The best football books- as suggested by Football365

This is target, and I will scratch the ones that I have already read. Only scratch out the first word of the books that I have but have not read yet.

The Ball Is Round – David Goldblatt – The bible. The best football book I’ve ever read, documenting the game from ancient times until the present day around the world. Meaty, but wonderful

The Miracle Of Castel Di Sangro

How To Score – Ken Bray – Scientific look at football

Inverting The Pyramid – Jonathan Wilson – The tactics bible

Brilliant Orange – On culture and history of Dutch Football

Calcio – The same on Italy

Tor – The same on Germany

Feet of the Chameleon – Sameish on Africa

Morbo – Same on Spanish.

La Roja – Another same on Spanish

Futebol – Same on Brazil

Behind the Iron Curtain – Same on Russia

Bamboo Goalposts – Same on China

Teambuilding – Rinus Michels – The famous coaching guide

Why England Lose – Stats and science on England

The Manager – Barney Ronay

A season with Verona – Tony Parks

Those Feet – David Winner

The football men – Arthur Hopcraft

Dick Kerr’s Ladies – Barbara Jacobs

World Is A Ball – John Doyle

Once In A Lifetime – Gavin Newsham

The Last Game – Jason Cowley

Beautiful Game? – David Conn

Left Foot Forward – Garry Nelson

Floodlit dreams – Ian Ridley

Broken Dreams – Tom Bower

Only a game – Eamon dunphy

The Glory Game – Hunter Davies

The Nowhere Men – Michael Calvin

Football Against The Enemy – Simon Kuper

Football Business – David Conn

Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby

My Father and other working class heroes – Gary Imlach

Bios and Autobios

Paul McGrath

Robert Enke

Cantona – Philippe Auclair

Bergkamp – Stillness and Speed

Garrincha – Rui Castro

Keeper of Dreams – Ronald Reng

Duncan Edwards: The Greatest

Paul Lake

Kasey Keller – Guardian Small Talk

Fine, fun interview. Click here to read. Excerpt below.

Which was your favourite out of England, Spain and Germany? Think carefully about this one.

You know, I’ve had such good times everywhere I’ve played – from Millwall being my first club and the new experiences I had there, to Leicester City, where people expected us to be relegated by Christmas but instead we finished in the top-half of the Premier League in all of my three seasons there, as well as getting to to two cup finals. Then I got to go to Spain and be the first American to play in La Liga. With Rayo Vallecano we got promoted and I believe after 16 games we were one point ahead of Barcelona in first place. The next year we lost in the quarterfinals of the Uefa Cup. Then it was Spurs, where I played every minute of every game, league and cup, for over a couple of years, then Gladbach before the World Cup, then Fulham and one of the greatest relegation escapes in Premier League history. And after all that I got to come home to Seattle to 40,000 fans a game in America. It’s been a pretty cool ride!

Peter Pollock and the brilliant interview

Wonderful interview at the ESPNCricinfo site – with Peter Pollock. read it here.


I can honestly say that I could never give back to cricket what it gave to me. And it was not money at all. A platform, what it has done for Graeme and I and Shaun, you can’t get it anywhere. Money can’t buy that.

You Didn’t Know This – The story of Peter Wight, one of Somerset’s finest

There was a superb article a long while back about Peter Wight at Cricinfo.

Well worth a read. Here is the link. excerpts:

Only Harold Gimblett has scored more first-class runs for Somerset.


He had grown up in British Guiana, his family a mix of Scottish and Portuguese …… He came to England on a cargo boat in 1951, a 20-year-old shivering in his tropical clothes and shocked by the rationing and outdoor toilets. “I came to learn engineering, not to play cricket.”


He was the first to 2,000 runs in the summer of 1960, he reached 2,000 again in 1962 but in 1965, after a poor season, Somerset released him and he went on to the umpires’ list, where he stayed for 30 summers.


In all first-class cricket in the UK since the War nobody – as player and umpire – has taken part in more matches. Yet he never stood in a Test. “I’ve never been at an international match in my life,” he says.

Me on The Guardian: About Premier League Fans from India

i made this comment about Indian Premier League Fans – and how you can tell from when they are following football by the team they support. It was published on the Guardian’s Matchday MBM – for the North London Derby [WHICH ARSENAL WON! AWESOME!]

Check 5:01 PM BST – Click Here.

Shom Biswas offers this explanation: “You can understand when the Indian person started watching football, from which club he follows. The cable channels started showing the Premier League in the late 90’s – Arsenal and Man United were the big dogs then. So an Arsenal fan is one who got into Premier League Football in the late 90s. A Chelsea fan is one who started during the early Abramovich days, a Liverpool fan either the old fogey who used to read about the exploits of the Dalglish/Rush days in the newspapers, or the ones who have ‘that night in Istanbul’ as their first football experience, and a Man City fan … well…


“Anyone can be a Man United fan, they have been top dogs for long.”

Kumar Sangakkara – there’s a person to follow

Here’s the article. And below’s the quote.

“Since I got my first contract in 2003, I haven’t taken any money to play for my club. I haven’t taken any of the prize money from the domestic championships. I haven’t taken any money to play in the provincials or any prize money. I’ve always redistributed that money either to the side, or in the case of my club, to the workers at the club, because I think as a matter of principle; because I hold a national contract, I shouldn’t charge for playing first-class cricket in Sri Lanka. “