Pub Date: 04 Jan 2021
Imprint: AFV Modeller
The first half of the book is a scrapbook of Veitch life in football and covers all the success he had as Captain of Newcastle United (FA Cup win and the 3 league championships). It also looks into the many activities he was involved with outside of football. The second half of the book is his own life story that he wrote in 1931 for the Sunday Sun.
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2020
Who could imagine that finding a suitable pair of football boots would prove almost impossible for women and girls in the 1970s?The focus of the women’s liberation movement was fought in the streets, in universities, in workplaces and in the home. We add the football field to these sites of protest and empowerment for individual women. We follow the Australian and New Zealand national players – schoolgirls, factory workers, university graduates and professionals – as they navigate the male-dominated world of football. This book never shies away from the uncomfortable aspects of their journeys, uncovering stories of vulnerability and strength, sexual harassment as well as sexual awakening, personal vilification as well as celebration, giving voice to a silencing in sport. Written by historian Dr Marion Stell, in collaboration with football identity Heather Reid AM, this enlivened account is told with honesty, pain and humour.
Pub Date: 11 Apr 2019
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
"If Alpe d’Huez was a rigorous climb, with its mathematical progression of tight corners and steep inclines, the Izoard is far more awesome, a rocky wilderness at 7,743 feet, which needs only a few bleached skulls at the roadside to complete its sense of desolation."
Geoffrey Nicholson’s The Great Bike Race is universally revered by modern cycling critics as the benchmark English-language volume of the sport and has risen to mythical status. It was the first book in English to tell the entire story of a full tour and truly captivates the reader from start to finish. Nicholson’s classic, vivid descriptions of the racing, the personalities, tactics and intrigues of the 1976 race are rotated with insightful thematic chapters where he lifts the lid on the broader culture and lengthy traditions of cycling’s most famous race and the greatest annual sports event in the world.
Pub Date: 10 Nov 2018
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
In 1943 The West Point basketball team, the Cadets, had only managed a 5-10 record, and for the 1944 season coach Ed Kelleher’s hopes in reversing Army’s fortunes rested on his five starters. They consisted of three seniors – team captain “Big Ed” Christl, John “Three Star” Hennessey, and class president Bobby Faas – and two juniors, Dale Hall and Doug Kenna. At the academy, Kelleher molded his cadets into a new kind of team, and, as the new season opened in January of 1944, Kelleher’s strategy paid handsome dividends. By the end of January, West Point was 6-0; by the end of February, the team boasted a 13-0 record. Of course, during those weeks, it only took a glance at the newspaper headlines to be reminded that there were far bigger contests than intercollegiate basketball afoot in the winter of 1944. The cadets would not be able to play in the NIT or NCAA national tournaments for a likely national championship. The world was at war, and the U.S. Army needed its finest on the front line more than on the court. Just after their incredible basketball battles ended, the three seniors were about to enter other battles. Hennessey endured months of front-line fighting, battling from the waist-deep snow of Alsatian forests to the bombed-out rubble of German cities. Christl, a fearless forward observer for his field artillery battalion, made it all the way to Austria, where he would lose his life in the final week of the war in Europe. Three months later, Faas was shot down over Japan and forced to bail out over the Pacific Ocean. Coach Kelleher would die overseas on his own special assignment with the Army.In the years that followed, the Army's basketball team would never again have a chance to again play in the NCAA tournament and, in the modern era, few remember West Point's perfect 1944 season. Although West Point's home basketball court is named the Edward C. Christl Arena, and the National Invitational Tournament's trophy is named after his coach, Edward A. Kelleher, too few people fully appreciate why. But after reading Their Greatest Season, they will.
Pub Date: 28 Jul 2018
Imprint: Musette Publishing
“Eating right shouldn’t be a punishment!”. In collaboration with Physiologist Dr. Stacy Sims Ph.D, who specialises in sports nutrition and hydration, Hannah has created EAT, RACE, WIN a modern endurance cookbook classic with more than 150 recipes and scientifically supported guidelines for all seasons throughout the year. As the weather changes so does the body – optimise the way you fuel for training and racing. EAT RACE WIN brings you lots of amazing vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free dishes to eat before, during and after training, showing you how to stay hydrated and make your own bars and recovery meals. Tailor meals after physical exercise and let yourself be inspired in the kitchen to get your goals in the bag – endurance food has never been more delicious!
Includes interviews from some of the world's best endurance athletes: UCI World Road and Paris Roubaix champion Peter Sagan; Amstel Gold race winner Michael Valgren; Olympic triathlete gold winner Gwen Jorgensen; and cyclo cross rider Selene Yeager. Team Novo Nordisk nutritionist and riders also share knowledge on how to perform as a diabetic pro rider.
Pub Date: 10 Jun 2014
Imprint: Liberties Press
Con Houlihan is, quite simply, one of Ireland's finest sports writers. Over a lengthy career, Con has covered many of the greatest Irish and international sporting events, from classic gaelic football and hurling finals to soccer and rugby world cups, the Olympics and memorable race meetings at home and abroad. He has also written about sports biggest stars, from George Best to Muhammad Ali. More Than a Game gathers together the finest examples of his sports journalism from the mid-1970s to the present day.
Pub Date: 10 Jun 2014
Imprint: Liberties Press
In Full Flood is a warm, honest and reflective book which chronicles the four main phases of Finbarr Flood's life: his initial infatuation and fledgling career in football, his rise to the very top of Guinness in Ireland, his period chairing the Labour Court and his role as chairman of Shelbourne Football Club. From his roots in inner city Dublin through to his contacts with many of the principle players in Irish public life, Finbarr Flood has garnered and retained great respect in his many fields of activity. His book recounts his many roles and the pleasures and difficulties that he sometimes encountered.
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2014
Imprint: 30 Degrees South Publishers
The benefit of teaching life skills is that I also changed. If I can make a difference in the life of just one child, I will be happy’ When we think about Africa, we often recall pictures of a wild countryside, rivers, forests, deserts, buzzing markets and media stories of poverty, devastation and hunger – a prime continent where branches of human justice are still thin and often absent. Those of us who have made Africa our destination are witness to a different experience as we meet people who charter a life of resilience and construct a social world of their own. Extended family ties stretch far and deep and so do family feuds, political turmoil and the many manifestations of poverty – painting a human canvas on which development programmes (including sport-for-development) need to blend in strokes for reciprocal change. The GIZ/YDF programme is possibly one of the most significant programmes in terms of philosophy, methodology and scope that sheds light on development work as it is embraced, transformed and assimilated into real-life experiences. It is at this embedded level of social uptake that the selected 15 stories in the text and the detailed 45 stories on the CD articulate real-life experiences as told by programme participants, peer- educators and YDF partners who took up the responsibility and challenge to change lives for the better. Multiple voices give an expression to the meaning and dynamics of sports-related interventions as they affect individuals within a myriad of social relationships and contexts. The uniqueness of this publication is that it not only captures all these voices to constitute stories from nine African countries, but validates a ripple of impact where context is a prism for seeing and knowing. How do real people see and benefit from a sport-for-development programme? How does the North meet the South in partnership and trust? After reading these stories, you will not merely see young boys or girls kicking a ball and appreciate the novel aesthetics, but you will smell the dust and know it is a family and community at play. You will realise that aspirations and expectations are born from a need for entitlement in a field where the pitch is only the beginning of a journey. May this brief encounter do justice to all who shared their lives with such honesty and hope.
Pub Date: 01 Mar 2014
Imprint: Liberties Press
In From the Press Box, Peter Byrne gives the reader a ringside seat to the key sporting clashes of the past seventy years, beginning with the Republic of Ireland's historic match against England at Dalymount Park in 1948 (which was followed by a state reception for the England team, hosted by Taoiseach Eamon de Valera) and ending with the crowning of Kilkenny as All-Ireland hurling champions in 2012. Byrne writes superbly on all of Ireland's sporting heroes of recent times, including greats such as Ronnie Delaney, Roy Keane and Brian O'Driscoll. All the major sports are covered, from Gaelic football, hurling and soccer to athletics, rugby and cricket. Relive the high points of Ireland's sporting history in the presence of one of this country's master sportswriters, a forty-year veteran of the Irish Times who was also a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and the News of the World. From the Press Box features a foreword by legendary distance runner Sonia O'Sullivan.