FOLLOWING on from his successful debut book I Was There, comes Ilkley author Robin Snook’s follow-up I Wished I Was There.

While the initial book was about sporting events that Snook had attended, this second book is about days where, as the title suggests, he wished he had been present.

It covers 20 iconic sporting events from the 1966 World Cup, Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Nobby Stiles etc, right through to the miracle Headingley Test of 2019, featuring Ben Stokes and Jack Leach.

As in book one, a wide variety of sports are covered, such as boxing (The Rumble In The Jungle), golf (The Miracle in Medinah), athletics (Super Saturday at the 2012 London Olympics) as the action switches from such famous venues as Wembley, Lord’s, Ellis Park, The Crucible Theatre, Augusta National and Wimbledon.

Snook has again researched his 20 events well, this time drawing on eye-witness accounts from friends and family in what is a good coffee-table accompaniment.

The forward is from BBC Radio cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, with Yorkshire’s Ryder Cup golfer Mark James providing the forward for the Miracle of Medinah chapter.

*I Wished I Was There by JR Snook (£9.99, Caboodle Books, 276 pages including 256pp and 16 pages of pictures.

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