sorts of publications that will be produced to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of England winning the World Cup, but none will likely match 1966 And All That! The 50th Anniversary in terms of its visual impact. This book is in an A4 format favoured by the comic annuals of yesteryear, appropriate given that the focus of this publication is the work of illustrator Bob Bond. He worked on comics such as Valiant and Tiger and numerous football books including Scorcher, Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly and Roy of the Rovers.
Back in 1992 FIFA introduced their rankings to establish who the best teams in the world were and of course once that list was created, there had to be logically a nation that sat at the bottom of it and with it the label of ‘the worst team in the world’.
The latest footballing figure to feature in the Fifty Defining Fixtures series from Amberley Publishing is ex-Manchester United and Wales legend Ryan Giggs. These books are not intended as a full biographical analysis of a player or manager’s career, but rather an overview which the author illustrates through their choice of key games. And in that regard there is a place for this type of formulaic book, as long as they are done well.
30 July 2016 will mark fifty years since England captain Bobby Moore raised aloft the World Cup at Wembley after a 4-2 victory over West Germany in the Final. On the one hand it should be a time for celebration and acknowledgment of the achievement of Sir Alf Ramsey and his squad, but on the other it will be a harsh reminder of England’s lack of success in international football since that time.
I Am Sam is the opening book of a trilogy by James Durose-Rayner. This opening instalment introduces the reader to a central character with a love of Arsenal FC, the looks of David Beckham and a personal life more convoluted than Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy.