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The Prince of Centre-Halves

On Monday Pwllheli hosted Bangor City in the inaugural TG Jones Cup, with Bangor running out 2-0 winners. Here is the Daily Post's preview. 


World in Motion

Simon Hart was on TalkSport2 reminiscing about the Argentina v Italy semi-final of 1990, where Diego Maradona was once again the centre of attention. 

'Much has been written about Ireland’s rather haphazard preparations for their first World Cup in 1990, and now a fascinating new book fills in the gaps when it comes to how Romania prepared for their round of 16 game against Jack Charlton’s team. Simon Hart’s World in Motion paints a picture of chaos in the Romania camp in the weeks and days leading up to the goalless draw in Genoa that was then decided in Ireland’s favour when Packie Bonner saved Daniel Timofte’s penalty in the shoot-out' - The Times discussed Romania's preparations for Italia '90. (Subscription required)


You’ll Never Walk

John Bishop sat down with Professor Green in his latest series and chatted about Andy Grant and his infamous tattoo. (SkyGo subscription required)

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The Prince of Centre-HalvesThe Leader reported on the shortlist announcement of The Prince of Centre-Halves for the Sports Book Awards.World in MotionNewstalk Team 33 shared a preview video of their interview with Simon Hart.'Hart’s biography of this pivotal tournament is both gripping and articulate. It takes the reader on a journey through each team’s experience of Italia ’90, as told by [...]

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Everton’s 1937/38 Season: Seeking the Right Chemistry at the School of Science

Everton romped to the 1938/39 league title and were hailed as purveyors of football in the finest scientific traditions. Yet, on paper, this was an unlikely triumph as the club had been flirting with relegation just a year earlier. So how did Everton’s 1937/38 season serve as a prelude to glory?Rob Sawyer, author of The Prince of Centre-Halves: 'The Life [...]

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T.G. Jones at 100

12 October 2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Thomas George Ronald Jones in Queensferry, Flintshire. The tall, quiet son of a Connah’s Quay coal merchant would find his footballing feet at Wrexham F.C. but he would achieve immortality at Goodison Park. His first two initials, T.G. became synonymous with the art of cultured defensive play.In March 1936 the [...]

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The Prince of Centre-Halves'We must be grateful that Rob Sawyer, who also wrote an excellent biography of former Everton boss Harry Catterick, has turned up the spotlight on this “forgotten” captain of Everton and Wales once again in his centenary year.' - Sports Journalists' Association review Rob Sawyer's new book, a biography on T.G. Jones.The Leader also spoke to Rob Sawyer [...]

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Q&A with Rob Saywer, author of 'The Prince of Centre-Halves: The Life of Tommy 'TG' Jones'

Rob Sawyer comes from a long line of Everton FC supporters. Listening to his father and grandfather regale the stories of Dixie Dean and the Holy Trinity led to a deep interest in Everton's illustrious history. Whilst researching his first book, a biography of Harry Catterick, Sawyer found just how important TG Jones was to [...]

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"Why We Write" - Rob Sawyer

Rob Sawyer comes from a long line of Everton FC supporters. Listening to his father and grandfather regale the stories of Dixie Dean and the Holy Trinity led to a deep interest in Everton's illustrious history. Whilst researching his first book, a biography of Harry Catterick, Sawyer found just how important TG Jones was to the Toffees. We [...]

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