MANCHESTER CITY FOLKLORE and CAN’T BUY THAT FEELING out now!

Gary James’s Manchester City Folklore is out now. Representing the fruits of six years’ research, it’s a must-read for every fan of the club. Packed with colour images, it reveals countless new stories and insights into the mythology of Manchester City.

Can’t Buy That Feeling: Inside Leicester City is the Best of The Fox Interviews, by Simon Kimber & Gary Silke. Terrific. A great insight into the players and fans that helped make our history.” Alan Birchenall. “Buy it!” Ian Stringer, BBC Radio Leicester. 

Glove Story is the Number 1 Book for Goalkeepers, Past & Present – and it’s yours for just a tenner! And forthcoming next year from Conker Editions, the new Got, Not Got Football Gift Book promises to be Every Fan’s Catalogue of Desires…

‘Can’t Buy That Feeling – Inside Leicester City – The Best of The Fox Interviews’

Can’t Buy That Feeling – Inside Leicester City is published on 16 July, and is available now to pre-order. Fully colour illustrated throughout, the book features over 100 star interviews taken from 30 years of The FOX. 

Interviewees include Micky Adams, Alan Birchenall, Matt Elliott, Matty Fryatt, David Gibson, Lenny Glover, Muzzy Izzet, Pontus Kaamark, Andy King, Neil Lennon, Ian Marshall, Martin O’Neill, Frank O’Farrell, Sven Goran Eriksson, Jimmy Walsh, Frank Worthington and many more…

The FOX has been interviewing Leicester City players, managers, famous fans and board members for almost three decades, building up a body of work that takes you right into the very fabric of the club, with memories spanning the last 60 years.

As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

Can’t Buy That Feeling takes you inside Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with moments of comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, silverware and financial ruin.

Read the best of The FOX interviews and you will discover:

  • How it feels to score a last-minute winner at Wembley
  • Who bore the brunt of Stan Collymore’s fire extinguisher
  • How it feels to be a World Cup winner, and axed by Leicester City
  • Which City star was run out of his local for moving to Leicester
  • The identity of the City player who chased half the Chelsea team down the tunnel
  • Players’ big-match memories, their real opinions of their bosses, team-mates and fans…

‘Manchester City Folklore’ – special subscribers’ offer

Gary James’s long-awaited new book, Manchester City Folklore: What Every Blue Needs to Know is now available to pre-order in a special subscribers’ offer.

All for the regular RRP of £15, early subscribers will see their names added to a roll of honour in the book; your copy will be signed and personally dedicated by the author, and you’ll receive it before the official publication date in August.

Representing the fruits of six years’ research by the acclaimed Manchester football historian, City Folklore is a must-read for every fan of the club. Packed with colour images, it reveals countless new stories and insights into the mythology of Manchester City.

Manchester City Folklore reveals an incredible array of stories, true Blue moments and characters that helped shape the club. This is City’s DNA, originally researched and mapped by acclaimed historian Gary James.

Based on the popular feature in the official City programme, the book gets right to the heart of the club. Read Manchester City Folklore and you will discover:

  • The latest exclusive research into the birth of the club – as told by a witness present at its formation in 1880
  • How City chants started – from ‘Blue Moon’ to an anthem based on a ‘60s film
  • Why Blue? The significance of City’s first colours and other kits
  • The story of the Kippax
  • The unique attributes of City’s great captains, comparing every major trophy-winning skipper
  • Your own part in the story: records and facts demonstrating the loyalty of City’s fans
  • Dozens more nuggets providing insights into City’s great history and status as a Mancunian institution stretching back to the 19th century

Gary James is the author of 16 books on Manchester football, and cares passionately about ensuring City’s story is properly recorded. Gary has been a season ticket holder since 1984, and a programme contributor since 1994.

 

‘Glove Story’ – yours for a tenner

Do you dream of pulling on a quilted green or Dayglo orange football shirt? Does it make you sigh, just thinking about enormous latex gloves – or of diving in muddy puddles?

If so, this might just be the football book for you.

Glove Story is a visual feast, featuring a unique collection of goalkeeping memorabilia and original illustrations by Doug Nash. Gloves and stars’ shirts from the 60s to date, vintage games and equipment catalogues appear alongside photography covering goalkeeping from park to international level. We’ve put up a few sample pics on the Got Not Got blog.

The book sets out to capture the essence of what it means to be a goalkeeper, shining a light on the concerns and obsessions of everyone who has ever been a member of the Keepers’ Union. We’re talking:

  • Exclusive interviews with legendary goalkeepers – memories, tips, stories, plus ‘My First Gloves’
  • Games, toys and memorabilia – from Subbuteo and Striker to Tonka and Corinthians
  • Features on all the top brands – adidas, uhlsport, reusch, Coffer, Sondico, Sells…
  • Secret goalies, from Arthur Conan Doyle and Che Guevara to David Icke
  • The evolution of goalkeeping shirts, gloves, boots, training and thinking
  • Memories of goalkeeping summer schools
  • Fictional, cartoon, stand-in and endorsement-friendly keepers
  • The dawn of modern goalkeeping, coaching and development
  • The greatest ever saves, quotations, superstitions, blunders and Kids in Kit
  • Budgie – and whether Goalkeepers are Crazy, or just Different…

Click here for more details, or to preorder Glove Story for a tenner.

Get a special ‘Glove Story’ gift bundle – author signed and custom dedicated

If you’re a fan of the Got, Not Got books, a follower of Rob Stokes and his incredible collection of goalie gloves and memorabilia, or maybe on the lookout for a special birthday present for the goalie in your life, you might like a special Glove Story gift package.

So what do you get for your extra fiver on top of the regular £10 cover price?

  • Your copy of the book will be personally dedicated and signed by the authors
  • Your own birthday / Father’s Day / Christmas message or greeting can also be added to the title page
  • You’ll get an exclusive Glove Story key ring
  • And a Glove Story sticker set!

If you’d like to receive a bespoke signed and dedicated Glove Story, you just need to let us know the extra details.

At checkout:
1) Please use the ‘order notes’ field to enter the message you’d like added to the title page, including the name of the recipient.
2) It’s as simple as that!

Happy Christmas, Grandad!

Name the goalies and win an exclusive Glove Story keyring. (Martin Thomas is officially barred from entering the draw!)

The Art of Goalkeeping

Across Glove Story‘s beautiful endpapers you’ll find 80 of the world’s greatest ever keepers, all captured in unmistakable style by the book’s illustrator, Doug Nash.

Fourteen eightieths of Glove Story’s wonderful endpapers.

Doug is selling posters of his goalie-friendly creations – complete with correct kit, gloves and boots – at his own website, TheArtOfGoalkeeping.com. He offers posters and T-shirts featuring the goalies from the book as well as other shot-stopping stars from many individual clubs.

To celebrate the launch of Glove Story, Doug has created for Conker Editions an exclusive Home International Greats A2 poster, which features his selection of the finest British goalies ever to pull on the hallowed yellow nylon of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. From Banks and Shilton to James and Hart; Pat Jennings and Harry Gregg; Alan Rough, Jim Leighton, Andy Goram; from Leigh Richmond Roose via Gary Sprake to Wayne Hennessey, they’re all lined up for duty. Bring back the Home Internationals!

Who needs wallpaper when you’ve got the chance to collect up giant A2 Art of Goalkeeping goalie posters? Check out the Great British Internationals edition – with added zoom!Save

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