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Category archive: Books and reviews

25 Aug

Bumble’s career is about much more than one ball

David Lloyd: a man of many talents

ERIC BROWN reviews the autobiography of one of cricket’s most colourful all-rounders

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22 Aug

Sporting tragedy as grassroots get left behind


SJA members are invited to the book launch of colleague Anthony Clavane’s latest book, which outlines the sporting decline in Yorkshire and across the country

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12 Aug

Goodison memoir tells story of lost age of reporting

Born Not Manufactured

The Liverpool Echo’s award-winning Everton football writer has produced the sort of book about the life of a sports journalist which, according to ANTON RIPPON, will probably never be possible to write again

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10 Aug

Ace football guide blasts hacks’ use of axed words

Football cliches

Clichés are to be avoided like the plague, according to one newspaper style book. And now someone has compiled a book full of them. By STEVEN DOWNES

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8 Aug

Book title sums up The Unbelievables’ title season

Jamie Vardy's unbelievable goals were a key part of Leicester's unbelievable season

The Premier League season is about to start, with the unlikely phrase “defending champions Leicester City” about to be used. ERIC BROWN reviews a book which charts a season which defied the 5,000/1 odds

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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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