An Echo of Glory: Tottenham Hotspur in the 21st Century delves into the famous club’s recent past to uncover how Spurs emerged from a stagnant period in the 1990s to once again compete for the game’s highest honours.
At the turn of the millennium, Tottenham were languishing in mid-table mediocrity, out of all the cup competitions and about to say goodbye to their star player. Just two decades later they had challenged for the league title, built one of the world’s finest stadiums and come so close to the ultimate glory of lifting the Champions League trophy.
But this story is not without its twists and turns. In this century, the club has been through some of its most testing times, as heroes have come and gone and the revolving door of managers has hardly stopped spinning.
Gareth Thomas peels back the layers on the key characters that have left their mark on the club, bringing fresh perspectives and shedding new light on the issues and events that continue to shape the present and future of Tottenham Hotspur.
(Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd. October 2023. Hardcover: 288 pages)
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Match Fit takes an in-depth look at mental health in football, from the Premier League down to five-a-side, in the hope of destigmatising this much-neglected topic, with candid contributions from the likes of Chris Kirkland, Paul Lambert and Marcus Bent.
Subjects such as the issues facing footballers after retirement and the rise of social media are placed under the microscope, and we discover how being a football fan can benefit your mental health.
Seasoned pros discuss the challenges they’ve faced in football, speaking openly about personal experiences most of us wouldn’t associate with the glamour of the beautiful game.
From a grassroots perspective, there are uplifting stories of how people have learnt to manage their mental health, with football as a key tool to help them get through their day-to-day lives.
If the interviewees – involved in a sport that has traditionally lauded masculinity and the absence of so-called weakness – can open up about their mental health, then so can anyone.
(Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd. August 2023. Hardcover: 384 pages)
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It’s Spring 1965, and young Alan Connolly is a man with a plan. Out of jail and out of Glasgow, leaving old wars behind and hoping that the voices in his head allow him to forget the past.
New start, new city. Smart suit, the best scooter and the right connections. LS1 is swinging – Coffee bars and clubs, pills and protection rackets. And at Elland Road, Revie’s United are chasing a league and cup double in their first season back in the top flight.
It’s the right place and the perfect time to build his empire and the only thing that can stop him is his own dangerous ambition and the dark memories that torment him.
(Publisher: Independently published. September 2023. Paperback: 217 pages)
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Stephen Brandt tells the story of how Brazilian club Flamengo became the best football team in the world, winning cups at every level before beating the mighty Liverpool in 1981 to capture the Intercontinental Cup.
On one side were the kings of Europe who’d recently won their third European Cup in six years, and on the other side Flamengo, who had just won the Copa Libertadores. Amid the dying days of a military dictatorship, Flamengo brought home a country-unifying title, a feat not seen since Pele’s Santos won back-to-back Intercontinental Cups in 1962 and ’63.
Along the way, we meet the special players of that golden generation, including the legendary Junior, the underdog Nunes, Zico, the small-statured talent who was dubbed the next Pele, and the brilliant Tita.
The Brazilian side managed by Paulo Cesar Carpegiani played an attractive, free-flowing style of football that Europeans had never seen before. Just a year later they provided many stars for Tele Santana’s great team that lit up the 1982 World Cup.
(Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd. July 2023. Hardcover: 256 pages)
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Nii Lamptey: The Curse of Pele is the authorised biography of Ghanaian footballer Nii Lamptey, a one-time bright young talent who was hailed as ‘the next Pele’ by Pele himself.
By age 16, Lamptey had won the Belgian title with RSC Anderlecht and the World Championship with Ghana’s Under-16s. One year later, he won a bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. After joining Dutch masters PSV Eindhoven on loan in 1993 and scoring 10 times in 22 games that season, Lamptey appeared to have the world at his feet. Spells at Aston Villa and Coventry City followed, but he failed to fulfil Pele’s bold prophecy.
Instead, his career became a cautionary tale of what can go wrong when too much pressure is applied to young players. Injuries, lack of schooling, domestic violence, bad agents and a tragic and turbulent personal life pushed Lamptey to the brink of suicide, but thankfully he recovered.
In this ‘warts and all’ account he finally lifts the lid on his incredible story.
(Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd. June 2023. Hardcover: 256 pages)
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Golden Generations: The Story of the 2006 FIFA Men’s World Cup tells the tale of one of the most action-packed international tournaments in recent memory.
From Philipp Lahm’s extraordinary goal just six minutes in, to Zinedine Zidane’s infamous headbutt, it was a World Cup that had it all.
With all six confederations represented for the first time since 1982, there was a truly global feel to this World Cup. There were subplots attached to almost every nation at the tournament.
Germany were in the midst of a rebuild, the Italians had the cloud of Calciopoli hanging over them and France and England were nearing the end of an era with their talented squads.
Even the debutant nations were filled with household names, from the Touré brothers and Didier Drogba with the Ivory Coast to Dwight Yorke dropping into midfield to captain Trinidad and Tobago.
Golden Generations explores the plots and subplots that defined the 2006 World Cup, from the tournament’s beginnings to the legacy it left behind.
(Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd. July 2023. Hardcover: 352 pages)
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The Town’s Game traces the lineage of Southport Football Club and Southport Rugby Football Club back to the very beginning and provides a forensic examination of the origins of these sports in the town towards the end of the nineteenth century.
This book tells the story of a game that began as an unassuming winter pastime for a select few but underwent a fascinating evolution to become Southport’s most popular leisure time activity.
The Town’s Game, by Daniel Hayes, includes results, with line-ups wherever available, for Southport Football Club (Rugby), Southport Olympic (Rugby), Southport Wasps (Rugby), Southport Hornets (Rugby), Southport Football Club (Association), Southport Wanderers (Association) and Southport Recreation (Association), between the years 1872 and 1889.
(Publisher: Independently published. July 2022. Paperback: 364 pages)
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Mr Corinthian is the first-ever biography of Nicholas Lane (‘Pa’) Jackson, founding father of the famous Corinthian Football Club.
This team of amateur gentlemen was a phenomenon in the game’s early years. Achieving victories over FA Cup winners and league champions, their players twice comprised the whole England national team, while their overseas tours introduced the game to countries that would later become footballing superpowers.
Jackson has been hailed as the architect, visionary and genius behind this celebrated club. But ‘Pa’, as he was affectionately known, was not what he seemed. An incorrigible self-publicist and social climber, he cultivated the appearance of a sophisticated English gentleman and a ‘grand old man of sport’. For the last 100 years, his version of the Corinthian story, as told to club members, has been accepted as a faithful record of events – but it wasn’t.
Did the club’s historians conspire to fabricate an undeserved reputation? This book is a search for the truth.
(Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd. June 2023. Hardcover: 256 pages)
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Moments That Could Have Changed Football Forever is a detailed study of the ‘what-if’ moments that have shaped football and what the alternative could have been.
The bounce of a ball, an ill-timed injury or a contentious decision are just some of the moments that could have changed football forever. Every fan of every club or country has a ‘what if’ moment that they know could have brought their team glory had things turned out differently. Some of these moments have proved unforgettable, some have become iconic and others have changed the very nature of the game itself.
The knock-on effect of a shot at goal scored or missed can have resounding consequences that are only realised later. This book explores those effects impartially and objectively, through research, context and coaching insight.
Each moment has been chosen to guarantee discussion and debate among fans, who will of course have their own opinions about what would have happened. There are even fantasy match-ups between the great teams of different eras.
(Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd. June 2023. Hardcover: 320 pages)
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The remarkable untold story of Peter Craigmyle, an Oldmeldrum lad who despite breaking both his legs went on to become Scotland’s greatest international football referee of the 20th century.
Uniquely, this publication features a selection of the most fascinating and newsworthy articles about Peter’s life and career as a topflight referee. Each has been curated from 60 years of unprecedented media coverage in the local, national, and international press to retell Peter’s amazing story.
Peter Craigmyle [1894-1979] was initially convinced to become a referee in 1918 after a chance meeting with Aberdeen FC’s first Manager Jimmy Phillips. He regularly trained alongside the players at Pittodrie, refereed matches there and became a shareholder of the club. Peter was frequently cited in the press as a potential director of the club. His sports shop on King Street was also a kit supplier to the club at one time.
(Charterhall Publications, May 2023, Paperback 277 pages)
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