Micky Adams

My Life in Football

Author: Micky Adams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785902420

Category: Soccer managers

Page: 344

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Micky Adams has a football CV as long as your arm, having put in 438 appearances as a full-back - for teams such as Gillingham, Leeds, Fulham and Southampton, followed by a management career that took in over a dozen clubs at every tier of English football. As a manager, Adams took the helm at some of the biggest clubs in the English football, including Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Nottingham Forest, Coventry City, Port Vale and Fulham, winning four promotions and a league title, as well as a reputation for bringing success and stability in often difficult environments. In this extraordinary autobiography, written with veteran sports writer and long-time friend Neil Moxley, Micky Adams reveals the truth behind incidents on and off the pitch, including what really happened at La Manga, where three Leicester City players were accused of sexual assault during a mid-season training break, and what it was like to play with Alan Shearer and Matt Le Tissier in one of the most enduring careers in football.

Ted Buxton - My Life in Football

Author: Ted Buxton

Publisher: RedDoor Publishing

ISBN: 1912317273

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 7177

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As a professional football coach and football scout, Edward 'Ted' Buxton is well-known in the world of professional football. He has travelled the world, scouting, assessing and negotiating for players working in the UK, USA and China. But had it not been for football, Ted's prospects would have been no better than other working class lads from South London... A tough Docklands upbringing during the Blitz, and subsequent conscription for national service, lead 18-yearold Ted away from playing football, to Malaya and the brutal realities of war. But it is here that he developed his instinct to survive: kill or be killed. After the war, knowing he'll never make the big time as a player, Ted realised his aptitude for coaching and spotting talent. From ordinary butcher boy and soldier, to Chief Scout and assistant to Terry Venables at the England squad, this inspiring book recounts life alongside many legendary football managers – Gordon Jago, Bobby Robson, Brian Clough, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sven-Göran Erikkson and Arsene Wenger. Not forgetting the numerous players – from George Best to Rodney Marsh, Alan Shearer, Paul Gasgoine, Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles, Pele, Beckenbauer, Maradona – to name but a few. The book is packed with anecdotes and encounters with the famous and infamous – from Ella Fitzgerald to the Kray Twins, and behind-the-scenes at Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

OOH-AAH

The Bob Booker Story

Author: Greville Waterman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910515594

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 358

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With contributions from former teammates, managers, and friends, this book reveals Bob Booker in all his complexities. It is the kind, friendly, and humorous Bob that we all expected to find but also one who demonstrated grit, determination, courage, inner strength, guile and perseverance to forge such a long and successful career for himself.

Miracle in the Making

The Adam Taliaferro Story

Author: Scott Brown,Sam Carchidi

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 1623681332

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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Adam Taliaferro had it all: smarts, an easy-going personality, and incomparable athletic ability. None of that seemed to matter, however, on that fateful September day when his father was given startling news: Do not expect your son to walk. Ever. Since that numbing day, Taliaferro, the Penn State freshman cornerback who was paralyzed after he tackled an Ohio State running back, has defied the odds. Before he had spinal-fusion surgery, he made a vow to his mother: "Mom, I'm not going out like this." Three months later, he walked out of a Philadelphia hospital on crutches, determined to complete his amazing recovery, making the name "Adam Taliaferro" synonymous with courage and perseverance.

Brighton Up

Author: Nick Szczepanik

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 178590308X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

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Brighton Up: The Inside Story of Brighton & Hove Albion's Journey From Despair to Triumph and the Premier League tells the story of how Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club bounced back from the heartbreak of missing out on promotion to the Premier League by the narrowest of margins, to achieve that ultimate goal earlier this month. Acclaimed sports journalist Nick Szczepanik, a lifelong Brighton fan with strong contacts at the club, documents its travails over two turbulent seasons. The book explains how the Seagulls, written off as certainties for relegation to League One before the 2015-16 season, overcame the loss of one of their own in the Shoreham Air Show tragedy to go on a record unbeaten run. But although top scorers in the Championship, they fell agonisingly short of their target of automatic promotion by a single goal, then lost out again in the lottery of the play-offs.The football world expected them to be crushed by disappointment and outspent by the big guns of Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa, but instead they regrouped and came back stronger in 2016-17. Led by experienced and inscrutable manager Chris Hughton and backed by owner Tony Bloom - the world-class poker player nicknamed 'The Lizard' for his ice-cold blood - they played with a determination not to let the heartbreak happen again.

Hail, Claudio!

The Man, the Manager, the Miracle

Author: Gabriele Marcotti,Alberto Polverosi

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473547245

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Leicester City's Premier League victory was the 5,000-1 triumph that delighted the world. But how did Claudio Ranieri pull off one of the greatest achievements in sport? This is the inside story of the rise and rise of the butcher’s son from Rome, whose hard work, passion for the game and ability to learn from his mistakes have earned him the respect of players, fans and owners worldwide. Gabriele Marcotti and Alberto Polverosi have known Claudio Ranieri since his early days as a professional footballer. They have closely followed his successes and his failures as he navigated the often topsy-turvy world of football and developed as a player and manager. Hail, Claudio! takes an in-depth look into what sets Ranieri apart as a manager, into precisely how the Premier League was won, and what went wrong following that golden season.

The Last Line: My Autobiography

Author: Packie Bonner

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473528615

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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Irish national hero, a Celtic great and their most-capped player, Patrick 'Packie' Bonner is a goalkeeping legend. He was Jock Stein's last signing for the club when he left his native Donegal for the city of Glasgow in 1978, where Packie evolved from being a shy, homesick teenager into a confident, world-class talent and first-choice goalkeeper. Billy McNeill handed him a debut on St Patrick's Day in 1979, and Packie went on to provide the last line of defence a record 641 times for the club. A seasoned Irish internationalist, Packie was a vital component in the most-celebrated Irish national squad ever, playing in a golden era under the tutelage of the inimitable Jack Charlton. In The Last Line, Packie shares stories from his incredible career, including his greatest moment in front of a global audience during the Italia '90 World Cup tournament when he became the penalty shoot-out hero of the nation by saving a spot-kick that took the Irish to the quarter-finals stage in their very first World Cup adventure. It was an iconic moment that would change his life forever not least because, whilst in Italy, he, along with his teammates, had an audience with another goalkeeper, Pope John Paul II. Throughout his 80 cap international career, he competed against the very best in the world. Men such as Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten, Gheorghe Hagi, Roberto Baggio and Gary Lineker came to know the name Packie Bonner. Equally, in his glittering Celtic career that included the winning of four Scottish League titles, three Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup, Packie Bonner played alongside some great Celtic names like Tommy Burns, Paul McStay, and Murdo Macleod. Along the way, Packie had to endure a career-threatening back injury, as well as the devastation of a routine save going wrong and costing a goal on the world stage against Holland in 1994, ultimately leading to elimination from the World Cup in America. More than just the telling of trophies, titles and triumphs, this is the story of a Celtic legend and a true great of Irish International football.

Johnny Haynes

Portrait of a Football Genius

Author: James Gardner

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785313479

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 2874

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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.

Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story

My Story

Author: Jamie Vardy

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473550467

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 3690

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The Sunday Times Bestseller and Number 1 Sport Book of 2016 'A tale that's truly inspirational' The Sun An ordinary lad from Sheffield, Jamie Vardy has become known as an against-the-odds footballing hero the world over. Yet a few years ago, things couldn’t have been any more different. Rejected as a teenager by his boyhood club, Jamie thought his chance was gone. But from playing pub football and earning £30 a week at Stocksbridge Park Steels, while still working in a factory, his off-the-cuff performances saw him rise. Jamie had a wild and turbulent youth, but football became his saving grace and, once he filled his boots with goals at FC Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town, he moved to Leicester City. After the miracle of surviving relegation, the team of unlikely outsiders bonded together to achieve the unthinkable: Jamie set the record as the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches and Leicester beat odds of 5000-1 to become champions. Jamie has now been nominated for the Ballon d’Or, firmly establishing himself as one of England’s leading goal scoring footballers. Not forgetting his roots, however, he has set up the V9 Academy in a bid to find the next big talent from non-league football. Defying all expectations, this is the story of the boy from nowhere who reached the top in his own unflinching, honest words.

Let's Go to the Videotape

All the Plays and Replays from My Life in Sports

Author: Warner Wolf,Larry Weisman

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 0759523355

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 8590

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Anyone who follows sports knows that Warner Wolf has revolutionized that world with his famous catch phrases and irrepressible spirit. Now, in "Let's Go to the Videotape!" he shares over three decades worth of humorous and unusual anecdotes from a fascinating career, including: -- opinions on sports rules -- game strategies that make no sense -- run-ins with the stars of sports and Hollywood -- including Shaquille O'Neal, Joe DiMaggio, Robert Redford, and Robert Duvall -- adventures and misadventures in the sports broadcasting game -- and much more.

Living on the Volcano

The Secrets of Surviving as a Football Manager

Author: Michael Calvin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473506786

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 5478

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*SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015* A man punches the wall in a strategic show of anger. Another complains he has become a stranger to those he loves. A third relies on “my three a day: coffee, Nurofen and a bottle of wine.” Yet another admits he is an oddity, who would prefer to be working in cricket. A fifth describes his professional life as “a circus”. These are football managers, live and uncut. Arsene Wenger likens the job to “living on a volcano: any day may be your last”. He speaks with the authority of being the longest serving manager in the English game, having been at Arsenal for 17 years. The average lifespan of a Football League manager is 17 months. Fifty three managers, across all four Divisions, were sacked, or resigned, in the 2012-13 season. There were fifty seven managerial changes in the 2013-14 season. What makes these men tick? They are familiar figures, who rarely offer anything more than a glimpse into their personal and professional lives. What shapes them? How and why do they do their job? Award-winning writer Michael Calvin provides the answers. Insecurity is a unifying factor, but managers at different levels face different sets of problems. Depending on their status, they are dealing with multi-millionaires, or mortgage slaves. Living on the Volcano charts the progress of more than 20 managers, in different circumstances and in different phases of their career. Some, like Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez, are at the peak of their profession. Others, like Chris Hughton, Brian McDermott and Gary Waddock, have been sacked, and are seeking a way back into the game. They offer a unique insight into a trade which is prone to superficial judgement and savage swings in fortune. Management requires ruthlessness and empathy, idealism and cunning. Stories overlap, experiences intermingle, and myths are exposed.

Micky Adams

Author: Micky Adams

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1785903284

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 432

View: 2906

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Micky Adams has a football CV as long as your arm, having put in 438 appearances as a full-back - for teams such as Gillingham, Leeds, Fulham and Southampton, followed by a management career that took in over a dozen clubs at every tier of English football. As a manager, Adams took the helm at some of the biggest clubs in the English football, including Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Nottingham Forest, Coventry City, Port Vale and Fulham, winning four promotions and a league title, as well as a reputation for bringing success and stability in often difficult environments. In this extraordinary autobiography, written with veteran sports writer and long-time friend Neil Moxley, Micky Adams reveals the truth behind incidents on and off the pitch, including what really happened at La Manga, where three Leicester City players were accused of sexual assault during a mid-season training break, and what it was like to play with Alan Shearer and Matt Le Tissier in one of the most enduring careers in football.

The Football Shirts Book

Author: Neal Heard

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 147355179X

Category: Photography

Page: 144

View: 8106

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They think it’s all over...it is now, with this comprehensive guide to football shirts through the years. From the obscure to the ubiquitous, The Football Shirts Book is packed with over 150 original and super rare shirts from the greatest game on earth. Covering everything from the iconic to the unusual, even the most hard-core fans will find out something new about the kit of their favourite team. Including full-colour photography, as well as interviews with football shirt design teams, musicians, and fashion designers, this guide offers a full exploration of the brands, design, and sponsorship history behind the world’s best-loved football shirts. It is a must-have for those crazy about football shirts, as well as those whose interest is piqued by history, design, and pop-culture.

Feels Like Home

Author: e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Publisher: Laurel Leaf

ISBN: 0375892117

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 224

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Growing up in a dead-end South Texas town, Mickey had two things she could count on: her big brother, Danny—the football hero everyone loved—and a beat-up copy of The Outsiders. But after the accident—after Danny abandoned her to a town full of rumors and a drunken father—all Mickey had left was a smoky memory, her anger, and the resolution to get out of town for good. But Danny is back—and he's not the golden boy who left six years ago. He's altogether a different person, and the life Mickey has worked so hard to rebuild seems to be falling apart. Danny's anger is something Mickey just can't forgive, and his best friend's mysterious death six years ago keeps coming back to haunt the edges of her mind. No matter how hard she tries, she can't remember what happened that night—and she's starting to realize that remembering is the only way she can move on. She'll have to face the brother who broke her heart, and that beat-up book that will never again feel like home. From the Hardcover edition.

Luggy

The Autobiography of Paul Sturrock

Author: Paul Sturrock,Bill Richards

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785311115

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 221

View: 2055

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Paul Sturrock is widely admired as a manager, having turned around football clubs' fortunes both in England and his native Scotland. As a player he represented his beloved Dundee United and Scotland, and later managed the Tangerines after leading St Johnstone into the SPL. Moving south, he led Plymouth Argyle from bottom place in the basement division to the Championship within four seasons. Sturrock's uncompromising managerial style didn't fit with Southampton's players or owners; however Saints' loss was Sheffield Wednesday's gain, and promotion was again won to the Championship against all odds. Having stabilised Swindon Town and taken Southend United to a Wembley play-off final, he returned to Plymouth for a sad swansong dominated by the club entering administration and Sturrock's own revelation that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease. Paul's warts-and-all autobiography will both touch and inspire fans at all his clubs, and supporters of the beautiful game everywhere.

Fearless

The Amazing Underdog Story of Leicester City, the Greatest Miracle in Sports History

Author: Jonathan Northcroft

Publisher: Nation Books

ISBN: 1568589832

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

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“The odds of the Foxes winning the Premier League at the start of the season were the same as the Yeti or the Loch Ness Monster being proven to exist, Christmas being the warmest day of the year in England or Barack Obama playing cricket for England after he left the Oval Office.” —ESPN On March 21, 2015, Leicester City lost their sixth game in eight matches. Without a victory for two months, they were rock bottom of the English Premier League, heading for certain relegation to the lower division, and about to miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime financial bonanza of TV money and opportunity. As usual, London and Manchester would clean up, the rich would get richer, and the hopes of the small, overlooked, multicultural city would sink. But Leicester started to win. They stayed up; and in the new season they kept on winning. Favorites for relegation, rank outsiders as potential champions (their 5000—1 odds were the longest in the world for any major sporting event), their entire squad had been assembled for less than the cost of a single player for Manchester City. Still, they beat Manchester City and Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea: the most incredible cast of written-offs, grafters, misfits, and journeymen came together for the season of their lives. This is the story every underdog dreams of, every small town with a much larger, more affluent neighbor hopes for, and a triumph that defies logic and expectation.

Adam's Task

Calling Animals by Name

Author: Vicki Hearne

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1510704221

Category: Pets

Page: 296

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A groundbreaking exploration of the enduring bond between humans and their animal companions. Audubon magazine named Adam’s Task one of the thirteen most significant nature books published in the last hundred years, and Susan Sontag hailed it as a “fascinating, incisive work of moral imagination.” Vicki Hearne’s innovative masterpiece on animal training brings our perennial discussion of the human-animal relationship to a whole new level. Based on her studies of literary criticism and philosophy, as well as extensive hands-on experience in training, Hearne believes that animals are far more intelligent than we assume. In fact, they are capable of developing an understanding of “the good,” a moral code that influences their motives and actions. Drawing on an eclectic range of influences—Nietzsche, T. S. Eliot, Disney animal trainer William Koehler, and the Biblical Book of Genesis, among others—Hearne brilliantly interweaves personal anecdotes with philosophical meditations. The end result is an entirely new system of animal training that contradicts modern animal behavioral research and that, as her examples show, is astonishingly effective. Widely praised, highly influential, and now with a new foreword by New York Times–bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler, Adam’s Task will make every trainer, animal psychologist, and animal lover stop, think, and question. “There is no finer book than this one about the way language entwines humans and animals.” — Audubon magazine “When Ms. Hearne relates a dog or horse story, the animals become full-fledged characters, as brightly delineated as people created by Dickens or Twain.” —The New York Times