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Sports Books titles – the best of all time?

5th October 2018

The (ab)use of the pun in the titles of sports books:  The use of puns in the titles of sports books, particularly biographies, is nothing new. 1951 gave us Plum Warner’s “Long Innings” and Jim Laker’s “Spinning Round The World”, and so a new tradition was established. Ever since these early attempts at punnery any […]

Cricket records aplenty at the Oval

13th September 2018

Two huge cricket records at the Oval smashed  by two different cricketers and best friends in the last Test match before one of them retires from international cricket…it reads like a plot of a corny cricket novel. But, as we all know, James Anderson and Alastair Cook made it happen in the latest Test match, […]

Sportspages’ New Stock catalogue

23rd August 2018

Sportspages’ New Stock catalogue is packed with rare items and sports memorabilia, detailing iconic and extraordinary sports events. We were spoilt for choice when we tried to choose a few to highlight. In the end we plumped for three extraordinary football matches. In each of them a team finished with a result football teams can […]

RIP Johan Cruyff

John Cruyff, RIP

New Stock from Sportspages

New Stock from Sportspages

Welcome to our first new stock update  both of 2016 and on our new website.   We have some fantastic items from rugby, cricket and golf along with scarce and unusual football books this time. We also have a selection of items from more obscure sports – treats for collectors of tiddlywinks, fen skating, stoolball and longball literature (c’mon we know you’re out there).  Among the huge breadth of sports and rare items in the New Stock catalogue is a  charming and rare piece of cricket memorabilia, regarding one very beloved cricket commentator:

HENRY BLOFELD SCORES A CENTURY AT LORD'S, AGED 16 - COMBINED SERVICES V PUBLIC SCHOOLS 1956 CRICKET SCORECARD
HENRY BLOFELD’s century at LORD’S, aged 16  (code: 37340)

This may well be Henry Blofeld’s finest cricketing hour – the official scorecard for the cricket match played at Lord’s on August 8-9, 1956 between the Public Schools XI and the vastly more experienced Combined Services XI. Blofeld came in at number 8 and scored 104 out of a total of 214 against some serious bowlers, including Leary, Shirreff and Subba Row. An impressive performance, albeit in a losing cause.

There are a host of other sports memorabilia gems in the Catalogue: take a look! Sportspages’ first New Stock Catalogue for 2016

 

World Book Day

As many of you may know, it’s officially World Book Day today. In an office surrounded by 1000s of amazing sports books it was hard to choose only one title to celebrate the day We could have chosen many, but we went for C L R James’ ‘Beyond a Boundary’, described by John Arlott as ‘the finest book written about cricket’. Of course it’s about a lot more besides…33019