Pride of Anglia - Ipswich Town Football Club
A Guide to Town Related Reading Material
New, Recent & Future Publications
New, Recent & Future Publications
Triggs: The Autobiography of Roy Keane's Dog
Author: Paul Howard
Synopsis: Meet Triggs - TV lover, hypochondriac, noted wit, football genius and best friend to the most talked-about footballer of his generation. Whether leading Manchester United to the Treble or telling Mick McCarthy to shove the World Cup up his bollocks, Roy was seldom out of the news. For more than ten years, through good times and bad, he could always rely on his friendship with his ever faithful Labrador retriever, Triggs. Their walks became the stuff of rolling news legend. But what did they talk about on all those famous days when they took the air while being chased by a media pack? And - at the end of the day - who was really walking who? Now, in his own words, Roy Keane's dog tells the extraordinary story of their friendship and reveals his part in the glories and controversies that marked his master's career.
Banking on Reddy: A Craig Reddy Investigation
Author: Greg Butcher
Synopsis: Ipswich and Blues games feature heavily in this novel by Town fan Greg Butcher in which the central character - Craig Reddy - is an investigative journalist searching for the truth behind a bank's insolvency.
The Game of My Life: Gary Ablett - My Story
Author: Paul Joyce
The autobiography of the former Town coach who died in January 2012 from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Synopsis: GARY ABLETT was always a fighter. As a football-mad kid growing up on Merseyside he dreamed of pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool Football Club. His determination to succeed made his dream came true - but the real battle had only just begun. Ablett faced a struggle to find his voice in a powerful dressing room and keep his place in a star-studded team full of Anfield legends. Despite winning a league title in 1988 and the FA Cup on an emotional day in 1989, he fell out of favour when Graeme Souness arrived at the club and he made the controversial move across Stanley Park. Nobody gave Ablett and his Everton team-mates a hope when they lined up against Alex Ferguson's title-winning Manchester United side in the FA Cup Final in May, 1995. But the Blues famously overturned the odds and Ablett made history as the only player to have won the famous trophy with both Merseyside teams. After a succession of injuries effectively ended his career, he landed an Academy coaching role with Everton before he crossed the Park again to become a member of Rafael Benitez's backroom team. Ablett later tried his hand at management but little did he know, the biggest game of his life still lay ahead of him. When he was confined to his bed for a week while coaching with Roy Keane's Ipswich, he thought he was just suffering from a bad virus.The truth was much worse. Ablett was suffering with an aggressive form of cancer. He was devastated but just as he had always done, he fought back - although this time it wasn't just the result of a football match that was at stake. It was life itself.
Ipswich Town FC: The 1980s
Author: Terry Hunt
Synopsis: The 1980s began with Ipswich winning the UEFA Cup in an unforgettable season which also saw them come agonisingly close to capturing the League Championship and the FA Cup. After that, though, it all went wrong horribly quickly. Bobby Robson left for the England job, star players drifted away, and within five years of the UEFA Cup triumph, the unthinkable happened - Town were relegated. The remainder of the 1980s saw Ipswich in the doldrums, struggling to make any real impact in Division Two, with dwindling and increasingly disgruntled crowds. The story of the 1980s is told through the unrivalled picture archive of the "East Anglian Daily Times" and "Evening Star" newspapers. You can relive every high and low, every triumph and disaster, through hundreds of evocative photographs. They tell the tale of a decade which had just about everything.
Ipswich Town: Champions 1961/62
Author: Martin Brooks
Synopsis: Ipswich Town's Championship win of 1961/62 was one the greatest shocks in the history of professional football in England. No one could have conceived of how a small-town club would break into the top division of English football and take the Championship trophy at their very first attempt, a feat never achieved before or since. This is the story of that season in a match-by-match account set against the background of the news stories of the day. Also included is an analysis of the players, the team tactics and the manager Alf Ramsey, plus a statistical breakdown of the season.
Eggshells: Roy Keane at Ipswich Town 2009-2011
Author: Ian Oxborrow
Synopsis: Roy Keane was controversial as a player, but was undeniably a great one. He was controversial as a manager, and might yet become a great one. He had already touched the heights and the depths in charge at Sunderland. He then arrived at Ipswich Town, a 'family club', taking on the role once filled by Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson. The next 20 months became pure theatre for the club's supporters and the media - both local and national. The spotlight was fierce and relentless. This was Roy Keane's Ipswich Town. Having targeted immediate promotion, Keane instead found his side wallowing at the foot of the table, winless until the 15th game, on the last day of October. The club broke unwanted records and the hearts of fans yearning for a quick return to the glory days. And with the struggles came the confrontations. The club seemed gripped by fear. There was talk of eggshells, with players too scared to perform, and journalists - young and old - too scared to speak when eye-balled by Keane's icy glare. The fans also incurred his wrath. But Keane's honest approach also earned him many admirers in Suffolk. His turbulent spell in charge will live long in the memory. Was he the wrong man for the wrong club, or the right man sacked too soon? Judge for yourself.
1980-81: The Greatest Season in Ipswich Town's History
Author: Mel Henderson
Synopsis: Under the management of Bobby Robson, Ipswich Town were regarded as one of the finest teams in Europe. The 1980-81 season saw them at their very best with the Super Blues capturing the UEFA Cup and narrowly missing out on a magnificent treble, finally finishing runners-up in the league and reaching the FA Cup semi-final stage. Now, 30 years on, this superbly illustrated book with a foreword by UEFA President Michel Platini, relives every aspect of an unforgettable campaign.
On a European Journey: With Ipswich Town in Europe 1962-2002
Author: David Houseley & Philip Houseley
Synopsis: Charting the story of Ipswich Town FC's exploits in European competition, and the fans' journeys to see them play. From Alf Ramsey's champions, through the Bobby Robson cup-winning era, to George Burley's Premiership teams, and the `bonus' season in Europe ending under Joe Royle. Written by the brothers responsible for organising supporters' trips during the 70s and 80s including the UEFA Cup win in Amsterdam in May 1981. Planes, boats and even a train were chartered specially to transport fans to some of the finest cities in Europe, and their stadia, and to watch some of the greats of the game. There may have been concerns about 'hooliganism' but the Ipswich fans were a credit to Club and country. Fully illustrated with accounts from fans, Coach and Manager Bobby Ferguson, the Secretary to the Managers, and media commentators.
Ipswich Town: The FA Cup Story
Author: Mel Henderson
Synopsis: "Ipswich Town: The FA Cup Story" looks back on the fascinating FA Cup campaign that culminated in Bobby Robson's team defeating Arsenal to become FA Cup winners. All the details of Ipswich's road to Wembley are featured in this new book, including a round-by-round review and full, detailed biographies of every player to have taken part in the campaign.All the big names are here: Bobby Robson, Roger Osbourne and Mick Mills. Great games, magical moments, funny stories and the view from inside the dressing room are all part and parcel of this absorbing book, which gives the inside story on the stars who really mattered during the campaign of 1978.The result is a book that is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of Ipswich Town, and it is an essential addition to the bookshelves of any fan.
Ipswich Town on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year
Author: Dan Botten
Synopsis: Ipswich Town:On This Day charts, on a day-by-day basis the major events in the long and eventful history of Ipswich Town Football Club. The book includes individual entries for every day of the year, plus multiple listings for busier times, as promotions, relegations, sensational signings, important matches and unique trivia are covered. A magnificent account of East Anglia's finest football team covering the highs to the lows of the club's continually fascinating and varied history.
Mr John: John Cobbold - The Most Eccentric Man in Football Ever
Author: Mel Henderson
Publishers Notes: John Cobbold, of the famous Tolly Cobbold brewing dynasty, was quite simply the most eccentric man in football - ever. Educated at Eton, he was a grandson of the 9th Duke of Devonshire, nephew of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and, when he followed his late father on to the board of Ipswich Town in 1948 at the age of 21, he became the country's youngest-ever football club director. He was chairman between 1957 and 1976, and remained on the board until his death in 1983. Now, thanks to tape recordings made just before he passed away, John Cobbold's own story in his own words appears in print for the very first time. Simultaneously poignant and hilarious, this remarkable tale of a bygone age is supplemented by tributes and anecdotes from those who knew him best, including giants of the game like Sir Bobby Robson, who was eternally grateful to Mr John, as he was affectionately known, for his unwavering support while he was still a rookie manager. As well as glorious victories over Real Madrid, Barcelona and Arsenal in the FA Cup final, Mr John presided over some of the most remarkable goings-on at any football club.Amongst the many tales included in Mr John are the stories of Ted Phillips's ginger wig, David Johnson's 'balls', Alf Ramsey's solo lap of honour and how an impromptu donkey derby around the grounds of Mr John's home Capel Hall led to mayhem at the Ipswich Town pre-season party. Mr John. Football will never see his like again.
Ipswich Town FC, The 1960s, from Ramsey to Robson
Author: Terry Hunt
This new book features the decade which began with Alf Ramsey's amazing league championship triumph and ended with the arrival of a young Bobby Robson. There are some challenging years in between!
Compiled by Terry Hunt, editor of the East Anglian Daily Times and a Town fan for more than 40 years, the book features hundreds of photographs from the unrivalled archives of the EADT and Evening Star.
They include memorable matches and Town heroes, as well as some players you'd rather forget! There are also some off-beat moments - such as players being given turkeys for Christmas!
Ipswich Town FC: The 1970s - the Glory Years Begin
Author: Terry Hunt
Five Score: The SIL Football Book of the Century
Author: K P Wood
KP Wood's excellent book "Five Score: The SIL Football Book of the Century", published in the SIL's Centenary year, makes numerous references to Town's involvement in the league in the first half of the last century. Although a fairly hefty tome, the book makes for an interesting read, particular for those with an eye for local non-league football, and also contains many great black and white photographs of the pioneering days of football in East Suffolk!
Football Gentry: The Cobbold Brothers
Author: Brian Scovell
Publishers Notes: Nephews of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, John Cavendish Cobbold and Patrick Mark Cobbold were both chairman of Ipswich Town FC during the club's most successful and high-profile years. Both Old Etonians and heavy drinkers, this account of their time in charge of the club and their lives outside football is full of entertaining anecdotes. The brothers were known for their practical jokes and worked closely with the two greatest Ipswich and England managers of all time - Ramsay and Robson.
The Old Farm: Ipswich Town v Norwich City, A History
Author: Rob Hadgraft
Publishers Notes: Urban neighbours Celtic and Rangers are known throughout British football as 'The Old Firm', but for Ipswich Town and Norwich City it's more the case of 'The Old Farm'. Separated by 40 miles of arable fields and woodland, the Canaries and the Tractor Boys have been doing battle for more than 100 years, just like their counterparts in Glasgow. Eastern England may be a footballing outpost, but its derby games arouse massive local interest. The first East Anglia derby game was in 1902 and by 2005 there had been 140 hard-fought contests. This book traces the history of a soccer rivalry that is intense and unique.
100 Greats: Ipswich Town Football Club
Author: Tony Garnett
Synopsis: Tony Garnett, who as a journalist for the East Anglian Daily Times has covered the ups and downs of Ipswich since the days of Alf Ramsey, select his all time 100 greatest Town players. The careers of Paul Mariner, Kevin Beattie, Arnold Muhren, Ray Crawford, John Wark, Jimmy Leadbetter and many more are covered in detail and illustrated with archive pictures throughout.
Champions of England
Author: Rob Hadgraft
Synopsis: Tells the story of Ipswich Town's wonderful championship victory in 1961-2 season. It is written by former EADT/Green 'Un journalist Rob Hadgraft. The book has a foreword by BBC commentator John Motson OBE, is illustrated, has 160 pages, and contains unprecedented statistical detail, in addition to many tales from supporters and players of the time.
Ipswich Town: The Modern Era A Complete Record
Author: Rob Hadgraft
Synopsis: Written by Rob Hadgraft, a former local journalist, the book is in the Desert Island Complete Record series and runs to 352 pages. The first half of the book provides a season by season narrative of the past 30 years, and the second half match by match details and summaries of every fixture since 1971.
Ipswich Town: The Modern Era A Complete Record (Revised Edition)
Author: Rob Hadgraft
Synopsis: The second edition of Rob Hadgraft's club history with coverage of Town's relegation from the Premier League in 2002, the subsequent fall into administration and the fight to regain top-flight status under Joe Royle and now Jim Magilton.
Ipswich Town: The Inside Story
Author: Phil Ham
Synopsis: This is the inside story of the dramatic past decade at the club. With exclusive access to current and former players, managers and club personnel, this book tells how the former League contenders and European campaigners slumped from the Premier League to hit rock-bottom in the mid-90s and the dramatic turnaround of fortunes both literally and on the pitch, with Burley and Sheepshanks, culminating in the deserved European place in 2000.
The Essential History of Ipswich Town
Author: Mel Henderson
Synopsis: Traces the club's modest roots and brings us right up to date with the current events at Portman Road. Contains an in depth statistical section compiled by Paul Voller.
The Men Who Made the Town: The Official History of Ipswich Town FC from 1878
Authors: John Eastwood and Tony Moyse
Dust cover note: During the summer of 1936 the Ipswich Town Football Club resolved to turn professional. The newly appointed directors of the new venture held their first meeting on Tuesday 2 June 1936. To celebrate the jubilee we have produced this history of the club, not only to record the events since 1936 but also to examine the varied and often amusing history of the old amateur club. The roots of football in Ipswich can be traced back to the 1870's when the pioneers, mainly old boys from Ipswich School, used to play on Broom Hill. We trace the the development of the Portman Road headquarters from a bleak, inhospitable marsh to the present magnificent stadium. Once they became a professional club, Town quickly graduated from the Third Division (South) to the First Division, heading the premier division at their first attempt. In 1977/78 Town won the FA Cup, and three years later they went on to win the UEFA Cup. We trace all these events and many more in our season by season commentary. The efforts of all the staff, players and directors of Ipswich Town Football Club have done much to popularise the name of the town all over Europe, indeed all over the world. It is fitting then that the title of this book should be - The Men Who Made the Town.
The Ups and Downs of Ipswich Town
Author: Steven End
Ipswich Town FC an A-Z
Author: Dean Hayes
Champions In Europe
48-page review of the 1980-81 UEFA Cup-winning campaign.
Back in the Big Time
48-page review of the 1991-92 Division Two Championship-winning season.
Against All Odds
104-page review of the 2000-01 Premiership season with pull out poster entitled "Passport to Europe".
An Illustrated History of Ipswich Town Football Club
Author: Ken Rice
Publishers note: A history of the football club written by a local journalist which includes a comprehensive statistical section. Has many contemporary photographs.
Suffolk Punch: Ipswich Town Football Club: 1936-96
Author: Tony Moyse
Publishers Note: A statistical update to "The Men Who Made The Town" with details of every match and every player up to the date of publication. Results, attendance's, scorers and appearances season by season.
Blue and White Crusade
Author: Ken Rice
Publishers Note: The story of Ipswich Town Football Club during the matches leading up to the winning of the FA Cup in 1978.
Pride of Anglia: Ipswich Town - Norwich City: Over 90 Years of Soccer Rivalry
Publisher: Nostalgia Productions 1994
Images of Sport - Ipswich Town Football Club
Compiled by: Tony Garnett
Publishers Note: This book illustrates the remarkable history of East Anglia's premier side with almost 200 images from the East Anglian Daily Times and Evening Star's archive ..... each picture is supported by a detailed caption from experienced football writer Tony Garnett, who has been covering the club for four decades
The Who's Who of Ipswich Town
Author: Dean Hayes
Synopsis: In the years since Ipswich Town played their first game in the Football League, hundreds of footballers have pulled on a Tractor Boys shirt to represent the club in first-class competitive matches. In this richly illustrated, hugely informative reference work, Dean Hayes has detailed the careers of every single one of those players, whether they are household names or men who made only a handful of appearances at Portman Road. The book is highly illustrated throughout, and various statistics are included to supplement the career details of the players. Ipswich's all time top twenty goalscorers appear, along with appearance statistics, and managers of the club have their own section. This remarkable and comprehensive book is an essential addition to the bookshelves of any Tractor Boys fan, and is sure to delight both young and old supporters alike.
Ipswich Town: A History from 1938
Publisher: Historic Newspapers
Captures the history and greatest moments of the club through the newspapers of the time. Starting with coverage of Ipswich’s entry to the Football League in 1938 right up to the present day. Available from various websites including Newsrecreated.co.uk, Mirror.co.uk, gettingpersonal.co.uk and IntoSport.co.uk.
Other Books of Interest
Gory Tales - The Autobiography of John Gorman
Author: John Gorman
Synopsis: The autobiography of Town's former assistant manager (published before his 2nd appointment to the club in December, 2008) who has played, coached and managed at the top and experienced the harsh realities of survival at the lower end of the scale.
Publisher: Geoff Willis (August 2009)
The first ever book of poetry devoted to the Blues available for GBP5.65 (cheques payable to Geoff Willis) from 6 Portway Court, Halstead, Essex. CO9 2BP
Ipswich 'Til I Die: The Voices of Ipswich Town Supporters
Publisher: Ipswich Town Independent Supporters Trust (February 2009)
"Forgetting that it is done by the trust and that is for a good cause of improving
school literacy the book stands on it's own as a great football book. You would think
as it is by Town fans that it would be full of 1978 or 1981 and maybe 1962 and 2000 but
I found the best bits were about the likes of Dammo Green a Town star of the 30's and
the piece by Kath Parker the wife of Towns 1950's captain Tommy Parker. there are also
heart warming stories from pupils from Ipswich schools, a story from a youngster helped
by the Club's link with The Princes Trust, plus two very diverse articles, one from an
American Army Officer who seemed to clothe a whole Iraqi village in Ipswich Town shirts
and a fan who was helped out of a coma by listening to messages from Town
Launched by the Mayor of Ipswich at the Town Hall in February, 2009, the book is available from Planet Blue and direct from supporters trust. Send a cheque for £11.50 (book and UK postage) made out to Ipswich Town Independent Supporters Trust, to Mary Cotterell, 48 Seaton Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 9BP.
More information can be found at the Trust's website here.
The Football Managers
Author: Johnny Rogan
Contains lengthy chapters on former Town managers Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson.
Cover Notes: For the first time in a single volume, the story of post-war British management is revealed. In this exceptional and intriguing work, Johnny Rogan explores the changing face of soccer management with its perils and privileges, boardroom battles and dressing room dramas. He looks at why unexpected appointments and sensational sackings can sometimes hinge on the result of a single, match.
Ten celebrity case studies capture soccer management at its zenith and nadir! In The Football Managers Rogan traces the way that management has developed over the years. He begins with Sir Matt Busby's story of tragedy and triumph and finishes with Graham Taylor, the manager of Aston Villa and the bookies' favourite to lead England into the World Cup in the 1990s.
All the most successful managers of the period are here: they range in character from Don Revie, the method�ical mastermind, to Brian Clough, the controversial and outspoken motivator. Whatever their style or approach, none can match the success of Bob Paisley. Even for these men security is elusive; as Bobby Robson well knows, and they must learn to cope with the demand for success from the terraces, the boardroom and the press.
Rogan has interviewed some of the most famous managers and players of the past three decades; his penetrating and absorbing analyses of their motivations and achievements provides a fascinating overview of British soccer in prosperity, poverty and crisis.
Author: Graham Kelly
During 1930's Britain, football became increasingly commercialised, and the rise and development of both local and national media, in particular broadcast media, enabled players to become widely recognised outside of their immediate local context for the first time. Tracing the origins, playing careers and 'afterlives' of several First Division players of the era, Graham Kelly's history explores the reality of living in Britain in the 1930's and draws comparisons with lives of our contemporary 'terrace heroes', the football stars of today. A chapter of the book is devoted to Billy Dale who made his name at Manchester City and, following Town´s election to the Football League in 1938, became one of a number of league player's signed by then Town manager A. Scott Duncan. A great coup as Dale was considered to be one of the best uncapped defenders of that era.
Through Open Doors
Author: Brian Radford
Football League Chairman reveal their secrets! The book includes a number of stories about the Cobbold family and the cover features a picture of the Town boardroom as it was in the early 80's.
In Soccer Wonderland
Author: Julian Germain
Julian Germain - local lad and Town fan - is a well known art/football photographer. This particular book of his features a number of pictures of Ray Crawford and Ipswich.
Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev
Author: Andy Dougan
Former Town defender Sergie Baltacha is credited in the opening passages of Andy Dougan's excellent book for the background information he was able to provide on the Dynamo Kiev side for whom he played for so many years. 'Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev' tells the true story of Dynamo players caught in Nazi-occupied Ukraine capital Kiev during WWII. Led by their charismatic goalkeeper Trusevich, the players re-form as Start FC to play in a series of fixtures, all of which the team won easily, until a showdown against a no nonsense Luftwaffe XI. A fascinating story with a quite brutal conclusion.
The Football Grounds of Great Britain
Author: Simon Inglis
Publishers Synopsis: As a result of the Taylor Report, which arose from the Hillsborough disaster, Football League and Scottish League clubs are having to make stringent alterations to their grounds, in preparation for all-seater stadia. This revised edition reflects many of those changes, as well as the promotion to Football League status of Maidstone United and Barnet. New illustrations have been included, where appropriate. Since his book was first published in 1983 as "The Football Grounds of England and Wales", Simon Inglis has become acknowledged as an authority on the safety aspects of football ground architecture, and is now a member of the Football Licensing Authority. His survey, in this book, of every ground in all Divisions of the Football and Scottish Leagues, discusses their significance from the perspectives of football history, architecture, safety and social history.
Relevance: A superb book. Contains a four page section on Portman Road.
Game of two halves (Football yesterday & today)
Author: Tim Glynne-Jones
This has just one connection with Ipswich - the cover (with the same picture repeated inside). It shows Ipswich players in the team bath after an FA Cup replay against Aston Villa in 1939. Wonderfully politically incorrect!
This is a 200 page 'coffee table' photo album contrasting archive black & white photographs of footballing life in the first half of the 20th century with colour images from the last decade of the century. The visual impact makes the commentary contrasting each pair of pictures redundant but there are some really excellent images that make the book worthwhile seeking out - David Bull.
Ipswich Town FC Soccer Quiz Series
Author: John Eastwood
The Official Ipswich Town Quiz Book
Author: John DT White
Compiled by sports fans John DT White, with a foreword by David Sheepshanks and published by Apex Publishing Ltd, the book contains 1,200 questions on East Anglia's finest football club.
The Official Ipswich Town Football Club Quiz Book: 1,000 Questions on the Tractor Boys
Author: Chris Cowlin
From Bovril to Champagne: When the FA Cup Really Mattered Part 1 - The 1970s
Author: Matthew Eastley
Features a 'paragraph' on Town's 1978 Cup win. Read more about the book here.
Ipswich Town Head to Head
Author: Peter Waring
Publishers Notes: From the Breedon "Head to Head" series, the book shows how Town have performed on a club by club basis against every club they've ever played, in any competition, since 1938.
Songs the North Stand Sing
Author: Mark Jarman
The Alpha Protocols
Author: David T Francis
Written by Town fan David Francis, this is believed to be the first ever science fiction novel to include references to ITFC and Portman Road. The Alpha Protocols is the story of how the United Kingdom responds to an invasion by an alien species and features one scene set at Portman Road during a game between Town and Leeds United as the 30,000 crowd come under threat from a deadly alien virus!
Peter Swan: Setting the Record Straight
Author: Peter Swan with Nick Johnson
Synopsis: Eight months after Town rocked the footballing world with their entirely unexpected League Championship triumph, English football was rocked again but for very different reasons. "The People" newspaper revealed that three Sheffield Wednesday players Peter Swan, Tony Kay and David Layne, had been bribed to throw their game with Town at Portman Road on December 1st, 1962. Town won 2-0. The trio were later found guilty and sent to prison in January of 1965. In this book, one of the trio, Swan, speaks openly about his life, his career and the scandal, setting the record straight on many of the myths and half-truths that have surrounded the affair.
The World Cup Baby: A Life of Servitude
Author: Euan McCabe
Author Euan McCabe, a New Zealand based Town fan, explains why he is obsessed with the Blue's and the World Cup. The book can be ordered here.
Author: Martin Dobson
A novel by former Town Scout Martin Dobson. Dobson worked for the Blue's on a freelance role during, and for a while after, the Joe Royle era.
The Management: Sir Alf Ramsey
Sir Alf: A Major Reappraisal of the Life and Times of England's Greatest Football Manager
Author: Leo McKinstry
Synopsis: Since England's famous 1966 World Cup victory, Alf Ramsey has been regarded as the greatest of all British football managers. By placing Ramsey in an historical context, award-winning author Leo McKinstry, provides a thought-provoking insight into the world of professional football and the fabric of British society over the span of his life. Ramsey's life is a romantic story of heroism. Often derided by lesser men, he overcame the prejudice against his social background to reach the summit of world football. The son of a council dustman from Essex, Ramsey had been through a tough upbringing. After army service during the war, he became a professional footballer, enjoying a successful career with Southampton and Tottenham and winning 32 England caps. But is was as manager of Ipswich Town, and then the architect for England's 1966 World Cup triumph, that Ramsey will be most remembered. The tragedy was that his battles with the FA would soon lead to his downfall, a broken man ostracised by the football establishment, left to die alone in 1999 in the same modest Ipswich semi he'd lived in for most of his life. It is this mixture of triumph and disaster, of acclaim and rejection, which makes the narrative of Ramsey's life so compelling. Drawing on extensive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues in the game, author Leo McKinstry will help unravel the true character of this fascinating and often complex football legend.
Alf Ramsey: Talking Football
Author: Alf Ramsey
Publishers Notes: Captain of England's soccer team, known as "The General" by his colleagues in the all-conquering Tottenham Hotspur team, Alf Ramsey is today one of the greatest personalities in football. Since the war he has rocketed to the top of the soccer ladder and won many honours, yet Ramsey, but for a serious knee injury, might never have achieved his present position, as he reveals in this book. He also discloses how his job in a grocery business ended his soccer career for five years - and how the Army made him take up the game once more. From an inside-forward he became a centre-forward until switched to full-back in emergency. Since then he has captained the England side; won First and Second Division Championship medals; twice vistied Brazil - once as a member of the England World Cup XI - and played all over Europe. Ramsey tells his story as he has seen it from "behind the scenes", introduced great players and provocative views in a book which should be on the bookshelf of everyone interested in Association Football.
Sir Alf Ramsey: Anatomy of a Football Manager
Author: Max Marquis
Publishers Notes: This is an examination of England's team manager - of the man and of his methods right down to the bone. Max Marquis, one of our shrewdest soccer reporters, is not content to appraise Sir Alf Ramsey's record with the England team. He traces his career as a player with Southampton and Spurs, his spell as Ipswich manager when he took the Town to the top of the Football League, and by interweaving reminiscences by players who knew him well with quotes from books on Sir Alf as manager, builds up the England boss's whole world. To complete the picture he uses the same treatment to show us the virtues and failings of Walter Winterbottom, Sir Alf's predecessor. If you want to become a really enlightened critic of international soccer - and, in particular, England's performances - a study of this book will give you a head start.
Sir Alf Ramsey: Anatomy of a Football Manager (Sportsman's Book Club edition)
Author: Max Marquis
Synopsis: As original edition above.
England: The Alf Ramsey Years
Author: Graham McColl
Publishers Synopsis: This is a book that recreates the feel as well as the football of the time, with the added bonus of authentic memorabilia - newspaper reproductions, programmes and collectibles, all taken from key events that are hallmarks of the era.
Winning Isn't Everything: A biography of Alf Ramsey
Author: Dave Bowler
From the dust cover: England has never had a more successful national manager than Sir Alf Ramsey. A cultured full-back with Tottenham's push and run stylist's, he turned to management once his international career had been cut short by Puskas' rampant Hungarians. At Ipswich Town he piloted a collection of comparative journeymen from the depths of the Third Division South to the heights of the League Championship, acquiring the job of England manager along the way.
Feted for the winning the 1966 World Cup, castigated for the way he won it with his 'wingless wonders', then reviled for going out of the 1974 competition, Ramsey's achievements are lost in the legend's of Russian linesmen, Bogota and a Polish clown. Yet he was a commanding general, a football intellect beyond compare and a man who deserves more than caricature.
Thoughtful and incisive, Dave Bowler's biography features extensive interviews with Geoff Hurst, Walter Winterbottom, Mick Cannon, Tom Finney, Ray Wilson and Jimmy Armfield, among others, and reassesses Ramsey's contribution to the English game.
The Management: Sir Bobby Robson
On The Map - A Fan's View of Sir Bobby Robson & Ipswich Town
Author: Nick Fuller
'On The Map - A Fan's View of Sir Bobby Robson & Ipswich Town' is a new book charting the 13 years of Sir Bobby's reign at Portman Road.
It is available to download from here.
There is no charge but you are invited to make a donation to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation which focuses on the early detection and treatment of cancer and the clinical trials of new drugs that will eventually beat it.
Sir Bobby is the most accomplished English Manager of all time.
The foundation of his International and European club glory was based on his early managerial career in transforming a small unfashionable club into a major power in Britan anfd Europe. This book covers that historical period through the eyes of a fan who was there.
Farewell But Not Goodbye
Author: Sir Bobby Robson
Publishers Notes: Sir Bobby Robson, national icon and widely admired footballing legend, tells his life story. Revered in Newcastle and the North-East, Sir Bobby Robson is a man whose fame knows no boundaries and who enjoys phenomenal popularity. His playing days with Fulham and West Brom in the 1950s and 60s, his twenty England caps and his brilliant management career over the past thirty-eight years mean that he has inspired generations of fans. He has been witness to some of the most historic sporting moments throughout his incredible career, and in his book remembers epic incidents from the 'Hand of God' to the tears of Gazza. He also relives leading England through two World Cups, and the pain of coming within a penalty kick of the 1990 World Cup final. Sir Bobby's story is a rich and diverse one and this autobiography will celebrate his remarkable life.
Time on the Grass: An Autobiography
Author: Bobby Robson
From the dust cover: The career of Bobby Robson is one of the biggest success stories in British football, although, as this autobiography shows, his path to the top was anything but smooth. The son of a Durham miner, Robson grew up in the North-East, that famous breeding ground for great football players and managers. He developed early on a resilience which has served him well, both in his distinguished playing career with Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, during which he won twenty England caps, and in his brilliant career as a manager.
Robson's managerial debut, however, was hardly auspicious. Within months of his return to Fulham in 1968 he had fallen foul of the wilful chairman, property tycoon Sir Eric Miller, and by Christmas Bobby Robson was on the dole. His decision to take on the Cinderella club of Ipswich Town was a turning point both for him and the club. In the next thirteen years, after the fiery start which saw the notorious fist fight between the young manager and two rebellious players, Robson turned the unassuming East Anglian club into one of the most powerful in Europe. In doing so he won an enviable reputation as a tough, outspoken and intensely loyal manager, who is not afraid to speak his mind about the problems besetting the game or to impose his authority on wayward players. He also repaid the faith of his directors by staying on at Ipswich, in spite of tempting offers from richer clubs, to steer them to success in the UEFA Cup - and agonisingly close to the elusive treble - and to become the longest serving manager in the League.
Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the success of Ipswich Town is that it has been achieved not by expensive signings - Robson's activity in the transfer market has been unusually profitable - but by the brilliant results of his youth policy and a training system of which 'time on the grass' is the corner-stone.
There can have been few better stories in football than this forthright autobiography by one of its outstanding figures.
High Noon: Bobby Robson: A Year at Barcelona
Author: Jeff King
Publishers Synopsis: An insight into the everyday madness and intense pressure of managing the world's biggest football club, with its superstars, super egos, impatient fans and relentless press gangs.
My Autobiography: An Englishman Abroad
Author: Bobby Robson
Publishers Synopsis: Bobby Robson is still one of the most sought after managers in football (having also played for England, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion), and few can match his international expertise. He built Ipswich up from a struggling league side to League Champions and is till revered there as a hero. England reached the 1990 World Cup semi-finals under him and he tell the inside story of working with Gasgoine, Lineker and others. Robson managed PSV Eindhoven and won over the sceptical Dutch, before going to Barcelona (at the third time of asking) and buying Ronaldo, the world's most expensive player. They won three trophies, only for him to be displaced due to political infighting. Now back with Eindhoven, Robson is uniquely placed to compare managing football teams both here and in Europe, and he talks candidly about the future of the game.
In Quest of Glory: Ipswich Town FC under Bobby Robson (1969-82)
Author: Tony Moyse
So near and yet so far: Bobby Robson's World Cup Diary 1982-1986
Author: Bobby Robson with Bob Harris
Against The Odds - An Autobiography
Author: Bobby Robson with Bob Harris
Sir Bobby Robson: Living the Game
Author: Bob Harris
Synopsis: An authorised, pictorial celebration of the life of Sir Bobby Robson, one of the most successful football managers ever, and much loved and respected throughout the world of football. For over 50 years (he joined Fulham in 1950) he has been involved at the highest level in football, as a player, at first division and international level (21 caps), coach and international coach (1982-90). As well as the triumphs; capturing the UEFA Cup with Ipswich and winning great respect at Barcelona, he has had his share of drama and despair; sacked from Fulham and from Sporting Lisbon, and hounded by the press from his position as England coach as well as recovering from cancer. Bob Harris, a close acquaintance of Sir Bobby, tells the football manager's own story, which is exclusively interlarded with stories and anecdotes from many of the most famous names in football. A must for football fans everywhere.
Sir Bobby Robson: Living the Game (Softback Edition)
Author: Bob Harris
Synopsis: As above. Includes a postscript covering his departure from Newcastle.
The Management: Joe Royle
Joe Royle: The Autobiography
Author: Joe Royle
Publishers Notes: Joe Royle became the youngest player to play for Everton in February 1966 and went on to win six caps under Alf Ramsey and Don Revie. Injury forced a premature end to his career at 32, after spells with Manchester City, Bristol City, and Norwich. Then he became the manager who fell of the back of a lorry when joining Oldham in 1982. Fourteen fantastic, fairytale years followed at the hard-up, homespun Lancashire club which Royle put on the soccer map. Oldham achieved the impossible by going to Wembley and spending three years in the Premiership. Then, it was off to Everton, to Manchester City, and to Ipswich as manager. With a foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson, this book is an honest account of Joe's career and life, written with his full cooperation.
Royle Flush: Joe Royle an Autobiography
Author: Joe Royle
Difficult to call it BFJ's life story as he was only nineteen when it was written, all though that was some three years after he became Everton's youngest ever player as a 16-year-old in January 1966. Dubbed by his Everton team mates at the time as the "Royle Blush" because it was so bad.
The Management: Jackie Milburn
Jackie Milburn: Golden Goals
Author: Jackie Milburn
Jackie Milburn's Newcastle United Scrapbook
Author: Jackie Milburn
Wor Jackie : The Jackie Milburn Story
Author : John Gibson
Jackie Milburn in Black & White: A Biography
Author: Mike Kirkup
Synopsis: A portrait of the Newcastle United footballer, Jackie Milburn, using many of his own words recorded in interviews, by the author of the award winning musical "Jackie: the Musical".
Jackie Milburn: A Man of Two Halves
Author: Jack Milburn
Synopsis: Written by his own son, "Jackie Milburn: A Man of Two Halves" gives an unprecedented insight into the life and career of legendary Newcastle United forward Jackie Milburn. To this day, "Wor Jackie" remains the Magpies top goalscorer, having notched up 238 goals in 492 League and Cup appearances throughout the 1950s. Milburn also won the FA Cup with Newcastle three times in six years and, in the third final in 1955, he scored one of the competition's fastest-ever goals, after 45 seconds. This book delves beneath the surface of the glory to reveal how, in spite of his remarkable success as a player, Milburn was constantly tortured by his lack of self-belief. It details his days across the Irish Sea after becoming player/coach at Protestant Linfield FC, and explains why he felt the need to move on after receiving menacing threats directed at his family. It reveals how, as newly appointed manager of Ipswich Town, he had a totally unexpected fall out with the departing England supremo, Alf Ramsey. We also learn how the pressures of work led Milburn to the bottle, and how he spent his post-football days working in a scrapyard, before being rescued by the world of sports journalism. Later in life, many honours continued to be bestowed upon Milburn and, on his death in 1988, huge crowds lined the streets for his funeral parade, all the way from his home in Ashington to St Nicholas Cathedral in the centre of Newcastle. Throughout his life, few people had a bad word to say about Jackie Milburn and this candid biography demonstrates why he is still held in high esteem half a century after the peak of his career and 15 years after his death.
The Management: Roy Keane
Roy Keane - Captain Fantastic - The Biography
Authors: Stafford Hildred and Tim Ewbank
Synopsis: This is the story of Roy Keane, the skipper of the richest football club in the world - Manchester United. Since Alex Ferguson paid £2.7million to sign him from Nottingham Forest, the midfield dynamo has been the on-field driving force behind United's continuing domination of English football. In this biography, Hildred and Ewbank show just what makes one Roy Keane tick. They speak to his family and friends, and with the verve of fans and true experts, uncover the inside story of the football, big money and the men who make it happen.
Roy Keane - The 'Hard Man' Of Football (Livewire Real Lives)
Author: Andy Croft
Synopsis: The books in the Livewire Real Lives strand contain fascinating stories of popular music stars, famous historical figures, Hollywood actors, TV personalities and top sports people.
The Little Book Of Roy Keane
Author: Unknown Fan
Keano: Portrait of a Hero
Authors: Stafford Hildred & Tim Ewbank
Synopsis: This is the story of a football genius told by the people who have met him throughout his incredible career. Very much his own man, Roy Keane has always courted controversy - his aggression on and off the pitch have kept him in the headlines for much of his life in football.
Roy Keane: Portrait of a Legend
Authors: Stafford Hildred & Tim Ewbank
Synopsis: Roy Keane is one of the most notorious figures in modern football. On and off the pitch, he's a huge presence - outspoken, determined, talented, respected - and wherever he goes he's always creating fireworks. His career has seen more than it's far share of thrills and spills, with ferocious tackles, inspired leadership, bust-ups and brilliant goals just everyday occurrences in Roy's world. From the early days of his growing reputation at Nottingham Forest, to his enduring brilliance as the midfield engine of the record-breaking Manchester United side under Sir Alex Ferguson, he's kept the crowds' and critics' attention as perhaps the most dominant force in British football. Throughout his fantastic carer, his trademark aggression and determination on the pitch have meant that he can turn a game around in seconds. It is these same qualities, however, that have often led to him hitting the headlines. Keane has always courted controversy - his robust attitude on and off the pitch have kept him in the spotlight for much of his life in football but, as this book shows, he is also an honourable man dedicated to doing the right thing by himself and others. For his beloved Ireland, too, his presence was at turns talismanic and troubled. His dramatic exit from World Cup 2002 found him in the glare of publicity once more, sent home before Ireland had even finished training. Keane's disputes with the Ireland manager forced him to miss the chance to captain his country in football's greatest tournament. Despite being marred by a long-standing hip injury, a spell at Scottish champions Celtic in the 2005-6 season confirmed his desire to remain involved in the top flight of football. But for Keane, new challenges came in the form of management and his now managing the resurgent Sunderland AFC. This fully up-to-date book reveals all about both man and football player; with insider details from those closest to Roy, as well as members of the public who have encountered him in their everyday lives.
Roy Keane: Red Man Walking
Author: Frank Worrall
Synopsis: Roy Keane's love affair with Manchester United came to an abrupt end on 18 November 2005 when he was unceremoniously kicked out of the club. The controversial Irishman had spent twelve and a half years under Sir Alex Ferguson, winning seven Premiership titles, four FA Cups and the European Cup during that time, and the United manager would proudly boast that Keane was his best-ever buy. How, then, did the star player and his star manager end up parting in this way, and who is the real Roy Keane? This is the first new book on Keane in four years and, with the help of those who know him best, Frank Worrall builds up an illuminating picture of what makes Keane tick. He probes the inner demons that bedevil this complex man, exploring his early days in the tough Northside of Cork, through his learning period with Brian Clough and on to his golden era at Manchester United. The author also puts Keane's move to Celtic in Glasgow under the microscope, questioning whether Keane can work with Gordon Strachan, given the combustible nature of both men. Will the relationship end in tears, and what of Keane's future beyond playing? This is a revealing and engrossing book on a story that is far from over.
Red Mist - Roy Keane and the Football Civil War - A Fan's Story
Author: Conor O'Callaghan
Synopsis: 2002 was the year of Roy Keane, if not exactly Roy Keane's year. Banished from Ireland's World Cup squad and then suspended by the English FA, he was seldom out of the news. This is an exploration of celebrity, temperament, one-all victories, Saipan and World Cup and national aspirations.
Keane - The Autobiography
Authors: Roy Keane & Eamon Dunphy
Synopsis: Roy Keane, captain of Manchester United and the Irish national team, was born in Cork in 1971. He signed for Manchester United from Nottingham Forest in 1993. In 2000 he was awarded the PFA Player of the Year 2000. His footballing intelligence and fierce determination helped Ireland to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. But his passion has sometimes given rise to the wrong kind of headlines. His commitment to winning has led to violent confrontation on the pitch and controversy off it.
Roy Keane - The Biography
Author: Stafford Hildred & Tim Ewbank
Synopsis: This biography presents the life of Roy Keane, one of the most notorious players on the football pitch. His dramatic exit from the World Cup 2002 found him in the glare of publicity once more, as he was sent home before Ireland had even finished training. Keane's disputes with the Ireland manager forced him to miss the chance to captain his country in football's greatest tournament. This book reveals the inside story of the World Cup fiasco, Keane's glittering career from humble beginnings playing for local Irish clubs, to the glory of captaining Manchester United, plus the inside stories on his life off the pitch.
The Gaffers - Mick McCarthy, Roy Keane and the Team They Built
Author: Paul Howard
Synopsis: September 2001, Lansdowne Road: Ireland vs Holland. With the Dutchmen standing firmly between them and the World Cup, the task Ireland faced seemed impossible to fulfil. What followed, however, was completely unexpected. In one of the biggest upsets ever seen in soccer the Irish team beat the formidable Dutch team to gatecrash the party. But for Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane - the chief architects of this extraordinary achievement - there was no warm victory embrace. They shook hands briefly and awkwardly. In a moment that foreshadowed the most extraordinary debacle in Irish sporting history, the manager and his captain behaved like strangers, with no hint of the cameraderie said to exist in the team. Paul Howard examines the complex and explosive dynamic between the two men who brought the Irish team to the World Cup, but whose relationship could not endure to the final round. He talks to the players, the management team and the fans, and raises serious questions about the FAI and its handling of the situation.
There's Only One Keano
Author: Mark Evans
Synopsis: A pictorial biography of Roy Keane.
Totally 100% Unofficial Roy Keane 2001
Publisher: Grandreams Ltd (September 2000)
Roy Keane annual for kids.
Roy Keane Annual 2002
Publisher: Grandreams Ltd (September 2001)
A second Roy Keane annual for kids.
Wark on: The Autobiography of John Wark
Author: John Wark
Synopsis: In this riotous autobiography, packed with funny boottroom stories, 80s football legend John Wark tells the story of his career with Scotland, Liverpool, Ipswich and Middlesbrough. Crammed full of incident and a dash of laconic Scots and humour, there is also pause for thought for the Heysel disaster, in which John played.
Match of My Life Ipswich Town: Sixteen Stars Relive Their Greatest Games
Editor: Mel Henderson
Synopsis: Written by sixteen of the club's most-famous stars, "Match of My Life - Ipswich Town" is a wonderful journey through the club's history, reliving their greatest games through the eyes of some of their greatest ever players. Each chapter features each player's unique story behind their chosen greatest matches for Ipswich and reflects upon their time with the club. John Wark, Paul Mariner and Mick Mills look back to games from the golden era of the late 1970s and early 1980s, while the 1978 FA Cup Final triumph against Arsenal is covered in great depth by winning goalscorer Roger Osborne.Games covered also include the 1982 UEFA Cup semi-final and final, winning the League title in 1962, plus the Second Division and Third Division (North) championships before that, the 1992 Second Division title and the 2000 play-off semi-final and final, plus Town's more recent adventures in the Premiership and Europe. Featured players include Terry Butcher, Ray Crawford, John Elsworthy, Jim Magilton, Kevin Beattie, Kieron Dyer, George Burley and Marcus Stewart.
Curse of the Jungle Boy
Author: Ray Crawford (with Michael Wood)
Synopsis: Ray Crawford is one of the most prolific goalscorers of his generation bettered only by Jimmy Greaves. He scored on 228 occasions for Ipswich Town in 354 appearances and in1962 he became the first Englishman to score five goals in a European game. In all he played in excess of 500 games with Portsmouth, Ipswich, Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, Charlton Athletic and Colchester United. He holds the enviable record of scoring a goal in every two games played and represented England at full International and Football League level. In this book Ray, the son of a professional boxer, tells of his childhood growing up in Portsmouth and of his time on national service in Malaya where he earned his nickname “Jungle Boy.” He also reveals the strange tale of being sold by three different clubs who were promptly relegated, thus being struck by ‘The Curse’. Ray shares his memories of some of the great names in football such as Sir Alf Ramsey, Bobby Charlton and Bobby Robson and tells of the highs, lows, humour and scandal of a life in football. The book is in hardback and is a substantial 340 pages containing 32 pages of photographs and a unique 32 page scrap book section. A great insight into the golden age of football told by a man who was a true goalscoring legend.
Full English: Fabian Wilnis Autobiography
Publisher: Fabian Wilnis (July 2009)
Alive and Kicking
Author: Andy Legg
Synopsis: Now this is something different, a book known as a �Quick read� and one of a series to try and get adults reading in Wales. Has a few bits on his time on loan at Ipswich and why he did not sign to stay with us. A real honest book and only �1.99!
Matt Holland: Diary of a Tractor Boy
Author: Matt Holland
Synopsis: Matt Holland epitomises the spirit of Ipswich Town Football Club. This personal diary covers the recent monumental period in the club's history: from the play-off victory at Wembley through to a brilliant return to the Premiership and a UEFA Cup campaign.
Kevin Beattie: The Beat
Author: Kevin Beattie
Publishers note: An absolute must for all Ipswich Town supporters, Kevin Beattie's autobiography recalls the Town's "glory days" during his time with the club, from 1972 to 1981.
From the fly cover: "Kevin Beattie was a great player for Ipswich and England. He was brave and strong with good ball control and had a great attitude. Had it not been for his unfortunate injuries he could have been one of England's all time-greats" - Sir Bobby Charlton.
The Greatest Footballer England never had
Author: Rob Finch
Kevin Beattie has co-operated fully with author Rob Finch and has been very frank and forthright about both his football career and his sometimes troubled life away from the game. With a foreword by Blue’s President Sir Bobby Robson this book is a great read for all football fans, especially those of the Town.
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Butcher: My Autobiography
Author: Terry Butcher
Publishers Notes: Terry Butcher is a name that resonates with all football fans. Who can forget the pictures of the giant central defender, fists clenched, bloody head bandaged, the Three Lions on his once white England shirt streaked with claret? Butcher has earned his stripes and his reputation over the years not only as an honest and committed footballer but also as a broadcaster who says it exactly as he finds it and a manager who never asks for more or less than 100 per cent from his players. This long-awaited autobiography chronicles - with absolute candour and a great sense of fun - Butcher's playing days with both Ipswich and England before his momentous move to Scotland where he led a rampant Glasgow Rangers side to just about every domestic prize. You have read footballers' stories in the past but nothing quite like Butcher.
Terry Butcher : Both sides of the Border
Author: Terry Butcher
From the fly cover: Terry Butcher is one of the best defenders in world football. Dominant in the air and accomplished on the ground, his style of play is hard and uncompromising. As club captain of Rangers, 'Big Terry' has led his Glasgow team with great verve to a series of triumphs, culminating in a Premier League and Skol Cup double in 1988-89. Both Sides of the Border charts his career from his days at Portman Road with the 'best team in Europe' and three World Cup campaigns to the roller-coaster of life at Ibrox, where the pride of captaining the best supported team in Britain and the elation of winning trophies have been interspersed by the despair of injury and the anxiety of a controversial court case, following a highly-charged derby against Celtic. Terry Butcher's fully updated autobiography will make compulsive reading for all loyal Rangers supporters, as well as the many football fans in his native East Anglia who still follow his progress with great affection.
Lee Chapman: More Than A Match - A Players Story
Author: Lee Chapman
Relevance: None, being that it was published several years prior to his arrival at Portman Road. Guaranteed to put you to sleep faster than a general anesthetic.
Arnold Muhren: Alles over links
Authors: Arnold Muhren and Jaap De Groot (forward by Johan Cruyff
The autobiography of Town's greatest ever player. Sadly only available in Dutch.
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
Author: David Winner
Journalist David Winner explores his personal fascination with the land that gave the world Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Johan Cruyff - searching for reasons why such a tiny country has produced some of football's most intelligent, enigmatic and unfulfilled teams. Contains a chapter devoted to the Muhren brothers Arnold and Gerrie.
Kissed by an Angel
Author: Tony Mowbray with Paul Drury
Tony Mowbray talks about his time as a player at Middlesboro and Celtic and the loss of his first wife Bernadette who died of cancer.
There's an Awful Lot of Bubbly in Brazil
Author: Alan Brazil (with Mike Parry)
Synopsis: This is a tale about a boy from the back streets of Glasgow who rose from being a fanatical Celitc fan to leading Scotland's World Cup attack with Kenny Dalglish. It is also the tale of a bon viveur, a 'champagne charlie' who lives life to the full. With a shock of curly ginger hair and feet of fire, Brazil was to shine at Ipswich under the wing of Sir Bobby Robson. It coincided with the Suffolk club's most successful ever era, culminating in winning the UEFA Cup in 1981. Following an early retirement because of a back injury, Brazil forged a new career in the media where his insight and keen sense of humour took him to the heights as a football presenter and commentator on TV and as the star of talkSPORT's award-winning radio show "The Sports Breakfast". Funny and controversial by turns, "There's An Awful Lot of Bubbly in Brazil" will entertain and amuse all followers of football as well as the multitude of fans of his radio show.
Both Barrels From Brazil: My War Against the Numpties
Author: Alan Brazil (with Mike Parry)
Synopsis: In this sensational new book, one of Britain's favourite broadcasters details the thoughts and philosophies that have shaped his life. 'We're only here for a visit' is one of the Scottish firebrand's most determined mantras. Why worry about tomorrow when today can be so much fun. And if anybody tries to get in the way of the action, swat them away. Politicians? Forget it. They're in it for their own ends, not to improve our lives, according to the former Scottish football international who now addresses, in his own inimitable style, more than a million loyal talk "Sport" listeners each weekday morning. Traffic wardens, ticket collectors, life-style 'experts' and a whole truckload of other 'jobsworths' are in Brazil's sights in this very funny follow-up to the bestselling "There's an Awful Lot of Bubbly in Brazil."
Persons of dubious parentage
Clive Thomas: By The Book
Author: Clive Thomas
Thomas, one time FIFA referee, officiated at the top level of the game for some twenty-years before retiring in the early 1980's. The man from the Rhondaa Valley has some critical words for Bobby Robson, Mick Mills, Terry Butcher, Russell Osman and the Portman Road crowd. Read an extract from the book here.
The Management: Paul Jewell
The Road from Wigan Pier: Wigan Athletic's incredible rise from Non-League to The Premiership
Author: Andrew Ross with Dave Whelan (foreword) and Paul Jewell (introduction)
Synopsis: Wigan Athletic FC can trace its roots back at least as far as the famous rugby league club with which it today shares an uneasy truce and a stadium. How it got there is an extraordinary tale. But for the sheer grit and determination of a handful of people in its early history it's probable that no football would be played in the town today. This is not just a story of a small town football club struggling for years in the lower reaches of the League before being rescued by a local multi-millionaire it is considerably more complex. It is a story of dreams and disasters, of faltering attempts to establish a foothold for the game in the town finally emerging triumphant and reaching the top tier of English football. Now the hard work really begins.
The Management: Mick McCarthy
Captain Fantastic: My Football Career and World Cup Experience
Author: Mick McCarthy
Synopsis: The inside story on the World Cup finals from the captain of Ireland’s best ever soccer team. The greatest moments from Italia 90, the thrills and disappointments. Mick McCarthy experienced them all. He brings you inside the Irish camp from Malta to Rome and tells how Ireland prepared for their greatest ever sporting challenge. The whole Italia 90 experience -Cagliari, Palermo, Genoa and Rome - the players on and off the field. The unforgettable homecoming. McCarthy’s club career- from Barnsley in England’s Fourth Division to Captain of the Ireland team. Only a player can tell what It’s really like out there on the field, carrying the hopes of millions. Mick McCarthy, one of soccer’s toughest captains, takes you to the heart of Italia 90 to recall the excitement that captured the hearts of the Irish nation.
Mick McCarthy's World Cup Diary 2002
Author: Cathal Dervlin and Mick McCarthy
Synopsis: The exclusive diary of Mick McCarthy, award-winning manager of the Irish football team, detailing the blood, sweat and tears and pure joy of the year leading up to the 2002 World Cup and the Irish team's experiences throughout the competition. Mick McCarthy played for Barnsley, Manchester City, Celtic and is currently the manager of the Irish soccer team. He has had a long association with Irish football, having played for Ireland in Euro'88 and, as captain, led the Irish team into the 1990 World Cup. This diary will contain his story; his exclusive version of events on the road to Asia, from the Irish team's first turn of fortunes against Macedonia in Autumn 2000, when they scored in the dying moments of the match, until the games played in Asia in June 2002. This book will also provide a daily diary on his experiences with the Irish team throughout the competition and promises to be both provocative and revealing.
The Gaffers: Mick McCarthy, Roy Keane and the Team They Built
Author: Paul Howard
Synopsis: 1 September 2001, Lansdowne Road: Ireland vs Holland. In one of the biggest upsets ever seen in football, the Irish team beat the Dutch to gatecrash the World Cup party. But for Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane -- the chief architects of this incredible achievement --there was no warm victory embrace. They shook hands, briefly and awkwardly, not looking at each other. It was a moment that defined a footballing era: the manager and his captain behaved like strangers, with no hint of the camaraderie said to exist in the team. That moment foreshadowed the most extraordinary debacle in Irish sporting history, when a bust-up between Keane and McCarthy ended in the manager sending the captain home, his World Cup dream in tatters.
Barnsley F.C., 1887-1998: The Official History
Author: Brian Dennis with Dickie Bird (Forward) and Mick McCarthy (forward)
The Official Ireland World Cup Book 2002
Author: Justin Barnes and Aubrey Ganguly with Mick McCarthy (Foreword)
Synopsis: Aimed at readers of 13 years and upwards, this book takes a comprehensive look at the Ireland team, how they managed to get to the World Cup finals in Korea and Japan and who they will be playing. The focus is very much on the possible stars of the team, but will also include a guide to the opposing teams, the venues they will be playing at, as well as offering some information on Ireland's record in the World Cup and providing a full schedule of matches throughout the tournament. Fully illustrated with colour photographs of all the players, and with an exclusive foreword by the Ireland manager himself, this is the guide to Ireland's campaign in the World Cup of 2002.
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