Search for your sports books:

Featured Publisher: John Blake
Apart form its current publications, John Blake Publishing has a sizeable back list of acclaimed sporting titles. These include biographies of stars such as Roger Federer, WG Grace, Fernando Torres and Frankie Dettori. For more information, visit www.blake.co.uk



Read Review
<back to archive

The Official Football Yearbook 2009-10 The ACTIM Statistical Guide

Release date: 01st July, 2009
Publisher: A & C Black

List Price: £17.99
Our Price: £11.69
You Save: £6.3 (35%)
Buy Now

Perhaps football's greatest spin-off is not the overpriced, sponsor-emblazoned polyester replica shirt but the quiz question that gets fans thinking.

You immediately know when you've heard one because it's obviously been well researched and once you eliminate the possibility of it being a trick question, you're almost inclined to applaud the questioner - assuming you know the answer. Football's penchant for the spontaneous quiz, which generally take place in the car after the game, invariably comprise questions posed by a self-appointed chairman and usually asked in between him devouring his chips.

Across the land at ten to six most Saturdays as traffic lights turn red and cars lurch to a halt, people can be heard asking, "Who scored Watford's first league goal of last season?" (Will Hoskins in their first home match against Bristol Rovers) or "Which Premier League referee showed more yellow cards than any other last term?" (Mike Dean - 123*).

Granted, there is a mountain of unsubstantiated information available online, but accessing the internet while eating your chips, arguing whether their second goal was offside and wondering whether you'll ever make it through the red lights ahead is, well, difficult. Which is why we should applaud the people behind this season's Official Football Yearbook, published in association with the New Football Pools.

Doubtless every one of the stats and records referred to in The Official Football Yearbook is available online, but nowhere will they be as professionally displayed or as well arranged as in this marvellous book. It's a joy to browse through (obviously, you start with your own team and fan out from there) because you inevitably happen upon a fact which is noted and stored for future use - ideally as an alternative to the one posed by your regular post-match chairman.

Not only is the OFT exceptionally well produced, unlike a number of other yearbooks in this burgeoning market, it benefits from the liberal use of colour.

There's enough data to satisfy the most dedicated statto. In addition, fans will discover little-known facts here safe in the knowledge that unlike much unverified online material, what you read in the OFY is accurate. And as any budding quiz-meister knows, that is hugely important if your Saturday evening quizzes are to have any credibility at all.

*Dean also showed more red cards (8) than any other top-flight ref.


<back to archive


Toolstation


SBOTM Current Top 10

Unstoppable: My Life So Far By Maria Sharapova
Particular Books
Read Review Buy Now
Over and Out: My Innings of a Lifetime with Test Match Special By Henry Blofeld
Hodder & Staughton
Read Review Buy Now
Football: My Life, My Passion By Graeme Souness
Headline
Read Review Buy Now
Rugby, The Game Of My Life: Battling For England in the Professional Era By Rob Andrew
Hodder & Staughton
Read Review Buy Now
Ali: A Life By Jonathan Eig
Simon & Schuster
Read Review Buy Now
A Clear Blue Sky By Jonny Bairstow with Duncan Hamilton
Harper Collins
Read Review Buy Now
From Orient to the Emirates The Plucky Rise of Burnley FC By Tim Quelch
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Ascent By Sir Chris Bonnington
Simon & Schuster
Read Review Buy Now
Glove Story By Rob Stokes, Derek Hammond & Gary Silke
Conker Editions
Read Review Buy Now
The Way of the Runner A Journey Into the Fabled World of Japanese Running By Adharanand Finn
WW Norton
Read Review Buy Now

Amazon’s top 6 best-sellers

© Sharks Media Ltd 2004 – 2012. Site designed and maintained by Marcus Hamblett for Furydesign.