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The bumper book of football

Author: Hunter Davies
Publisher: London : Quercus, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English

A glorious, richly illustrated football-fest for fans of all ages


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hunter Davies
ISBN: 9781847241375 1847241379
OCLC Number: 141383247
Description: pages cm
Contents: Introduction Chapter 1 - How to be a Footballer: Apprentices; Going professional - academies and centres of excellence; How Wayne Rooney did it; How to be spotted; How to get ahead - get a name; Football for fun - coaching course during school holidays; Soccer camps; Bobby Charlton Soccer and Sports Academy; The David Beckham Academy; How to be a mascot; How to be a ball boy; Top faves; Starting late; Some advice from the past; Ten top tips; Some hoary old jokes. Chapter 2 - Football History: What every boy should know about the origins of our favourite game; History of the English League system; Early football milestones; Football abroad; The first Football League table, 1888-1889; Premiership table, 2006-2007. Chapter 3 - Great Clubs: Basic facts you need to know about some of our most famous English and Scottish clubs; Highest ever attendances (1888-2007); Premiership clubs which have been at their grounds the longest, including grounds they have now left; Cheapest and dearest seats in the Premiership, 2006-2007; What happened to some well-known grounds when they closed... Chapter 4 - Great Players, Past and Present: Early stars; Stars of the pre-war era, 1920s & 1930s; Post-war years, 1950s & 1960s; Recent stars, 1980s & 1990s; Present-day stars; Great foreign players; Where do players come from?; Players' heights and weights; Heights and weights in the past, 1923 Cup Final; England 1966; Players with the most international caps at each club (1886-2007); Players with the most League appearances at each club (1888-2007); Each club's all-time top League goalscorers (1888-2007). Bumper Serial - A Moral Dilemma for Wayne Part 1. Chapter 5 - Great Events: The beginnings of the World Cup, 1930; Christmas 1914; Women's Football and the story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies; The Wembley "White Horse" final, 1923; Moscow Dynamo's 1945 visit to Britain; Munich air crash, 1958; England's World Cup win, 1966; World Cup final, 1970; Munich, 2001 - Germany 1 England 5; The new Wembley, 2007. Chapter 6 - Mind your Language: Old-fashioned football terms; Old-fashioned football terms no longer in use; Old-fashioned football terms still heard, especially from old commentators and writers; Modern coinages; Domestic objects and terms now common in football; Origins of phrases; Foul language; Football grammar; Cliches; Managers' cliches; Commentators' cliches; Confusing phrases and terms; Football phrases that have passed into the language; Truisms. Chapter 7 - Superstitions. Bumper Serial - A Moral Dilemma for Wayne Part 2. Chapter 8 - Fun and Games: Games and quizzes; Fill in the blanks; Footer anagrams; Football crossword; Picture quiz; A quiz for today; A quiz from yesteryear; Fergie's world-class players; Double identity; Do you know the rules of football?; Mascots; Mascots of the major clubs; Other mascots; Jokes. Chapter 9 - Collecting: Tips for collectors; Programmes; Programme prices; Cigarette cards; Tickets; Shirts; Stamps; Games and toys; Miscellaneous memorabilia; Famously expensive football items; Museums. Bumper serial - A Moral Dilemma for Wayne Part 3. Chapter 10 - Fascinating Facts: England managers; Goalscoring records; English transfer records; What's in a name?; Players' names; Foreign players in the Premiership; Football firsts; Top at Christmas - but what does it mean?; Gretna; ...and one more Scottish fact. Chapter 11 - Player Profiles. Bumper Serial - A Moral Dilemma for Wayne Part 4. Chapter 12 - Cartoons. Chapter 13 - Believe It or Not. Chapter 14 - Quotations: Put-downs; Build-ups; Self-aware remarks; Famous quotes; Literary and other allusions; Period quotes; Modern quotes; The best of Billy Shankly; Old Big 'Ead - the genius of Brian Clough. Chapter 15 - Some Things Never Change...: On refs, rough play and jokers; On women; On deadly rivals; Harassed football officials; Historical notes; On corruption in football; When countries were female; When boots were big...; Scottish boasts; When they were young. Bumper Serial - A Moral Dilemma for Wayne Part 5. Index Picture credits
Responsibility: Hunter Davies.


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This would make a good Christmas gift. Give this to the football fan in your life and let him wallow indulgently ... Included is a feast of facts, feats and anecdotes relating to every conceivable Read more...

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