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Martin Sheridan: Olympics hero & US athlete extraordinaire

6th April 2017

Martin Sheridan’s obituary in the New York Times described him as ‘one of the greatest athletes the United States has ever known’. Martin Sheridan was actually born and brought up in County Mayo, Ireland. The USA was very quick – and sensible – to claim him  as one of their own, soon after he stepped […]

John Wisden, founder of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack

16th March 2017

John Wisden founded the most iconic cricket annual in 1864: the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Its publication is eagerly awaited every year. Steeped in Wisdens as we are, we thought we’d take a closer look at the man himself. John Wisden was born in Brighton in 1826. His father died when he was a boy and Wisden […]

2017 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack

16th February 2017

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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