Alan Ball: the Man in White Boots

The Biography of the Youngest 1966 World Cup Hero

Author: David Tossell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781473660397


Page: 320

View: 3412

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: 9483

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.

Love Affairs and Marriage

My Life in Football

Author: Howard Kendall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909245068

Category: Soccer managers

Page: 272

View: 8508

Howard Kendall is one of the greats of English football management and among the defining figures in the history of Everton Football Club. A schoolboy prodigy footballer, he first joined the club from Preston in 1967, forming one of the most distinguished midfield partnerships ever witnessed in the English game. He won the League Championship in 1970 and later captained the club. He returned to Goodison as manager in 1981, reviving Everton for the most successful period in their history. Now he lifts the lid on a 30-year career that established his reputation.

Everton Greatest Games

The Toffees Fifty Finest Matches

Author: Jim Keoghan

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 178531369X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 222

View: 6006

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.

Alan Buckley: Pass and Move

My Story

Author: Alan Buckley,Paul Thundercliffe

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1783061405

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 6551

Alan Buckley has managed five football clubs over four decades and more than 1000 matches, putting him amongst the elite in the game. Alan Buckley: Pass and Move – My Story reveals his entire story, including the beginning of his career at Nottingham Forest, goal scoring records and hero-worship at Walsall, transforming Grimsby Town in three spells along with less happy times at West Brom. The book takes the reader through Alan’s adventures at Arsenal and Liverpool, and triumphs at Wembley along with managing a club in administration. There are many highs and many lows as he takes you on an absorbing journey through his life. Frank, funny and evocative, Pass and Move is filled with tales about the great and the good as Alan takes you on a journey through his 45 years of professional football, with all of the many highs and lows that it has brought. Alan is regarded as Walsall’s greatest player, and Grimsby fans know he is the greatest manager in the club’s history. Paul Thundercliffe was inspired by The Damned United by David Peace, and Pass and Move is a fantastic read for supporters of Walsall and Grimsby, or any fans of Alan Buckley. “Alan was on the radio with a friend of mine and told this great little anecdote. I half-joked to my friend that Alan needed to write a book and that I was the man to do it. Alan agreed!” Paul Thundercliffe comments on the inspiration behind this autobiography.

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

Author: Rob Sawyer

Publisher: Decoubertin Books

ISBN: 9781909245549


Page: 196

View: 4935

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.

Blues & Beatles

Author: Neil Roberts


ISBN: 1909178802

Category: Fathers and sons

Page: 220

View: 2256

Duncan Ferguson. David Moyes. Paul McCartney. A father and a son. A passion for Everton. A passion for The Beatles. Blues & Beatles is the story of football and music across the generations. The story of how a young boy inherited those fascinations from his father - and would one day pass them on to his own son. And it's the story of how he met his heroes along the way. From legendary footballers to a 20th Century icon: one of the Fab Four. Blues & Beatles is a football story and a music story. But above all else, it's a story shared by father and son.

Faith of Our Families

Everton FC, an Oral History

Author: James Corbett

Publisher: Decoubertin Books

ISBN: 9781909245648


Page: 400

View: 6837

It is known as The School of Science, a pioneering institute on 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 Romelu Lukaku. It is Everton Football Club: unmistakeable, unique, unforgetable. 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, Everton: An Oral History 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, Everton: An Oral History offers a front row seat to the highs and lows of the club. Featuring more than 100 original interviews with the club's players, managers, fans and administrators, Everton: An Oral History offers an unparalleled and unprecedented insight into the club's story


The Official Biography of Alan Hudson

Author: Jason Pettigrove

Publisher: St. David's Press

ISBN: 9781902719573

Category: Soccer players

Page: 256

View: 1650

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.

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

View: 5363

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.

Johnny Haynes

Portrait of a Football Genius

Author: James Gardner

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785313479

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 1790

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.

Second Innings

My Sporting Life

Author: Andrew Flintoff

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 1473616565

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 6201

Fast bowler, six-hitter, popular hero, one of the lads, king of the jungle - Andrew Flintoff is all of those things. Second Innings, is his searingly honest yet uplifting autobiography, Flintoff reveals unseen, surprising sides to his career and personality. The restless need to push and challenge himself that led him to take up professional boxing. The complex and troubled relationship with discipline, alcohol and authority during his exhilarating cricket career. The search for an authentic voice as a player, free from the blandness and conformity of modern professionalism. Is Flintoff the last of his kind, in any sport? Through all his highs and lows, triumphs and reversals, this book reveals a central tension. There is 'Fred' - performer, extrovert, centre of attention. Then there is 'Andrew' - reflective, withdrawn and uncertain. Two people contained in one extraordinary life. And sometimes, inevitably, keeping the two in balance proves too much. We are taken backstage, seeing the mischief and adventure that has defined Andrew Flintoff's story. Above all, we observe the enduring power of fun, friendship and loyalty - the pillars of Flintoff's career. At ease with his faults as well as his gifts, Andrew Flintoff has sought one thing, even more than success: to be himself.

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

View: 8624

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.


A Brief History of Humankind

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: Signal

ISBN: 9780771038518


Page: 464

View: 6426

Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective. 100,000 years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo Sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical -- and sometimes devastating -- breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power...and our future.

Billy Wright

Author: Norman Giller

Publisher: Robson Press

ISBN: 9781861056955

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 329

View: 5213

Billy Wright captained England 90 times on the way to becoming the first footballer to win 100 international caps. He was skipper of the all-conquering Wolves team that pioneered European football nights in the 1950s. In a Hero for All Seasons, Norman Giller - who was a close friend - traces his life and times. Billy was the David Beckham of his time. When he married Joy Beverley of the Beverley Sisters in 1959, their wedding stopped the traffic. It received almost as much publicity as the Posh Spice/Becks union 40 years later. A Hero for All Seasons is not only a story of a great sportsman, but also of an era of football that has disappeared from sight. Just one difference; David Beckham earns in just one week more that Billy Wright picked up as a player throughout a 20-year career. The author discusses the many other changes that have occurred to the game since Wright's time, while also exploring his career and his personal life as he rose from humble beginnings to become a folk-hero.

Real Footballer's Wives

The First Ladies of Everton

Author: Becky Tallentire

Publisher: Mainstream

ISBN: 9781840188790

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 3513

Behind every successful man is a good woman, and in that respect football is no different than any other walk of life. Every player who pulled on the royal blue of Everton Football Club was somebody's hero and, in the heat of battle, it's hard to imagine them as anything other than just that. But when the final whistle blew and the fans dispersed to discuss the merits of the match, the players threw their kits into the laundry room and went home to resume their roles of husband, provider and father.Real Footballers' Wives provides a unique insight into the lives of our heroes from the women who loved them. The wives were the cornerstones of their success both on and off the pitch. Steadfast and loyal, their unsung contribution is woven into the history of this great club, but until now their stories remained untold. Each chapter is poignant and compelling, telling of the loneliness, ecstasy, pride, laughter and agony they encountered, spanning four decades from the halcyon days of the Championship-winning teams of the early '60s. These magnificent women, who made many personal sacrifices for their husbands' glory, tell their personal, touching and unique recollections that would otherwise have been lost in the mists of time.


A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

Author: Pierre Bourdieu

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113587316X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 640

View: 5373

No judgement of taste is innocent - we are all snobs. Pierre Bourdieu's Distinction brilliantly illuminates the social pretentions of the middle classes in the modern world, focusing on the tastes and preferences of the French bourgeoisie. First published in 1979, the book is at once a vast ethnography of contemporary France and a dissection of the bourgeois mind. In the course of everyday life we constantly choose between what we find aesthetically pleasing, and what we consider tacky, merely trendy, or ugly. Taste is not pure. Bourdieu demonstrates that our different aesth

Arsenal Match of My Life

Gunners Legends Relive Their Greatest Games

Author: Alex Crook

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 9781785313110


Page: 192

View: 6573

Twenty Arsenal legends come together to tell the stories behind their favourite ever games for the club. Such unique access behind the dressing-room door enables fans of all ages to relive these magic moments through the eyes and emotions of the men who were there, pulling on the famous red-and-white shirts. Contained in these pages are previously untold insights from fan favourites including Ian Wright on his record-breaking goalscoring feats, and Ray Parlour on winning the Premier League title at Old Trafford and then scoring the winner in a cup final in the space of four magical days. Alan Sunderland relives his dramatic last-gasp FA Cup Final goal in the never-to-be-forgotten 1979 Wembley win over Manchester United. Legendary keeper Bob Wilson recalls leading the Gunners to European glory, Jack Wilshere remembers the night he helped tame mighty Barcelona in Arsenal's own back yard, while midfielder Aaron Ramsey talks us through his cup final winner, which completed his comeback from a horrific leg injury.