LIFE’S A PITCH FOR IAN DARLER

LIFE’S A PITCH FOR IAN DARLER

He’s won just about every award the greenkeeping industry has to offer, managed his stadium through tempestuous and terrific times and dealt with as many life-and-death situations as some paramedics.

Now Ian Darler, head groundsman and stadium manager at Cambridge United’s Abbey Stadium for 40 years, tells the story of a life that has seen him rub shoulders with some of the greatest and funniest characters in football, turn out the kind of surfaces players dream of, cross swords with the occasional manager and cope with catastrophes that would have floored a lesser mortal.

Lauded by his peers in the turf management business as one of its most able and dedicated practitioners, Ian has tales to tell about personalities from every echelon of the game. A natural storyteller, he remembers every disaster, every triumph, every tragedy and every side-splitting practical joke.

But there have been bad times too. Ian talks about the life-threatening incident that threatened to end his career and plunged him into a very dark place.Throughout the book, men and women who have come to value Ian’s peerless skill and devotion pay tribute to a remarkable man. Priced a £12.99, and with a foreword by England legend and former Cambridge United manager Roy McFarland, Ian’s moving memoirs will be pitching up in July for the club’s Open Day and pre-season friendlies.

 


 

FREE PLAYFAIR CRICKET ANNUAL RRP £9.95 ON OFFER AT CRICSHOP

FREE PLAYFAIR CRICKET ANNUAL RRP £9.95 ON OFFER AT CRICSHOP

A free copy of the Playfair Cricket Annual 2019 worth £9.95 is on offer to all visitors to our sister company’s revamped web-site www.cricshop.com which relaunches this month. The annual offer is for customers who order the latest edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2019 for £44.99 plus P&P – a saving of more than £10 on the published price. More than 500 customers took advantage of the offer last year which sets cricket fans up for the summer with both books containing statistics and information about the new season which includes the ICC Cricket World Cup and an Ashes series on home soil.

JOHN WILSON – A TRIBUTE TO FISHING’S GREATEST EVER ANGLER

JOHN WILSON – A TRIBUTE TO FISHING’S GREATEST EVER ANGLER

Fans of the late great angler John Wilson MBE will want to catch a new 132-page limited edition book from the makers of Angling Times, which pays affectionate tribute to fishing’s greatest-ever angler.

Inside this bumper book are the amazing stories of a lifetime in fishing in his own words plus classic moments captured on camera and exclusive, extended interviews from the Go Fishing TV series star, who passed away in November 2018. The glossy, full-colour book also boasts over 100 brilliant tips to help you catch more fish and a special guide to following in Wilson’s footsteps and enjoy your own action at some of his best-loved fisheries.You’ll be able to re-live John’s favourite stories and features from the pages of Angling Times plus there are tributes from star anglers including Chris Tarrant, Martin Bowler, Bob Nudd and Dick Clegg.

Angling Times Editor-in-Chief, Steve Fitzpatrick commented: “This superb new book is the perfect way to enjoy his greatest moments again and pay tribute to John.” Priced at £9.99, the book lands in mid-March.

New children’s book from first-time autistic author

New children’s book from first-time autistic author

North London schoolboy Freddie Ellison, 16, is severely autistic but it hasn’t stopped him writing his first children’s book, Oliver Storm and the Great Disappearance which G2 is helping launch during National Autism Week next April.

Aviation Masterworks taking off at Bomber Command Centre

Aviation Masterworks taking off at Bomber Command Centre

Philip E West’s new collection of his best aircraft paintings, Aviation Masterworks, is now available at the International Bomber Command Centre shop at Canwick Hill, Lincoln (LN4 2RF www.internationalbcc.co.uk). The book features many of his action-packed paintings of WWII bombers including the famous Dam Busters – whose missions Lord of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson is about to make into a new film next year.

G2 banking on sales at Coutts Christmas Fair

G2 banking on sales at Coutts Christmas Fair

Like London buses, just when one Christmas Fair finishes another comes along in no time at all! This time G2 is exhibiting at the Coutts Luxury Christmas Market at 440 The Strand from Wednesday to Friday this week with a selection of their limited editions including signed and numbered copies of Philip West’s Aviation Masterworks collection.

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