Stokoe, Sunderland and 73 and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
£12.99
FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 11 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Trade in your item
Get a £0.29
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Stokoe, Sunderland and 73: The Story Of the Greatest FA Cup Final Shock of All Time Paperback – 20 Jan 2011


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£1.17
Paperback
"Please retry"
£12.99
£12.99 £5.44

Trade In Promotion


Frequently Bought Together

Stokoe, Sunderland and 73: The Story Of the Greatest FA Cup Final Shock of All Time + 1973 FA Cup Final Sunderland FC v Leeds United [DVD] + Official Sunderland AFC Mens Socks (Size 6/11) - A great gift / present for men, sons, husbands, dads, boyfriends for Christmas, Birthdays, Fathers Day, Valentines Day, Anniversaries or just as a treat for and avid football fan
Price For All Three: £26.35

These items are dispatched from and sold by different sellers.

Buy the selected items together


Trade In this Item for up to £0.29
Trade in Stokoe, Sunderland and 73: The Story Of the Greatest FA Cup Final Shock of All Time for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.29, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752883402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752883403
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lance Hardy is the prize nominated author of Stokoe, Sunderland and '73, shortlisted for Best Football Book at the British Sports Book Awards and nominated for the British Society of Sports History Literary Prize. He has also co-authored autobiographies with Bobby George and Kelly Smith. He is currently working on a book with Steve Davis (to be published in April, 2015). He also writes for Kicker and Tifo magazines. He is a former programme editor at BBC Sport, editing programmes such as Football Focus, Football Fever, Final Score and Match of the Day. He was subsequently Series Producer of The Cricket Show for Sky Sport in New Zealand. He is now Series Producer of Late Kick Off for BBC One North East & Cumbria and also works on Match of the Day. He has worked at five World Cups, three Olympic Games, three European Championships, two Women's World Cups and three Women's Euros.

Product Description

Review

As essential piece of British football history for fans of any club. Brillaintly researched and written with an undisguised passion. (Guy Mowbray BBC's MATCH OF THE DAY)

The angel is in the detail of such a loving work; you really get to know the players who beat Leeds United at Wembley. (Patrick Barclay TIMES)

Times have changed but this book is an engrossing reminder for all fans, not just Mackems, of the way it was. (Simon Redfern INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Through sport, quite ordinary folk can attain heroic status. Lance Hardy's entertaining book shows how it happens. (THE JOURNAL)

Evoking the atmosphere of a vanished footballing age, this is a fascinating account of a true David and Goliath sporting encounter. (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)

'If you like a fairytale, a story of an underdog or just a great football book, then make sure you pick up this brilliant account.' (IN BED WITH MARADONA.COM)

It is, without exaggeration, probably the finest football book that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. (Dan Williams ROKERREPORT.COM)

Book Description

The story of the team that caused the last, great FA Cup upset...

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
29
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 31 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Whitfield on 8 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been a Sunderland fan all my life. My dad used to take me to home matches, even though this required a 2 hour bus ride from where we lived. The cup run of 1973 will live long in my memory, as I was at several of those matches, including the amazing semi at Hillsborough. This book has reawakened all those memories, as well as providing some information which I had not known at the time, being only 15 when it all happened. It does seem fantastic to read about it now, but those are cherished memories for me, and always will be. My father, sadly now deceased, would have loved this book, too. If you are a Sunderland fan it is required reading. If you are a lover of football, I would also recommend it. If you just like to see the underdog win, to see David beat Goliath, to see the human spirit triumph against overwhelming odds, you will enjoy this book.

I still enjoy watching football today, but I wish I could see another team like this one, doing what they did. All the better if it happened to be Sunderland, but any team capable of doing what this team did in 1973 would be amazing to watch. It would make a riveting film, actually!

This is a gripping, very informative and highly entertaining book, and stirs the emotions, especially for anyone who lived through it. Please buy it, and read it, and tell your friends about it. The author deserves it to be a success, and i thank him for his efforts in writing it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AK 1957-05 on 17 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A wonderful, wonderful book - the very definition of a page-turner and one that defies you to put it down. I'm a pretty slow reader and usually read in bed, setting myself a target number of pages to read before I fall asleep. That went out of the window with this book, and I had several late nights reading it, desperate to know what was on the next page even though, in most cases, I already knew.

It features the linear history of Sunderland FC from the Fifties, under the hardcore Alan Brown. The era is brilliantly evoked as the tough taskmaster drills his players, monitors their drinking and socialising, but at the same time regards them emotionally as his family. It's hard not to feel sympathy for Brown who did not go out of his way to curry favour, but wanted what was best for his players and their club. That Hardy evokes these feelings is a clue to what a well written piece of work this is.

When Stokoe arrives, it's like the advent of colour TV - an apt simile. The black shorts are reinstated (Brown had made Sunderland wear white shorts) and the good times start to roll. Beautifully evocative descriptions of matches and intra-club dramas follow (if you followed Sunderland in that era, some great memories are guaranteed, of results both good and bad) until the climax of the piece, the 1973 Cup Final. We relive Ritchie Pitt's outrageous early foul on Allan Clarke, Porterfield's historic goal and, of course, THAT save.

Where it got really interesting for me was in the aftermath - unhappy players handing in transfer requests, failure to secure promotion and the break up of that incredible team. They are revealed, in some cases, to have feet of clay in thinking that they were bigger than the club.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. Norman on 20 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an insightful , glorious book which takes a while to get to the actual campaign but what a fascinating build up - hundreds of things I didnt know - especially about Stokoe , Clough and Revie
Its also the best book about the end of real football by TEAMS ( are you listening Darren Bent ? )Bovril hospitality and pulling miracles from grime.
I have never been a football fan as such but I was as caught up in this as anyone else and this book captures an era like no other - this MUST be required reading for all modern players and supporters -it is simply the most moving and uplifting book I have ever read. Lance - you deserve a Nobel Prize!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Wilson on 6 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fascinating book, gives an excellent insight to the background of the characters at the time but also parallels the careers of their rivals-to-be so you get a build up of the history between them. A real eye-opener for me about the characters of certain people and the story builds through the years giving the details of each of their careers and their progress together with the club. A must for all Sunderland fans of all ages, I was too young to remember much about the 1973 FA Cup run so this brilliantly captures all the run and the off the field scenes, absolutely terrific read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andy Goldsworthy on 15 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lance has written a very special book. One of the best football books I've read and certainly the best book ever about Sunderland AFC. It's also another great take on the enigma that was Don Revie's damned Leeds United.
The depth of the research is exhausting and the narrative style is excellent. It could be fiction but it's all the more remarkable for being fact. The insights from the players are illuminating and shed a light on aspects of Bob Stokoe and the Club that I may have suspected but could never corroborate.
I rationed myself to a chapter a day and couldn't wait to pick it up again!
For those `baby boomer' supporters of SAFC like me, the '73 FA Cup Win remains far and away, the zenith of supporting Sunderland, through thick and a hell of a lot of thin. This book encapsulates all that was exceptional and unique about that achievement and in a style befitting Stokoe's team.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback