—-  Over the past year deCoubertin have been working tirelessly with our authors to chronicle the illustrious histories of two of the biggest football sides in the land: Arsenal and England. The result is two definitive complete records, both available now.

Arsenal: The Complete Record, written by historians Andy Kelly and Mark Andrews alongside the club’s features editor Josh James, is an exhaustive study of one of English football’s most successful institutions. Starting from 1886, when the club was formed by munitions workers in Woolwich, and including details of the 2017/18 season, Arsène Wenger’s last at the club, this tome records every official result in the Gunners’ history. Alongside the statistics Arsenal’s story is told in written form on a season-by-season basis, and there are in-depth player and manager profiles, as well as details of every man to represent the club.

In much the same vein, England: The Complete Record, written by Philip Ross and Jack Gordon Brown, is the ultimate account of the world’s oldest national team. Over 145 years since England played against Scotland at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow in the first international fixture, this book includes statistical details of every England match, friendly or competitive, year upon year – the result, the opponents, the scorers, the venue, the attendance, the line-up – complete with a weaving narrative throughout. England’s 2018 World Cup journey is documented, and so too is the history of the Women’s team.

Josh James, co-author of Arsenal: The Complete Record, said; ‘This was a project I’ve wanted to get involved with for years. I’ve been immersed in Arsenal stats and records ever since I started working at the club in 2001, and being able to pull it all together for this book has been both a pleasure and a privilege. Mark and Andy are the absolute authority when it comes to the club’s history, and the stories they have unearthed really bring the whole volume to life.’

Jack Gordon Brown, co-author of England: The Complete Record, said: ‘In this book we have aimed to tell the full story of England by combining the statistics and the story, hoping to provide a definitive record of the Three Lions. Working alongside someone with Phil’s diligence and attention to detail has been a pleasure.’


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’s Baltic Triangle. Our authors include Neville Southall MBE, Jens Lehmann, Howard Kendall, Bob Latchford, Michael Walker, James Montague and Simon Hart.
For serialisation details, review copies and interview requests please contact Megan Pollard – megan@decoubertin.co.uk (0151 909 5747)