Spartacus Review

Volume 1: 1st October, 2007


Title: Alan Shearer: My Illustrated Career

Author: Alan Shearer


Publisher: Octopus

Price: £18.99

Bookshop: Amazon

Spartacus Website: Newcastle United


Following his debut for Southampton in 1991, to his emotional testimonial match and retirement, Alan Shearer has taken a long look at his illustrious career in this insightful book. He has chosen all the best photographs that highlight his finest moments in the game. Working alongside journalist and confidante Dave Harrison, he has reflected here on the many clubs and countries he has played against, players he's faced, and the characters he's met along the way. His Newcastle United coach and fan - Sir Bobby Robson, has provided the foreword. This will be the only book anyone will need to fully appreciate the career of one of the game's greatest players, who is acclaimed as one of the last great true centre forwards.

Title: Best and Edwards

Author: Gordon Burn


Publisher: Faber & Faber

Price: £8.99

Bookshop: Amazon

Spartacus Website: Manchester United


In "Best and Edwards", Gordon Burn looks at two of football's brightest talents. United by the club they played for, but divided by the tragedy of Munich, they came in very different ways to embody their respective generations. In plotting the course and trajectory of these two careers, Gordon Burn has produced a brilliant and startlingly original look at football and British culture.

Title: Here We Go Gathering Cups in May

Author: Nicky Allt


Publisher: Canongate

Price: £16.99

Bookshop: Amazon

Spartacus Website: Football League


"Here We Go Gathering Cups In May" is the story of Liverpool F.C's ongoing love affair with the European Cup, told through the eyes and voices and the fans themselves. 7 Finals. 7 Fans. 7 amazing adventures, in which the ingenuity (and pockets) of the fans have been challenged as they set their sights on getting to that final by hook or by crook.Above all this collection of essays tells of the bond between a club and its fans; the lengths those fans will go to, in order to be there at the endgame to cheer on their team; what happened along the way; their escapades in some of Europe's iconic capitals; and their recollections of those historic nights - nights of glory and, sometimes, nights of tragedy.

Title: Football League Players' Records

Author: Michael Joyce


Publisher: SoccerData

Price: £25.00

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Spartacus Website: Early History of Football


Author Michael Joyce has spent many years compiling a unique database of players' records. The database contains information on every player that has made an appearance in the Football League. Details include the player's date and place of birth, the year of his death, his usual playing position, seasons played, and his appearances and goals at each club. Non-league clubs played for are also listed when known. "The Football League Players' Records 1888-1939" uses the database to provide the details of some 16,000 players who appeared in the League seasons prior to the Second World War. Over a million appearances are included in more than 50,000 League matches. Among the players are four knights, four ordained ministers, two VCs and two MPs. League tables for the period are included. This is the only comprehensive source of player data for the seasons from 1888 to 1939.