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A superb, lavishly illustrated, full colour, 372-page hardback book in which players past and present, club members and other supporters share their unique memories of playing and watching this famous county cricket club founded in 1876. In this veritable feast of nostalgia, they turn back the clock to recall the key moments, matches, batsmen, bowlers, wicketkeepers, all-rounders, fielders and overseas stars who helped make this such a special, friendly club. Spearheading the 25 players exclusively interviewed are legendary former England record-breaking batsman Graham Gooch (who also contributes the foreword), current England Test opener Alastair Cook, respected title-winning skipper Keith Fletcher, stylish South African batsman Ken McEwan, Nasser Hussain (now a Sky Sports co-commentator) and popular members from the trophy-winning seasons of the late 70s, 80s and early 90s, John Lever, Stuart Turner, Ray East, David Acfield, Neil Foster, Brian Hardie, Mark Ilott, Ronnie Irani, Derek Pringle, Paul Prichard and John Childs. Recently retired Graham Napier, David Masters and Ashley Cowan also recall their highs and lows. Old stalwarts Robin Hobbs, the former England leg-spinner, Geoff Smith and Graham Saville evoke the bygone days of the pre-white ball era. As well as the thoughts of 'Cookie', read the views of current heroes Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate and James Foster, fresh from their back-to-back triumphs as second and first division County Championship winners in 2016 and 2017 respectively. But this mammoth volume is as much about the die-hard supporters as it is the players who have worn the three seaxes with flair, pride and distinction. More than 100 have contributed their personal memories and anecdotes from following their team at Chelmsford, Colchester, Southend, Ilford, Brentwood, Romford, Clacton and the original County Ground at Leyton. Indeed, there is a section devoted to all 14 of the various festival outgrounds, plus the beloved mobile scoreboard (and the men who operated it) that trundled from place to place.
The Know the Game Skills series is the perfect introduction to a sport for every budding player. Each book aims to teach young players the basic skills of the game they need to start enjoying the sport - by giving plenty of simple practice drills and showing how the star players do it. Football: Goalkeeping aims to teach the basic skills needed to become a great goalkeeper. It teaches the young player how to: control the area and narrow angles handle the ball block shots clear the ball by punching or kicking come off the goal line set up counter attacks. Clearly illustrated and written by a professional coach, this book will give every player all the skills and confidence they need to enjoy football - from the playground kickabout to competitive matches.
It is the tournament that separates champions from mortals. It is the starting point for the careers of future legends and can be the final stop on the down escalator for fading stars. The annual PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament is one of the most grueling competitions in any sport. Every fall, veterans and talented hopefuls sweat through six rounds of hell at Q school, as the tournament is universally known, to get a shot at the PGA Tour, vying for the 30 slots available. The grim reality: if you don't make it through Q school, you're not on the PGA tour. You're out. And those who make it to the six day finals are the lucky ones: Hundreds more players fail to get through the equally grueling first two stages of the event. John Feinstein tells the story of the players who compete for these coveted positions in the 2005 Q school as only he can. With arresting accounts from the players, established winners, rising stars, the defeated and the endlessly hopeful, America's favorite sportswriter unearths the inside story behind the PGA Tour's brutal all-or-nothing competition.
On a rainy night in Gothenburg in May 1983 twelve young Scotsmen turned the footballing world on its head. Against all the odds, those players took on the might of Spanish giants Real Madrid, and beat them convincingly. Aberdeen were winners of the European Cup Winners Cup. The manager, Alex Ferguson, would go on to become one of the greats, his team Pittodrie legends. The tale of that season, the remarkable triumph in the Ullevi Stadium and of the men who made it possible has never fully been told - until now. "Glory In Gothenburg" goes behind the scenes, deep into the inner sanctum, and through a series of in-depth interviews with all the main characters reveals what made that side and those players so special and what drove them on to achieve unparalleled success. Thirty years later, the story remains one of the most astonishing in the history of Scottish football.
The flagship publication of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the Baseball Research Journal is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed publication presenting the best in SABR member research on baseball. History, biography, economics, physics, psychology, game theory, sociology and culture, records, and many other disciplines are represented to expand our knowledge of baseball as it is, was, and could be played.
Magical Magyars tells the remarkable story of the legendary Hungarian football team of the 50s, a side whose breathtaking technical skills and passing-and-movement style of play changed the very way the sport was played. Author David Bailey traces the team's origins and details how communist Hungary, a tiny nation impoverished and subjugated by one of the most brutal Stalinist regimes in the Soviet empire, was able to produce a football team that was the envy of the sporting world, and so very nearly world champions. Captained by the genius that was Ferenc Puskas, the Magical Magyars walked a tightrope between being the regime's darlings and providing the beleaguered Hungarian people with a sense of national pride during their darkest days. The team enthralled, dominated and revolutionised world football - until its own demise was brought about by a revolution of a different kind. Weaving in threads of friendship and betrayal, tactics and politics, the quest for glory and upheaval, here is a football story quite unlike any other.
In the Jim Crow South, is an inspiring story of 'Jackie Robinson in reverse'. At the outset of summer break in 1959, Texas Tech senior Jerry Craft had no more enticing options than to stay home and help on the family ranch-so the telephoned offer to play for a semipro baseball club he'd never heard of came as a welcome surprise. But Craft was in for an even bigger surprise when he reported for tryout and discovered he'd been recruited for the West Texas Colored League. Wichita Falls/Graham Stars manager Carl Sedberry persuaded Craft to put aside his misgivings and pitch for the Stars. Despite the derision of black teammates, fans, and opponents, and his own trepidation, 'that white boy' took the mound to close a rousing victory in his first game. At home and on the road in segregated Texas, Craft saw discrimination firsthand and from every side. Yet out of his two seasons with the Stars comes an unlikely story of respect, character, humor, and ultimately friendship as the teammates pulled together to succeed in a game they loved.
Three of the greatest football clubs: Celtic, Liverpool and Manchester United. Their three greatest managers: Jock Stein, Bill Shankly and Matt Busby. Three men born within a 20-mile radius of each other in the central lowlands of Scotland; forged in mining communities to subsequently shape the course of modern football. More than the sum of its parts, THE THREE KINGS, promises a narrative beyond any single biography of its three subjects could. The track record of Jonny Owen and his producers promises a film of critical and commercial importance - loved by all fans of the beautiful game, as well as by fans of the three greatest clubs in the UK. Together these three clubs have a combined 170,000 season-ticket holders, and social-media followings worldwide of over 200,000,000 people.
Discover the world's best teams and biggest competitions with the ultimate visual guide to football, fully updated to include the results of the 2018 World Cup. Are you a keen player, a lifelong supporter, or simply an armchair football manager? The Football Book has something for everyone, packed with stats and facts. From the history of football to the most recent tournaments, The Football Book reveals the story behind the game. Profiling more than 65 of the world's best sporting nations, including the winners of the 2014 World Cup, Germany, the biggest names in club football, and looking at techniques from free-kicks to block tackling, this is the ultimate guide to the beautiful game. Previous ISBN- 9780241317631
The 72nd edition of the Playfair Cricket Annual is packed with all the information you need to follow the cricket season in 2019. As fans look forward to a bumper summer, with the Cricket World Cup and an eagerly anticipated Ashes series, cricket will rarely have had so much exposure. There are comprehensive Test match and limited-overs records and career records to help you follow the action, as well as series records against Australia. For the first time, England will also play Ireland in Test match cricket. County cricket is covered in unrivalled depth, with biographies of all players registered to the counties at the start of the season, full coverage of last summer's events and a fixture list for all major domestic matches in 2019. There are also sections on Ireland's cricketers, women's cricket, the major domestic T20 competitions from around the world, while the Editorial assesses the looming arrival of The Hundred in 2020. For any cricket fan, the season is never complete without a copy of Playfair to guide you through it all.
The extraordinary, life-affirming autobiography of rugby legend DODDIE WEIR There has never been anyone quite like Doddie Weir. A giant of the game and a rugby icon, his story is unique, inspirational and charged with a passion for living life to the full. In a rugby career which had huge highs and shocking lows, Doddie faced some of the greatest players in the game, from Jonny Wilkinson to Jonah Lomu, Brian O'Driscoll to Scott Quinnell and Martin Johnson to Joost van der Westhuizen, and set stadiums alight when "on the charge like a mad giraffe". Now, at the age of 48, Doddie is facing an entirely different adversary: Motor Neurone Disease. But Doddie Weir has never been one to shy away from a challenge, on or off the pitch, and he has faced up to MND with undaunted positivity, using his boundless energy to raise funds for MND research and support, with more than GBP1million already raised and committed in the first year. MY NAME'5 DODDIE is a courageous and hugely entertaining celebration of a remarkable life being lived to the max. You will laugh, you may cry, but Doddie's story is an absolute must-read - rugby fan or not.
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Are you ready to go hard core? Then let top performance trainer Chip Smith break you down and build you up into the biggest, baddest player on the field. The number-one expert pros turn to when they want to get pumped and primed for the season and the first choice of aspiring players when they need to take their game to the next level, Smith coaches the best of the best at his state-of-the-art training center, Competitive Edge Sports. Now in "Football Training Like the Pros," he brings his once-exclusive top training secrets to you.. .
With a foreword by Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher; photos straight from Smith's powerhouse camps; and the exclusive personal routines of NFL stars like Denver's Champ Bailey, Washington's Antwaan Randle El, and Atlanta's Keith Brooking, this is your complete guide to taking your game to the next level. .
Inside you'll find tons of individualized, position-specific drills and training techniques guaranteed to help you: . Gain mega-pounds of muscle and increase your power. Get fast and shave time off your forty-yard dash. Supercharge your endurance . Improve your agility and flexibility. Turn your mental toughness to steel. And much more
The fun and easy way to get into the swing of things and take strokes off your game fast Whether you're a total beginner or you've clocked a few hours on the links, Golf For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the only guide you need. Packed with expert tips and techniques for everything from mastering your grip, stance and swing to shaping up with golf-specific exercises, this updated and expanded edition of the international bestseller features new, step-by-step photos, tips for women players, seniors and lefties, and loads of fun golf history facts. * Learn your ABCs master the basics, from golf lingo and choosing your clubs, to who to play with and where * Watch your step get the lowdown on golf rules, how to keep score, and take a crash-course on gamesmanship and the do's and taboos of golf-course etiquette * Get into the swing delve into the art and science of the golf swing, including how to blast your way out of bunkers and how to develop an effective putting stroke * Tackle the tough shots finesse difficult shots like a pro and deal with bad weather and bad luck with grace and skill * Fine-tune your play zero in on common faults and bad habits and learn time-tested techniques for easily fixing them once and for all * To school or not to school decide whether formal lessons are right for you and find out how to select a great teacher 'If you've ever wanted to know more about golf or improve your game then this is your guide' The Fairway, from a review of the 1st edition 'Does exactly what it says on the tin!' Today's Golfer, from a review of the 1st edition Open the book and find: * Tips on choosing golf balls and clubs * Exercises for getting and staying in golf shape * How to develop your own swing * Putting, chipping and pitching * Mastering grip, stance and swing * Simple fixes for common faults * Golf rules and etiquette * Advice on taking advantage of high-tech equipment * Where to play in the UK and Europe Learn to: * Master your grip, stance and swing * Improve your game with tips from the pros * Overcome the game's mental challenges with tricks and exercises
Big names have always dominated baseball, and one of the biggest in recent history is Roger Clemens - the Rocket. As a baseball great, he has shown what it means to succeed, both on the field and off, in his near quarter century of major-league service. "The Rocket: Baseball Legend Roger Clemens" journeys from Clemens' humble and sometimes difficult childhood through his illustrious career in Boston, Toronto, New York, and Houston. Clemens rose through the ranks, setting a new example of devoted work ethic and responsibility to team and fan alike. Through it all he remained a dedicated family man, not a trait usually associated with the free-for-all image of a major-league baseball player. Joseph Janczak traces Clemens' career from his high school days; through his University of Texas collegiate baseball (where he was given the pre-Rocket nickname of "Goose"); and on to his minor-league and major-league career. Baseball's image when Clemens first started in the halcyon days of the mid-1980s quickly dissolved into that of a sport saddled with crises and scandals, such as gambling, steroids, strikes, and fan distrust. But Clemens rose above it all and has set an example for the fans, who he says are the reason for his hard work on the mound each game. "The Rocket" includes thoughts from teammates, opponents, and Clemens himself on his legendary career. Janczak also discusses the ongoing steroid controversy and the Rocket's philanthropic endeavors to the community. Written for baseball fans of all ages and all levels of knowledge of the game, "The Rocket" shows why baseball is America's pastime and why some stars still deserve to be idolized.
When Franck Sauzee signed for Hibernian Football Club in February 1999, he already enjoyed legendary status in European footballing circles. Alex McLeish's feat of persuading the Gallic Great to sign for Hibs was the club's biggest coup since the signing of George Best. Many people imagined that Franck Sauzee would be quite happy to come to Edinburgh, pick up his salary and quietly see out his distinguished career. They could not have been more wrong. Sauzee bought into the culture of Hibernian from his arrival. He proved that he was still a great footballer and helped to lead his new team from the mediocrity of the Scottish First Division back to the heights of the Scottish Premier League. Franck became club captain, inspired his team mates, scored many unforgettable goals and took Hibs to a Scottish Cup Final. Sauzee then retired to become manager of his beloved Hibees. Sadly, this chapter of Franck's Hibs career was to prove short-lived but he left the club as one of its best loved and most revered players. Even today, ten years on from the great man's departure, the song "There's Only One Sauzee" is still sung at Easter Road. Now, well-known Hibs author, Ted Brack, documents the highs and lows of the Sauzee era. Ted has spoken to directors, managers, players, journalists and supporters to get the full story of Le God's time at Easter Road. The result is a must read book for Hibs supporters of all ages, especially those who still treasure the memory of Franck Sauzee, Hibernian Super Star.
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