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.
One of the founder members of the Football League, the early history of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC was relatively undistinguished. However, the club won the championship three times in the space of six seasons in 1953-4, 1957-8 and 1958-9, and were soon considered the most powerful side in the land. As well as League and Cup honors, Molineaux has been home to some of the game's most talented players—men like Stan Cullis, who also managed the club, Billy Wright, Ron Flowers, Peter Broadbent, and John Richards. Covering everything from the players to the managers, this encyclopaedia is the ultimate guide to the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.
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.
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.
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