Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: Football explores some of the most bizarre football events throughout history, from its birth during the Industrial Revolution, to the major tournaments of the Beautiful Game in the 21st century. From the player sold for £10 and a box of kippers, to unusual injuries on the pitch, this book gathers some of the most curious moments of footballing history, a game that continues to be both an amazing entertainment spectacle and extraordinarily accessible to people everywhere. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects makes it the perfect book to dip in to. The amazing and extraordinary facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.
Anton Rippon was born in Derby during the Second World War and grew up there.
He has spent almost all his working life in the newspaper and publishing industry, including 10 years with the Derby Evening Telegraph and a spell with the Nottingham Evening Post.
He is the author of 30 books on sport and military history but also including an including an autobiographical memoir, A Derby Boy, which was published in 2007.
His work has appeared in a wide range of national newspapers and magazines and he has written radio documentaries for the BBC.
He currently contributes features on international sport to the US-based website Sports Business Research Network (www.sbrnet.com)
In 1982, he founded Breedon Books, the sports and history publisher that he sold in 2003 to resume writing full-time.
In 1993, the Derby County Former Professional Players' Association elected him an honorary member.
He is also a member of the Sports Journalists' Association, the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), the International Society of Olympic Historians and the Football Writers' Association.
His book, Gunter Plüschow: Airman, Escaper, Explorer, was published by Pen & Sword in November 2009.
A Derby View: The Best Of Anton Rippon, a collection of his weekly Derby Telegraph columns, was published by Wharncliffe in October 2010.