photographs and illustrations support the text and provide an insight into the evolution of the club. Every Football League season is covered, with match details, including teams and substitutes where applicable. A personal and career biography of all managers is included, along with similar details of prominent players. This is a must-have for all true Wanderers fans.
This is an updated version of the 2007 edition, but with over 100 extra pages of brand new material. It contains full match stats, player profiles and is fully colour illustrated throughout. It is a must-have for all West Bromwich Albion fans. It includes a foreword written by Baggies record breaking goal scorer, Tony Brown. "West Bromwich Albion: The Complete Record" is the official record of the Baggies since their formation in 1878. Written by well-known football author Tony Matthews, this book is the definitive guide to West Bromwich Albion and will be on the wish list of every Baggies fan. The story of West Bromwich Albion FC, from its beginnings to the present day, is covered in fascinating detail, followed by the history of the Baggies Stadia, the biographies of the top 100 players and manager profiles. One section focuses entirely on legendary matches, covering Cup Finals, key matches that clinched the all-important promotion places and games that saved the club from relegation. In addition, the full season-by-season record of every first-team League and Cup game the Baggies have contested is documented. Summaries, records and statistics complete the picture. The result is a volume that is an essential addition to the bookshelves of any West Brom fan. Put simply, this is the book every loyal Baggies fan should possess.
This is the first in the Breedon Books series of "Memorable Games". It includes scans and content from 1931 FA Programme and 1906 Opening of St. Andrew's brochure – rare pieces of Birmingham City Memorabilia. It also includes interviews with featured players of the "Memorable Games". 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 industrial Midlands has produced only one major trophy – The League Cup in 1963 – alongside a million heartaches and disappointments for its fans. Therefore it was never going to be an easy task as a lifelong supporter of a football club to select fifty memorable games from its history. Such was my dilemma when asked to produce this book. In the end I have been entirely subjective in my selections, there is no rhyme or reason behind the final choice – a few selected themselves – Cup Final appearances; Excursions into Europe, Promotions but the vast majority are there just because they will mean something to Blues' supporters. Many of them symbolise what it means to be a Birmingham City Football Club fan – a glorious record of the optimism, blind faith and unswerving loyalty required to be a True Blue. How many clubs would have included in their 50 most memorable games: The first Golden Goal at Wembley; the first match played on a Sunday; a World Cup Winner's individual demolition of Southampton; being Champions but not being promoted; and, a sixteen year old scoring all four goals in a match. Included in the book are personal interviews with ex-Blues players such as: Howard Kendall, Ken Leek, Jimmy Harris, Ian Clarkson, Paul Tait, Paul Devlin et al.
Breedon changed the face of football publishing in the 1980s with their seminal series of Complete Record books and have carried on producing high-quality sports books ever since. Now they are making a landmark return to the field of football statistics with a new, refreshing way of looking at teams from across the country: the Head to Head series. The book reveals for the first time how a team has performed on a club by club basis. against every club they've ever played, in any competition, since the club entered the Football League. From Altrincham to York City, the complete record of matches against each club is looked at in detail and illustrated with pictures. There's also a table of players who've played for both clubs and a 'fact file' highlighting the most surprising nuggets to be gleaned from this fresh way of interpreting the club's statistics. Unique, entertaining and accessibly presented, these books will be a welcome addition to the shelves of sports fans across the UK.
"Manchester United: The Forgotten Fixtures" completes the post-war history of Manchester United Football Club, as it covers, in text and statistics, the games that rarely receive a mention in the history books. The book starts its journey immediately after the war years and continues up to the present day. It takes you the length and breadth of Britain and from Mallorca to Melbourne and from Israel to Iran, detailing often meaningless games of football at obscure, out of the way places, while also looking back at the non-competitive fixtures played at Old Trafford. The League Championship and domestic cup triumphs and failures, along with those in the European competitions, have been well documented in the past, but here, for the first time, is the book that completes the Manchester United history in words and statistics. On the pages of "Manchester United: The Forgotten Fixtures" they are all here, some four hundred odd games. It testimonials details of ground openings and friendlies etc, from 1946 to the present day, bringing Manchester United's statistical history up to date. The history of Manchester United Football Club is now complete. Illustrated with not just photographs, but programme covers and match tickets and other items of memorabilia, is a United history with a difference and for the first time in print it covers all those 'Forgotten Fixtures' and many others that were not known about in the first place.
This book will take you back to the halcyon days of yesteryear and recalls the mixed fortunes of Manchester United during the 1950's. It features high-quality full-colour photos. Football in the 1950s was a far cry from the game that we are familiar with today. For many, Saturday morning meant putting in a shift at work, with the sound of the 12 o'clock hooters signalling a mad dash for the exit, an even quicker bite to eat and then off to the match. Stadiums were spartan, with little covered accommodation and terracing packed with swaying bodies eager to see the heroes of that period. Players, who had often travelled to the game on the same public transport as those supporters, frequently had another form of employment in order to supplement the meagre wages paid by their club's. Grass on the pitch after October was something of a rarity, with the muddy conditions doing little to create the perfect surface for the players, already handicapped with their ankle-high leather boots, heavy playing kit and even heavier match ball, on which to display their undoubted talents. They did, however, entertain the masses who flocked to grounds on a weekly basis, conjuring up memories which lasted a lifetime. Games were written into the history of the clubs with incidents, and indeed complete 90 minutes, being narrated from father to son as the tradition of supporting a particular club was handed down through the generations. The 1950s brought mixed fortunes for Manchester United. It was a decade that saw manager Matt Busby having to rebuild the team in the immediate post-war period and his assistant, Jimmy Murphy, forced into hauling the club back from the brink of despair and total collapse following the Munich air disaster. This book will take you back to those halcyon days of yesteryear, bringing to life those thrilling encounters and recalling the exploits of players who were to become legends in the history of Manchester United Football Club.
1969…the swinging sixties was on the cusp of ending. The exploration of space was gathering pace, British music dominated the world stage, and Newcastle United were stunning Europe. "Newcastle United: The 1968-69 Fairs Cup Story" looks back on Newcastle United's remarkable entry into European competition. At each hurdle the glorious Magpies rose to the challenge, roared on by an enthralled support, until finally in mid June they captured the trophy in the heat of Budapest. All of the matches that Newcastle played are profiled here, from the first clash with Feyenoord to the frantic climax against Ujpest Dosza. The Battle of Britain with Rangers that brought havoc to the city of Newcastle is revisited and the stories behind a shameful night explored. The tussles with Real Zaragoza and Sporting Lisbon are giving comprehensive coverage and the thrashing of Vitoria Setubal is in here too. The book features in some depth each and every United player that took part in the glorious run and there is a generous section of key statistics along with a profile of victorious manager Joe Harvey. Interviews with Bobby Moncur and Jim Scott – heroes of the cup run – bring a telling first hand account of the triumph. Illustrated with memorabilia from the cup run and the late 1960s the book also unearths some wonderful snippets. Did you know for example that one of the linesman in the Rangers v Newcastle United semi-final had named his house 'Ibrox'? That Vitoria Setubal players wore spare socks on their hands to keep warm or that the Feynoord side thrashed by United would win the European Cup and contest the World Club Championship just months later? Whether you support Newcastle United, have a general interest in the British love-affair with European football or are fascinated by English football in the 1960s this is a book that captures a bygone era and stirs a host of memories. This book includes interviews with victorious captain Bobby Moncur and semi-final hero Jim Scott. It details each and every game in the victorious cup run, profiling every player to take part in what was Newcastle United's last major trophy success. It is fully illustrated throughout with Newcastle memorabilia.