Among the Fans

Author: Patrick Collins

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408165937

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 9778

There was once a time, not so long ago, where our sporting heroes were treated with veneration. Players were players and their watchers were passive. Heroes lived on pedestals - they weren't public property. This book explores the many ways this dynamic has changed over the years. From the Barmy Army's loud but loyal support of the England cricket team to the jeers that greeted our returning footballers after the World Cup, the relationship between athlete and fan is now quite dramatically different. With his usual gentle wit and subtle intelligence, renowned sports writer Patrick Collins records one year spent observing a range of different sports and their many and varied fans. From a county cricket match at Canterbury - a place that resists change - to a corporate box at Wembley - watch them eat! see them drink! - from dog racing to swimming galas, this is a wonderful and humorous look at the world of sports - and the fans who make it all possible.
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Foinavon

The Story of the Grand National’s Biggest Upset

Author: David Owen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408192217

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 9267

It was the upset to end all upsets. On 8 April 1967 at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, a 100-1 outsider in peculiar blinkers sidestepped chaos extraordinary even by the Grand National's standards and won the world's toughest steeplechase. The jumps-racing establishment - and Gregory Peck, the Hollywood actor whose much-fancied horse was reduced to the status of an also-ran - took a dim view. But Foinavon, the dogged victor, and Susie, the white nanny goat who accompanied him everywhere, became instant celebrities. Within days, the traffic was being stopped for them in front of Buckingham Palace en route to an audience with the Duchess of Kent. Fan mail arrived addressed to 'Foinavon, England'. According to John Kempton, Foinavon's trainer, the 1967 race 'reminded everyone that the National was part of our heritage'. Foinavon's Grand National victory has become as much a part of British sporting folklore as the England football team's one and only World Cup win the previous year. The race has even spawned its own mythology, with the winner portrayed as a horse so useless that not even its owner or trainer could be bothered to come to Liverpool to see him run. Yet remarkably the real story of how Foinavon emerged from an obscure yard near the ancient Ridgeway to pull off one of the most talked-about victories in horseracing history has never been told. Based on original interviews with scores of people who were at Aintree on that rainswept day, or whose lives were in some way touched by the shock result, this book will use the story of this extraordinary race to explore why the Grand National holds tens of millions of people spellbound, year after year, for ten minutes on a Saturday afternoon in early spring.
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Forever Boys

The Days of Citizens and Heroes

Author: James Lawton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472912411

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 1976

Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year 2015 Sometimes you love a football team not only for their strengths, the splendour of their play and the appealing thrust of their character, but also the haunting possibility that their best hopes may never be fulfilled. This has rarely been demonstrated so vividly as by the Manchester City team who briefly, but unforgettably, illuminated the late sixties. And no one was more caught up in their struggles and their triumphs than James Lawton, a young sportswriter starting out on a career that would take him to all the great events of world sport. Yet still, 50 years after Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison began to shape the brilliant team, he counts watching their rise to glory as one of the most exciting times of his professional life. Francis Lee, Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee - these players loomed large over the game as they charged at the peaks of English football, and today evoke a period of the sport's history that seems distant and unknowable, hard to see except through the rose-tinted gloss of nostalgia. Lawton goes back to those heroes, interviewing all the main players and characters who are still alive, and vividly brings to life the story of that City team which with such wonderful panache, and freedom, won the first division title, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup between 1967 and 1970. This, though, is not just the story of one team, but a broader one of how sport can sometimes so perfectly mirror the exaltation and the despair of the real world, how it carries those who do it, and sometimes even those who merely see it, to moments that will claim a permanent place in their hearts.
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The Great Tamasha

Cricket, Corruption, and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India

Author: James Astill

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620401231

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 6615

To understand modern India, one must look at the business of cricket within the country. When Lalit Modi--an Indian businessman with a criminal record, a history of failed business ventures, and a reputation for audacious deal making--created a Twenty20 cricket league in India in 2008, the odds were stacked against him. International cricket was still controlled from London, where they played the long, slow game of Test cricket by the old rules. Indians had traditionally underperformed in the sport but the game remained a national passion. Adopting the highly commercial American model of sporting tournaments, and throwing scantily clad western cheerleaders into the mix, Modi gave himself three months to succeed. And succeed he did--dazzlingly--before he and his league crashed to earth amid astonishing scandal and corruption. The emergence of the IPL is a remarkable tale. Cricket is at the heart of the miracle that is modern India. As a business, it represents everything that is most dynamic and entrepreneurial about the country's economic boom, including the industrious and aspiring middle-class consumers who are driving it. The IPL also reveals, perhaps to an unprecedented degree, the corrupt, back-scratching, and nepotistic way in which India is run. A truly original work by a brilliant journalist, The Great Tamasha* makes the complexity of modern India--its aspiration and optimism straining against tradition and corruption--accessible like no other book has. *Tamasha: a Hindi world meaning "a spectacle."
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Young Wisden

A new fan's guide to cricket

Author: Tim de Lisle,Lawrence Booth

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408165252

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 7220

This second edition of Young Wisden is the perfect introduction to one of the most enjoyable world sports. Packed with hundreds of new colour photographs and illustrations, and completely updated to include the latest stats and stars, this vibrantly designed book really brings the game to life. The authors take a wry look at every aspect of the game that a new fan could wish to know about, including: the basics - from how to read the scorecard to a crash course in the language types of cricket - the Twenty20, one-day and first-class formats of the game at all levels, from beach cricket through to international Test cricket batsmen, bowlers, fielders, keepers and thinkers - what it takes to be great in each position and plenty of info on the best there has been the world of cricket - the Test nations, the great grounds, and the fans on tour history, humour and numbers - the playing greats, the grudge matches, the records, and villains and tricksters. Written for children, there are sure to be plenty of adults taking a look over their shoulder at this brilliant introduction to cricket. "Incomparable really, different planet stuff. It is comprehensive without being bewildering, colourful but not showy, confident but never esoteric. It is also superbly designed." The Wisden Cricketer "Packed with information ... this is perfect for the youngsters who prefer Pietersen to Rooney." The Times "The cricketing world's bible specially written for children." The Economist
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We'll Get 'Em in Sequins

Manliness, Yorkshire Cricket and the Century that Changed Everything

Author: Max Davidson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408171147

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 3934

A truly unique and fascinating look at the changing nature of masculinity and manliness, told through the lens of a series of Yorkshire County Cricket Club player portraits through the ages. George Hirst was a man of his time. His apocryphal quotation "We'll get 'em in singles"epitomises his no-fuss approach to all matters, and his distate for excess or ostentation. His stiff upper lip was a requisite part of his Edwardian manliness. Fast forward a century or so to Darren Gough's besequinned victory on Strictly Come Dancing or to Michael Vaughan's final teary press conference, and the different versions of what it means to be masculine are worlds apart. It is one of the oldest cliches in sports writing to say that sport mirrors life. And yet, in this instance, the world of Yorkshire cricket has so faithfully mirrored the outside world that the cliche is unavoidable. Yorkshire, sobrest of counties, has given us some remarkable characters over the years - Len Hutton, Geoffrey Boycott, and Fred Trueman to name just a few. Through portraits of these and other Yorkshire players, and the values that they shared with their contemporaries, this wonderfully original book maps the contours of a sexual revolution whose tremors are still being felt today.
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Sit Down and Cheer

A History of Sport on TV

Author: Martin Kelner

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408171074

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 9320

Television and sport is the ultimate marriage of convenience. The two circled each other warily for a while - sport anxious the sofa-bound might spurn the live product, TV reluctant in a limited channel world to hand over too much screen time to flannelled fools and muddied oafs. But they got together, and stayed together, for the sake of the money, and now you cannot imagine one without the other. They are indivisible, like an old couple sitting in a teashop finishing each other's sentences, and there is little doubt which is the dominant partner. You have only to think of the recent sports stars who have left their muddy fields to don sequins, grab partners and tango their way across the stage in ultimate Saturday night television style, to see how far the two have come on their journey together. In Sit Down and Cheer Martin Kelner traces the development of this relationship from its humble origins in the 1960 Olympics, by way of the first-ever Match of the Day in 1964, through to the financial impact of Sky, right up to the high-tech gadgetry of our present-day viewing. Insightful and very funny, this is an entertaining exploration of two major national pastimes and not to be missed.
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The Dirtiest Race in History

Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100m Final

Author: Richard Moore

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408158760

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 3518

The men's 100m final at the 1988 Olympics has been described as the dirtiest race ever - but also the greatest. Aside from Johnson's blistering time, the race is infamous for its athletes' positive drug tests. This is the story of that race, the rivalry between Johnson and Lewis, and the repercussions still felt almost a quarter of a century on.
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The Picador Book of Cricket

Author: Ramachandra Guha

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509841407

Category: Literary Collections

Page: N.A

View: 6452

A tribute to the finest writers on the game of cricket and an acknowledgement that the great days of cricket literature are behind us. There was a time when major English writers – P. G. Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alec Waugh – took time off to write about cricket, whereas the cricket book market today is dominated by ghosted autobiographies and statistical compendiums. The Picador Book of Cricket celebrates the best writing on the game and includes many pieces that have been out of print, or difficult to get hold of, for years. Including Neville Cardus, C. L. R. James, John Arlott, V. S. Naipaul, and C. B. Fry, this anthology is a must for any cricket follower or anyone interested in sports writing elevated to high art.
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Wisden Cricketers of the Year

A Celebration of Cricket's Greatest Players

Author: Simon Wilde

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408140845

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 408

View: 2145

A beautifully-produced and fully-illustrated, large format celebration of the greatest players in the history of cricket.
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Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians

The On and Off the Field Story of Cricket in India and Beyond

Author: Boria Majumdar

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9386797194

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

View: 2553

Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians goes deep into every Indian cricket tour since 1886—taking the reader backstage to when India played its first test in 1932, and bringing the story forward to the more contemporary IPL—to provide a complex and nuanced understanding of the evolution and maturity of the game. Equally, it comes with material that has have never entered the public domain so far—going behind the scenes of cases like Monkeygate, the suspension of Lalit Modi, spot-fixing, and the phase of judicial intervention. It carries not just reportage and analysis, but also player reminiscences, personal interviews, photographs and letters never known or discussed so far in Indian sporting discourse. Weaving together such material, Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians unflinchingly confronts questions that demand answering, among them: Has internal bickering impacted the on field performance of the Indian cricket team? Did some of our icons fail the country and the sport by trying to conceal important facts during the spot-fixing investigation? And does it matter to the ordinary fan who heads the BCCI as long as there is transparency and accountability in the system? In the end, in telling the story of the role of cricket in colonial and post-colonial Indian life, and the inter-relationship between those who patronize, promote, play and view the sport. Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians unravels the story of a nation now considered the financial nerve centre of world cricket.
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A Life Too Short

The Tragedy of Robert Enke

Author: Ronald Reng

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446499022

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 9138

WINNER OF THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER OF THE BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR Why does an international footballer with the world at his feet decide to take his own life? On 10 November 2009 the German national goalkeeper, Robert Enke, stepped in front of a passing train. He was thirty-two years old and a devoted husband and father. Enke had played for a string of Europe's top clubs, including Barcelona and Jose Mourinho's Benfica and was destined to become his country's first choice in goal for years to come. But beneath the veneer of success, Enke battled with crippling depression. Award-winning writer Ronald Reng pieces together the puzzle of his friend's life, shedding valuable light on the crushing pressures endured by professional sportsmen and on life at the top clubs. At its heart, Enke's tragedy is a universal story of a man struggling against his demons. ‘It should be on every British football fan's reading list’ Metro
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Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2018

Author: Lawrence Booth

Publisher: Wisden

ISBN: 9781472953551

Category:

Page: 1488

View: 4002

*Large format edition*In this 155th edition of the Almanack, we celebrate England�s spectacular win over India in the Women's Cricket World Cup. Anya Shrubsole helped to make history at Lord�s and now she becomes the first woman to feature on the front cover of the Almanack.Among the feature articles, Simon Wilde reflects on the passage to England's 1,000th Test, Harry Pearson celebrates 50 years of overseas players in the county game, and Tanya Aldred examines sexism in cricket. Mike Selvey looks at the psychology of the new-ball partnership, while Zafar Ansari explains why he gave it all up at the age of 25. Gideon Haigh has fun with cricketers and their mannerisms, and Andy Zaltzman hails James Anderson's ascent to 500 Test [email protected]
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Modern Sport - The Global Obsession

Author: Boria Majumdar,Fan Hong

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317997948

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 296

View: 9706

Sport has become more than a simple physical expression or game- it now pervades all societies at all levels and has become bound up in nationalism, entertainment, patriotism and culture. Now a global obsession, sport has infiltrated into all areas of modern life and despite noble ideals that sport stands above politics, religion, class, gender and ideology, the reality is often very different. These essays by leading academics and rising new talent consider the phenomenon of modern sport and its massive influence over global society. Together, this collection is also a tribute to the pioneering and inspirational work of Professor J.A. Mangan on the political, religious, class and gender-based aspects of modern sport, from academics greatly influenced by him and his writing. This book was previously published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.
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Wisden India Almanack 2017

Author: Suresh Menon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9385936506

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 802

View: 9615

The fifth edition of Wisden India Almanack has essays from the best writers, and those from other fields who are passionate about the sport, like the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella. The coverage of domestic cricket is both extensive and original. The Almanack is actually four books in one: a volume of essays, a book of records, an annual of matches played, and a miscellany of unusual occurrences, all of which make for a great read. It is a treat for the cricket fanatic, and for those interested in fine writing and intriguing stories.
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My Favourite Cricketer

Author: John Stern

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408123401

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 9431

Top-notch sports writers pay homage to the cricketers they most admire, past and present.
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Out of Time

1966 and the End of Old-Fashioned Britain

Author: Peter Chapman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472917162

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 1534

In the summer of 1966 Peter Chapman was a naive 18-year-old from the Angel in north London. He was just about to enter the world of work, having flunked his A Levels and recently discovered that he would not be fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional footballer at Leyton Orient. As a young man on the brink of adulthood, he found himself in a country also on the brink of huge change – and about to have one of the most significant sporting successes in its history. Focused around England's one and only World Cup victory, Out of Time tells the story of that summer – both the football and the country's broader political, social and economic picture – through his 18-year-old eyes, and offers a vivid and beautifully written portrait of what life was like in 1966.
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Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2017

Author: Lawrence Booth

Publisher: Wisden

ISBN: 9781472935199

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 1536

View: 777

The most famous sports book in the world, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has been published every year since 1864. Home to some of the finest sports writing of the year--from the likes of Lawrence Booth, Gideon Haigh, Rob Smyth, Patrick Collins, Simon Wilde, Osman Samiuddin, Tony Cozier, Benj Moorehead, Raf Nicholson and Dileep Premachandran--it includes the eagerly awaited Notes by the Editor, the Cricketers of the Year awards, and the famous obituaries. As always, it contains coverage of every first-class game in every cricket nation, and reports and scorecards for all Tests and ODIs, together with trenchant opinion, compelling features and comprehensive records.
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Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy

A Journey to the Heart of Cricket's Underworld

Author: Ed Hawkins

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408169967

Category: Cricket

Page: 240

View: 6236

The most explosive book yet about corruption in cricket' Lawrence Booth, editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
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A Ringside Affair

Boxing’s Last Golden Age

Author: James Lawton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472945654

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 300

View: 9354

For three decades at the end of the twentieth century – throughout boxing's most engrossing era – James Lawton was ringside, covering every significant bout, spending time with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hitman Hearns, Roberto Duran, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and many other great fighters. Lawton found himself captivated by the sport as he followed it around the world. From a big fight's initial announcement, through the fighters' punishing training regimes, the overblown press conferences and dramatic weigh-ins, up to the bout itself and its savage fall-out – Lawton observed and absorbed it all, grateful for the remarkable access he was afforded. He witnessed Ali screaming in pain for his dressing-room lights to be turned out after a fight; he was there to meet Tyson at the prison gates on his release in 1992; he listened as former champions wept while struggling to find their new place in the world. As part of a small, tight-knit group of sportswriters with the privilege of covering each fight in such intimate detail, Lawton formed lifelong friendships and found himself forever altered by being caught up in the whirlwind of a sport at its most spellbinding. A Ringside Affair brings that brilliant epoch back to life – and puts it in the perspective it deserves. It salutes the epic quality of boxing's last years of glory, retraces arguably the richest inheritance bequeathed to any sport, and speculates on the possibility that we will never see such fighting again. It is part celebration, part lament, but perhaps most of all it is a personal record of some of most enthralling and challenging days produced by the world's oldest sport.
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