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The Romford Pelé: It’s only Ray Parlour’s autobiography


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Marc Overmars may have given him the nickname, but the Romford Pele is a legend in his own right. Over 16 action-packed years, from a trainee scrubbing the boots of the first XI, to a record-breaking 333 Premier League appearances, Ray Parlour’s never-say-die performances, curly locks and mischievous sense of humour have gone down in Arsenal history.

Battling tirelessly on the pitch, often in the…

Liverpool, for Real



When you lift your scarf with both hands above your head and sing You’ll Never Walk Alone at Anfield, your heart inflates ten times its normal size, a well of emotions bores through your centre, and life suddenly seems infinitely more precious than it did just seconds before. ‘At the end of the storm is a golden sky/ And the sweet silver song of a lark…’ It was around the lark bit where I had to take stock. Pausing mid-song not only made me realise just how superior the voices around…

Pocket Book of Celtic, The



One of four new titles in VSP’s best-selling football Pocket Books range, The Pocket Book of Celtic is the essential book for all fans of one of football’s most famous clubs. Learn about Celtic’s glorious history, from the very first team back in 1887, to the first British European Cup winners of 1967, to the centenary Double winners in 1988. Take a trip down memory lane with classic matches such as the 7-1 thrashing of Rangers in 1957 or the title-clinching win over their Old Firm rivals on…

When Footballers Were Skint: A Journey in Search of the Soul of Football


Long before television rights ushered in the age of the multi-millionaire footballer, the wages of professional players were capped so that they earned not much more than the national average wage. This was a time when the men who played for the great football clubs of Britain shared a bond of borderline penury with the fans they entertained. It was almost routine for players to travel to matches on the same public transport as the fans and, after the game, to return to homes that were as…

Football Club Management: Insights from the Field (Routledge Research in Fo…



The rapid global growth of the sport industry has prompted the need for a more commercial approach to the management of sport clubs. This book is the first study of its kind to focus on the management of professional football clubs, providing a real-world insight into management principles and their practical application.


The international commercialisation of football has led to a fundamental transformation of the industry’s management practices, given the financial rewards of success and…