Chance to win some great books

CALLING all football fans, especially those who follow the fortunes of Ipswich Town.We have 15 top-selling books - three sets each comprising five titles - just waiting to be won in time for Christmas.

CALLING all football fans, especially those who follow the fortunes of Ipswich Town.

We have 15 top-selling books - three sets each comprising five titles - just waiting to be won in time for Christmas.

The three lucky winners of our easy-to-enter competition will each receive five hardback titles, providing hours of reading enjoyment.

First of all, there's Sir Alf by Leo McKinstry, which tells the rags-to-riches and back again story of Alf Ramsey, knighted for his achievement in leading England to their first, and so far only, World Cup triumph.


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Not content with his fairytale success at Ipswich, where his team of free transfers and modest purchases stunned the world of football by winning the League Championship, Alf went on to keep his promise that England would become world champions.

McKinstry's story traces the great man's journey from his humble background - he was brought up in a house that had neither plumbing nor electricity - right to the very top and leaves no stone unturned.

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The next book on our prize list is the autobiography of ex-Ipswich and Scotland striker Alan Brazil, who also played for Tottenham, Manchester United, Coventry and QPR before being forced to retire at 28 and eventually pursuing a media career. Now the host of talkSPORT's award-winning breakfast show, Brazil's reputation for enjoying life to the full shines through in There's an Awful Lot of Bubbly in Brazil: The Life and Times of a Bon Viveur.

The title says it all, revealing Brazil as a larger-than-life character who makes no secret of his love of champagne and gambling, and highlighting the many ups and downs of a roller-coaster career that has seen him recover from bankruptcy to become one of the nation's favourite broadcasters.

The Who's Who of Ipswich Town is a highly informative book, detailing as it does every player to have represented the Blues in top-level competitive games.

Lavishly illustrated, author Dean Hayes features information on every single player and also includes sections dedicated to the men who managed the club and statistical details of players' appearances, goals and international records.

In a similar vein, Rob Hadgraft's updated Ipswich Town, The Modern Era provides a complete record of the period from the early 70s, when Bobby Robson's managerial career was still in its infancy, to the end of last season.

Meticulously researched, Hadgraft recalls the many highlights, and occasional low points, of a memorable period in the club's history, backing up his own words with details, including Town's line-up as well as that of their opponents, of every game played.

Completing the line-up of must-read books is Football Gentry: The Cobbold Brothers by Brian Scovell, which provides a fascinating insight into John and Patrick Cobbold, club chairmen extraordinaire.

Packed with anecdotes and amusing recollections, this book opens the lid on the men whose father introduced professional football to the town and who went on to pilot the club to its major successes in their own inimitable styles.

Which major honour did Ipswich win in 1978? Was it

A - The League Championship

B - The League Cup or

C - The FA Cup

You can enter by either emailing eadt.competitions@eadt.co.uk or by texting EADT TOWN followed by your answer - A, B or C - to 84070. Texts cost 25p plus normal network charges.

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