Alan Ball: the Man in White Boots

The Biography of the Youngest 1966 World Cup Hero

Author: David Tossell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781473660397

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Page: 320

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It is a special footballer who wins the World Cup as a 21-year-old and ends a two-decade career as one of the most revered players in the history of four clubs. Former England captain Alan Ball was such a man: prodigy at Blackpool, youngest hero of 1966, Championship winner at Everton, British-record signing for the second time at Arsenal and veteran schemer for Southampton - not to mention footwear trend-setter. And all after being told he was too small to succeed in the game.Yet his years as a flat-cap wearing manager consisted mostly of relegation and promotion battles, some successful and some not, and plenty of frustration as he fought to produce winners in his own image and emulate the feats of his playing days. His life already touched tragically by the car crash that killed his father and the loss of his beloved wife Lesley to cancer, Ball died, aged only 61, after suffering a heart attack during a garden blaze.A decade on from his death, and drawing on interviews with family, friends and colleagues, Alan Ball: The Man in White Boots is the definitive study of one of English football's most enduring figures.

Alan Ball: The Man in White Boots

The biography of the youngest 1966 World Cup Hero

Author: David Tossell

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473660408

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 5922

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It is a special footballer who wins the World Cup as a 21-year-old and ends a two-decade career as one of the most revered players in the history of four clubs. Former England captain Alan Ball was such a man: prodigy at Blackpool, youngest hero of 1966, Championship winner at Everton, British-record signing for the second time at Arsenal and veteran schemer for Southampton - not to mention footwear trend-setter. And all after being told he was too small to succeed in the game. Yet his years as a flat-cap wearing manager consisted mostly of relegation and promotion battles, some successful and some not, and plenty of frustration as he fought to produce winners in his own image and emulate the feats of his playing days. His life already touched tragically by the car crash that killed his father and the loss of his beloved wife Lesley to cancer, Ball died, aged only 61, after suffering a heart attack during a garden blaze. A decade on from his death, and drawing on interviews with family, friends and colleagues including Jimmy Armfield, Sir Geoff Hurst, George Cohen, Gordon Banks, Joe Royle, Mick Channon, Lawrie McMenemy, Francis Lee, George Graham, Frank McLintock, Matthew Le Tissier and many more, Alan Ball: The Man in White Boots is the definitive study of one of English football's most enduring figures.

Everton Greatest Games

The Toffees Fifty Finest Matches

Author: Jim Keoghan

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 178531369X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 222

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Evertonians know what it is to experience greatness. Since the club first came to life in 1878 there have been titles won, European adventures and trips to Wembley. The fans have seen records broken, legends make their mark, matches of undeniable class. Every decade that Everton have been in existence has yielded moments of wonder, games that supporters at the time have cherished for their entire lives and which fans of subsequent generations have looked back on with undeniable pride. From the earliest days, when St Domingo's first morphed into something recognisable as a modern football club, the whole span of Everton's narrative is covered here. Those earliest title wins, those earliest finals, Dean, Lawton, Hickson, the Holy Trinity, Latchford, the glory of Kendall, the agony of Wimbledon, the joy of Royle and restoration under Moyes. Everton Greatest Games is more than just a selection of the moments that have stirred the soul of Blues. It is the story of Everton, the tale of how a church team grew into an English giant.

Big Mal

The High Life and Hard Times of Malcolm Allison, Football Legend

Author: David Tossell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780574657

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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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. Yet despite the often-destructive effect of his Big Mal persona, Malcolm Allison retains his status as one of the most 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.

Faith of Our Families

Everton Fc: an Oral History

Author: James Corbett

Publisher: Decoubertin Books

ISBN: 9781909245747

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 550

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It is known as The School of Science, a pioneering institution from the game's inception as a professional sport through to the advent of the Premier League. It is known too as The People's Club, an institution that in football's globalised and money strewn era has managed to retain a distinct local identity and whose fans see themselves as a distinct tribe. It is a club where legends of the game bestrode the hallowed turf of its world famous stadium, Goodison Park: from Fred Geary and Jack Taylor to Dixie Dean and Tommy Lawton; Alex Young, Alan Ball and Howard Kendall to Neville Southall, Graeme Sharp and modern icons, like Tim Cahill. It is Everton Football Club: unmistakable, unique, unforgettable. Yet the inner life of Everton Football Club is veiled in mystique. Only a select few partake in the sensitive discussions of running a club or the casual banter of the training ground or dressing room. While there is a shared experience in the stadium, altered perceptions of a club's highs and lows live on in the hearts and minds of all the protagonists: players, managers, supporters and other witnesses to the team's fortunes. As Everton enter their 140th year, Faith of Our Families tells the story of the club through the voices of the people who made the institution one of the most revered in world football. Assiduously curated by award-winning author, James Corbett, and told in the words of the people who made it great, Faith of Our Families offers a front row seat to the highs and lows of the club. Featuring more than 200 original interviews with the club's players, managers, fans and administrators, Faith of Our Families offers an unparalleled and unprecedented insight into the club's story.

Huddy

The Official Biography of Alan Hudson

Author: Jason Pettigrove

Publisher: St. David's Press

ISBN: 9781902719573

Category: Soccer players

Page: 256

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Huddy, lovingly written by his friend Jason Pettigrove, describes Alan Hudson's determined fight for life and how his single-mindedness enabled him, along with the brilliance of the NHS and the support of close family and friends, to recover from horrendous injuries and rebuild his life. Alan's fascinating story is one that has never been fully told ... until now. 62 images.

Nobody Beats Us

The Inside Story of the 1970s Wales Rugby Team

Author: David Tossell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1845969510

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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In the 1970s, an age long before World Cups, rugby union to the British public meant Bill McLaren, rude songs and, most of all, Wales. Between 1969 and 1979, the men in red shirts won or shared eight Five Nations Championships, including three Grand Slams and six Triple Crowns. But the mere facts resonate less than the enduring images of the precision of Gareth Edwards, the sublime touch of Barry John, the sidesteps of Gerald Davies and Phil Bennett, the courage of J.P.R. Williams, and the forward power of the Pontypool Front Row and 'Merv the Swerve' Davies. To the land of their fathers, these Welsh heroes represented pride and conquest at a time when the decline of the province's traditional coal and steel industries was sending thousands to the dole queue and threatening the fabric of local communities. Yet the achievements of those players transcended their homeland and extended beyond mere rugby fans. With the help of comedian Max Boyce, the culture of Welsh rugby and valley life permeated Britain's living rooms at the height of prime time, reinforcing the sporting brilliance that lit up winter Saturday afternoons. In Nobody Beats Us, David Tossell, who spent the '70s as a schoolboy scrum-half trying to perfect the Gareth Edwards reverse pass, interviews many of the key figures of a golden age of Welsh rugby and vividly recreates an unforgettable sporting era.

Rugby: The Game of My Life

Battling for England in the Professional Era

Author: Rob Andrew

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 1473664179

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

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'An excellent read' - Rugby World Rob Andrew is one of the key figures in modern rugby history: an outstanding international who won three Grand Slams with England and toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, he also played a central role in the game's professional revolution with his trailblazing work at Newcastle. During a long spell on Tyneside, he led the team to a Premiership title at the first opportunity, brought European action to the north-east and gave the young Jonny Wilkinson his break in big-time union by fast-tracking him into the side straight out of school. What happened off the field was equally eventful. Rob produced 'The Andrew Report' - the most radical of blueprints for the future of English rugby - and then, over the course of a decade as one of Twickenham's top administrators, found himself grappling with the extreme challenges of running a game repeatedly blown off course by the winds of change. He did not merely have a ringside seat as one of the world's major sports went through its greatest upheaval in a century: more often than not, he was in the ring itself.

Alan Buckley: Pass and Move

My Story

Author: Alan Buckley

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1783068485

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

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Frank, funny and evocative, ’Pass and Move’ is filled with tales about the great and the good on Alan Buckley's journey through 45 years of professional football with all of the many highs and lows that it has brought.

The Prince of Centre-Halves: the Life of Tommy T. G. Jones

Author: Rob Sawyer

Publisher: Decoubertin Books

ISBN: 9781909245549

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Page: 196

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In 1948 AS Roma launched an audacious bid to make Everton�e(tm)s elegant Welsh international centre half T. G. Jones one of the first foreigners to play in Serie A. Jones, who was dubbed The Prince of Centre-Halves by his adoring fans, bestrode the First Division in an age of uncompromising defensive �e~stoppers�e(tm). A forerunner of football immortals like Bobby Moore and Franz Beckenbauer, he was, according to Dixie Dean, �e~the best all-round player�e(tm) he had ever seen. The Eternal City seemed a fitting stage for this most stylish of players.And yet the move faltered at the twelfth hour and Jones returned to Everton, where, unappreciated by the club�e(tm)s management, his playing career petered out to a disappointing conclusion. A decade later his countryman John Charles found adulation in Italy as Il Gigante Buono and Jones was forever left pondering what might have been.Jones, however, had left his own indelible mark on British football in the 1930s and 1940s. With a blend of defensive brilliance, skill and playmaking ability, his regal style won him admirers across the land. To his fans he truly was �e~The Uncrowned Prince of Wales.�e(tm)In this, Jones�e(tm)s centenary year, author Rob Sawyer, uncovers the true story of this enigmatic football legend. Utilising a mixture of archive material and interviews with those who knew Jones and saw him play, Sawyer paints a compelling picture of a brilliant footballer and outspoken and complicated man. Rebel, pioneer and football genius this is the definitive story of one of the game�e(tm)s forgotten heroes.

Tommy Doc

The Controversial and Colourful Life of One of Football's Most Dominant Personalities

Author: David Tossell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780575092

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Tommy ‘The Doc’ Docherty was a combative Scotland international wing-half who became a brilliant but erratic manager. His 1960s Chelsea team was a glorious reflection of his colourful personality, and a decade later he reinvented his relegated Manchester United side as a vibrant attacking force. He was also, however, a hostage to his own decision-making, costing Chelsea a shot at the First Division title when he banned eight players for breaking their curfew. Most famously, he was fired by United after FA Cup glory because he’d fallen in love with the physiotherapist’s wife. He was a much-travelled manager, and ‘I’ve had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus’ was among the well-worn one-liners that created the image of ‘The Doc’ as football’s stand-up comedian. But in Tommy Doc, David Tossell looks beyond the wisecracks, interviewing Docherty himself, as well as former players and colleagues, to examine a remarkable career and reveal the personal heartaches behind the laughter.

Tony Greig

A Reappraisal of English Cricket's Most Controversial Captain

Author: David Tossell

Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1908051221

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Tony Greig is one of most colourful figures in English cricket history. As a player he stirred up drama and excitement whenever he stepped on the field and as national team captain he was accused of ‘betrayal’ after taking a leading role in the formation of Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket. David Tossell’s biography uses extensive research and multiple interviews – including with Greig himself – to examine whether cricket history has been fair to one of England’s most successful all-rounders and if his achievements on the field are condemned to be forever overshadowed by off-field controversy.

Have Boots Will Travel

Author: Paul Large

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 9781909626287

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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Frank Large was deemed a legend by many different sets of fans in the 1960s and 1970s. Famed for his never-say-die attitude and fearsome goal-scoring qualities, his peripatetic soccer career saw him star for no less than nine clubs. The story of a “working-class hero, who embodied so many of the game's virtues”—lovingly told by his son, Paul.

Johnny Haynes

Portrait of a Football Genius

Author: James Gardner

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785313479

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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Johnny Haynes: Portrait of a Football Genius is the biography of one of England's greatest ever footballers - a player described by Pele as "the greatest passer of a ball I have ever seen." He was capped 56 times, 22 as captain, including the 9-3 hammering of the Scots at Wembley in 1961. He succeeded Denis Compton as the 'Brylcreem Boy'. When he became the first £100-a-week player it cemented his celebrity superstar status as the David Beckham of his day. Haynes only ever played for one professional club and finished his playing career in South Africa. He retired into relative obscurity and lived the last 20 years of his life in Edinburgh before tragically dying in a car accident in 2005. In his obituary, James Lawton wrote, "Haynes was still the beginning and end of how football should be played. He had the wit to change the way the game was understood and played in this country." His fascinating life story is told through his family, ex-team-mates, famous journalists and celebrities as well as his fans.

The Missing Ring

How Bear Bryant and the 1966 Alabama Crimson Tide Were Denied College Football's Most Elusive Prize

Author: Keith Dunnavant

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312374327

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

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Decribes how the 1966 University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant, was denied the National Championship title, despite having the finest overall record in the country, because of George Wallace and the racism he represented. Reprint.

Football Clichés

Decoding the Oddball Phrases, Colorful Gestures, and Unwritten Rules of Soccer Across the Pond

Author: Adam Hurrey

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698409272

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

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A fun, intelligent, and useful guide to understanding the nuanced language of soccer Every week, year-round, legions of devoted soccer fans across the country rise at the crack of dawn or quietly sneak out of work to watch their favorite teams play across the pond—complete with a soundtrack of two cheeky Englishmen spouting a stream of trite phrases and curious words that make maddeningly little sense. They’ll chat about flying teacups and cultured left feet, or point out a player who’s jinking through the corridor of uncertainty, hoping to bag one with aplomb. Confused? Many Brits are, too. In Football Clichés, London-based soccer writer Adam Hurrey amusingly translates the idioms of the sport, from the quaint to the ridiculous. Here you’ll find words for parts of the field and parts of the body; for ways to score a goal and ways to run, walk, or fake an injury. You’ll learn to read the shifting moods of fans at a soccer match and encounter the game’s oddly expressive gestures, which include the muted celebration and the beleaguered manager clap. Perfect for the die-hard or fair-weather fan, Football Clichés celebrates the world of soccer in all its glory.

When Footballers Were Skint

A Journey in Search of the Soul of Football

Author: Jon Henderson

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1785903853

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 356

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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 modest as those in which their supporters lived. Quite possibly, player and fan were next-door neighbours in a street of working families’ terraced houses. Despite the riches that decades later would come into the game, the struggle to end the maximum wage in football seems as worthy as any of the centuries-old skirmishes undertaken by working people against mean-spirited employers. For instance, England regular Tom Finney reflected caustically that of the £50,000-plus gate money the FA received from Wembley international matches, the eleven England players would share £550, with the remaining £49,450 going to the FA. This book takes the first-hand accounts of a disappearing generation of footballers before their stories are lost for ever. Some of those stories are scarcely believable. All of us who call ourselves football fans owe this book’s multifarious cast our thanks for giving the national game such a rich and deeply human heritage.

When the Girls Came Out to Play

The Birth of American Sportswear

Author: Patricia Campbell Warner

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558495494

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 292

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Presenting a study of the evolution of American women's clothing, this book traces the history of modern sportswear as a universal style that broke down traditional gender roles. It shows that behind this development was a growing interest in sports that was nurtured by the establishment of schools of higher education for women.

The Boys of ’66 - The Unseen Story Behind England’s World Cup Glory

Author: John Rowlinson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753551861

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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Wembley, 30 July 1966... Geoff Hurst completes his hat trick... England are the World Cup champions. Everyone knows how the story ends, but how did it begin? How did Alf Ramsey assemble an England team to win the trophy for the first, and so far only time? The choice of the final eleven was far from straightforward: in just over three years Ramsey selected no less than fifty players and, at the start of 1966, two of the winning team had still to make their debuts for England. This book charts the chequered path to eventual victory, assesses both the players who made the final squad and those who lost out and, with the help of previously unpublished photographs, provides a unique chronicle of professional football over fifty years ago.