Rugby s Strangest Matches

Author: John Griffiths
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 9781911042297
Release Date: 2016-02-12
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Rugby fans will delight in this astonishing collection of outlandish stories from the past 150 years of the game. Here you’ll find, among many other curious events, the Irish international who arranged his marriage in order to play against England, the team of top soccer players who beat their rugby counterparts at their own game, the day the entire Wales team was sent off, and when in an astonishing turn of events underdog Japan trimphed and beat South Africa (and who doesn't love an underdog). The tales in this book are bizarre, fascinating, and, most importantly, true. Revised, redesigned and updated for 2016, this book makes the perfect gift for the rugby obsessive in your life.

Football s Strangest Matches

Author: Andrew Ward
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 9781911042280
Release Date: 2016-02-12
Genre: Sports & Recreation

‘It’s a funny old game.’ The world’s favourite sport has certainly given us its fair share of strange moments, and this absorbing collection gathers together the best of them, from more than a century of the beautiful game. From Blackburn Rovers’ one-man team to Wilfred Minter’s seven-goal haul in which he still ended up on the losing side, here are goals and gaffes galore drawn from all levels of the footballing world, whether high-profile internationals or the lowest tiers of domestic football. The stories in this book are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious, and, most importantly, true. Revised, redesigned and updated for a new generation of football fanatics, this book is the perfect gift for the soccer obsessive in your life.

Cricket s Strangest Matches

Author: Andrew Ward
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 9781910232453
Release Date: 2015-06-04
Genre: Sports & Recreation

A fascinating collection of true stories about cricket's oddest matches - ranging from the bizarre to the downright hilarious. Drawn from the lengthy annals of the game's history, Cricket's Strangest Matches is a must for all cricket enthusiasts and for anyone interested in the history of the sport.Other titles in the series: Football's Strangest Matches (9781907554087), Rugby's Strangest Matches (9781907554063) and Golf's Strangest Rounds (9781907554070).

Golf s Strangest Rounds

Author: Andrew Ward
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 9781911042419
Release Date: 2016-04-04

‘The most eccentric golf book ever’ Sports and Leisure Magazine Golf’s Strangest Rounds is an absorbing collection of bizarre tales from the lengthy annals of the sport’s history. There are stories of tragedy, eccentricity, tactical slipups and ones that defy categorization altogether – meet ‘Mysterious Montague’, for example, one of the world’s best golfers but a man who refused ever to compete in a tournament. You’ll find plenty of golfing greats here – Gene Sarazen, Chip Beck, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo – all of whom have played their parts in irrational finishes, record rounds and famous freak shots. The tales within these pages are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious and, most importantly, true. Fully revised, redesigned and updated, this book is the perfect gift for any golf fanatic.

Little Bit of Rugby Wit

Author: Tom Hay
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD
ISBN: 9781786856067
Release Date: 2018-02-08
Genre: Sports & Recreation

‘Rugby is a wonderful show. Dance, opera and, suddenly, the blood of a killing.’ Richard BurtonScrum-down and get stuck into this mini-collection of rugby humour – the very best quips and quotes for lovers of the odd-shaped ball.

Law s Strangest Cases

Author: Peter Seddon
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 9781911042310
Release Date: 2016-02-12
Genre: History

A rollicking collection of barely believable stories from five centuries of legal history - you’ll be gripped by these tales of murder, intrigue, crime, punishment and the pursuit of justice. Meet the only dead parrot ever to give evidence in a court of law, the doctor with the worst bedside manner of all time, the murderess who collected money from her mummified victim for 21 years, and explore one of the most indigestible dilemmas - if you’d been shipwrecked 2,000 miles from home, would you have eaten Parker the cabin boy? The tales within these pages are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious and, most importantly, true. Revised, redesigned and updated for a new generation of legal eagles, this book is the perfect gift for lawyers, armchair detectives and true crime afficionados everywhere.

Fishing s Strangest Days

Author: Tom Quinn
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 9781849941754
Release Date: 2014-02-25
Genre: Humor

Fishing's Strangest Tales gathers together choice stories and bizarre fishing tales from all over the world. Consider the Oxford scientist who in 1910 discovered the marvellous life-giving properties of brandy to fish who had otherwise gasped their last. Or how about the nine-year-old boy fishing for trout who caught a large mussel containing no less than forty pearls and managed to earn more in one day than his father, a farm worker, had earned in the last five years. Fishing's Strangest Days is full of fascinating tales that may sound fishy and unbelievable but will have have you caught hook, line and sinker. Word count: 45,000

100 Irish Rugby Greats

Author: John Scally
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781780571423
Release Date: 2011-08-04
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Bursting with humour and full of amusing anecdotes, 100 Irish Rugby Greats is a unique celebration of the most significant stars of the sport from the 1930s to the present day. A veritable who’s who of Irish rugby, it takes in all of the true greats, including Jack Kyle, Tony O’Reilly, Mike Gibson, Willie John McBride, Moss Keane, Keith Wood, Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell. Many of the in-depth and revealing profiles are based on interviews with the legends themselves, as well as with those who have lined up against them. The result offers remarkable insights into the myriad controversies, epic matches, thrilling contests and pivotal events on and off the field in which each player has been involved. Written with an insider’s knowledge, 100 Irish Rugby Greats will prove to be a thrilling read for all fans of the sport.

A Game for Hooligans

Author: Huw Richards
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781780573281
Release Date: 2011-09-30
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Rugby union has undergone immense change in the past two decades - introducing a World Cup, accepting professionalism and creating a global market in players - yet no authoritative English-language general history of the game has been published in that time. Until now. A Game for Hooligans brings the game's colourful story up to date to include the 2007 World Cup. It covers all of the great matches, teams and players but also explores the social, political and economic changes that have affected the course of rugby's development. It is an international history, covering not only Britain and France but also the great rugby powers of the southern hemisphere and other successful rugby nations, including Argentina, Fiji and Japan. Contained within are the answers to many intriguing questions concerning the game, such as why 1895 is the most important date in both rugby-union and rugby-league history and how New Zealand became so good and have remained so good for so long. There is also a wealth of anecdotes, including allegations of devil-worship at a Welsh rugby club and an account of the game's contribution to the Cuban Revolution. This is a must-read for any fan of the oval ball.

After the Final Whistle

Author: Stephen Cooper
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 9780750965668
Release Date: 2015-08-03
Genre: History

The first book to tell the story of how the Great War inspired the greatest rugby tournament in the worldAs Britain's Empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were the first to volunteer. They led from the front and paid a disproportionate price. In 1919, a grateful Mother Country hosted a rugby tournament: sevens teams at eight venues, playing 17 matches to declare a first "world champion." There had never been an international team tournament like it. For the first time teams from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Britain, and France were assembled in one place. Rugby held the first ever "World Cup." It was a moment of triumph, a celebration of military victory, of Commonwealth and Allied unity, and of rugby values, moral and physical. In 2015 the tournament returns to England as the world remembers the Centenary of the Great War. Values of teamwork, respect, and discipline were forged and tested in war—and enjoyment of rugby helped men through it. This is the story of rugby's journey through World War I to its first World Cup, and how those values endure today.

The Rugby World Cup

Author: Brendan Gallagher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472912640
Release Date: 2015-09-10
Genre: Sports & Recreation

A visual history of rugby's greatest sporting event, this beautiful photographic book is a fascinating chronological exploration of the matches, teams, heroes and surrounding stories of the tournament. Each chapter covers a Rugby World Cup, starting with the inaugural competition in 1987 - in which New Zealand confirmed their status as the world's top rugby nation - to the historical 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa after the end of apartheid and the international sports boycott through England's fantastic win in 2003 breaking the southern hemisphere's dominance, up to the 2015 qualifiers. The book also looks ahead to Rugby World Cup 2019, with Japan as host city. Each photograph has been carefully selected to give a real glimpse into this great tournament. The ideal, collectable gift for any rugby fan, written by a rugby expert.

The Rugby Union Quiz Book

Author: Matthew Jones
Publisher: Lolfa
ISBN: 1784611174
Release Date: 2015-08-01

Here's an opportunity to test the old grey matter. This rugby quiz book contains fifty rounds of ten questions. These reflect some of the fantastic or maybe more unusual moments of rugby from all over the world.

Legends in Black

Author: Tom Johnson
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9781743486139
Release Date: 2014-07-25
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Legends in Black, a truly special book and the result of unprecedented access to some of the biggest names in New Zealand rugby, reveals the experiences, secrets and reflections of All Black greats on why we win. Through incisive, frank and no-holds-barred interviews, they share thoughts on every aspect of what it means to be an All Black: first being selected, the haka, the evolution of international and provincial rugby, professionalism, team pecking orders, the importance of socialising and camaraderie, technical advances in the game, drugs and alcohol, coaching and leadership.

The Physics of Rugby

Author: T. Lipscombe
Publisher: Nottingham University Press
ISBN: 9781904761174
Release Date: 2009-09-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Blending simple physics with anecdotes from the world of rugby, this informative reference demonstrates how to improve rugby techniques. Tackling, passing, running, and kicking are analyzed from a scientific perspective, incorporating Newton’s Laws, and then discussed in the wider context of the game. This valuable guide will not only instruct but also entertain sports-oriented students of all levels.

Rugby The Golden Age

Author: John Tennant
Publisher: Cassell
ISBN: 9781844032907
Release Date: 2007-03-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Played for at least two centuries, with roots stretching back into the Middle Ages, rugby remains a rough sport played by rugged men. Nearly 300 remarkable black-and-white photographs present the early days of the sport as most have never seen it. Images capture supporters making their way to the match, field workers preparing the pitch, action shots of such legendary players as Bill Beaumont and Cec Ryan, and teams including South Africa's famed Springboks. Both amateur and professional rugby is featured, with photographs documenting the frenzied tries and brutal scrums, as well as famed stadiums including England's Wembley and Leytonstone.