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historic photographs
ISBN 1901 746 25 9
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the life of a legendary goalscorer

by Brian Hughes & Roy Cavanagh

A legendary goalscorer and Busby Babe, Dennis Viollet's career took in tragedy and triumph in equal measure. As a player he thrilled thousands as an outstanding teenage footballer with Manchester United's all-conquering Babes, developing an almost telepathic understanding with fellow striker Tommy Taylor.
Having survived the Munich air disaster, Viollet broke Manchester United's record for goals in a season - a mark he still holds despite the attempts of Law, Best, Charlton, Cantona, Hughes, Yorke and Cole. Along with Wilf McGuinness, Dennis campaigned for the abolition of the maximum wage which saw United's greatest ever goal-poacher on wages of £20 per week.
But by 1961 Dennis was mysteriously transferred from Old Trafford without a word from Matt Busby, the club or a good luck farewell from fans - United even denied the goalscoring legend a testimonial. Rather than dwell on his misfortune however, Dennis began a second career at Stoke City alongside Sir Stanley Matthews. There he helped the Potters win promotion back to Division One and, once he hung his boots up in 1967, received the testimonial he should have received in Manchester.
In the second half of his life Dennis became 'Coach Viollet', a respected member of the British coaching establishment in the United States. But in 1998 Dennis fell ill and died, after a painful illness, in his adopted home of Florida in March 1999.
In the course of a life long romance with football, Dennis played with or against most of the greats of the game: di Stefano, Puskas, Matthews, Best, Charlton and  Pele.  More than this though he was a gentleman footballer from a bygone age, a loveable rogue and charmer of both the opposite sex and opposing defences: Dennis didn't so much bludgeon the opposition as pick their pockets. In this respect he was ahead of his time, a Manchester lad with the brains, style and skills of a continental forward.


£7.99 paperback
ISBN 1901 746 24 0
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Three in a Row
by Paul Windridge and Linda Harvey

A season of triumph for United or one of frustrated ambition? The jury is still out on season 2000-01 if only because another championship was followed by a hasty Champions League exit and trouble between Alex Ferguson and the board.

When Sir Alex Ferguson became the first manager to win three championships in a row, it set the seal on another successful season at Old Trafford. From August to the start of the New Year United were as irresistible as usual. But by Spring, despite an imminent championship, there were rumours that United’s most successful manager of all time had fallen out with the board.

Following United’s exit from the Champions League the grumbling at boardroom and terrace level grew to fever pitch. So much so that by the final fixture of the season rumour and theory had replaced sanity on the terraces with most fans convinced ‘the Wizard’ was on his way out.

As ever there’s rarely a dull moment at Old Trafford. From the debate over standing to the creeping (and not so creeping) commercialism within the club to the threats made by Trafford Borough Council and the arrival of a new chairman, United supporters had more to worry about than mere football.


£6.00 paperback
ISBN 1901746186
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THINK - Cricket
Compete Mentally

by Christopher Bazalgette & John Appleyard
foreword by Robin Smith (Hampshire & England)

‘So many professional cricketers and administrators think about cricket throughout most of their lives. ‘Think - Cricket’ goes very much further as this book opens the door to so many secrets that previously have been accessible to the very few’
Robin Smith

About the Authors

In a long and distinguished amateur career, Christopher Bazalgette has taken over 2500 wickets including those of Mark Nicholas (3 times), Ravi Shastri, Jeff Crowe, Kirti Azad and Doug Walters. 1000 of these wickets were taken for Hampshire Hogs CC. He has appeared for Hampshire County Cricket Club on tour and amateur teams around the world and even taught Channel 4 comedian Ali G to play the game. As a writer he has penned over 800,000 words, mainly for 'The Cricketer International'. He has starred in a number of American, Australian and British television programmes on the game.

John Appleyard played for Hertfordshire County Cricket Club for 18 years (captaining them during 7 of them) taking 364 wickets. He has played amateur cricket in every corner of the globe, taking the distinguished wickets of English Test batsmen Geoff Boycott, Bill Edrich, Ted Dexter and Tony Lewis. He became the youngest Justice of the Peace in Hertfordshire when appointed in 1969. Later he served on the International Cricket Federation Committee at Lord's as an organiser of an overseas touring club and more recently was a guest of the South African President at Test Matches at Newlands and Johannesburg. He is an Advanced NCA qualified cricket coach. 


£9.99 paperback
ISBN 1 901 746 16 X
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blue tomorrow

the football, finance and future of Chelsea Football Club
Mark Meehan 


Over the past 6 years Chelsea has undergone a revolution, but along with ‘progress’ has come rampant commercialism – as one Chelsea fan noted, ‘loyalty is measured by how much you can spend rather than how much you care. The life-long emotional bond that forms between a football club and its supporters is now almost a weakness, there to be exploited by the money-drunk millionaires that have taken over our sacred game.’ 

In blue tomorrow?, life-long Chelsea fan Mark Meehan discovers a club in a hurry: an ageing chairman frantic to win the championship before he retires, a club facing mounting debts, an expensively assembled playing staff and a new manager brought in because the old one could only deliver five trophies in three seasons.

Clearly, nearly 20 years after assuming control, Ken Bates is still chasing his elusive blue tomorrow – but, as Meehan discovers, he is in danger of losing control of his own club with potentially disastrous consequences...


£24.99 spiral bound
ISBN 1 901 746 15 1
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The IT Manager's Handbook

by David Miller
Includes over 300 checklists essential for today's IT manager

Ever wondered how to carry out business planning, deal with customers, analyse business requirements, design IT systems or even manage finance and property? This handbook will provide you with systems for dealing with all of these potential problems in a logical and systematic manner.

Conforming to UK National Management Standards and meeting the requirements of NVQ Management Levels 3, 4 and 5, Information Technology manager David Miller has brought together checklists aimed at anyone managing customers, projects and staff.

From those with a good knowledge of the processes involved, to students starting out, The IT Manager’s Handbook is a valuable resource accessible to non-IT organisations, colleges, businesses and other organisations as a teaching resource.

This is a fully portable, readily available and comprehensive source of reference material to help you meet the ever increasing demands placed on today’s IT Manager.


£6.99 paperback
ISBN 1 901 746 09 7
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Frank Brockett's Amazing Sports Quiz Book

Frank Brockett makes his living compiling pub quizzes. Now he passes on his extensive knowledge in book form. For instance, which footballer won the League and Cup Double, the World Cup and £17,000 on a gambling machine on the ferry home? Or how about the number Michael Caine wore in Escape to Victory?

With over 5,000 sporting teasers there's enough here to baffle your friends, stump your enemies and confound the pub know-it-all. You could even start your own pub quiz and give Frank some serious competition. Take him on, if you think you're hard enough!


£6.99 paperback
ISBN 1 901 746 10 0
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I'm Not God... I'm Just A Referee

Roy Entwistle

Roy Entwistle, for 30 years a referee in Manchester and Cheshire's Amateur Leagues, has been there, done that, and booked the defender. Now he reveals the secrets of the dark arts of refereeing.   "Clearly informed and heartfelt"- Jim White, The Guardian "Sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, but very honest" - Dany Robson, Manchester Evening News

"Undoubtedly raises a few smiles but draws attention to the crisis in refereeing today" - Rick Bowen, Sale & Altrincham Messenger 


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