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Sports Book Awards Bundle


    You can now get all our shortlisted books for the Sports Book Awards for only £30! 


    Football Book of the Year - From Delhi to the Den

    From the Cypriot fourth division to the Indian national team, Stephen Constantine’s career has taken the scenic route. Ever since leaving his home in Cyprus with nothing at the age of 16, Constantine has been used to life on the road; his sense of adventure dwarfed only by his appetite to improve and develop those he works with. 

    Constantine’s journey – for the time being, anyway – ends up in India, where he is looking to stir the passions and enhance the professionalism of Asia’s sleeping giant. Progress has already been achieved, but nothing is finished yet.

    Anyone interested in football, travel, or adventure will love this book. 


    International Book of the Year - The Madness is on the Pitch

    Jens Lehmann is one of football’s most recognisable goalkeepers. 

    In a playing career stretching across four decades he represented three of Europe’s most illustrious clubs.

    Winning Bundesliga and Premier League titles only tell a part of his story, however. Here, Lehmann follows a path of self-analysis, detailing his obsession with the game, an obsession which propelled him to a sporting level he felt comfortable with, albeit a level which brought intense scrutiny and – regularly – fierce criticism.

    Now, six years after his retirement as a player he has decided to pursue a career in management, with his coaching odyssey starting in the summer of 2017 back at Arsenal. 


    Biography of the Year - The Prince of Centre-Halves

    In 1948 AS Roma launched an audacious bid to make Everton’s elegant Welsh international centre half T. G. Jones one of the first foreigners to play in Serie A. Jones, who was dubbed The Prince of Centre-Halves by his adoring fans, bestrode the First Division in an age of uncompromising defensive ‘stoppers’. A forerunner of football immortals like Bobby Moore and Franz Beckenbauer, he was, according to Dixie Dean, ‘the best all-round player’ he had ever seen. The Eternal City seemed a fitting stage for this most stylish of players.

    In this, author Rob Sawyer, uncovers the true story of this enigmatic football legend. Utilising a mixture of archive material and interviews with those who knew Jones and saw him play, Sawyer paints a compelling picture of a brilliant footballer and outspoken and complicated man. Rebel, pioneer and football genius this is the definitive story of one of the game’s forgotten heroes.


    Illustrated Book of the Year - The Redmen of Liverpool FC: The Tobacco Years 

    In an era before the widespread use of photography in print media and when the game was seldom captured by motion film, cigarette cards were often the most enduring portrayal of football’s stars in the early twentieth century. Small boys would collect these cards from family and friends. Teams would be formed and, in a forerunner of today’s fantasy football games, the cards would be swapped and traded to see who could assemble the best team. Today they provide a compelling insight into a bygone era.

    Now, in The Redmen of Liverpool FC, Rowlands has shared his passion. Featuring every single Liverpool player featured in this medium, along with biographical details and contextual notes, Rowlands tells the story of the cigarette card craze. Presented in full colour, Redmen is a richly illustrated and deeply evocative window into one of football’s bygone eras and an essential reference for every Liverpool fan.

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