Are you a loyal Blues supporter? Never missed a match and think you know all there is to know about your favourite team? If so, have a go at tackling the 1,000 brain teasing questions in this quiz book, each one cleverly thought out to test your memory of the people and places that have shaped the history of Birmingham City Football Club. With sections on all aspects of the game including players, managers, scores, transfer fees, opponents, competitions, wins, draws and losses, you just won’t be able to put this book down. Whether you want to impress your family with some little known facts or challenge your mates, The Official Birmingham City Quiz Book is a must have for football fans of all ages and is certain to provide hours of fun. This fitting tribute to the Blues is both educational and entertaining. So dip inside the cover and check up on all those important details about the team you didn’t realise you had forgotten.
As an 8 year old boy Carl Spiers witnessed his first football violence at Stockport in 1969. It was a seminal moment in his life and sparked an obsession with violence. For the next 15 years he progressed from onlooker to teenage boot boy to gang leader and eventually became one of Oldham’s top lads in the late 70’s/early 1980’s.
This roller-coaster ride took him up and down the country clashing with over sixty rival teams from all four divisions. Along the way Carl suffered many injuries including being stabbed in the chest and inner thigh, having his nose, cheekbones, arm, wrists, fingers and skull broken and his teeth knocked out.
He eventually saw the futility of all this mindless violence and by his early twenties he settled down. Nevertheless his experiences stood him in good stead as he went on to become widely recognised as an expert on football hooliganims and wider British youth culture.
Duncan McKenzie was one of a handful of footballers in the 1970s who built his reputation on being an entertainer on the field. He was loved or loathed by football experts, admired or berated by opponents and seen as inspirational or exasperating by teammates in equal measures, yet his genius playing style on the pitch earned him a cult status among fans at top clubs.
'The Last Fancy Dan' charts McKenzie’s rise through the ranks of football at Nottingham Forest, before signing a record transfer deal for Leeds United during Brian Clough’s infamous 44-day stint at the club. Following a sojourn in Europe playing for Anderlecht, McKenzie subsequently entertained crowds at Everton, Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers before a brief spell playing stateside for Tulsa Roughnecks and Chicago Sting.
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.
Liverpool FC On This Day is a diary-style log of events that happened on each calendar day of the year. If something happened that was important in the Reds’ life, you’ll find it in here. How about May 25 2005 when AC Milan stood in the way of yet another European triumph? Or January 31 2011 when the Reds smashed their transfer record by signing Andy Carroll from Newcastle? Vital matches, shock transfers, cup matches and unforgettable moments that have shaped Liverpool FC into the world famous club it is today – plus so much more.
• Foreword by a Liverpool legend
• Includes contemporary and historic images of club legends and from the key events and matches from the club’s colourful history
• Written by respected football historian and journalist David Clayton, author of more than 50 sports books, including the best-selling Ollie: The Autobiography of Ian Holloway and the acclaimed Feed the Goat – The Shaun Goater Story
Abby Sutherland grew up sailing.
Her father, Laurence, a shipwright, and her mother, Marianne, wanted their kids to develop responsibility, to see other cultures, to experience the world instead of watching it on TV. So they took them sailing down the coast of Mexico… for three years.
Calling all football fans – so you think you know everything about the Premiership? Now might be the time to think again! For instance, do you know your Hornets from your Robins? What about team sponsors, trophies, shirt manufacturers, stadiums, squad numbers, awards, transfers, relegations and who won what, where and in what year?
Containing a wealth of information and 2,000 fiendishly challenging questions for both the novice armchair enthusiast and the most knowledgeable of football aficionados, this quiz book could well result in more home goals than golden ones! What is guaranteed is that it will keep the whole family both entertained and perplexed for many an hour.
With a fitting Foreword by the much-loved Eamonn Holmes, this quiz book is an absolute must for anyone with a keen interest in the sport. It is equally an excellent reference book of footballing facts and figures, stirring up fond recollections of some of the major events and personalities in the Premiership’s history.
Sixteen Stoke legends tell the stories behind their favourite games. Terry Conroy relives the moment his header opened the scoring in City’s 1972 League Cup Final. Mark Stein remembers another Wembley win in the 1992 Autoglass Trophy. Denis Smith recalls when Stoke took on the best in Europe and came so close to beating the mighty Ajax, while Peter Fox takes the unusual step of selecting a game in which he only played half an hour. Legends Dennis Herod, Tony Allen and Mark Chamberlain also relive their finest games in the famous red and white stripes. Stoke City Match of My Life will delight Potters fans as they relive these magic moments through the eyes of the men who made them happen.
- Part of the popular and successful Cult Heroes series which features a number of football clubs
- Features sixteen of Stoke City’s greatest names, reflecting on their most memorable match for the club
- Also details those players’ cherished memories from their time with the club, the players they played with and the managers they served
- Includes contemporary and historic images from the legendary matches covered
- Written by respected football writer Simon Lowe; a well-known Midlands-based football historian and author, with over 15 published books to his name
Over the past few years, no other set of football supporters has ridden such an emotional rollercoaster as those of Newcastle United. Black and White Army follows these supporters through one of the most memorable seasons in recent memory.
This is the story of being a football fan. It's about obsession and passion, identity and belonging, glory and heartache, and laughter and tears. It's about balancing the highs against the lows, being at home and travelling away, celebrating glorious goals and idolising brilliant players, eating half-time pies and drinking post-match pints, holding your breath and quickening your heart, punching the air and shouting yourself hoarse, sometimes winning and often losing, but always keeping the faith, and having your life and hopes and dreams shaped by the club you love.