Football club histories come in all shapes and sizes. They range from old, old football books and pamphlets, detailing the early days of a club's history to contemporary football books, offering an up to date profile of hundreds of football clubs, domestic and international. Sometimes the club history is harder to discover. A souvenir guide and football programme for a fund raising event in 1925 might contain details of stallholders and the programme of entertainment at the event. But it also turns out to contain a detailed and fascinating history of Bury Football Club in its first fifty years of existence too.
Although Thomas Elyot mentions football in his VERY old football book in 1531, "football is nothinge but beastlie furie and extreme violence"and we know that mention of people palying football stretches back to at least the 1100s, the Football Association first codified a uniform set of rules for football in England in 1863. Up until then there had been several versions of rules for football. The agreed, uniform codification of football rules coincided with, or most probably came out of the increase in numbers of new football clubs. Clubs, such as Sheffield, Hallam FC, Crazy Wanderers, Worksop Town, Notts County, Stoke City and Bradford Park Avenue all were born between 1857 and 1863. Some are as familiar to us today, some have become defunct. Defunct or still thriving, all these football clubs have fascinating histories of their rises and falls, ebbs and flows of progress in football competition.
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Superb and lavish Centenary history of the west London club. 4to. 400pp. Profusely illustrated. Dust-wrapper, very good. Scarce.
This history of the Bees was published to co-incide with their Centenary in 1989. Paperback. 4to. 400pp. Illustrated throughout. Laminated paper wrappers, a little tanned at the edges. 1989-1990 and 1990-1991
Rare history of Abercorn Football Club, one of the founder members of the Scottish League. Paperback. Stapled booklet. 8vo. 36pp. Very good condition.
History of Aberdeen Football Club, with many statistics etc. Large 8vo. 384pp. Dust-wrapper, very good.
A personal review of the 1983-4 F.A. Challenge Trophy competition. Paperback. 8vo booklet. A very good copy.
Football book. A complete statistical history of one of the great names of English football that went out of the professional game in the 1961-62 season and have recently returned. Thick 8vo. 416pp. Illustrated,
Detailed look into Charlton's history, illustrated by contemporary cartoons from the Kentish Messenger. 1st edition. 8vo. Laminated pictorial boards, very good condition.
Booklet history of the famous Lancashire club. Paperback. Small 8vo. 48pp. Photos. Wrappers have a small piece missing from top left hand corner and a little grubby, otherwise good.
Commemorative handbook to celebrate Alloa's 60 years in the Scottish League. Contains many stats, photos etc. Paperback. 8vo. 62pp. Very good condition.
A lavish photograph album which was presented to Commander A.F. Bone (probably in 1951), a Director of Arsenal Football Club from 1946 until his death in 1962. Contains over 50 fine quality photographs,
Part of the Famous Football Club series. Paperback. 133pp. A couple of very light creases to covers. A very good copy.
A check list of football programmes from the matches played at Arsenal from 1946-1983. Paperback. 8vo. 44pp. Very good.
A history of the Gunners, issued to mark the club's entry into European competition in the 1969-70 season. 8vo. 192pp. 18 plates. Dust-wrapper, near fine with just a couple of small nicks.
A comprehensive guide to every players who has appeared for the Gunners at first team level since 1886, with more than 800 player biographies, including Woolwich Arsenal. Small folio. 304pp. Illustrated.
Lavish photographic record of Arsenal's sensational "Double" season in 1970-71. 4to. 157pp. Profusely illustrated in colour and black and white, including many portraits of the players. Dust-wrapper,
The definitive record of the Gunners since 1886, with every game, every player and every record listed. Thick 8vo. 416pp. Illustrations in the text, some full-page. Dust-wrapper, very good.
Two volumes in slipcase, by Jon Palmer and The F.A.Cup Winners by Steve Bradley celebrating the 1988 Double by the Gunners. 2 volumes in laminated card slipcase, which is badly torn, in very poor
A fine history of the Gunners from 1886. 8vo. 176pp. 16 plates. Dust-wrapper, price-clipped. Otherwise a fine copy.
An exhaustive and scarce record of the Gunners since 1886, with each season dissected in great detail. 4to. 552pp. Illustrated. Dust-wrapper, very good.
Magnificent two volume history of the first ffity years of Aston Villa and covering their glory years in the late Victorian era. 1st edition. Both vols 4to contained in slip case. profusely illustrated.
The history of the club from the Second World War onwards, with chapters on many of their great players - Dixon, Hitchens, Aitken, Gray, Withe, Cowans etc. Paperback. 8vo. 197pp. Very good condition.
Good history of Aston Villa with a foreword by Ron Saunders. Small 4to. 174pp. Profusely illustrated throughout. Dust-wrapper, very good.
The full story of the Villa up to the end of the 1987-88 season, with results, scorers, line-ups and attendances of every match. Ideal for the anoraked Villian! Thick 8vo. 448pp. Profusely illustrated.
Statistical survey of Aston Villa's record against each League and European club. 8vo. 208pp. Illustrated, mainly portraits. Dust-wrapper, as new.
A detailed study of the birth and development of the Midlands club. Very few club's had been so comprehensively covered in print by this date. 8vo. xv + 308pp. Frontispiece, 16 pages
Supplement to "The Villa News and Record", dated December 24/26/27, 1932. Comprises 16 portraits of the current Villa players with achievements to date: W.H.Walker, Tom Mort, Daniel Blair, Alec Talbot,
Bradford Park Avenue during the wartime seasons. Paperback. 1st edition. Large 8vo. Numerous photos. A very good copy.
The definitive work on the amateur club including history, full results and records and players' career records. 8vo. 192pp. Profusely illustrated. Dust-wrapper, fine. Subscribers' Limited Edition, signed
Huge and lavish centenary history of Barcelona. 4to. 303pp. Profusely illustrated. text in Spanish. Very good condition.
Football book. Comprehensive statistical history of the club. 4to. 324pp. Dust-wrapper, fine. A heavy book.
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