• Autobiography: sport

      There's Only 2 Tony Cotteys

      by Tony. Cottey

    • Autobiography: sport

      Grav

      In His Own Words

      by Ray Gravell

    • Autobiography: sport
      February 2012

      From Weddings to World Cups

      by Ian Wheeler

      Ian Wheeler’s career in journalism started when he left school at fourteen and was employed by the local weekly newspaper The Northern Scot and Moray and Nairn Express. Cub reporters learnt their trade the hard way and, under the exacting direction of Miss Robertson, Ian reported weddings, funerals, the County and Sheriff Court proceedings and the weekly football results. After National Service, Ian returned to Moray but soon took up employment with Dundee publisher DC Thomson as a reporter and gradually moved to become a sports writer. From the 1950s to the 1980s, the Author found himself at various times based in Dundee, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester reporting on major club football and also Scotland and England at international level. He was on first name terms with players, managers and many who worked behind the scenes. The stars: Alf Ramsey, Brian Clough, Bob and Bill Shankly, George Best, Bobby Moore, the Charlton brothers, Billy Steel, Dave Narey, Alan Gilzean and many others have become legends in the history of the game. Ian Wheeler’s memories of fifty years in journalism is an enlightening account of the Golden Age of football, when players worked for a modest wage and clubs enjoyed a measure of financial equality.

    • Autobiography: sport

      Red Card

      The soccer star who lost it all to gambling

      by Tony Kelly

      Tony Kelly was football crazy from the age of seven. At sixteen he was the youngest ever player in the first team at Bristol City and in his twenties he became a pro, playing for clubs such Stoke City and Cardiff City in the Football League, second and third divisions. But his blossoming soccer career was marred by a series of mishaps and misdeeds which drove him to disaster. Ruined by an addiction to gambling, he lost his job, his career, his partner and all his money. Now he has written his story – as Kelly puts it, to “invite the public, my family and my friends into my secret hell of racism, despair, depression, stardom, gambling addiction and ultimately self-destruction”. Red Card is a tragic yet uplifting story of a sportsman’s battle with his demons, on and off the pitch.

    • Biography & True Stories
      March 2011

      7x7 - Seven Peaks Seven Islands

      British mountaineer Nigel Vardy lost all his toes and fingertips yet continues to climb

      by Nigel Vardy

      In 1999 British mountaineer Nigel Vardy lost all his toes, fingertips and suffered severe heel damage trapped overnight in a savage, life-threatening storm below the summit of Mt. McKinley, North America's highest mountain. This is an inspiring, highly-readable personal account of how he went on to climb the highest mountains on the world's seven largest islands, from the frozen Arctic to jungle-clad active volcanoes, despite his foot damage that would have crippled most of us. Nigel epitomises the life principle that "The only limits in our lives are those we accept ourselves", challenging each of us to examine our own lives and goals once again.

    • Autobiography: sport

      Red Card

      The soccer star who lost it all to gambling

      by Tony Kelly

      Tony Kelly was football crazy from the age of seven. At sixteen he was the youngest ever player in the first team at Bristol City and in his twenties he became a pro, playing for clubs such Stoke City and Cardiff City in the Football League, second and third divisions. But his blossoming soccer career was marred by a series of mishaps and misdeeds which drove him to disaster. Ruined by an addiction to gambling, he lost his job, his career, his partner and all his money. Now he has written his story – as Kelly puts it, to “invite the public, my family and my friends into my secret hell of racism, despair, depression, stardom, gambling addiction and ultimately self-destruction”. Red Card is a tragic yet uplifting story of a sportsman’s battle with his demons, on and off the pitch.

    • Autobiography: sport
      February 2007

      Staying Strong: My Story So Far

      by McBryde, Robin

      English translation of "Y Cymro Cryfa". Robin McBryde once made a name for himself as "The Strongest Welshman" on a television series , but his strength on and off the field is what earned him respect. He has consistently displayed a ruthless commitment

    • Football (Soccer, Association football)
      April 2008

      Roberto: Kicking Every Ball

      My Story So Far

      by Martinez, Roberto

      Originally from Balaguer in Catalonia, Roberto Martinez played for his home town in the Spanish third division before moving to play for Real Zaragoza in La Liga. In 1995 he was spotted by Dave Whelan, the millionaire owner of Wigan Athletic, and brought

    • Football (Soccer, Association football)

      Earnie

      My Life at Cardiff City

      by Robert Earnshaw

      The story of one young African boy's journey to UK Premiership soccer stardom. From the Zambian plains to Wembley, this is the story of the boy who was born to be a Bluebird. Earnie follows Robert Earnshaw’s journey from the Zambian village where he was born to Bedwas, where he was spotted playing for the B-team of his local club when he was 12 years old. At 16 he joined Cardiff City on a YTS training scheme to become one of the club’s top scorers. He reflects on his Welsh success and reveals why Cardiff will always have a special place in his heart.

    • Autobiography: sport

      LENNIE - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF LENNIE LAWRENCE

      The Autobiography of Lennie Lawrence

      by Lennie Lawrence

      Lennie - The Autobiography of Lennie Lawrence is the story of one of football's most long-serving and well-liked characters. In a career spanning over 30 years "Lennie" is one of football's elite belonging to a unique group of managers including Sir Alex Ferguson, Brian Clough and most recently Steve Coppell who have managed over 1000 league matches in their career. Having never played League football he took his first steps in football management with Plymouth Argyle as caretaker manager moving onto Lincoln City and then taking the pivotal job in his career as reserve manager at Charlton Athletic. He was promoted to the No1 job in 1982 and over the next nine years he became the manager of a club who returned to the top flight after an absence of 29 years and with limited resources managed to keep them there for a further four years. Charlton almost went out of business in 1984 and Lennie relives the rollercoaster ride of his time at Charlton looking at both the highs and the lows. He moved onto Middlesbrough and took them to the Premier League in only his second season but after relegation he left the club after helping to recruit his replacement. With further forays at Grimsby Town, Bradford City and Luton Town he moved to Cardiff City and took them to the Championship before he left the club. In recent years he has become recognised as part of one of the few director of football/managerial partnerships that appears to be working at Bristol Rovers. Working with young manager Paul Trollope the pair have steered the club to promotion to the First Division and continue to develop their partnership. A fantastic record over his 30 years in management he has seen many other managers and coaches come and go and this book will chart his personal journey in a career full of great highs.

    • Sports & outdoor recreation

      In at the Deep End

      From Barry to Beijing

      by David Davies

      As he was carried off on a stretcher at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Welsh swimmer David Davies was celebrating his success. His exhausting performance in the first ever 10 km open water race earned him a silver medal and, more importantly, a place in British swimming history. But what was running though his head as he collapsed from the physical exhaustion of completing the Olympics' most gruelling swimming race? This is David's own story. The tale of how an ordinary schoolboy from Barry made the swimming world sit up and take notice. He talks about his determination and drive and his life both in and out of the water.

    • Track & field sports, athletics

      The Flying Pineapple

      by Jaime Baulch

      With his blonde dreadlocks and his speed on the running track, Jamie Baulch earned the nickname 'The Flying Pineapple'. This is Jamie’s story about his life as one of the most decorated British athletes. He puts his success down to his adopted parents who inspired him to be the best he could be. His sporting potential was quickly spotted from an early age by his teacher, Mr Atkins. Jamie's story is about the fun he had competing in school and around the world. His life on the track was always about how fast he could run. When he retired in 2005, he was determined not to slow down. He is now head of a sports management company and continues to inspire a new generation of sportsmen and women. About the author: Jamie Baulch was born in Nottingham, adopted by Welsh parents and brought up in Newport, South Wales. From an early age he was one of the best in his school at sport. Discovered by his teacher, Mr Atkins, Jamie became one of the most recognisable athletes in Welsh and World athletics. His first medal was in the 1991 European Junior Championships where he won gold in the men’s 4x100m relay team. He became one of Britain’s most decorated athletes with a huge haul of five World Championship medals, one Olympic Games medal, two European Championship medals, two Commonwealth Games medals and two IAAF World Cup medals. Recently, he was awarded a World Championship gold medal as part of the 4x400m relay team after the Americans were disqualified for using drugs.

    • Autobiography: sport

      Earnie

      My Life at Cardiff City

      by Robert Earnshaw

      The story of one young African boy's journey to UK Premiership soccer stardom. From the Zambian plains to Wembley, this is the story of the boy who was born to be a Bluebird. Earnie follows Robert Earnshaw’s journey from the Zambian village where he was born to Bedwas, where he was spotted playing for the B-team of his local club when he was 12 years old. At 16 he joined Cardiff City on a YTS training scheme to become one of the club’s top scorers. He reflects on his Welsh success and reveals why Cardiff will always have a special place in his heart.

    • Track & field sports, athletics

      The Flying Pineapple

      by Jaime Baulch

      With his blonde dreadlocks and his speed on the running track, Jamie Baulch earned the nickname 'The Flying Pineapple'. This is Jamie’s story about his life as one of the most decorated British athletes. He puts his success down to his adopted parents who inspired him to be the best he could be. His sporting potential was quickly spotted from an early age by his teacher, Mr Atkins. Jamie's story is about the fun he had competing in school and around the world. His life on the track was always about how fast he could run. When he retired in 2005, he was determined not to slow down. He is now head of a sports management company and continues to inspire a new generation of sportsmen and women. About the author: Jamie Baulch was born in Nottingham, adopted by Welsh parents and brought up in Newport, South Wales. From an early age he was one of the best in his school at sport. Discovered by his teacher, Mr Atkins, Jamie became one of the most recognisable athletes in Welsh and World athletics. His first medal was in the 1991 European Junior Championships where he won gold in the men’s 4x100m relay team. He became one of Britain’s most decorated athletes with a huge haul of five World Championship medals, one Olympic Games medal, two European Championship medals, two Commonwealth Games medals and two IAAF World Cup medals. Recently, he was awarded a World Championship gold medal as part of the 4x400m relay team after the Americans were disqualified for using drugs.

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