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Sale!Signed CopyWhat do you remember about Leicester City during the nineties? “Minding My Own Football Business” by Barrie Pierpoint, Leicester City’s first Chief Executive, chronicles the Club’s journey, on and off the pitch, from the brink of relegation to the Third Division to the heady heights of the Premier League. But this isn’t just Barrie’s story – there were hundreds of people responsible for City’s remarkable success. This book features contributions from over forty people, from directors, staff, fans and journalists to corporate clients, team managers and players, including Steve Walsh, Emile Heskey, Simon Grayson, Gary Mills and Tony Cottee. Find out: • What Pontus Kamark said to Juninho during the 1997 League Cup Final • How close Leicester City were to building a new stadium at Bede Island South • Which striker Emile Heskey looked up to in his early days as a professional • Which City player waved a loaded gun at his teammates and more . . . FOREWORD BY CITY LEGEND STEVE WALSH
Signed CopyBehind the Curtain of the Beautiful Game A collection of short stories taking you closer to the characters and the charm of football across the globe By Callum McFadden SynopsisBehind the Curtain of the Beautiful Game is a collection of short stories and interviews that take you on a journey through the game we love.Enjoy stories from iconic players, managers, and referees, each sharing unique insights from their time in the game as well as executives, pundits, writers broadcasters taking you beyond the pitch.Written by debut author Callum McFadden and featuring never-before-told stories from the likes of Martin O’Neill, Ron Atkinson, Les Ferdinand, Jeff Stelling, Martin Tyler, Norman Whiteside and others, Behind the Curtain of the Beautiful Game is a reminder of why we love football.All profits from this book will be donated to mental health charity ‘Man On Inverclyde’.
Choose any 4 books off this list for a bumper bundle Christmas gift price of only £30, worth £60, with free postage Minding My Own Football Business - Barrie Pierpoint CEO, LCFC What If - Mathew Mann I Get Knocked Down - Danny Wilson Meet Me At The Mirror, Big Brother 2 - Penny Ellis 100 Club Arsenal FC - Nick Brown The Daley Record - Tony Daley Reality of the Dream - Malcolm Christie Three Games in May - Rob Carless You Must Be Joachim - Julian Joachim
Signed CopyBooks will be signed by Mark IT IS A SHOCK when any teenager is stricken by a life-threatening heart condition – even more so when it’s a professional sportsman with the world at his feet. Mark O’Brien had become one of Derby County’s youngest ever footballers at the age of 16 when his life was turned upside down. Facing heart surgery, the young Irishman’s career was severely threatened, yet he was one of the lucky ones. With no symptoms, his problem was discovered following a routine health check. Although his clock was already ticking towards inevitable further surgery, Mark defied a bleak prognosis to enjoy a successful career, notably with Nigel Clough’s Derby County and later Newport County. Mark wrote himself into Newport folklore with a last gasp goal to save his side from relegation from the Football League, and captained the side during their fantastic FA Cup run, before that clock finally ran down on his career as the world battled Covid. Yet Mark’s story has become even more inspirational. Now looking at the world through different eyes, he explains how he is defeating the demons of depression and anxiety to rebuild his life. Today he combines working in a pastoral role at Newport with media work and public speaking. Mark’s story is for supporters of life as well as football. His hope is that young people will take heart and hope from his compelling words.
FROM watching SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY and ENGLAND in the golden year of 1966 to football in the age of Covid 19, Owls idol TERRY CURRAN shoots from the hip as he explores the good, bad and ugly sides of the 'beautiful game'. He introduces you to 'greats' GEORGE BEST, ALAN BALL and BRIAN CLOUGH who inspired his own exciting and unpredictable career and reveals his explosive but close relationship with JACK CHARLTON. From rock bottom DONCASTER ROVERS to First Division champions EVERTON, TC lit up the game with his blistering pace and appetite for the unexpected. Yet his heart was always with THE OWLS whose rise and fall he writes of as a fan as well as a never-to-be-forgotten player. A footballer, who always did things his way, TC's views on modern day football are also 'out of the box'. He explains why coaching methods have left his club and country behind the times - and calls for radical change. There's humour and slapstick from one of football's great characters who refuses to compromise the principles he learnt playing for Clough's FOREST. Warning: If you pick up this book you won't want to put it down! ORDER THIS BOOK HERE
Here, There & Everywhere
The good, the bad and everything in between
By Shaun Teale
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Shaun Teale’s football story is one of rejection, perseverance, belief and, ultimately, success, as he reached the very top of the game. He was 24 when he finally became a professional footballer. He never took it for granted and made the most of every second of it.
Here, There & Everywhere tells the story of Shaun’s journey from the brutal world of non-league football in the eighties through to cup final glory in the nineties and beyond.
During his spells with Southport, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Tranmere, Preston, Carlisle, Motherwell, Burscough and Northwich Victoria, Shaun played with and against some of the world’s greatest players and was managed by some of the biggest names in football.
Shaun tells his story the same way he played – honest, tough and wearing his heart on his sleeve.
“He’s here. He’s there. He’s every f**king where.”
He’s Shaun Teale!
Signed CopyAVAILABLE NOW I Get Knocked Down is the revealing autobiography of one of the most respected men in English football. After he was released by Sunderland as a boy, Danny Wilson began his career playing non-league football for his hometown club Wigan Athletic, before working his way through the divisions to the Premier League, winning major honours along the way. A popular character wherever he went, Danny's journey is littered with hilarious stories of some of the game's biggest names, including Brian Clough, Ron Atkinson, Viv Anderson, Chris Woods, Jimmy Case, Mick Harford, and Steve Foster. After a successful playing career with Bury, Chesterfield, Nottingham Forest, Scunthorpe, Brighton, Luton, and Sheffield Wednesday, Danny joined Barnsley as player- coach before eventually managing the club, taking them to the Premier League for the first time in their history. During a twenty-five-year managerial career, Danny's teams have won trophies, promotions, and celebrated last-gasp relegation escapes. Danny managed over a thousand games for Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, MK Dons, Hartlepool United, Swindon Town, Sheffield United, and Chesterfield. Danny speaks candidly about his time in management, including: working with Paolo Di Canio; being attacked in the media by four MPs; managing MK Dons during their inaugural season; helping to turn a young Harry Maguire from a midfielder to a defender; and his controversial decision to manage both Sheffield clubs - Wednesday and United. I Get Knocked Down is a truly fascinating insight into the life of a true football man.
Signed CopyOut Now John McMaster's football dream started almost as soon as he could walk. Working his way through the classical, of its day progression of street to school to age-group football, John suddenly got the chance to follow his dream to the far-off oil capital of Europe, Aberdeen. No one could have known at the time, especially during the struggles of his early years away from home, that the making of him would come from a man who had just been sacked by St Mirren but who would go on to become one of the greatest football managers of all time-Sir Alex Ferguson. John suffered agonies on his way to the top of the game, but he got there with incredible self-discipline and desire and the unwavering support of the Boss. And through it all, John saw first-hand how Sir Alex managed his people and achieved greatness in the game and beyond, fuelled by an unstoppable will to win. In McMaster and Commander: The Business of Winning, John tells his story from tragedy as a young child through to becoming an integral part of possibly the greatest club side in Europe, if not the world, in the mid-eighties. With his co-authors he examines the methods Sir Alex used, weaving the story through anecdotes from the team's journey from good losers to great winners. But more than that, John builds on the leadership lessons drawn from working with Sir Alex-lessons that have been used to improve leadership and individual performance across some of the biggest businesses in the country. The stories serve as lessons in leadership applicable to any business, sport or self-development, all wrapped up in a unique insight into the working ways of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Available to pre orderPublished 21 April 2023In May 2001, ten strangers entered the Big Brother house where their every move would be watched by millions of people. In the days before social media, reality TV was still in its infancy and the nation was gripped. Penny Ellis, a 33-year-old English teacher from London, had been chosen from over 250,000 applications to be one of the contestants on Big Brother 2. Little did she know that when she exited the Big Brother house, her life would never be the same again. Meet Me at the Mirror is a remarkable insight into the life of a reality TV star, taking you on Penny’s journey from her accidental audition for Big Brother, through her days in the house, to the unprecedented fallout from her infamous towel-dropping incident which ultimately cost Penny her job. From obscurity to infamy, via the tabloid press, Penny candidly describes her battles to find another teaching job, her struggles with mental health, and how her strong Christian faith finally enabled her to rebuild her life.
Signed CopyAvailable now - Books will be signed by David February 2022. David Mackinnon fell down a flight of stairs and the injuries he sustained almost cost him his life. During his recovery, David reflected on his life and reconciled some of the episodes from his football career that still weighed heavy on his mind. The result is Slide Tackles and Boardroom Battles, the incredible story of Glasgow-born David Donaldson Mackinnon. Beginning his career with Arsenal, David spent four years at Highbury where he was taken under the wing of the legendary Alan Ball. After spells at Dundee and Partick Thistle, Mackinnon eventually fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing for his boyhood heroes Glasgow Rangers for four years, making almost two hundred appearances, before a knee injury forced him to revert to part-time football. But David’s story doesn’t end there. He netted the decisive penalty kick when Kilmarnock won promotion to the First Division in 1990 and, after hanging up his boots Mackinnon embarked on a successful business career before returning to football, taking on executive roles with Clyde, Kilmarnock, Dundee, Hamilton Academical, and Greenock Morton. In the latter role, Mackinnon was a key protagonist in the voting fiasco that controversially ended the Scottish football season during the COVID 19 pandemic. Open, honest, and insightful, Slide Tackles and Boardroom Battles reveals the challenges Mackinnon has faced during his eventful career in football and business and the often-brutal impact these have had on his physical and mental health and well-being. Slide Tackles and Boardroom Battles isn’t simply a football book. It’s a memoir that will raise awareness of the trials and tribulations footballers face, while also giving a unique behind-the-scenes perspective on the business side of the game. Mackinnon’s story, told with refreshing sincerity, is a must-read for all fans of the beautiful game.
Arsenal Football Club has had some great goal scorers down the years, but it takes someone special to register a century at the highest level. From Cliff Bastin, Ted Drake, and Jimmy Brain, to Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, and Thierry Henry, this volume catalogues every goal from the 19 centurions who have graced both Highbury and the Emirates Stadium to claim their well earned places in Arsenal’s 100 Club. With a foreword by Alan Smith - one of Arsenal’s centurions - this book is a must for all Gunners fans.
Signed CopyTony Daley joined Aston Villa, as an apprentice at the age of 14 and made his senior debut, aged 17 in April 1985. He played for Villa for just over nine seasons at the highest level and finished a runner-up in both the league seasons of 1989 - 1990 and 1992 - 1993 and won the League Cup with Villa in 1994. During this period, Tony was capped seven times for England between 1991 and 1992 under former club manager Graham Taylor. Tony linked up with Graham Taylor again as he finally left Villa for Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 1994 for a (then) club record GBP1.25 million, but he was plagued with injuries and was only able to manage 21 appearances for the club in four seasons. He was signed by Graham Taylor yet again in July 1998, who was Watford manager, on a free transfer. His injury woes continued though, and he struggled to get fit, missing the final months as the club won promotion to the Premier League. He was given a free transfer to newly promoted Division One side, Walsall in June 1999, and after a brief spell there, he finished his playing career with Conference side Forest Green Rovers, finally hanging up his boots in July 2002.
Signed CopyLike most young boys, Malcolm Christie grew up dreaming of becoming a professional footballer. Rejected by his hometown club Peterborough United and working at Somerfield supermarket, playing amateur football at 19, Malcolm thought the moment had passed him by.But dreams do come true. Just months after he was stacking shelves, Malcolm was playing for Derby County in the Premier League. International honours and a big money move to Middlesbrough followed as Malcolm became one of English footballs brightest prospects until a succession of injuries led to a premature end of his promising football career. The Reality of the Dream chronicles the amazing story of Malcolm Christie’s journey to become the only person in history to go straight from non-league to scoring in the Premier League and representing his country without ever joining a professional academy. Sad, funny and often emotional, Malcolm’s unique tale provides a brutally honest insight into the reality of life as a footballer, an injured footballer and worse – a retired footballer.
The Seagulls Best Ever Season
The incredible story of Brighton’s 2022-23 season
By Tony Noble
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From Pascal Gross’s fantastic brace at Old Trafford and an unbelievable 5-2 victory over Leicester City, to a 6-0 demolition of Wolves, the 2022-23 campaign is quite possibly Brighton’s best ever season.
After a fantastic start to the Premier League campaign, Graham Potter left the Seagulls to join Chelsea leaving fans concerned.
Enter Roberto De Zerbi.
De Zerbi’s first win came in a 4-1 thrashing of . . . that’s right, Chelsea! Anyone who was at the AMEX that day will never forget the incredible atmosphere produced by the Brighton faithful.
Fast forward a few months and the Seagulls were walking out at Wembley for an FA Cup semi-final. A month later, Brighton had qualified for Europe for the first time in their 122-year history.
Tony Noble, a lifelong Brighton fan and season ticket holder, has written The Seagulls Greatest Ever Season Volume 2, a match-by match account of this amazing campaign.
Written with passion, honesty and humour, Tony recalls Alexis Mac Allister’s stellar performances during a year in which he became a World champion; Lewis Dunk’s inspirational on-pitch leadership; Kauro Mitoma’s wizardry down the left-hand side; the emergence of exciting young talent Evan Ferguson, and much more.
The Seagulls Greatest Ever Season allows the reader to relive the games, the goals and the glory in what was – the greatest ever season.
Three Games in May
And a twenty-year odyssey that defined Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United
OUT NOW Price: £15.99Three Games in May takes us all the way back to Manchester United's final three matches of the 1998/99 season. Prior to these games, United had won nothing that year. However, what unfolded over those 11 days at the end of May would see them complete THE most unique of trebles, and it all came down to the final few seconds of the Champions League Final at the Camp Nou. Drama at its finest! By chronicling the twenty-year period of 1989 to 2009, including anecdotes from the players, fans, and journalists who witnessed the historic events first-hand, Three Games in May provides a unique perspective on the events leading up to those fateful three games, as well as the three great dynasties that Sir Alex Ferguson built at Old Trafford; a period that began with United's greatest-ever manager facing the sack! A must-read for all Manchester United supporters, Three Games in May demonstrates that there is more to the story than those three trophies and takes the reader on a nostalgic journey through all the trials, tribulations, and, ultimately, the glory. For every copy sold a donation will be made to Prostate Cancer UK.
Sale!Signed CopyYou Must Be Joachim By Julian Joachim Available to pre-order NOW - Release date 1st October 2021 Julian Joachim burst onto the scene in 1992 and quickly became one of the most exciting and sought-after young talents in English football. Few players make the immediate impact that Joachim did. In his debut season, he scored in a Wembley final, finished as runner up in Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season, won an international trophy and saw off competition from Patrick Kluivert, Robbie Fowler and Clarence Seedorf to win Player of the Tournament at the Under 18 European Championships. Joachim’s blistering pace and down to earth attitude made him a fans’ favourite wherever he played. One of only a handful of players to score in England’s top four divisions, the FA Cup, League Cup and the UEFA Cup, Joachim’s journey took him from Leicester City to Darlington, via Aston Villa, Coventry City, Leeds United, Walsall and Boston United. You Must Be Joachim provides an honest account of Julian’s life as a footballer; from the goals, the glamour and the glory, to a much darker side of the game rarely discussed – dealing with bullying, handling the media and what it’s really like for a footballer when they retire.