The Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities

Football and Communities Across Codes


edited by Deirdre Hynes, Annabel Kiernan & Keith Parry
ISBN: 978-1-84888-241-6

Published: 2013

This volume explores the relationship between football codes and communities, providing a valuable lens into the code and players, the fans, and the politics of football.

Football and its Communities 2012


edited by Deirdre Hynes and Annabel Kiernan
ISBN: 978-1-84888-172-3

Published: 2012

This volume explores the dynamic relationship between football and communities in essays that address issues of equality, diversity, nationalism(s), shifting supporter identities, technology, modernisation, iconography and ideologies driving community football.

Female Football Fans


Carrie Dunn
ISBN: 978-1-13739-819-2

Published: 2014

Most sociological work on football fandom has focused on the ‘malestream’, i.e. the experience of men, and it usually talks about socially ‘deviant’ behaviours, such as alcohol, fighting and general hooliganism.
Yet there have always been female fans of football – even if they have been ignored or written out of the literature. This book shows that there are some unique facets of female experience, including a strong engagement with the new cooperative supporters’ trust movement, and fascinating negotiations of identity within this male-dominated world. It draws upon in-depth responsive interviews to put together a broad picture of women’s experiences of men’s professional football in England.

Coals, Goals and Ashes

£12.99 RRP

David P. Waddington
ISBN: 978-1901927573

Published: 2013

On 22 May 1963, a group of men representing Fryston Colliery Welfare ran out against the much-vaunted Bradford team, Thackley AFC, to contest the final of the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup, the ‘ultimate prize’ for local amateur teams. Captaining the Fryston side that day was Pete Waddington. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the final, the author, academic and son of The Colliers’ captain, Dave Waddington, has produced a book that tells the story of a century of footballing exploits by a team from the heart of the Yorkshire coalfield. This is an account of ‘bread and butter’ contests, where the slope of the pitch and the strength of the wind are important factors in results, where ‘unnecessary roughness’ is all part of the game. It is an account of a group of working men from one small village, whose endeavours in pursuit of the ‘ultimate prize’ are revealed to be just as extraordinary as those of their supposedly more illustrious contemporaries of the professional game. Armed with three years’ worth of research in local archives, and interviews with the surviving players from the final, Waddington has used all the academic discipline he can muster to try and provide an objective and dispassionate account, both of the final and of the wider history of the club. What has emerged, however, is a story of sporting heroism and romance, where the names of heroes like Dick and Jabie Foulkes, Archie Ward, Jack Sharp, Agga Mattison, Cobbo Robinson and Freddie Howard resonate just as loudly as those of the professional icons, such as Clem Stephenson, Len Shackleton, John Charles and Stanley Matthews, who we also encounter along the way.

Manchester – the City Years: Tracing the Story of Manchester City from the 1860s to the Modern Day

£25.00 RRP

Gary James
ISBN: 978-0955812774

Published: 2012

This eagerly awaited lavishly illustrated book, written by acclaimed Manchester author Gary James, is the definitive volume on Manchester’s Blues, detailing the exploits of the Club from its 19th Century birth through to the end of the 2011-12 season when they won the Premier League title in dramatic style. Manchester The City Years provides an in-depth study of the highs and lows that have shaped the Blues’ destiny from its birth as a church team to its modern day ownership by Sheikh Mansour. Relive the successes from the Club’s first major trophy win in 1904 under Tom Maley through to glory in the Roberto Mancini era. Enjoy reading the stories of success in Europe, five FA Cup wins, two League Cups and, of course, the Blues’ three Championship successes. This book covers it all and brings the City story right up to the end of the 2011-12 season when Sergio Aguero’s goal in added time brought the Premiership title to Manchester’s Blues. The definitive story of the Blues. If anyone ever says City has ‘no history’ show them this book!

The Big Book of United: Goalscorers & Champions

£19.95 RRP

Various Authors including Gary James
ISBN: 978-0955812750

Published: 2011

Written in the spirit and style of traditional football annuals. This is a joyful celebration of the players, games, goals and supporters from Manchester United’s earliest beginnings to the modern era. The book includes two main themes – goalscorers and champions – and carries profiles of ever United player to have topped the club’s League goalscoring seasonal charts, alongside material and features on United’s record breaking 19 League titles, European football, kits, and more. There are also daily season reminders, United managers, a timeline of the Reds’ history, plus many rare images from the club’s birth through to the modern era. “The Big Book of United” has been produced to provide entertainment and enjoyment to United fans of all ages. This book provides something to interest every fan. It reveals many interesting stories and facts with the aim of ensuring every Red finds enjoyment or learns something new about their club. “The Big Book Of United” is a mix of articles, features, profiles and miscellany style information. A must for all United fans.

Manchester: A Football History

£24.95 RRP

Gary James
ISBN: 978-0955812705

Published: 2010

The original version of Manchester – A Football History was the first detailed history of football in the region. It proved highly popular and sold out within twelve months of publication in 2008. This updated version has been produced to bring the Manchester story up to date and includes material on the further success of United; the transformation of City; the promotion of Rochdale and key events for all the region’s leading sides.

This book details many interesting stories and also spells out the significant events that have shaped the region’s football development. It focuses on the League/former League sides of Bury, City, United, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Stalybridge Celtic, but also considers all the local clubs who have at some point in their history attempted to join the League, or made a significant impact.

Joe Mercer, OBE: Football with a Smile

£19.95 RRP

Gary James
ISBN: 978-0955812705

Published: 2010

When Joe Mercer’s father returned home from World War One, he took a football out of his kit-bag and threw it to his four year old son. From that day on, young Joe was obsessed with football. Gary James’ acclaimed book covers the highs and lows of Joe’s life – from his birth in Ellesmere Port, right through to his struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease and subsequent death in 1990. Joe was a hugely talented and successful footballer, with glory coming at Everton and at Arsenal where, as captain, Joe helped his side win every honour available. He also gained much respect during his time as captain of England. As a manager, Joe took Aston Villa to the Second Division title and League Cup glory within three years of his arrival, after first learning what the role involved at Sheffield United. At Manchester City, he created a side of true quality and skill, returning the glory days to Maine Road. A history of success the Blues are rightly proud of. After helping Coventry City gain many admirers, Joe put the fun back into international football as he guided England through with a smile, a laugh and a genuine love of the game. In addition to the successes, Joe had more than his fair share of problems – two serious injuries as a player, a stroke at Villa, and a power struggle at City causing him to leave feeling unwanted – yet he somehow managed to retain his famous smile. This is the biography of Joe Mercer, OBE, written with the full co-operation of his family, friends and colleagues. It demonstrates Joe’s love of the game, and of life, recalling the days when his infectious grin cheered thousands. Joe was a one-off, a truly great, successful man. He never changed, going through life and football with a smile.

The Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities