The Title: The Story of the First Division (Hardback)
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The Title: The Story of the First Division (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 07/09/2017
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Some folk will tell you the FA Premier League is the greatest show on earth. They may even have a point. But to build something so successful, so popular, so inescapable, you've got to have mighty strong foundations. Prior to 1992, the old First Division was England's premier prize. Its rich tapestry winds back to 1888 and the formation of the Football League. A grand century-long tradition in danger of being lost in the wake of Premier League year zero. No more! In The Title Scott Murray tells the lively, cherry-picked story of English football through the prism of the First Division. Rich with humour yet underpinned with solid research, this is a glorious meander across our national sport's varied terrain. With as much about Burnley, Wolves, West Brom and Portsmouth as the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, we learn the less well-known stories the sport has to tell, such as the plight of Glossop, the smallest club to ever play top-flight football, and final day drama involving Huddersfield and Cardiff that knocks Michael Thomas into a cocked hat. We bask in the managerial genius of Tom Watson, the bowler-hatted Victorian Mourinho; celebrate the joy of the Busby Babes; discover the shameless showmanship of George Allison; embark on righteous escapades with Hughie Gallacher; and meet some old favourites in Don Revie, Bill Shankly, Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough. At turns exciting, surprising, witty and bittersweet, The Title is a highly informed, fresh and affectionate love-letter to the English game, and a delight for any football fan.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472936615
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
It is going to take a place of honour next to my absolute favourite sports books written over the years * thelondoneconomic *
Scott Murray is one of Britain's most talented sports writers and in The Title he is at his best. Meticulously researched, affectionate and often very funny, this account of the first century of English football gives the lie once and for all to the idea that the beautiful game began with the Premier League in 1992. * Dan Jones, Evening Standard columnist and bestselling historian *
Richly colourful, heartfelt and, most of all, fun. * Jonathan Wilson, author of Inverting the Pyramid *
A wonderful history, packed with unlikely anecdotes and trivia. Scott Murray is to football writing what Huddersfield Town were to the 1920s. * Josh Widdicombe *
Marvellous book, a treasure for any fan of the game * Budapest Times *
A witty, well-informed history of the old Football League, from its first season in 1888 to the inception of the Premier League in 1992 * Choice *
[An] illuminating book on the history of the First Division * Blackpool Gazette *
A breezy overview of the top division from the not-quite-invincible Preston of 1888-89 to Howard Wilkinson, the ultimate winner of the Football League. * Review by Jon Driscoll *
A lovingly crafted chronicle... Engrossing and informative. * Sunday Mirror *

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