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Publisher: Haynes Publishing

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This is a unique and magnificent collection of photographs of Liverpool Football Club from the very early days until 1992, freshly selected from thousands of images in the "Daily Mirror's" extensive archive. These superb photos, many of them previously unpublished, document the rise of the most successful football club in the English game. The early days and the championship-winning sides of the early 1900s, the 'untouchables' of the '20s, the coming of the 'messiah' Bill Shankly after the lean years of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, the triumphs of the '60s '70s and '80s, the tragedies of Heysel and Hillsborough - it's all here. This book will bring to life the periods, the personalities and the human stories.

This is a unique and magnificent collection of photographs of Manchester City FC from the early 1900s up until just before the Millennium, selected from the Daily Mirror's extensive archive. Capturing the very essence of this famous old club and its supporters, When Football Was Football harks back to a bygone era when life - and the game - seemed much simpler. From the club's glory years and numerous cup triumphs, to kids on the street having a knockabout outside Maine Road - this is a pictorial book like no other, sprinkled with rarely-told stories and tales of how a small amateur football club became one of the game's major powers. But this isn't page after page of images you've seen a dozen times before. This book is a rich tapestry of people, players and experiences, good, bad or otherwise. In stark contrast to today's carefully controlled environment top footballer's operate within, there are pictures of the Blues' first team training on a wet car park before the Manchester derby, Bert Trautmann signing an autograph on a deserted London street and shots of the people who really made this club - its magnificent supporters. Black and white images from decades ago, glorious colour photos from the sixties and seventies and beyond, this is a book every City fan simply must own.

Anyone interested in football has memories of significant games, when their team played brilliantly (or even lost spectacularly). Some might be the greatest games they've ever watched - games not necessarily involving the team they support - others might be 'a first', while some may be football matches that have been spoken about by an older generation, held up as examples of the way football used to be. Those Were the Games is all about fascinating football matches from the last 100 years. Who was Max Seeburg? He became the first ever foreign profession 1923 footballer to play for an English club when he turned out for Spurs against hull City in 1908. The 'White Horse' Cup Final of 1923, but who played who? Five years later Newcastle United beat Aston Villa 7-5 in a remarkable fixture at St James' Park. Were you among the 146,422 people who paid to watch Celtic beat Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final in 1937? Everyone now takes floodlights for granted, but what was the first game to be played entirely under lights and what was the score? It was Portsmouth against Newcastle United way back in 1956 but you'll have to buy the book to find out more.

This title features the pre 1960s and the first £100 a week footballer (Johnny Haynes - now there's a coincidence!). Football was the preserve of the working man who attended matches in vast numbers. It was a working class pursuit and one that attracted people through a fierce tribalism and loyalty to 'your team'. With the advent of footballers being paid well above the national wage it has gone from being a sport to a business. "When Football Was Football" is a fully illustrated book that takes us through the Century of English football from the photographic and written archives of the "Daily Mirror".'You'd be forgiven for thinking football was invented in 1992' - Oliver Holt. 'It's not a matter of life and death it's more important than that' - Bill Shankly. Key and previously unseen photographs will include: 1905 - Chelsea formed at The Rising Sun pub (now The Butcher's Hook), and Fulham Road; 1926 - Huddersfield becomes the first team to win the league three times in succession; 1928 - Chelsea and Arsenal become first teams to play with shirt numbers (25 August); and 1939 - League is abandoned three games into the season with the outbreak WW2.

Using photographic and written archives of the Daily Mirror (including rare and unseen material), When Football Was Football - Arsenal takes us on a nostalgia-packed journey through the club's evolution from its beginnings as a south London munitions factory team, through the nurturing of some of the game's fabled characters - from notorious chairman Henry Norris to the great innovator Herbert Chapman, and the players from Brylcreem Boy Denis Compton, wee Alex James, Charlie George and Frank McLintock, up to the fresh-in-the-memory figures of Tony Adams and Ian Wright (perhaps the last bastion of a pre-modern Arsenal). Key images that will engage and delight readers include: 1930 - Arsenal win their first trophy, the FA Cup at Wembley; 1968 - Pat Rice working on a fruit stall; and, 1982 - Champagne Charlie Nicholas living up to his nickname. The book draws a line in the sand at the advent of the Premier League, when Arsenal, and football, were carried along on a wave of ruthless commercialism. Packed with evocative, atmospheric photos depicting bygone eras, When Football Was Football - Arsenal reminds us of how things used to be - and leaves the reader to decide which they prefer.

This is a unique and magnificent collection of photographs of Sunderland AFC from the very early days until 1992, freshly selected from thousands of images in the Daily Mirror's extensive archive. These superb photos, many of them previously unpublished, document the rise of this famous, traditional and much loved 130 year old football club, from its formation by a Teacher, Scotsman James Allan, to the Team Of All The Talents, the 9 v 1 thrashing of arch rivals Newcastle United and the iconic 1913 FA Cup Final. Marvel at this superb pre war period where the club, through the efforts of players such as Doig, Buchan, Carter and Gurney swept all before them to claim 6 English league championships. Enjoy the heights of the post war period including Sunderlands Bank Of England team, 1973 and Sunderlands spiritual home; Roker Park. It's all here. This book brings to life the periods, the personalities and the human stories When Football Was Football!

This is a superbly presented collection of photographs of Manchester United from its early days until 1992, newly selected from over 10,000 images in the "Daily Mirror's" archive. These evocative pictures, many previously unpublished, bring to life the important events in United's history: the triumphs of the first trophies, the tragedy of the Munich disaster, the successes that followed. There are glorious images of United icons such as Edwardian superstar Billy Meredith, Sir Matt Busby and his first captain, Johnny Carey, lost 'Babes' Duncan Edwards and Tommy Taylor, and the stars of United's first European Cup-winning side - George Best, Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, Paddy Crerand and Nobby Stiles.

Malcolm Allison is one of the most controversial figures of the last half-century of English football. Leader of the famed 'West Ham Academy', his playing career was cut short by the loss of a lung to tuberculosis. Disillusioned, he became a professional gambler before acknowledging that football was his calling. After humble beginnings as a coach, he began a celebrated partnership with Joe Mercer, turning Manchester City into one of the most stylish teams English football has produced. Along with the trophies came the birth of Big Mal, the larger-than-life personality who helped revolutionise televised football. He became instantly recognisable for his cigar and Fedora, and equally notorious for a string of affairs with beautiful women.As the dark side of Big Mal took over, he was banned for life from the touchlines, became embroiled in a series of boardroom battles and spent time in police cells and rehabilitation clinics fighting the effects of alcoholism. Despite the often-destructive effect of his Big Mal persona, Allison retains his status as one of the most inventive and incisive minds to have graced the game. This book tells both sides of the story, tracing the life and times of one of the most charismatic characters in British sport.

In May 2006 Arsenal played its last game at Highbury before moving to the new state-of-the-art Emirates Stadium. It was an emotional farewell to a ground that had witnessed some incredible games and which Arsenal fans had come to love as their second home. Relive those Highbury memories in this lavishly illustrated book that charts the stadium's story from the move to North London, the building of the stands and Chapman's many innovations. It brings to life the stories from the Second World War and the fifties when the team returned to winning ways. Reacquaint yourself with the characters that bought the first double to Highbury in 1971; the celebrations in' 89; the success of the Wenger revolution and the final season at this unique ground. It features rare and previously unpublished photography; exclusive interviews with ex- and current players; key members of staff and fans; and full statistics of every match in Highbury's history.

From the club's humble beginnings in 1886 through to the move to the magnificent Emirates' Stadium, the Club has been at the forefront of innovation and entertainment. Every key player and manager is profiled including luminaries of the game like Chapman, Bastin, McLintlock, Brady, Wright, Bergkamp, Wenger and Henry. Certain Arsenal games have become part of Football folklore such as the incredible Championship winning performance at Anfield in '89. Lavishly illustrated and with over 500 entries, this is the first point of reference for any true Gunner.

This is the first attempt to tell the story of the 121-year-history of the Arsenal Football Club through the greatest and most iconic Arsenal photography ever published. From the earliest days at Woolwich and Plumstead, through the heady highs of Herbert Chapman and George Allison, to the colourful 1980s and the successful Arsene Wenger era, these images capture the emotions, stories, faces, fans and day-to-day existence of this incredible Club. Rarely seen photography provides an alternative view of many of the key events in the Club's history and shows you sides of the Club that you never knew existed.

Raich Carter played during the golden age of English football but like many of his contemparies had his career blighted by the second world war. In this biography Frank Garrick details how Raich Carter is the only man to have won FA Cup winning medals before and after the war, winning what was then England's premier competition – the one every professional wanted most to win – with Sunderland and then Derby County. And although like many from that era he suffered from the vagaries of an amateur selection system he is regarded as Stanley Matthews best partner, even if he wasn’t best pleased to play with him. Carter also won the League title with Sunderland.

We will never know if Tommy Lawton was truly the greatest centre-forward ever produced by England but we do know that he played in an era totally different from today. It is probable that Lawton never earned in a 20 year career what Rio Ferdinand earns in a week! Certainly in 1955 when Tommy Lawton was in his mid-thirties and playing for Arsenal he was on £17 a week. He was approached by the brewers Guinness to head a poster campaign for a fee of £10,000. But he had to turn it down, no Arsenal player was allowed to be associated with alcohol. How different from today! The book also touches on the darker side of Lawton’s life. The court appearance for passing dud cheques, his failed marriage and the dodging of bailiffs before he was re-discovered as a pundit and journalist.

It was 28 years ago, in 1978, that Viv Anderson became the first black player to be selected for England. It is a measure of how life for black footballers has improved that in 2002 Arsenal could field nine non-white players at Leeds’ Elland Road ground without comment. A tenth, Jermaine Pennant, came on as a substitute. While it would be wrong to claim that racism has been entirely banished from English football, the problem is not as bad as on the European continent. Rodney Hinds, sports editor of The Voice, Britain’s leading black newspaper, examines the attitudes of the football establishment over the years and talks to players who had to suffer abuse from visiting fans and players, and sometimes their own team-mates.

Following a promising season in 1896-97, the United football committee, at the start of the new campaign, declared its intention to 'gain the Championship of the League'. This seemed no idle boast as the team started on a terrific 14-match unbeaten run, with a series of outstanding performances. Yet a mid-season slump saw Aston Villa and Sunderland merge as serious rivals to United's title ambitions. The matches against these teams proved full of excitement, tension and controversy, and there were to be many twists and turns in the season before United were declared finally as Champions at Bolton on 8 April 1898.

October 2007 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of Sheffield FC and there will be considerable celebrations both in England and among the wider footballing and sporting community, with Inter Milan, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona keen to be involved. Sheffield is the true birthplace of football, having had a huge influence on the Football Association. The Sheffield Football Association was once a rival to the game’s ruling body and had a large say in the forming of the Laws of the game. Unfortunately Sheffield decided not to embrace professionalism in the late 19th century and so allowed the rise and growth of Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. But they have kept going and in 2007 were promoted to the Unibond League Division One South.

Title: The Lads

Author: Alan Candlish

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Publisher: Sports Books

Price: £14.99

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Website: Sunderland

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Newcastle United and Sunderland football clubs generate a rivalry that assumes a greater importance than any other in English football. Perhaps in British football only that between Rangers and Celtic in Glasgow can match it and that is fuelled by sectarian bigotry. Newcastle and Sunderland are not even in the same city. Fifteen miles separates the rivers Tyne and the Wear but the rivalry is stronger than that which exists even in cities with more than one club like Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. The most detailed history of Newcastle v Sunderland derbies ever produced; it includes match reports of every league and cup derby game between these old rivals with descriptions of every goal scored. Key players are profiled and every player who has played in Tyne-Wear derbies is assessed.

The definitive masterwork on what was the world’s most famous football stadium. All 386 of the big matches – internationals and FA and League Cup finals and replays etc from the very first ‘White Horse’ final of 1923 to the World Cup final of 1966 and the final defeat by Germany in 2000 – have a report in this ultimate reference book as well as the teams, scorers and attendance while the teams and attendances from all the other games - schoolboy internationals, lesser cup finals – have details only. A full list of clubs and their records, plus all the League players who played underneath the Twin Towers is also included in the book.

Beautifully designed, affectionately written, and lavishly illustrated, this is a football book for boys and girls of all ages, written and presented in the spirit and style of the annuals that adorned the game's golden age. "The Bumper Book of Football" delivers a feast of facts, feats and anecdotes relating to every conceivable aspect of the world's most popular game: how it began, and how its rules developed; the stories of the great clubs, legendary managers, epic games and great players (including today's top premiership stars); bizarre facts and records; origins of footballing words and phrases; famous football quotes; plus footballing nicknames and superstitions. But "The Bumper Book of Football" is not merely a rich source of football information and entertainment, it also provides practical guidance on such matters as how to become a footballer, how to start and manage a collection of footballing memorabilia, and how to become a demon autograph-hunter.

The book includes an aerial photo-map of each ground allowing the reader to locate the stadium in relation to the surrounding area and also has useful information on public transport facilities, where to park and also includes updated plans of the grounds identifying blocks and disabled facilities and also provides a brief sketch of each club's season, which makes this book the best illustrated guide for the travelling football supporter of Premier League and Championship football in England and Wales.

It is a little known fact that of the thirty seven clubs that have played in the English Premier League since its inception of the 92/93 season, twelve can trace their origin directly to a church. However, many of these famous football clubs know little about their origins or their founders. This book, which is the fruit of seven years intensive research, features chapters on: Aston Villa, Barnsley, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Queen's Park Rangers, Southampton, Swindon Town and Tottenham Hotspur. This book is a must read for football fans everywhere!

Leigh Richmond Roose was a brilliant and controversial Edwardian goalkeeper - so good at his job that the FA had to change the rules of the game to keep him in check. His was the first name on the "Daily Mail's" teamsheet for their "World XI to challenge another planet at football". He was an inspirational figure for Stoke City, Sunderland and Wales (when they won their first Home Nations Championship), also playing for Aston Villa, Arsenal and Everton. Through dating music hall stars he became the first footballer to regularly appear in the newspaper gossip columns. Like millions of others he died serving his country in the Great War; unlike millions of others, nobody knew how or where...until now.

This book tells the fascinating story of West Ham United Football Club during the First World War. In many ways, it was their success in wartime competitions that led to them being accepted into the Football League in 1919, paving the way for subsequent FA Cup and League successes. As well as a football story, this book is about the impact of the war on Britain, and Londoners in particular. It will fascinate football historians and social historians as well as lovers of West Ham United Football Club.

This book provides a graphic portrait of the changing face of British Football Grounds over the years. For each ground featured, it provides an historic shot to allow a direct comparison with the contemporary scene and the photographs are supplemented by a detailed and well informed commentary highlighting the significant changes over the years.

Bulky and brilliant, William "Fatty" Foulke delighted Victorian and Edwardian football crowds. A legend within the history of the game, the 24-stone goalkeeper is one of the most distinctive players ever to take to the field at the highest level of football. Featuring illustrations and photographs, many of which have never been published before, the first biography of the Sheffield United, Chelsea, Bradford City and England hero is packed with anecdotes about this larger-than-life character's unique talents, unorthodox approach and impressive playing career.

The contents of the book provide a wealth of information for the large number of fans who are interested in the history and heritage of British league grounds and is also handy and useful reference source for fans visiting grounds around the country. This is a serious and factual book though tackled in an attractive and accessible way.

The Who's Who of Aston Villa is a comprehensive guide that promises to settle any disputes amongst supporters of the club once and for all. Packed with facts and stats, it contains profiles of every Villa player to have appeared in a competitive match for the team since 1879, the year the club first entered the FA Cup. Since then, some truly great players have been associated with the club. These include: record appearance-maker Charlie Aitken; Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel; 1890s stars Charlie Athersmith and Jas Cowan; scheming midfielder Gordon Cowans; tough guy defender George Cummings; 1957 FA Cup-winning captain Johnny Dixon; longstanding centre-half Allan Evans; Welsh international goalscorer Trevor Ford; 1890s goalkeeper Billy George; goalscorer supreme Harry Hampton; long-serving player, manager and director Eric Houghton; Irish double act Peter McParland and Con Martin; skipper Dennis Mortimer, who led the side to League championship and European Cup glory in the early 1980s; post-war goalkeeper Joe Rutherford; '80s stars Gary Shaw and Nigel Spink; influential '30s half-backs Alec Talbot and Joe Tate; Billy Walker and Pongo Waring, two of the club's greatest-ever goalscorers; and European Cup final hero Peter Withe. As well as providing full details on these legends and many others, this indispensable guide also profiles the men who have managed Villa down the years, including current gaffer David O'Leary, Joe Mercer, Graham Taylor, Graham Turner, Ron Saunders and Alex Massie. Featuring rare photos of Villa heroes past and present, the Who's Who of Aston Villa is essential reading for any supporter who wants to know everything there is to know about this Premiership club.

In the years since Preston played their first game in the Football League, hundreds of footballers have pulled on a Lilywhites 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 Deepdale. The book is highly illustrated throughout, and various statistics are included to supplement the career details of the players. Preston's all time top twenty goal scorers appear, along with appearance statistics, and managers of the club have their own section.

This official history charts Arsenal's story from its inception in 1886 right up to the first full season at the impressive Emirates Stadium. It details how Dial Square became Woolwich Arsenal, the move to Highbury, Herbert Chapman's inspirational leadership, the famous Double of 1971, the exciting title race of 1989, the second Double of 1998, the unbeaten season of 2003/04 and the move to their current home. There is a complete statistical record of European and domestic games and in-depth features on North London derbies, the stars of the 1930s, Arsenal internationals, the team of 1971 and the modern French connection.

Following his debut for Southampton in 1991, to his emotional testimonial match and retirement, Alan Shearer has taken a long look at his illustrious career in this insightful book. He has chosen all the best photographs that highlight his finest moments in the game. Working alongside journalist and confidante Dave Harrison, he has reflected here on the many clubs and countries he has played against, players he's faced, and the characters he's met along the way. His Newcastle United coach and fan - Sir Bobby Robson, has provided the foreword. This will be the only book anyone will need to fully appreciate the career of one of the game's greatest players, who is acclaimed as one of the last great true centre forwards.

In "Best and Edwards", Gordon Burn looks at two of football's brightest talents. United by the club they played for, but divided by the tragedy of Munich, they came in very different ways to embody their respective generations. In plotting the course and trajectory of these two careers, Gordon Burn has produced a brilliant and startlingly original look at football and British culture.

"Here We Go Gathering Cups In May" is the story of Liverpool F.C's ongoing love affair with the European Cup, told through the eyes and voices and the fans themselves. 7 Finals. 7 Fans. 7 amazing adventures, in which the ingenuity (and pockets) of the fans have been challenged as they set their sights on getting to that final by hook or by crook.Above all this collection of essays tells of the bond between a club and its fans; the lengths those fans will go to, in order to be there at the endgame to cheer on their team; what happened along the way; their escapades in some of Europe's iconic capitals; and their recollections of those historic nights - nights of glory and, sometimes, nights of tragedy.

Author Michael Joyce has spent many years compiling a unique database of players' records. The database contains information on every player that has made an appearance in the Football League. Details include the player's date and place of birth, the year of his death, his usual playing position, seasons played, and his appearances and goals at each club. Non-league clubs played for are also listed when known. "The Football League Players' Records 1888-1939" uses the database to provide the details of some 16,000 players who appeared in the League seasons prior to the Second World War. Over a million appearances are included in more than 50,000 League matches. Among the players are four knights, four ordained ministers, two VCs and two MPs. League tables for the period are included. This is the only comprehensive source of player data for the seasons from 1888 to 1939.


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Are you longing to relive your all-time favourite moments in your football team’s illustrious history? Maybe you’d like to learn more about the franchise’s older triumphs, occurring long before your time? Or perhaps you’re just searching for the perfect birthday or Christmas present for a football-obsessed loved one? In any case, you’ve found the answer: our wonderful collection of headline-based football history books.

Featuring 24 franchises from the National Football League and 13 college programs steeped in history, our books are made from authentic newspaper clippings of the time, with some coverage stretching back almost a hundred years. Bound by master craftsmen in a burnt sienna leatherette hardcover, these 12.5 x 15 inch books would certainly make a wonderful present for any would-be football historian.


The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays

Authors: Ron Jaworski, Greg Cosell and David Plaut

Seriously, if you don't know who Ron "Jaws" Jaworski and Greg Cosell are, don't carry on this "diehard fan" charade any longer.

Jaws is the (now former) color commentator for Monday Night Football and host of the best X's and O's show on television, NFL Matchup. Cosell is the nephew of the legendary announcer, Howard Cosell, and is the brains behind NFL Films.

Between the two of them, they have forgotten more football than the rest of us, collectively, will ever know.

Why should you read this book? NFL strategy is a living and active thing it will be as different in 20 years as it was 20 years ago. Jaws, Cosell and Plaut take the reader step by step with in-depth film study and show how the NFL has evolved into what it is today and what it can be tomorrow.


Summer reading: Our favorite football books

It's always bothered me that baseball sections in book stores routinely dwarf the football book sections. Football is our most popular game it should inspire the greatest writing. The classics are out there, but they are just a little harder to find. The list below is intended to point you in the direction of a few you may not have seen yet.

"The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football" by Paul Zimmerman (Dr. Z) remains my favorite football book of all-time. I'll take the 1987 reboot over the 1971 original, but both are must haves if you love the game.

The book to use as your textbook if you taught a college class on the history of the NFL

Michael MacCambridge wrote the definitive history of the league with "America's Game". No other attempts come close. It is imminently readable, fascinating.

The best piece of reporting

No football book holds up quite like "Friday Night Lights" by Buzz Bissinger. It is a sensational piece of reporting and a page-turner at the same time. The complex issues and joys of Odessa, Texas in 1988 ring true today.

Books that should be classics

"Three Bricks Shy of a Load" by Roy Blount Jr. will help you see the '70s Pittsburgh Steelers in a whole new light. "Bringing the Heat" by Mark Bowden about the early '90s Philadelphia Eagles is a slept on classic. "The Last Season of Weeb Ewbank" by Paul Zimmerman is another long-forgotten gem.

Adventures in training camp

"Paper Lion" by George Plimpton started a genre (participatory sports journalism) and remains a blast to read. (The sequel is great too.) "A Few Seconds of Panic" by Stefan Fatsis with the 2006 Denver Broncos lives up to Plimpton's legacy as a great modern spin on what camp is like.

The Best Biographies

You have to start with "When Pride Still Mattered" by David Maraniss about Vince Lombardi. "Namath" by our very own Mark Kriegel -- who will appear on NFL Network's new morning show, "NFL AM" starting July 30 -- is in a solid second place. "Johnny U" by Tom Callahan deserves mention.

For the Belichickophile in your life

David Halberstam writing about Bill Belichick in "Education of a Coach" is just as great as you'd think. "Patriot Reign" by Michael Holley remains the best account of the Belichick-era New England Patriots. Belichick's dad Steve Belichick literally wrote the book on scouting with "Football Scouting Methods."

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Purchase NFL Game Rewind and receive access to Coaches Film, which includes camera angles previously only available to coaches, scouts and officials.

Book to buy if you want to run an NFL team

"Finding the Winning Edge" by Bill Walsh is the most complete book on running an organization that will ever be written. I've purposefully excluded coaching manuals and "Xs and Os" books but Walsh's tome is more than that. It's a brick-by-brick explanation account of how a dynasty was built. Warning: This isn't exactly light beach fare. And it will cost you to track down a copy.

Annual intelligence infusion

Football Outsiders' annual Almanac remains the best quick and dirty way to get ready for the season. They are descendents to "Hidden Game of Football" by Bob Carroll, Pete Palmer and John Thorne, a book well worth checking out for the statistically inclined.

That should be enough to get you started this summer. And next summer. I've left off so many great books, but this was intended to be an all-timers type of list. Let me know what you think I missed.


Huddle Up and Read: 10 Books About Football for Kids

Football, like all sports, provides great opportunities to teach kids to be active, learn the value of teamwork, and develop confidence. It’s also a great way to have to fun and make new friends. If you have a football-obsessed kid at home, there’s no better way to encourage them to read than introducing them to a few books about the sport they love. There are plenty of fantastic stories ranging from picture books to young adult reads that not only tap into the love of the sport, but also help kids understand the importance of playing by the rules and being safe.

Here are a few of our favorites books about football for children and teens.

Football With Dad

by Frank Berrios, illustrated by Brian Biggs

After watching the big game on TV every Sunday, a boy and his dad head outside to throw around a football like their favorite players. With its emphasis on playing safe and having fun, Football With Dad is the perfect way to introduce your little reader to the game of football.
(Ages 2 – 5)


Tudor Moves To Brooklyn in December of 1945

Electric Football groundwork was laid 74 years ago this month, when Tudor Metal Products moved from Manhattan to a brand new factory in Brooklyn. This six-story building at 176 Johnson Street would gain iconic stature in the 1960’s and 1970’s, as millions of hard earned pennies, nickels, and dimes were sent to that address for NFL Electric Football teams and accessories.

But in December of 1945 Tudor was not yet making Electric Football. Running the company at the time were Elmer Sas (Norman Sas’ father) and Gene Levay. Both men were in good spirits after finishing a profitable period of making items for the Department of Defense, and they placed a cheery full-page ad in the toy industry journal Playthings announcing Tudor move to the new building.

Things didn’t work out quite the way Sas and Levay hoped over the next several years, but the move to Brooklyn did ultimately prove to be a positive for the company. And this ad, with the drawing of the iconic Tudor factory, is one of those fantastic “finds” that helped us put together the story of Electric Football. It’s a great piece of toy history from a time when New York City was at the center of the toy making universe.

Wishing everyone a great Holiday Season — and let’s all be thankful that Tudor Games and Electric Football are still alive and well in 2019!


Football Books - History

Over the course of the WAFL's history, there have been plenty of books written by both players and journalists alike. But the numbers pale in comparison to those produced for the VFL. As a result, it's possible to gather most, if not all, of the books about the WAFL into one collection without too much difficulty.

I must thank John Gordon, of Melbourne, who started a list of WAFL publications sometime back. That list was of great assistance in putting together the list below.

If a book title is highlighted in red text, it means I am looking for a copy for my own collection.

The Charlie Mitchell Football Book - Incidents and Records of Australian Rules Football

Facts & Figures from 100 Years of Australian Rules Football

West Australian Football History 1885-1971


WA's Fabulous 40 - The best 40 footballers over 40 years

The Footballers - A history of football in Western Australia

The Footballers - From 1885 to the West Coast Eagles

Football Greats of Western Australia - Volume One

Behind The Play. A History of Football in Western Australia from 1868

The Sandover Medal Men - A history of Western Australia's most prestigious football award


Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion

By Ross Elliott
Published 1961 by Bon Maguire

By Charlie Mitchell
Printed 1968 by Mt Lawley Print

By Dave Clement
Printed 1968 by Sands & McDougall

By Richad Bozyck
Printed 1971 by Pilpel & Co, Perth

By Geoff Christian, with Alan East and Colin Hopkins
Published 1979 by WANFL

By Alan East
Published 1984 by Sportscene, Perth

By Geoff Christian, with Jack Lee & Bob Messenger
Published 1985 by St George Books

By Geoff Christian, with Jack Lee & Bob Messenger
Published 1988 by St George Books

By Anthony James
Published 1995 by Research & Information Services of WA, Belmont

By Anthony J Barker
Published 2004 by the WA Football Commission

By Alan East
Published 2006 by Alan East

By John Devaney
Published 2008

The Tigers' Tale - the Origins and History of the Claremont Football Club

The Jubilee Book of the East Fremantle Football Club

East Fremantle Football Club - Celebrating 100 years of Tradition

The Royals - 100 Years of Football Tradition

The Mighty Maggies of Gilbert Fraser Reserve 1895-2006

From Redlegs to Demons - A history of the Perth Football Club from 1899


A History of South Fremantle Football Club

The South Fremantle Story 1900-1975 Volume 1

The South Fremantle Story 1900-1975 Volume 2

SFC Diehards 1896-1945 - The Story of the Subiaco Football Club - Volume 1

Diehards 1946-2000 - The Story of the Subiaco Football Club - Volume 2



Diehards - The Glory Years - 2000-2010

75 Years of Black & White - the Swan Districts Football Club 1934-2008

The Cardinals - A Brief History and Souvenir Album

West Perth Football Club 1885-1985

It's A Grand Old Flag - West Perth Football Club 1885-2007

By Kevin Casey
Printed 1996

By Dolph Heinrichs
Published 1948 by Patersons

By Jack Lee
Printed 1976 by Reads Printing & Publishing

By Jack Lee
Published 1998 by Bill Benbow & Associates for EFFC

By Matthew Glossop
Published 1976 by EPFC

By Alan East, with Bill Forrest and Gary Stocks
Published 2006 by EPFC

By Baden Pratt
Published 2006 by North Fremantle Amateur Football Club

By Alan East
Published 2005 by Perth Football Club

By Lynton R Hayes
Typescript 1961

By Frank Harrison & Jack Lee
Printed 1976 by Perth Advertising Services

By Frank Harrison & Jack Lee
Printed 1976

By Ken Spillman
Published 1998 by the Subiaco Football Club

By Ken Spillman
Published 2000 by the Subiaco Football Club

By Ken Spillman
Published 2011 by Subiaco Football Club

By Vic Jeffery
Published 1974 by Independent Group of Newspapers

By Alan East
Published 2009 by Alan East

Printed 1967 by News Express Publishers

By Brian Atkinson
Printed 1985 by Action Press

By Brian A Atkinson
Published 2008 by West Perth Football Club

Bill Dempsey MBE - A Testimony to a Champion

Mel Whinnen - Champion of Champions


Mal Brown - Mongrels I've Met

Polly Farmer - A Biography

Back to the Place, Back to the Time

John Todd  - Six Decades of Footy

Kevin Murray: Heart of a Lion

Haydn Bunton: Best & Fairest

Good Guys and Gorgonheads

By Jack Sheedy, with Darcy Farrell
Printed 1969 by Alpha Print

Published 1976 by West Perth Football Club

Published 1977 by West Perth Football Club

By Austin Robertson
Published 1986 by Methuen

By Peter Poat
Printed 1988 by Action Press

By Mal Brown and Brian Hansen
Published 1994 by Brian Hansen Publications

By Stephen Hawke
Published 1994 by Fremantle Arts Centre Press

By Dennis Cometti
Published 1997 St George Books

By Brian Dawson
Published 2004 by Cambridge Publishing

By Sean Gorman
Published 2005 by Allen & Unwin

By Chris Donald
Published 2005

By Chris Donald
Published 2008 by Pennon Publishing

By Jeff Trott
Published 2011 by Jeff Trott 


Australian Rules Football: An Illustrated History

The South Saga - The Official History of the South Bunbury Football Club

Goldfields Sport - A Century of Heroes, Heroines and Happenings

Night Series Football: A pocket history of the night series cup competition 1976-1993

Football Greats of the GNNFL/GNFL

Gravel Rash - 100 Years of Goldfields Football


Kangas: Times and Tales of the Kalgoorlie City Football Club

When It Matters Most: the Norm Smith medallist and best on ground in every grand final

The Green Machine - An Anecdotal History of the University Football Club

Full Points Footy: Encyclopaedia of Australian Football Clubs

The Brownlow: A Tribute to the Greats of Australian Football


A Way of Life - The Story of Country Football in Western Australia

By Alan E Carter
Published 1977 by South West Printing & Publishing


Fifty-Six: The Story of the Bradford Fire, by Martin Fletcher

In 1985, on the final day of the season, a 12-year-old Martin Fletcher went to watch Bradford City with his father, brother, grandfather and uncle but he would be the only one to leave alive as a fire engulfed the wooden main stand, killing 56 people. This is a stunningly brutal account of that horrific day and aftermath by a man still scarred and searching for answers. Suzanne Wrack


1 Football Nation (2013) by Susan Reyburn

The subtitle of this book is “Four hundred years of America’s game”, which is a stretch, by anybody’s estimation. No matter when you date its precise origins, American football is a 19th Century creation. Nevertheless, this book, which draws on the impressive archives of the Library of Congress, begins with the arrival of the earliest European settlers, who played something like soccer. It very quickly reaches the 19th Century and, from there, traces the history of the game at all levels and its impact on American society. Plenty of rare illustrations make it a thoroughly enjoyable grounding.


Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

A great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story for middle grade readers about how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team, from New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Award recipient Steve Sheinkin.

“Sheinkin has made a career of finding extraordinary stories in American history.” —The New York Times Book Review

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
A Washington Post Best Book

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team is an astonishing underdog sports story—and more. It’s an unflinching look at the U.S. government’s violent persecution of Native Americans and the school that was designed to erase Indian cultures. Expertly told by three-time National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin, it’s the story of a group of young men who came together at that school, the overwhelming obstacles they faced both on and off the field, and their absolute refusal to accept defeat.

Jim Thorpe: Super athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Native American
Pop Warner: Indomitable coach, football mastermind, Ivy League grad

Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called "the team that invented football," they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Ar&hellip More&hellip

A great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story for middle grade readers about how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team, from New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Award recipient Steve Sheinkin.

“Sheinkin has made a career of finding extraordinary stories in American history.” —The New York Times Book Review

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
A Washington Post Best Book

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team is an astonishing underdog sports story—and more. It’s an unflinching look at the U.S. government’s violent persecution of Native Americans and the school that was designed to erase Indian cultures. Expertly told by three-time National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin, it’s the story of a group of young men who came together at that school, the overwhelming obstacles they faced both on and off the field, and their absolute refusal to accept defeat.

Jim Thorpe: Super athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Native American
Pop Warner: Indomitable coach, football mastermind, Ivy League grad

Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called "the team that invented football," they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work.

This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

“Along with Thorpe's fascinating personal story, Sheinkin offers a thought-provoking narrative about the evolution of football and the development of boarding schools such as the Carlisle Indian School.” —The Washington Post

Also by Steve Sheinkin:

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
Which Way to the Wild West?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward Expansion
King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution
Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil War
Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America

Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Booklist Editors' Choice, Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, Washington Post Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, NYTBR Notable Children's BOTY


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