Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Britain, Sport and the 1980s


The 1980s’ most memorable sporting moments show how sport became fully entwined in our national story.

Travel back to the 1980s - to Botham's Ashes and the Brixton riots; the Moscow Olympics and the miners' strike; the Crucible Theatre and the Falklands - to explore how we got to where we are now. Discover how sporting heroes were made, and destroyed; how 'wars' were fought on the pitch; and how sport responded to - and drove cultural change in - our society.

From Sebastian Coe to Margaret Thatcher, John Barnes to the ZX Spectrum, Martina Navratilova to Section 28, Everybody Wants to Rule the World speaks to our treasured memories of eighties sports while also throwing light on where things went deeply wrong. In so doing it tells nothing less than the story of how British sport came into the modern era.

A comfortable armchair ride crammed with colourful detail’ Literary Review


  • An entertaining romp, a comfortable armchair ride crammed with colourful detail
    Barney Ronay, Literary Review

About the author

Roger Domeneghetti

Roger Domeneghetti is a senior lecturer in journalism at Northumbria University. His first book, From the Back Page to the Front Room: Football's Journey Through the English Media, was shortlisted for the 2015 Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History, and received widespread critical praise.

Prior to this, he worked as a journalist for more than 20 years in both print and new media. He continues to work as a freelancer for a variety of publications including The Blizzard, The New European, BBC History Magazine, the TLS, Wisden Cricket Monthly and The NightWatchman.
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