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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.

CONQUERING EUROPE WITH ASTON VILLA – BARTON’S ARMY

Winning the European Cup in 1982 is, without a doubt, the finest hour in Aston Villa’s illustrious history. There was no invited ‘Super League’ nonsense in those days, to become the Champions of Europe Villa had to be the Champions of England… Real Champions playing other Real Champions. So, to many Villa supporters, 26 May 1982 was the most special, most important, time in their lives.

This cracking hard-back book, compiled by respected club author Colin Abbott,  is crammed full of the stories, photographs and recollections from Villa fans who shared that historical European triumph – not only by roaring their team on under the Villa Park floodlights – but also by those who made life-defining trips to the far corners of the continent, which culminated in that mystical day in Rotterdam when over 12,000 Villans made the pilgrimage to Holland.

“This book is for you, us, them, our children, our grandchildren, relatives of those dearly departed, and fans of the future who may want an insight into what their parents and grandparents experienced. Champions of Europe, we can always sing that.”

The Manchester United Book of the Seventies is the most comprehensive and thorough retrospective look at the decade imaginable, including match reports, player profiles, in-depth statistical information, a month by month diary, plus a multitude of rarely seen or long-forgotten photos and memorabilia.

The book also contains interviews with many iconic players, who bring the era back to life in their own words. The Manchester United Book of the Seventies encapsulates the decade at Old Trafford like never before.

Written by respected club authors and historians – Roy Cavanagh and Carl Abbott – this book will be treasured by every Manchester United supporter.

Mention ‘Ten Days In May’ to the majority of Manchester United supporters and they will undoubtedly go misty eyed and drift back to 1999… A year when Alex Ferguson’s legendary team secured a Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble.

However, back in 1963, there was another remarkable ten day achievement… As Matt Busby’s team ensured the club’s top flight survival, then won the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium as underdogs.

But this wasn’t simply an FA Cup victory… It meant far more than that to United. The achievement went a huge way to ease the agonising pain of Munich, whilst kick-starting a memorable decade in the club’s history, which saw the Red Devils claim the First Division title on two occasions, as well as winning the supreme accolade of the European Cup in 1968.

This 200-page hardback, written by highly respected United author, Iain McCartney, tells the story of that 1962-63 season and Manchester United’s revival.

“LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY”

“THE AUTHOR IS A FUNNY F****ER, A MUST READ FOR ARSENAL FANS”

This is a unique account of an unprecedented and, at times, traumatic year for Arsenal, on and off the pitch, as seen through the eyes of a LOYAL Arsenal supporter of over 40 years.

Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic that had threatened to change our everyday lives for good – at a time when we needed football more than ever to escape reality.

Often lighthearted,  occasionally serious, constantly passionate and honest; this is an insight into the rollercoaster of emotions experienced during a season like no other.

“Arsenal are my release, my escape from the real world which, for ninety minutes, doesn’t exist. How long have we been saying how football is so far removed from the real world? Well, it turns out that has finally come in useful!”

This promises to be unlike any football book you’ve ever read!

This is the fifth edition of our unique, ground-breaking book – the first and only book of its kind. Already recognized as the authority on the women’s game, ‘The Women’s Football Yearbook’ is the definitive annual – offering unrivalled information, photos, facts and figures on all England’s leading teams.

With an entry on each of the 24 clubs competing in the WSL and Championship as well as the England national team, the book also contains a foreword by UEFA women’s football chief and former FIFA World Best Player Nadine Keßler. All the key statistics, league tables and results are included.

‘The Women’s Football Yearbook’ is simply a must-have for everyone who loves the beautiful game.

THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY ‘SILVER SHINY’ LIMITED EDITION

In 2004, Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal achieved footballing immortality after going through an entire season unbeaten. That team will forever be known as ‘The Invincibles’, but 13 years beforehand, there was another Arsenal side who should have achieved that accolade first. George Graham’s title winning squad 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, was 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  thirtieth anniversary LIMITED EDITION SHINY 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 why the Class of ‘91 should stand shoulder to shoulder with The Invincibles – and why they should perhaps be considered equals.

AS WE APPROACH ASTON VILLA’S 150-YEAR LANDMARK, A STUNNING NEW BOOK PROJECT HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED TO CELEBRATE THE CLUB’S PROUD HISTORY.

 

The first book was published in September – and  tells the remarkable story of Villa’s first 75 years, an era when the club dominated football… the Kings of Birmingham and renowned across the globe.

Written by club authors and historians, Colin Abbott, John Russell and Jon Farrelly, the books contain stunning photos, stories, cuttings and precious memorabillia that will be treasured by every Aston Villa supporter.

 

LIMITED EDITION GOLD FINAL EDITION

A limited edition print run of the updated Griffin Park book has been produced that includes the final two seasons at our proud old stadium – featuring photographs and memories from the club’s stunning 5-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday that proved to be the last competitive match Bees supporters could attend in person – as well as the last-ever match against Swansea City in the play-offs.

This lavish 400-page hardback book features hundreds of amazing photographs and stories, as well as personal recollections from some of the heroes who have graced the hallowed pitch.

The Big Book of Griffin Park will ensure that memories of the grand old Brentford stadium will live on forever.

GEORDIE ARMSTRONG:
A REAL ARSENAL LEGEND

George ‘Geordie’ Armstrong served Arsenal for 27 years as both a player and a coach, before being cruelly taken from his family and his club whilst coaching the Arsenal reserves at London Colney – he collapsed suddenly on the training pitch having suffered a brain haemorrhage in October 2000 – and never recovered.

The author, Dave Seager, successfully paints a remarkable picture – reliving stories and recollections of those who loved him; those who were fortunate to call him their friend; those who played alongside him; those who watched him play week in week out and those who were coached by him. There are also dozens of never before published action shots and pictures from George’s own personal photographic collection to enjoy.

 

LIMITED EDITION!

Brentford Reimagined takes us on a magical journey, back through the club’s history, with hundreds of classic, long-forgotten, or never before seen, Brentford photos having been colourised using the latest software to bring memories of yesteryear back to life.

Over the years Arsenal fans have created incredible atmospheres in football grounds around Europe and come up with some of the funniest and creative chants and songs, the very best of which are featured in this book, along with plenty of fantastic fan memories.

We’ve Only Got One Song is a celebration of supporting Arsenal Football Club, and this book honours every single Arsenal fan who has ever sung in support for the team throughout its proud history… this book is dedicated to them.

Highly acclaimed artist, Paine Proffitt, provides several of his award-winning illustrations, along with evocative photos and memorabilia to accompany the chapters.

Soulless Stadia… Selfies… Social Media “celebrities” and half and half scarves. Attention-hungry Superfans who would sell their own mothers for followers… and Click-hungry journos who sell their souls for ad revenue. Welcome to modern football. A world in which anyone can have a voice, despite having nothing to say. 

Join author Darren Berry on a journey; a season through the eyes of a lifelong Arsenal supporter, trying to rediscover his love for the game, a game drowning in a sea of Clickbait and 24/7 social media saturation. This is a journey through the rollercoaster ride of modern football… Hold on tight!

All advanced purchasers will receive an author signed copy that includes a Clickbait message!

It is no exaggeration to say that Harry Curtis was, without doubt, the greatest manager in the history of Brentford Football Club. Managing the club for 23 years, he led the team from the third tier to the pinnacle of English football, as well as a Wembley Final in 1942. During Brentford’s golden pre-War era, the Bees were one of the most highly respected clubs in the land, and this new book is a tribute – it not only looks at the achievements of the man through fascinating press reports and iconic photographs from the time – but also tells the remarkable story of life at Griffin Park using his own, serialised, diary.

This limited edition hardback book features hundreds of amazing photographs, illustrations and stories, as well as personal recollections from the heroes of the era.

“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. 

Now that the dust has settled on Arsene Wenger’s reign, Seager wanted to take Gunners back in time – to the scintillating early years of Le Prof’s tenure. However, the author’s inspiration came, not from the well-trodden path of the unbeaten Premier League campaign, but earlier, from the two seasons that gave Wenger his first four trophies and Arsenal’s second and third League and FA Cup Doubles.

Seager takes us on a evocative  journey down Memory Lane – through the 1997/98 and 2001/02 League and FA Cup successes – however, it is the method he’s chosen to do so that is refreshingly different to any other football book you will have read.

 

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.

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

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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.

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