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Category archive: Books and reviews

25 Jul

No escaping Clough’s shadow in Forest’s rich history

Forest's librarian Don Wright has done an excellent job in charting the club's 150-year history. Picture: newark Advertiser

From Pickwick Papers to their European exploits spread across the back pages of the tabloids, the first 150 years of ‘the original reds’ offer many fascinating football stories, as ERIC BROWN discovered

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18 Jul

Long-suffering Carter’s tale of Grecians’ legends

Gus Honeybun

Gus Honeybun… Your Boys Took One Hell of a Beating is the first book to be published by Simon Carter, the sports editor of the Southern Daily Echo, who carries the unfortunate burden of being a fan of his home town team, the spectacularly unsuccessful Exeter City

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13 Jul

Real insights from Charlton’s account of ’66 and all that

Sir Bobby Charlton: spoke of the importance of volunteers

For the second time in his career, ERIC BROWN tackles Sir Bobby, this time in book form

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1 Jul

Winter’s tale has solution to end the years of hurt

Fifty Years of Hurt

No sooner had one of the country’s leading football writers published his book on England’s regular disappointments in international tournaments than the national side presented him with ample material for another sorry chapter. ERIC BROWN reckons Fifty Years of Hurt should be a set text for the FA

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15 Jun

Hillsborough disaster retold in fans’ own words

Hillsborough Disaster book cover

ERIC BROWN was reporting for a national agency on that dreadful, fateful day at Hillsborough in April 1989. Here, he reviews a book which has put together first-hand accounts which offer some answers to what led to the worst tragedy in British sporting history

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6 Jun

Fond tributes paid to Sportspages’ John Gaustad

John Gaustad: a sports writing innovator

STEVEN DOWNES on the founder of a sports book store and awards who helped to raise the status of sports writing in this country

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2 Jun

Absorbing tale of United player rated ‘better than Giggs’

Forever Young book cover

RANDALL NORTHAM on a book by Oliver Kay which tells the forgotten story of one of football’s lost talents

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19 May

Copenhagen’s not so wonderful, wonderful book

A miracle of sorts: Alan Smith with his hands on a trophy for Arsenal in 1994

ERIC BROWN reviews a fan’s flawed account of an Arsenal triumph in Europe

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16 May

Uncovering the power of sport to take control

Eat Sweat Play cover

PAUL BROWN found Anna Kessel’s new book about sport, and women, inspiring

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26 Apr

Golden memories recalled in 50th anniversary book

1966 And All That! jpeg

Patrick Collins, Jim Lawton and Steve Curry are just some of the leading sports writers who have contributed to a 50th anniversary book which takes readers back to the glorious summer of 1966

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