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Bibliography and Links

This section is being frequently updated. All sources below have been referred to in compiling this blog to various extents:


Atherton, Martin (2008), The Theft of the Jules Rimet Trophy: The Hidden History of the 1966 World Cup (Meyer & Meyer Sport) – Recalling the World Cup trophy being stolen prior to the 1966 tournament and then found by dog Pickles.

Banks, Gordon (2002), Banksy: The Autobiography (Penguin Books) – Autobiography of the legendary former England goalkeeper.

Barwick, Brian (2013), Are You Watching the Match Tonight – The Increidble Story of Football on Television (Andre Deutsch) – Tracing the history of televised football, including reflecting on Barwick’s personal experiences.

Brooking, Trevor (2014 – with Michael Hart), My Life in Football (Simon & Schuster) – Trevor Brooking’s autobiography, including chapters on his England years.

Clough, Brian (2002), Walking on Water (Headline) – Brian Clough’s final autobiography, including recollections of his failure to be given the England manager’s job in 1977.

Dickinson, Matt (2014), Bobby Moore: The Man in Full (Yellow Jersey Press) – Detailed biography of England’s World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore.

Eriksson, Sven-Göran (2013), Sven: My Story (Headline) – Sven-Göran Eriksson’s autobiography, including his England years.

Gascoigne, Paul with Davies, Hunter (2004), Gazza: My Story (Headline) – Paul Gascoigne’s autobiography.

Greaves, Jimmy (2003), Greavsie (Time Warner) – Jimmy Greaves’ autobiography.

Hermiston, Roger (2011), Clough and Revie: The Rivals who Changed the Face of English Football (Mainstream Publishing) – An excellent account of the rivalry between Brian Clough and Don Revie during the height of their managerial careers, which included Revie becoming England manager.

Hodge, Steve (2010), The Man with Maradona’s Shirt (Orion) – Steve Hodge’s autobiography.

Isherwood, Glen (2006), Wembley: The Complete Record, 1923-2000 (SportsBooks) – a summary of each match played at the old Wembley Stadium.

Matthews, Tony (2013), England’s Who’s Who: International Players 1872-2013 (Pitch Publishing) – details on every player to win a full England cap.

McColl, Graham (1998), England: The Alf Ramsey Years (Chameleon Books) – a look back at Ramsey’s years managing England, with the book also containing a number of replica souvenirs from the era.

McKinstry, Leo (2002), Jack & Bobby: A story of brothers in conflict (CollinsWindow) – a biography on the Charlton brothers, with particular emphasis on their relationship to each other.

McKinstry, Leo (2006), Sir Alf (HarperSport) – a detailed biography of Sir Alf Ramsey.

Mourant, Andrew and Rollin, Jack (2004), The Essential History of England (Headline) – a written and statistical history of the England team.

Robson, Bobby (1986 – with Bob Harris), So Near and Yet So Far: Bobby Robson’s World Cup Diary 1982-86 (Willow Books) – Robson’s personal account of his first four years as England manager, culminating in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Royle, Joe (2005), Joe Royle: My Autobiography (BBC Books).

Scovell, Brian (2006), The England Managers: The Impossible Job (Tempus) – a review of the reign of every England manager from 1946 to 2006.

Smyth, Rob; Eriksen, Lars and Gibbons, Mike (2004), Danish Dynamite: The Story of Football’s Greatest Cult Team (Bloomsbury Sport) – a book recalling the stylish Denmark side of the 1980s, including when they stopped England qualifying for Euro ’84.

St John, Ian and Greaves, Jimmy (1990), Saint & Greavsie’s World Cup Special (Stanley Paul) – a match-by-match review of the 1990 World Cup finals.

Stiles, Nobby (2003), After the Ball: My Autobiography (Hodder and Stroughton) – autobiography of Nobby Stiles, including his memories of the 1966 World Cup.

The Guardian (2012, no individual author credited), England – 20 Defining Matches – looking back at 20 key matches from England’s past using contemporary match reports from The Guardian and The Observer.

Newspapers and Other Media

Many quotes and match reports are sourced from newspapers and other media. These are usually referenced in the blog posts. Match programmes have also been used as reference points.


Clough (2009) – A documentary screened by ITV in 2009 about Brian Clough, including memories of him missing out on the England manager’s job.

One Night in Turin (2010) – An acclaimed documentary film recalling England’s adventures at Italia ’90.

Three Lions (2000) – A three-part documentary screened by the BBC shortly before Euro 2000, focusing on England’s history since 1966.

World Cup Stories – England (2006) – Part of the excellent BBC series World Cup Stories shown before the 2006 World Cup, this episode focused on England and in particular their encounters with West Germany in 1966, 1970 and 1990.


England Football Online – a tremendous website about the England team. – an extremely thorough statistical history of England since 1872.

The FA – Official website for the Football Association, including detailed articles on past England matches and personnel.

The Football Attic – an enjoyable site dedicated to football nostalgia, including various features on England and international football.

The Football Pink – companion site to the magazine, both well worth a read and containing a mixture of articles on past and present matters including about England.

ITV football 1968-83 – an excellent guide to football shown on ITV from 1968-83, including a lengthy round-up of international coverage on both the BBC and ITV. There are also companion sites for 1955-68 and 1983-98.

That 1980s Sports Blog – an ever-entertaining blog looking back at sport in the 1980s, including several posts on England and international football.

When Saturday Comes – website for the excellent monthly magazine, which includes various nostalgia pieces.

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