Wolves  long history is reflected in a plethora of publications.  Here are some of the recent books we’ve liked.  There are more on the archive site



The Valley Wanderer’ (The Mike Bailey story)

 with forewords by Jim Davidson OBE and Robert Plant CBE


Clive Corbett is delighted to announce the availability of a new book that he has edited for Mike Bailey. Retailing at £14.99, the book will become available before the end of November. Here is an opportunity to get your copy well in time for Christmas by emailing gpbooks@hotmail.co.uk

 

Mike Bailey is a true son of Norfolk who turned his boyhood passion for football into an illustrious career spanning four decades. He started out at Charlton Athletic and made his first team debut in 1960. He quickly won the hearts of fans as an energetic and tough tackling midfield dynamo, and was very soon made their skipper. In 1964 Mike became the Valiants’ first full England international for eleven years. A few months before England’s 1966 World Cup triumph Mike signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers and in his first full season at Molineux led them back to the First Division. He was the talismanic leader who guided the swashbuckling Wolves team of the seventies to their best top flight finish to date, a first major trophy in 14 years and numerous European adventures.


In 1977 he went on to new challenges in Minneapolis in the North American Soccer League before returning home to try his hand at management. Mike set off with a short spell at Hereford United, and in the autumn of 1979 returned to The Valley. He became Charlton manager the following year and launched them to promotion from Division 3. He was then persuaded to work under Mike Bamber at Brighton and Hove Albion. Two seasons at the Goldstone Ground saw the Seagulls achieve their highest league position ever whilst Mike’s team also made it to the 1982 FA Cup final. Although he later took on posts in Crete and the lower English leagues the trials and tribulations of management never really suited him.


Mike now enjoys the tranquil life and the joys of his extended family in Surrey along with his wife Barbara. ‘The Valley Wanderer’ tells the story of a man who was fiercely competitive on the field, and still is on the golf course, but whose laid back disposition makes him hugely well-liked by former team mates and opponents alike. Mike Bailey is a reassuringly down to earth man who is admired by all who meet him, whether they are celebrities or ordinary folk. The book is the gentle tale of a Norfolk boy who lived his dreams but always remembers his roots.



A novel by long term LW member Bobby (Punk) Smith - The Armageddon  Pact


Bobby has written his second book, this one a world war II novel.   More details on his Amazon site here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bobby-Smith/e/B0034PAXNC/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 which includes Bobby in a short video talking about the book.   He says he mentions WW in the credits!


Bobby will be selling copies in the Wetherspoons and at Craven Cottage (29/9/2015) - if you want to order a copy or ask Bobby about the book you can contact him on bobbypunk@talktalk.net




Wolves All Over The World


A book containing hundreds of previously unseen photos of Wolves on their famous travels abroad goes on sale in the middle of September 2015   There may even be some grounds that Peter Abbott hasn’t visited!


Many of the pictures, even some dating back to ground-breaking tours to South Africa in the 1950s, are in colour, with trips to Russia, Spain, the Caribbean, America and Canada also strongly featured, along with the club’s various destinations in European competition.


“We’re convinced it is like no other publication ever brought out about Wolves,” said author David Instone. “We have worked very hard to access all kind of photographs from their games and adventures across the globe and believe we will be illustrating, for the first time, matches they have played in Israel, Kuwait, Greece, Jersey, Gibraltar and many other countries.


“We were very curious about games and tours that had little or no press coverage at the time and we have managed to dig out some information and pictures on them all. In fact we have uncovered some fixtures and trips that were overlooked in previous record books about the club.


“The emphasis has been on making it a coffee table book, with bigger pages than usual and colour imagery and stirring design on every one of them. It doesn’t contain loads of text and is more concerned with anecdotes and little-known tit-bits rather than being heavy on the sort of match facts and statistics that previous publications have dealt with.  Dimensions are about 25cm x 19cm


“There seems to be a lot of interest in it from supporters, which shows we have found a nice little gap in the market. Anyone who loves Wolves should like it. Anyone who loves Wolves and travelling will like it even more.”


Wolves All Over The World costs £19.99. Free delivery will be arranged in the Wolverhampton and Black Country area as far as is possible. Anyone interested in learning more should email instone@blueyonder.co.uk or ring 07734-440095.


The 192-page hard-back is a chronological guide to the 30-odd countries outside Great Britain that Wolves have played in, starting with various illustrated tours they made to France in the 1930s.


By way of a change of tone, it also briefly documents many of the players the club have signed from the various nations and gives an entertaining appraisal of the success or otherwise of them.


Old Gold Glory - Fanzine


LW member Graham Large has started a new fanzine with a focus on nostalgia. The first issue focuses on the 1974 League Cup Final and includes interviews with Wolves Captain Mike Bailey and hero of the day, Gary Pierce, amongst others. The fanzine will be printed and digital and available on subscription. Details are on the oldgoldglory.co.uk website but Graham wrote on Molineux Mix



Issue 1 of Old Gold Glory was sent to print earlier today and will be available from Friday 29th August 2014 in both print and digital formats. The debut issue is dedicated to the 40th anniversary of Wolves’ famous League Cup final victory against Manchester City and will include exclusive interviews with all nine surviving members of the 1974 side. This will be supplemented by columns written by former Wolves players Mel Eves and Gerry O’Hara, former Express & Star Wolves correspondent David Harrison and Daily Mirror Online Sports writer Alex Richards. You can purchase your print copy at Wolverhampton Books and Collectibles on Victoria Street in Wolverhampton City Centre, or you can buy both print and digital copies online at www.oldgoldglory.co.uk, where you can also subscribe for the whole season.
If you are interested in writing for Old Gold Glory, or even selling the magazine on match days, please contact graham@oldgoldglory.co.uk for further information.

Graham is offering a discount for London Wolves members:


To subscribe visit the links above or send a cheque with your name and address to Graham Large, 10 York Gardens, Wolverhampton WV3 9BY.

Also, if you have a great story to tell about an experience of Wolves Graham is always interested to see if you can feature in an article.










Stuart Earl has signed copies of the  “The Sash He Never Wore” for sale....

     

















Dirty Northern B*st*rds and other Tales from the Terraces’

A great new book of fan chants – back as far as Elgar and a freebie against the tractor boys from the author. The book is available printed or digital

and you can win a copy too - here’s the competition page link  - Tim Marshall is the Foreign News Editor for Sky News and wrote to us


WOLVES

Things are looking up. You got rid of, Hard To Sing His Name - Michael Ihiekwe, and brought in, Massive Potential For A Good Chant - Rajiv van La Parra. Mid table respectability beckons.

I’m glad you held on to Nouha Dicko and Bakaray Sako because the song for them is tops, even if you did steal it from Man City and their legendary Toure brothers chant.

Then again, apart from Sunderland, all football fans are magpies. You’re allowed to nick songs. We all do it. Last season Brentford nicked ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’. They were already promoted and news came through of Fulham’s relegation. Up went the song - ‘Bees up - Fulham down’. Genius in short form.

I’m confident Wolves fans will rise to challenge of the 2014/15 season. While researching my book ‘Dirty Northern Bastards’ I came across many a top chant from Molineux including references to bus stops in Aston, Tesco carrier bags, and the idea that West Bromwich is not the ideal place to live despite its local amenities and proximity to travel routes including the M5.

Wolves get a few mentions in the book but mostly due to the chant written by one of your most famous fans – Edward Elgar. His ‘He banged the leather for goal’ never went down as well as the tune to Land of Hope and Glory (which he also wrote) but it did provide me with the image of Elgar, chest puffed out, standing on a stanchion and leading the South Bank in a chant of ‘Who art thou?’

In 1898 the Times were a bit sniffy about the song writing that ‘the melody may be complex for the Grandstand’ which is a bloody cheek seeing as I’ve heard you on the telly getting your tonsils round Verdi’s ‘La donna e mobile’ from Rigoletto with ‘Your ground too big for you’.

But what’s with the ‘We all f*cking hate Leeds!’ and ‘We all hate Leeds scum!’ songs? Given that a favourite Leeds song is ‘We’re Leeds United – we don’t give a f*ck’ it’s not a problem you singing that – it’s just -why do you care so much?

Anyway, welcome back to the Championship, which as we know, is the new Premiership. As you’re back you get to play Ipswich again – so here’s one for free. If their keeper, Dean Gerken, lets one in in an embarrassing manner, you may well wish to further embarrass him with ‘Stayed in a burger, you should have stayed in a burger’.

Tim Marshall’s’ Dirty Northern Bastards and other Tales from the Terraces’ is on sale now

http://www.amazon.co.uk/22Dirty-Northern-Bastards-Other-Terraces/dp/1783960604

@itwitius, @eandtbooks

And there is a good overview of the book on the Waterstones site here http://www.waterstones.com/blog/2014/08/songs-from-the-sideline/#more-59741


        

A new book  The Sherpa Van Trophy - WEMBLEY WOLVES


Tim’s Book has now been published - available from Saturday December 6th  Tim has also kindly donated a copy for our Xmas raffle


The book is available to buy directly from his website or from Wolverhampton Books & Collectables, 19 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton.
 Wembley Wolves

This new Wolves book by Tim Gibbons, follows the story behind the Sherpa Van Trophy success of 1988.

The book contains 163 pages featuring details about how Wolves reached the final, the build-up to the final, supporters’ stories and photographs from the final, player profiles of both teams in the final, and a look to where the players are now with interviews from many of the players and management team and much more!

The book is available from 6th December 2014 and can be ordered from the authors website for £9.99 (plus postage/packaging costs). All books will be signed and dedicated (if asked).
http://sherpawolves.wix.com/1988


Tim wrote earlier

Hi

I writing a book from a fans view of Wolves’ Sherpa Van Trophy final success, the book will be self-published and will contain views from fans, funny stories, fans photos and a section detailing the players that were involved in the final.

From looking on your website, I was noticed that you promoted the Sherpa Van reunion dinner held at Molineux on 25th September 2008. Do you have any photographs from the event, that could be used in my book. Ideally a photograph showing all the players at the event or similar.

I would give acknowledgement in the book to who has provided the photographs and a link to your website within the book.

I would also welcome any stories/memories that London wolves supporters have of the game/day.

If you are interested in more information on the book, please visit my website dedicated to the book http://sherpawolves.wix.com/1988

Best wishes,

Tim Gibbons

Please contact Tim directly at sherpawolves@outlook.com if you can help with memories / pictures of the final.


Tim’s Book has now been published - available from Saturday December 6th  

The book is available to buy directly from my website or from Wolverhampton Books & Collectables, 19 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton.
New Wolves- Wembley Wolves

This new Wolves book by Tim Gibbons, follows the story behind the Sherpa Van Trophy success of 1988.

The book contains 163 pages featuring details about how Wolves reached the final, the build-up to the final, supporters’ stories and photographs from the final, player profiles of both teams in the final, and a look to where the players are now with interviews from many of the players and management team and much more!

The book is available from 6th December 2014 and can be ordered from the authors website for £9.99 (plus postage/packaging costs). All books will be signed and dedicated (if asked).
http://sherpawolves.wix.com/1988


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