From skilful tackle to flagrant foul, from winning goal to crushing defeat, from soccer hero and anti-hero to iconic manager and passionate fan, half a century of British football is celebrated here in more than 250 unique images from a leading sports archive.
Remember Sergio Aguero's late goal to win the title for Man City? Or, best of all, Geoff Hurst's hat-trick wining the World Cup for England in 1966? Over half a century, Match of the Day has witnessed some of the greatest moments in football history, week in, week out. From the big shorts and brown leather balls of the Stanley Matthews era, through the classic tussles of the old First Division, right up to the glamour of the globe-spanning game that we know today, football has undergone an incredible journey - and now, in this milestone 50th year, Match of the Day celebrates the very best of the drama and the heartache. With evocative memorabilia and photography throughout, relive the story of the beautiful game, season-by-season. Featuring favourite Match of the Day memories from top players and long-standing members of the MOTD team, this is the ultimate collection of football memories for any fan.
As the first African American player to be drafted by the NFL and the first African American to play quarterback, George Taliaferro was a trailblazer whose athletic prowess earned him accolades throughout his football career. Instrumental in leading Indiana University to an undefeated season and undisputed Big Ten championship in 1945, Taliaferro was a star when many major universities had no black players on their rosters and others were stacking black players behind white starters. George Taliaferro would later rack up impressive statistics while playing professionally for the New York Yanks, Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts, and Philadelphia Eagles. His athletic prowess did little to prevent him from facing segregation and discrimination on a daily basis, but his popularity as an athlete also gave him a platform. Playing professionally gave Taliaferro more opportunity to use football to fight oppression and to interact with other important trailblazers, like Joe Louis, Nat King Cole, Muhammad Ali, and Congressman John Lewis. Race and Football in America tells Taliaferro's story and profiles the experiences of other athletes of color who were recognized for their athleticism yet oppressed for their skin color, as they fought (and continue to fight) for equal rights and opportunities. Together these stories provide an insightful portrait of race in America.
The Premiership in Focus celebrates 15 years that have changed the face of football. When Football Focus began life on BBC1 in 1968 as Football Preview, football in England was about old wooden terraces, grounds that were ankle deep in mud or covered in snow and a Bovril at half time. In 1992 came the Premier League and the sport changed forever. The Premier League was established as one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan and widely watched national sporting leagues in the world and fans are now able to watch hundreds of Premiership matches live as football has seemingly taken over much of national life. Why has this happened? How has it affected the clubs, fans, players and managers? How long can it be sustained? This book aims to examine these questions as well as celebrate 15 amazing years of football. It will look back at the great moments, outstanding matches, stunning goals, incredible saves, controversial decisions and the sheer excitement that has been the Premiership.
Football, in many ways, is a visual endeavour. From the visual experience within the stadium itself to worldwide media representations, from advertisements to football art and artefacts: football is much about seeing and being seen, about watching, making visual and being visualised. The FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa has turned into a perfect example of the visual dimensions of football. Stadiums have been built and marketed as tourist attractions, mass media and internet platforms are advertising South African cities and venues, logos and emblems are displayed and celebrated, exhibitions are organised in museums world-wide. This book explores the social, cultural and political role of football in Africa by focusing on the issue of its visibility and invisibility. The contributions consider the history and present of football in different parts of Africa. They examine historical and recent pictures and images of football and football players, as well as places and spaces of their production and perception. They analyse the visual dimensions expressed in sports infrastructure, football media-scapes, and in expressive and material arts. This book thus contributes to the growing interest in football in Africa by exploring a new field of research into sports. This book was previously published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.
MissingMilo Hamilton has called 11 no-hitters and a World Series, often in tandem with such broadcast legends as Jack Buck, Jack Brickhouse, Bob Elson, and Harry Caray. His work was so well-received that he was enshrined into the broadcasters? wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. He received an even more unexpected honor eight years later ? election to the exclusive Radio Hall of Fame, of which only seven other baseball broadcasters belong. He has truly managed to work his way up from humble origins. The story he tells in Making Airwaves: 60 Years at Milo's Microphone is a profile in courage, a tale of talent and determination, and a behind-the-scenes look at seven decades of baseball history.
This book is a nonfiction account of some key years in the history of pro football. It starts on Dec. 7, 1941, and continues until the NFL championship game of 1960, but the focus of the book is on the five crucial seasons from 1946 to 1950. The central characters are the Philadelphia Eagles, the best team in the National Football League during that period, and the Cleveland Browns, the best team in the upstart All America Football Conference. In 1950, those two leagues merged, and those two wonderful teams faced off on opening day in what has been called the first Super Bowl. That game served as a climax to five years of growth and change for the sport, five years that set the stage for the NFL to become the nation´s most popular pro league. And those five seasons saw some terrific football. Each chapter focuses on two main elements --- what actually happened on the football field and what life was like for those who played the game. Whenever possible, the book relies on the voice of the players to tell the story. I talked to or corresponded with more than 50 players from the era, including such immortals as Steve Van Buren, Otto Graham, Chuck Bednarik, the late Lou Groza, Crazy Legs Hirsch, and Night Train Lane. The players talked to me at length about their love of the sport and their appreciation for their teammates, their coaches, and their foes. They talked about working second jobs to make ends meet and about seeing themselves on TV for the first time. They talked about jarring collisions on the field and serene team picnics in the park. They fondly remembered their triumphs and bitterly (sometimes quite bitterly) recalled their defeats. And they told me many funny stories. The book also makes use of contemporary news accounts and published histories. A bibliography is included, as is a final chapter composed entirely of some final thoughts from the former players who talked to me. There is also a helpful section with relevant statistics from the era.
This book carefully examines the careers of the 50 men who made the greatest impact on the New York Giants of the National Football League. Including iconic figures such as Lawrence Taylor, Mel Hein, Frank Gifford, Harry Carson, Michael Strahan, and Eli Manning, the top 50 ranking is sure to fuel debate among Giants fans. A fascinating collection of bios, stats, quotes from opposing players and former teammates, photographs, and recaps of memorable performances and seasons, this book is a must-read not only for Giants fans, but for all fans of professional football.
This is a complete history of Irish international football managers. The Irish football manager is high profile and prestigious postition with many dramatic highs and lows. This book includes over 55 personal interviews from all the key personalities and the people who knew them best.