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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A season-by-season analysis of Liverpool's players and performances within this golden period for the club. Every match, every scorer, etc listed. 8vo. 160pp. 6 plates. Dust-wrapper, very good.
Season-by-season record of Preston North End from 1977-2002. 8vo. 160pp. Profusely illustrated. Pictorial boards, as new.
The bird in question is, of course, the Liver Bird. A fan's eye view of the ups and downs of the last half century at Liverpool Football Club. 8vo. 323pp. Dust-wrappers. Fine
The story of Fergie's first 10 years as Manchester United's manager. Paperback. 4to. 141pp. Photographs throughout text. Laminated paper wrappers, shelf wear to edges and a little creased at corners,
The story of Fergie's first six years as Manchester United's manager, which was how long it took him to win the club its first League Championship title for 25 years. 8vo. 159pp. 16 pages of photographs.
Good history of Plymouth Argyle F.C with extensive statistical section, published for the Club's diamond jubilee. First edition. Large 8vo (24 x 19cms). 128pp. Illus. Original pictorial wrappers, minor
Football book. A very good history of the Welsh club. 4to. 176pp. Illustrated boards. In very good condition.
Football book. A look at some of the great matches in the history of Plymouth Argyle, with many photographs. Small 4to. 350pp. Illustrated boards. Fine condition. Signed by the author to title-page.
The author relives the 94/95 season when United relinquished their League and FA Cup titles and Eric Cantona kicked up a storm at the Palace. Paperback. 8vo. 223pp. Very good.
Season-by-season results, scorers and team line-ups for all Aston Villa games up to 1982. Paperback. 8vo. 200pp. Illus. Card covers with dustwrapper. Very good.
The story of the break up of the great Man City side of Mercer and Allison and the grim years that followed. First edition. 8vo. 187pp. Photos. A very good copy in dust wrapper.
A complete record of the almost 1,000 players who have appeared in a first-class match for the Magpies since season 1892-93, each with biographies and the vast majority with a portrait of the player. Thick
The joys and frustrations of supporting Man City in their dark days. Paperback. 8vo. Very good condition.
Twelve City greats select the games that meant the most to them. For example, Asa Hartford picks the Manx derby at Maine Road in the 4th round of the 1975 FA Cup; Paul Power choses the 1981 FA Cup
The story of Manchester City's 1998-98 season as they languished in the third division. Paperback. 8vo. Very good condition.
A look at the history of football in the area just south of Edinburgh. Paperback. 8vo. Very good condition.
Brief profiles, most with portraits, of every player to have played in a first team fixture for the Middlesbrough over a 100-year period. Paperback. 4to. 238pp. Illustrated, mainly portraits. Pictorial
A tribute to the great Manchester United team known as the "Busby Babes" which was decimated in the Munich air crash of February 1958. Paperback. 8vo. 158pp. Very good condition. Signed by the author
Football book. The complete story of Norwich City from the very humble beginnings at Newmarket Road through the epic cup run of 1958-59 and onto several League Cup Finals at Wembley. Large 4to. 352pp.
Centenary history of the club with many photographs and statistics. Paperback. 8vo. 72pp. Illustrated card covers. Very good condition.
Published to celebrate the centenary of the football club which is based in Milton Keynes. Well illustrated. Paperback. 4to. 186pp. Subscriber edition, with certificate signed by the two authors.
Souvenir magazine covering the Cobbler's successful 1986/87 season. Paperback. 4to. 80pp. Telephone number written in ink to first page - otherwise very good.
Captain Robbo's story of winning the League and FA Cup Double with Manchester United in season 1993/94. 8vo. 205pp. 16 pages of photographs. Dust-wrapper, lightly rubbed with one small closed tear.
How Manchester United recovered from the 1958 Munich air disaster to become first division Champions in the 1964-65 season. First Edition. 8vo. 207pp. 12 pages of photographs. Dust-wrapper, rubbed to
Souvenir magazine covering the Cobbler's 1990-91 season in the fourth division. Paperback. 4to. 64pp. Very good.
Souvenir magazine covering the Cobbler's 1987/88 season. Paperback. 4to. 66pp. Very good.
The definitive history of Northampton Town up to 1985. 1st edition. 4to. 152pp. Numerous photos in text. Dust wrapper. Small nick to dust wrapper at spine and edge a little browned. Otherwise very good.
A fine history of Liverpool from its earliest days in the late 19th century to FA Cup glory and the League title in the 1960s. 8vo. 192pp. 12 pages of photogrpahs. Dust-wrapper, sl edgewear, rubbed at
Definitive reference work on Aston Villa featuring extensive biographies, playing record and history of the famous old club. Paperback. 4to. 300pp. Illustrated throughout. Very good.
An encyclopaedic A-Z of players and other club facts and figures. Paperback. 4to. 351pp. Lavishly illustrated. Photographic laminated paper wrappers, spine slightly faded, otherwise a very good
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