Great Books that Every Sports Fan Needs to Read

The Armchair Olympian  How Much Do You Know About Sport's Biggest Competition?  Trivia, Quizes, Quotes, By Phil AscoughIf you see yourself as somewhat of a sports nut, here (in no particular order) are ten of the best sports books just for you:

1. The Armchair Olympian by Philip Ascough

This trivia book will get you clued up on the Olympics in time for its descent on the UK, so you can know everything there is to know about this grand competition. With statistics, trivia and quotes, you can become the world’s best armchair Olympian in no time.

2. Gazza – Glorious: My World, Football and Me by Paul Gascoigne

Written by the man himself, this autobiography traces back over Paul Gascoigne’s colourful past. Whether it’s a gift for a friend or for yourself, this book is sure to please.

3. The Bumper Book Of Slightly Forgotten British Olympians by Simon Bullivant

Simon Bullivant is the creator of two of the UK’s best panel shows – ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ and ‘They Think It’s All Over’, and now he’s brought us this fantastic sports book which is packed to the rafters with sportsmen and women that have been all but forgotten in the annals of time; a truly entertaining read.

4. World Cup Rugby Tales – Lawrence Dallaglio by Lawrence Dallaglio

Lawrence Dallaglio lifts the lid on what goes on behind the scenes at a Rugby World Cup in this book, and he does so with more than enough wit and banter to go around. With a great many big names in rugby included in its text, you’re sure to have a great time reading this book.

5. Twirlymen – The Unlikely History of Cricket’s Greatest Spin Bowlers by Amol Rajan

This book is perfect for cricket fans as it commemorates some of the great spin bowlers of our time. Including W. G. Grace, Shane Warne and many others, this book is accessible for all.

6. Jonny: My Autobiography by Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson’s career in rugby has run on for three decades and he’s now a household name all over the UK, but just what’s it like to live his life? Read his autobiography to gain insight into the highs and lows of a rugby superstar’s life.

7. Paul Scholes – My Story by Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes is one of the most well-known footballers in recent years, but the footballing genius remained relatively quiet until he stepped off the field for the final time. Now in retirement, Scholes has lifted the lid on life as Manchester United’s star player.

8. Sir Alex – The Official Man Utd Celebration Of 25 Years by MUFC

This biography, compiled by Manchester United Football Club, takes a look at the man that is Sir Alex Ferguson and explains how he manages to do what he does. From the first time he stepped into the role of Manchester United manager to now, everything you need to know about Sir Alex is contained within this book.

9. The Cyclist’s Friend by Chris Naylor

Any fans of cycling will appreciate this book, which includes quotes and short stories written by cycling lovers throughout the ages. There are also a number of hints and tips interspersed throughout the book, with everything from dealing with a tyre puncture to how to choose a bike being covered.

10. 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know About Sport by John D. Barrow

If you know someone who likes to think they know everything there is to know about sport, this book is the perfect gift for them. Many interesting questions you might not have thought to ask are answered in this book, and there’s also a whole hodgepodge of information you can pick up on along the way.

Do you think you’ll be buying any of these books?

James Thompson is a freelance writer and a massive fan of reading. They always look to buy the best fiction books and usually do so from online bookstores.

  2 comments for “Great Books that Every Sports Fan Needs to Read

  1. Phil Ascough
    August 31, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Thank you so much for including The Armchair Olympian. I came across this site on a web search and have tweeted the link this morning from both my accounts. I look forward to exploring further. Oh – and I’d recommend my other book Kissing The Badge for anyone with even a passing interest in Premier League football.
    Thanks again,

    • Kirsten McCulloch
      September 2, 2012 at 1:23 am

      No worries Phil, thanks for tweeting 🙂

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