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ISBN: 9780857042798
AUTHOR: Mike Holgate
The Great Fifa World Cup Robbery
The Great Fifa World Cup Robbery
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Half a century ago in 1966, England won the World Cup for the only time in their history and the team were joined at a celebration dinner by canine hero Pickles who had found the trophy after it had been stolen from an exhibition.

Team captain Bobby Moore, lifted the FA Cup, European Cup Winners Cup and Jules Rimet trophy for club and country in the mid 1960s, then, found himself at the centre of a diplomatic row prior to the 1970 World Cup finals when he was framed over the theft of a bracelet from a shop in Bogota.

The soccer-mad nation of Brazil was awarded the World Cup outright after winning it for the third time in 1970, then felt a sense of national disgrace when the trophy was stolen without trace in 1983.

Mike Holgate recalls these unsavoury soccer incidents alongside a litany of illegal activities featuring murders, trophy thefts, match-fixing and the greatest scandal in the history of sport as Fifa stands accused of rigging votes to rob countries of the right to host the finals of the World Cup.

Mike Holgate lives in Devon and has combined three careers as a writer, musician and librarian since obtaining a honours degree from Plymouth University in 1988. The author of several soccer and true-life crime books, he has also contributed articles to newspapers and magazines and has acted as an advisor and researcher for programmes produced by BBC Radio Devon and Granada Television.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 279 8, softback, 210x148mm, 120 pages. Published October 2015.

Napoleon's Grand British HolidayNapoleon's Grand British Holiday - £12.99
Mike Holgate recounts the story in the aftermath of the Duke of Wellington’s momentous victory at Waterloo, recounting public reaction, newsworthy incidents, eye witness accounts and anecdotes recorded during Napoleon’s fateful two-week mid-summer sojourn in England.
The Great Train RobberyThe Great Train Robbery - £9.99
This unique collection of railway murders and robberies will thrill all those many readers who have a fascination for railways, and crime. Written by Murder and Mystery on the GWR author Mike Holgate.
Murder & Mystery on the TitanicMurder & Mystery on the Titanic - £12.99
The Titanic disaster of April 1912 not only claimed over 1500 souls but blighted the lives of 700 survivors forever. Murder & Mystery on the Titanic by Mike Holgate looks back at the world’s greatest ever maritime tragedy in this fascinating collection of stories recalling criminal activities and enduring mysteries surrounding many of the personalities on board the so-called ‘unsinkable’ vessel.
Murder & Mystery on the Great Western RailwayMurder & Mystery on the Great Western Railway - £9.99
Fascinating and compelling stories of murder and mystery that took place on the Great Western Railway in its heyday in Victorian times, by Mike Holgate. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Web Price: £7.99
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