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Legends Publishing’s unique list of titles features clubs of all sizes and from all regions, showcasing writers who reflect stand-out memories and personal experiences from every era of football’s history. Our ever-growing catalogue combines great writing talent with high quality printing and imaginative design  – our aim is always to produce very special books – and we welcome synopsis or detailed publishing idea submissions from sports writers, with a view to developing exciting new books for the future.

The second edition of a ground-breaking football book will be published this Autumn, concentrating wholly on the fast-growing women’s game. This is the definitive annual, with coverage of the top six divisions and top 90 clubs in England.

The 400-plus page Women’s Football Yearbook is the only printed annual to include a complete list of results, League tables, goals and stats for the Women’s Super League, The FA Women’s Cup, Women’s League Cup and Women’s Premier Leagues.

The Women’s Football Yearbook 2018-19 includes an entry on each of the top 90 English league teams and also covers European and international results. Club captains have also been invited to contribute to the book, with photos from many of the clubs featured.

In 2004, Arsenal achieved footballing immortality after going through an entire season unbeaten. That team would forever be known as ‘The Invincibles’, but 13 years beforehand, there was another Arsenal team who should have achieved that accolade first. George Graham’s title winning team of 1990/91 lost just one game in an amazing season – having to overcome some unbelievable set-backs in order to win the Championship.

The team’s inspirational captain, Tony Adams, being sent to prison, a more rigorous fixture schedule, a mid-match brawl that led to the only points deduction to have ever been given to a club – before or since –  are just some of the crazy circumstances that the Arsenal team of 90/91 had to overcome.

This book will take you through every facet of that incredible season, from the new signings, the pre-season build up and in depth league and cup match coverage combine to show readers why the Class of ‘91 should stand shoulder to shoulder with the Invincibles – and why they should perhaps be considered equals.

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“To my mind historians are the lifeblood of football and people with Arsenal at heart are lucky to have Mark Andrews and Andy Kelly. This masterpiece is enhanced by the skilful writing of Tim Stillman and the result is an extraordinary combination of detail with readability. Royal Arsenal: Champions of the South is a terrific piece of work.” 

Patrick Barclay: Chairman of The Football Writers’ Association.

Arsenal Historians, Mark Andrews and Andy Kelly, along with editor Tim Stillman, uncover how Royal Arsenal grew to become the Champions of the South – encapsulating the football lives of the founders, players, administrators and supporters of the forerunners of The Arsenal Football Club.

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The Big Villa Book of the Seventies is a 420-page, large format, high-spec hard back book that contains the most comprehensive and painstakingly researched account of a hugely eventful decade – one that saw a great club rise back to the top flight of English football, with Wembley finals and European adventures along the way.

But the book celebrates more than just footballing moments – The Big Aston Villa Book of the Seventies captures the whole era too – a time during which many fans fell in love with the club, and a time when the vast Villa Park terraces were packed with likeminded souls cheering the Claret and Blue of Villa back to where they belonged.

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This fantastic new book features a vast array of Gooner Comedy Royalty, interviewing them about the passion and support for Arsenal FC – from international super-star funny men Paul Kaye and Matt Lucas, the elder statesmen such as Clive Anderson, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, through to the current sitcom, panel show and stand-up kings, including Alan Davies, Romesh Ranganathan, Hugh Dennis, Ian Stone, Dara O’Briain, Milton Jones, Tom Rosenthal and Alex Brooker… Plus Gary Marshall, Chris Martin and Jim Campbell. At least £2 of every sale will be donated to Comic Relief.

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Urban Combat – Surviving The Streets

Emil Martirossian’s book is a genuine street survival bible – featuring detailed strategies that can be utilised to not only avoid a conflict before it has a chance to begin, but also explains potentially life-saving defence and attack strategies to help readers survive the streets.

Our personal safety, as well as the security of our loved ones, is threatened by ever-increasing dangers, meaning these Urban Combat Jeet Kune Do disciplines are essential, both spiritually and physically.

This book provides easy to follow, inspirational sections which primarily advocate avoidance and  early warning strategies – but if ‘flight’ is not possible – it also arms readers with proven attack  skills and fitness programmes for men and woman of all ages and physiques.

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This is a wonderfully evocative, witty, thought-provoking and gritty trip down Memory Lane – one that every Evertonian and ‘nearly-but-didn’t-quite-make-it’ footballer will adore. Stan Osborne’s debut book captures a very special era in footballing history and his highly detailed ‘fly-on-the-wall’ insight into Everton’s title-winning season gives a unique perspective on a very special season – one that also underlines how different life is for today’s want-for-nothing footballing starlets. I read the book from cover to cover in one night and smiled all the way through it. The book is a must for any Blue, and gives a great insight into the pain and disappointment that comes in even greater doses than the glory. In  fact I might just read it again! Joe Royle – former Everton player and manager Click here for more information or to buy a copy

George ‘Geordie’ Armstrong was the antithesis of the modern day football star – and yet to those who knew him, played with him, or cheered him on from the terraces – he was exactly that… a bona fide Arsenal Superstar. The overwhelming warmth and affection for ‘Geordie’, felt by everyone connected with Arsenal Football Club, is encapsulated within this stunning book, which features interviews and contributions from dozens of those who were fortunate enough to have worked with a much-loved Gunners Icon, including: Arsene Wenger, Bob Wilson, Frank McLintock, Liam Brady, Dennis Bergkamp, Lee Dixon, David Dein, Gary Lewin… as well as a chapter written by the fans. The book was launched on October 18th 2014, so click here to get your copy of this very special book. Click here for more info and to buy a copy

Norwich City were expected, at best, to just ‘make up the numbers’ during the first season of Premier League football in 1992/93. The team had barely escaped with their top flight lives the previous campaign and, in a pre-season that saw a new manager appointed, as well as their top player and talisman leave the club, few predicted anything other than a harsh struggle and inevitable relegation. How wrong could they be?!? Edward Couzens-Lake’s  book looks back in detail at that time, the setting up of the Premier League and the season that followed at Carrow Road, including new and exclusive interviews from the players and officials involved with the club then, as well as the supporters. Personal retrospectives of a very special football club – memories which provide a fascinating insight for all Norwich fans to enjoy. Click here for more information or to buy a copy

The book talks in depth to the players who clinched Chelsea’s only ever top flight Championship including: Roy Bentley, Bobby Smith, Eric Parsons, Frank Blunstone, Stan Willemse, Chic Thompson, Derek Saunders, John McNichol, Jim Lewis, Les Stubbs. Under the guidance of manager Ted Drake, Chelsea put years of under-achievement behind them and clinched the biggest prize in English football – a feat that was next repeated fifty years later under Jose Mourinho’s first reign at the club. Chelesea Champions is a fascinating book, that also includes over a hundred rare and exclusive photos that help fans re-live the golden memories of the men who truly put Chelsea on the map. “Stamford Bridge Legends Chelsea Champions is an informative, easy to read, interesting book and should be labelled as ‘must read’ by all Chelsea supporters and enthusiasts.” Click here for more information or to buy a copy