Football Book of the Year

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  • Shortlisted
    The Boy In Brazil by Seth Burkett

    The Boy In Brazil is a charming, insightful account of an 18-year-old’s magical season as the country’s only English professional, taking a bittersweet look at the beautiful game and cultural concerns of the 2014 World Cup’s vibrant hosts. On his journ …

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    The Life And Times Of Herbert Chapman by Patrick Barclay

    Herbert Chapman, the boss of the all-conquering Arsenal team of the 1930s, was the father of all football managers, arguably the greatest of all time and certainly the most imaginative. Patrick Barclay’s perceptive and highly informed biography weaves …

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    The Second Half by Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle

    As part of a tiny elite of football players, Roy Keane has had a life like no other. In a stunning collaboration with Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, The Second Half  blends anecdote and reflection in Roy Keane’s inimitable voice. The result i …

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    Fergie Rises by Michael Grant

    Fergie Rises returns to a time when Ferguson was lucky to get Aberdeen, not the other way around. It’s the story of an eight-year revolution that saw the Dons and their ambitious young manager knock the Old Firm off their perch, taste victory in Europe …

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    Bobby Moore: The Man In Full by Matt Dickinson

    The definitive biography of England’s greatest footballer, and World Cup winning captain by one of the country’s most-respected football writers. Matt Dickinson traces the journey of this Essex boy who became the patron saint of English football, peeli …

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    In Search Of Duncan Ferguson by Alan Pattullo

    The first-ever biography of Duncan Ferguson, who went from being British football’s most expensive native player to an inmate in Glasgow’s infamous Barlinnie Prison, after head-butting an opponent during a Scottish Premier Division match.

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    I Don’t Know What It Is But I Love It by Tony Evans

    Kenny Dalglish. Graeme Souness. Ian Rush. Alan Hansen. Bruce Grobelaar. They rank with the very greatest players ever. But the heroes of 1984 were an unlikely group to make history. Led by a 63-year old first-time manager and a show-off captain better …

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