— The Best of Chelsea

Now publishing the third reprint of this perennially popular gift book
which has sold in excess of
10,000 copies.
 Ties in with the dawn of a new
era as club legend Frank
Lampard is appointed new
manager under a three-year
contract and pins his faith in
young players.
 Updated to include many of
the star players in the current
team including Abraham,
Mount, Pedro and Willian.
 One of three new titles in the
series alongside new editions
of the Best of Liverpool and
Manchester United books.
 Simultaneous EBook release.

The legendary players, managers,
matches and moments that have
shaped the history of one of the
biggest football clubs in the world
are listed in a fascinating A to Z
format. From Azpilicueta to Zola,
from Abramovich to Wilkins, each
‘legend’ has their own entry and
pictures that have been updated
for the 2019/20 season.
The fully illustrated book also
contains facts and figures of all
the club’s league positions,
greatest goal scorers, players of
the year, most appearances,
famous supporters and a Greatest
Ever XI as chosen by the fans.
The book takes in the start of the
current season in which Lampard
won the Premier League Manager
of the Month Award in October;
and Abraham and Mount played
for England.
Publication: December 2019
Extent: 144pp
Price: £9.99
Format: 152 x 152 mm
ISBN-13: 978 1 78281 657 7
ISBN EBook: 978 1 78281 658 4
Illustrations: Colour throughout
Classification: Sport
BIC Code: WSNB
Binding: Hardback
Territory: World
Sales Agent: Jim Sheehan

jim@signaturebooksuk.com
07970 700505

=============================

deCoubertin to publish Chaos is a Friend of Mine: The Life and Crimes of Conor McGregor

Liverpool: ‘… People say to me be careful of the money, don’t blow it. If the money becomes a problem, I’ll get rid of it. I’ve been planning to get to this stage for a long, long time and I won’t let anything stop me.’ 
The year is 2013, and Ewan MacKenna is sitting in McDonald’s with Conor McGregor as he enjoys his weekly coffee, a treat in the eyes of a dedicated fighter. The Crumlin-born mixed martial arts fighter has not yet cashed his $60,000 prize money after his maiden UFC victory over Marcus Brimage, a first-round stoppage, but he knows the importance of it – only recently has he found himself in the social welfare queue.Five years on and McGregor is late for his press conference with Khabib Nurmagomedov ahead of their showdown at UFC 229. By the time he arrives his opponent has gone, but it doesn’t stop him from launching into a diatribe against him before reverting to a sales pitch for his own whiskey, ‘Proper No. 12.’Somewhere along the line, the fighter became a stranger to his art, increasingly drawn to the circus that surrounds him. But what is McGregor? A wonderful rags-to-riches tale? Dedicated athlete? Cultural phenomenon? Troubled soul? Out-of-control kid? Confused young man? Narcissist? Arrogant thug? Sporting icon?

McGregor is any and all but, crucially, more than most sporting stars, he is also a mirror of society.

In Chaos is a Friend of Mine, MacKenna takes in both Las Vegas in 2018 and Dublin in 2019 in order to examine McGregor’s journey, from his upbringing in the Irish capital, to his early days as a wide-eyed, prodigiously talented martial arts obsessive, to his recent antics outside the ring which have seen him grow bigger than the sport itself but spiral out control.

‘McGregor has always fascinated me – not always for the most positive of reasons and not always purely because of him directly either,’ said MacKenna. ‘Instead, he was a perfect person for this time and place, because he was the imperfect person for this imperfect time and place. A sporting representation of a society in complete regression speeding towards collapse, where his anger and bile made him money which in turn was used to justify any and all lack of morality.

‘When he burst on the scene he would have been anything people wanted him to be so long as they paid him for it, and this is what the world created for their amusement. What happened has been as grim as predictable, but through his story I wanted to delve into what makes and breaks celebrities in this era where worshipping them has reached new and troubling levels, through new and troubling methods.

‘What he did in his sport is incredible to look back on. But so is what his sport and we gave him a platform to do away from it. This isn’t just his story, for his journey is a reflection of so much more and that should terrify.’

Ends

About the Author  

Born in Ireland, Ewan MacKenna is an award-winning journalist and author. He first interviewed Conor McGregor in 2013 after his maiden UFC victory, and has followed his career closely ever since, including covering his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in Las Vegas in 2018. A former Irish Sportswriter of the Year, he is a columnist with the Irish Independent and has also contributed internationally to The New York Times, Bleacher Report, ESPN and the Independent. He splits his time between Portugal, Brazil and Ireland.

Chaos is a Friend of Mine will be released on November 19th. For serialisation details, review copies and interview requests please contact Jack Gordon Brown – jack@decoubertin.co.uk (0151 909 5747)

 

===========================

deCoubertin Books to publish The Signing Winger, the autobiography of Colin Grainger

Liverpool, 4 October 2019

deCoubertin Books are privileged to be able to bring you the autobiography of Colin Grainger, The Singing Winger.

Known as ‘The Singing Winger’ for his ability both out wide on a football field and centre stage at a concert hall, Colin Grainger had the privilege of sharing a changing room with Duncan Edwards and Stanley Matthews and a bill with the Beatles.

Starting out in 1950, Grainger’s professional football career spanned sixteen years, taking in all four divisions, and after Nat Lofthouse persuaded him to perform while on England duty, a successful singing career was born alongside. Grainger continued to marry his passions in the years to come, and this tale tells the story of life on the road as a professional in two industries and the joy of forging friendships with icons of a bygone era.

Now aged 86, Colin is one of the oldest surviving England internationals, having played in the country’s famous 4-2 win over Brazil in 1956, scoring 2 goals himself.

Hyder Jawád, co-author, says, ‘The opportunity to work on the story of a man whose playing career began in 1949, the peak of English football’s popularity, felt magical and inspiring. For me, as a keen reader of history, the chance to combine the story of Colin’s two wonderful careers with some wonderful social settings seemed something of a privilege.’
ENDS

Information for Editors
Founded in 2009, deCoubertin Books is a small publisher with big ideas. We use our experience from the worlds of journalism, web, publishing and design to produce beautiful non-fiction books that we passionately believe in. In July 2015 we were delighted to relocate to our new home in Liverpool. Our authors include Neville Southall MBE, Per Mertesacker, Howard Kendall, Clive Allen, Michael Walker, James Montague and Nick Harris.

About the Authors
Colin Grainger was born on 10 June 1933 in Havercroft, West Yorkshire. He began his professional playing career with Wrexham in 1950, and went on to represent Sheffield United, Sunderland, Leeds United, Port Vale, Doncaster Rovers and Macclesfield Town. He earned seven England caps in the 1950s, and as a singer was signed to HMV. His success in two entertainment industries meant he shared a football field with Stanley Matthews and Duncan Edwards and a bill with the Beatles. His brother, John Grainger, and cousins, Dennis Grainger, Jack Grainger and Edwin Holliday all enjoyed professional football careers as well.

Hyder Jawád, who collaborated with Colin Grainger on this book, is an award-winning journalist, radio broadcaster and author. He has written for the Liverpool Echo, the South China Morning Post, The Times and the Independent. He has written eleven books, including the bestselling John Aldridge autobiography in 1999, and has covered seven World Cups. He is the publisher and editor of Soccerama.

==================

More super stats out of Poland

** Some of the most assiduously compiled statistical volumes in recent years have emerged from Poland.

Andrzej Gowarzewski’s work has been acknowledged far and wide and his latest publicatuions maintain the tradition.

Bialo-Czserwoni 1921-2018, produced in cooperation with the Polish federation (PZPN) is a match-by-match history of the Polish national team with pictures, all-line-ups (both teams), goalscorers, referesd and attendances and accompaning notes.

One further volume, Mistrzostwa Polski 1945-1962 presents an A-Z of all the players who featured in top division Polish leage football between those years.

Also out of Poland is another remarkable historical production of a different sort from Piotr Chomicki, Leszek Śledziona and Edwin Kowszewicz.

Olgen has published their Footabll Uearbook 1922 Poland-Europe-World which record the details of Polish football in that particular but records international matches, domestic league and cup results across Europe and in various other nations.

This is another impressive effort  with more to come. Next year will see a similar volume for 1923 then another rewviwing 1919-21.

Pubication is in the Polish language but the statistics are compreherensive and clear, no matter the language