Football Book of the Year

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  • foreveryoung

    Winner
    Forever Young by Oliver Kay

    Adrian Doherty was not a typical footballer. The stories of Doherty’s contemporaries, that group of Manchester United youngsters who became known as the “Class of ’92”, are well known. Ryan Giggs ended up as the most decorated player in United’s histor …

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  • AndtheSunShinesnowpb

    Shortlisted
    And the Sun Shines Now by Adrian Tempany

    On 15 April 1989, 96 people were fatally injured on a football terrace at an FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield. The Hillsborough disaster was broadcast live on the BBC; it left millions of people traumatised, and English football in ruins. And the Sun Shi …

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  • 9780091958558

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    Di Stéfano by Ian Hawkey

    Pele, Best and Maradona everyone has heard of, but to the true football cognoscenti Alfredo Di Stéfano, the magician behind Real Madrid’s five European Cups in a row, is the greatest of them all. Over 20 years, Di Stéfano was the guiding force behind t …

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  • FiftyYearsofHurt

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    Fifty Years of Hurt by Henry Winter

    ‘England invented football, codified it, became champions of the world in 1966 but humiliatingly then forgot how to play the greatest game of all. England took their eye off a ball they arrogantly thought they owned, allowing other nations to run off w …

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  • NoNonsense

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    No Nonsense: The Autobiography by Joey Barton

    So, you think you know Joey Barton. Think again. No Nonsense is a game-changing autobiography which will redefine the most fascinating figure in British football. It is the raw yet redemptive story of a man shaped by rejection and the consequences of h …

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  • Mister

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    Mister by Rory Smith

    From its late-Victorian flowering in the mill towns of the northwest of England, football spread around the world with great speed. It was helped on its way by a series of missionaries who showed the rest of the planet the simple joys of the game. Even …

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