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King Charles III and Cricket

15th September 2022

We have been contemplating the huge job in front of King Charles III. We reminded ourselves what an able man he has shown himself to be over the years. Us being us, we looked to sport for the clues. We all know what a great polo player and general equestrian he was. We’ve seen him […]

England’s Lionesses in the Women’s Euros 2022: How far women’s football has come!

21st July 2022

How proud would these pioneers of women’s football from 1918 be to see England’s Lionesses perform in the Women’s Euros 2022?! When this Scottish women’s team played in 2018, they would have rightly believed they had already come far. Despite attempts to set up and build up women’s football in the nineteenth century, it was […]

Was he in or was he out? Ted Dexter in 1968

4th November 2021

Football Books

Football Books

Unlike Cricket and Golf, Football was slow to foster a reading public and Victorian and Edwardian football books from the likes of Shearman, Alcock, Jackson and Catton are scarce and highly collectable. There are, of course, football annuals from the 1870s, which give a great sense of the early days of football and football history. Football books about tournaments took off in tandem with the development of the World Cup in 1930. Up until World War Two, however, the majority of football books published were instructional, although early club histories appeared for Sheffield Wednesday, Queens Park, Everton and others. The real explosion of the publishing industry bringing out football books followed WW2 and there are now many thousands of titles with most professional players rushing into print, many several times.

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