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The Origins of the Football League: The First Season 1888/89



On Saturday 8 September 1888, League Football kicked off. Twelve clubs had combined to play regular fixtures and the result was to revolutionise not only English football but virtually every nation and sport since then. Now, for the first time, the history of the Football League season 1888/89 is told in great depth, with reports on every match and profiles of all those who played – amateur and professional – during this thrilling historic season, in which Preston were ‘invincible’ and set…

Football Nation: Sixty Years of the Beautiful Game



Football is at the heart of British national identity, intrinsically linked to our social history. Through more than forty fascinating stories Football Nation reveals the hidden and not-so-hidden history of the game since 1945. From the mass audiences of austerity Britain and the introduction of floodlights at Accrington Stanley in the 1950s, through the escalating hooliganism of the 1970s and the arrival of the first all-seater stadium at Coventry in the 1980s, to the Hillsborough disaster…

The Complete History of the World Cup



Fully revised and updated for 2018, The Complete History of the World Cup offers unrivalled coverage of the Beautiful Game’s greatest competition. From the creation of FIFA and the arduous path to the first tournament in Uruguay, to the last-gasp heroics of Mario Götze that saw Germany claim victory in Brazil, this book provides the most comprehensive history of the World Cup ever written.

Match reports for every game in World Cup finals history are accompanied by a statistical summary…

The Secret Footballer: Access All Areas


Ever wondered how to build a football club? What a typical match day feels like for the players on the pitch and those behind the scenes? From scouting systems to managing the big names (and their egos), merchandise deals to hotel life, the Secret Footballer takes you into the fascinating world of professional football and shows us the hidden side of a world we think we’re familiar with. We get the fights and fornication, the revenge stories and scandals; he profiles the legends as well as…