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Sportspages’ New Stock catalogue

19th September 2019

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Football History

Football History

This category covers football history in general or with a wider sweep than that of the history of individual football clubs. One of the first mentions of football is by Thomas Elyot in his book, 'Beastly Fury', originally published in 1531. He said, 'Footballe is nothinge but beastlie furie'...before going on to write a whole book about the sport: obviously a little more to football than he first thought! There is a fantastic range of football books concentrating on the history of the sport, such as the Football Association volumes, which chronicle football laws and regulations, profiles and contributions from football commentators over the years. There are football books that focus on the history of iconic football organisations and venues, such as UEFA, Scottish Football and Wembley. It's worth burrowing around in this section - there are some great football history gems. A book, not particularly old, but which must be a great contender for 'Best/Most Obvious Title' of football book must be, 'The Ball is round.(A Global History of Football)'.

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100 CUPS: THE STORY OF THE SCOTTISH CUP

Centenary history of the Scottish Cup. Paperback. Small 4to. Light creasing, very good.

£7.50

50 YEARS OF ENGLISH CUP FINALS 1885-1935

Brochure commemorating the 50th Jubilee of the FA Cup in 1935, 1885 being the first year the Cup was open to professional sides. Contains a history of the competition, year by year, with photographs of

£24.00

ALL ROADS LEAD TO WEMBLEY

Published to celebrate 50 years of Wembley as the sports "capital of the world". 8vo. 176pp. Dust-wrapper, light edgewear, a very good copy.

£8.00

ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL (4 VOLS)

Complete 4 volume guide to association fooball, history, laws, profiles etc. many contributions form heavyweights. Various editions, small 4tos. 428, 480, 474, 481pp (plus index to rear of volume 4) plus

£40.00

THE BALL IS ROUND: A GLOBAL HISTORY OF FOOTBALL

Goldblatt's magnum opus is one of the first to explore the history of football from a truly global perspective and is a must for all serious collectors. 1st edition. Large 8vo. 978pp. A fine copy.

£60.00

BLINDED BY THE LIGHTS - A HISTORY OF NIGHT FOOTBALL IN ENGLAND

Football history book. 8vo. 160pp. Dust-wrapper, very good.

£18.00

THE BOY'S FIRST BOOK OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

Contains many articles on Scottish football, including biographies of Waddell, Shaw, Cowan and Thornton and an account of the Scottish tour of 1949 to North America and Canada. 4to. 96pp. Dustwrapper,

£30.00

BRITISH SPORTS AND SPORTSMEN: CRICKET AND FOOTBALL

The fifth volume in the series of 16 produced by British Sports and Sportsmen magazine and published between 1908 and about 1936. This volume deals with cricket and football and was edited by Pelham Warner.

£195.00

BRITISH SPORTS: PAST & PRESENT - SOCCER

A history of the birth and rise of football in Britain. 164pp. Frontis and 30 pages of photos. Dust-wrapper, lightly rubbed and some spotting to page edges. Good.

£7.00

A CENTURY OF ENGLISH INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL 1872–1972

Compiled to celebrate 100 years of English international football,. with details of the key early games against Scotland, results of all matches, each player's appearances and most other major records. First

£4.00

A CENTURY OF ENGLISH INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL 1872–1972

Compiled to celebrate 100 years of English international football,. with details of the key early games against Scotland, results of all matches, each player's appearances and most other major records. First

£7.00

A CENTURY OF SOCCER

Sportsmans Book Club edition of Delaney's account of the development of football during the first 100 years of the Football Association. 8vo. 166pp.  8 b/w plates. Dust-wrapper, slightly

£4.00

A CENTURY OF SOCCER

Delaney's account of the development of football during the first 100 years of the Football Association. First edition. 8vo. 166pp.  8 b/w plates. Dust-wrapper, very good.

£8.00

A COAST OF SOCCER MEMORIES - THE CENTENARY BOOK OF THE NORTH WALES COAST FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Comprehensive centenary football history book with many statistics. Paperback. 8vo. 368pp. Very good condition.

£50.00

THE CODE WAR. ENGLISH FOOTBALL UNDER THE HISTORICAL SPOTLIGHT

The story of the split between soccer and rugby in the early days of organised football in the Victorian era.  1st edition. 8vo. 192pp. Laminated boards. Illus. Very good condition. 

£8.50

THE COMPLETE WHO'S WHO OF IRISH INTENATIONAL FOOTBALL, 1945-96

An A-Z listing of Irish internationals between 1945 and 1996. large 8vo. 237pp. Illustrated throughout. Dust-wrapper. A very good copy.

£18.00

THE CUP - 50 YEARS OF ENGLISH CUP FINALS 1884-1933

The profusely illustrated and rare red cover Jubilee Edition with photographs of every team; including Arsenal (1930), Manchester United (1909). Contains an account and result of every game.  Large

£28.00

"THE CUP" 50 YEARS OF ENGLISH CUP FINALS 1883-1932

Large format brochure celebrating 50 years of the F.A. Cup as a professional competition. Contains season-by-season descriptions and team pictures of every winning club. Paperback. 1st edition. 64pp.

£40.00

CUP FINAL STORY 1946-1965

Accounts of each of the FA Cup finals from 1946 to 1965. 8vo. 176pp. 8 pages of photographs. Sportsman's Book Club edition. Dust-wrapper, edges lightly rubbed and spine a little faded but internally clean

£5.00

DONNY: THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF DONCASTER ROVERS

The definitive history of Doncaster Rovers with an extensive statistical section including season-by-season results and teams. First edition. Large 8vo. 240pp. Illustrated throughout. Dust-wrapper, very

£24.00

DUMFRIESSHIRE FOOTBALL MEMORIES

A history of football in Dumfriesshire from its beginnings in the 1870s. Paperback. Stapled booklet. 56pp. A couple of light marks to front. Very good.

£18.00

THE EARLY F.A. CUP FINALS AND THE SOUTHERN AMATEURS

 The story of the six southern amateur football clubs who contested the early F.A. Cup finals from the first in 1871-72 to 1882-83 with a Who's Who of the 158 players who appeared for

£20.00

ELEGANCE BORNE OF BRUTALITY. AN ECLECTIC HISTORY OF THE FOOTBALL BOOT

Lavishly illustrated history of the football boot. 4to. 96pp. Original laminated boards. Signed by both authors on the title page.

£25.00

ENGLAND V SCOTLAND

A history of the unique football rivalry between England and Scotland, contains a report on every game from the very first match in 1872 to the date of publication. 8vo. 271pp. 16 pages of photographs.

£15.00

ENGLAND V. SCOTLAND

A history of the unique football rivalry between England and Scotland, contains a report on every game from the very first match in 1872 to the date of publication. 8vo. 271pp. 16 pages of photographs.

£4.00

ENGLAND, THEIR ENGLAND

The definitive story of foreign footballers in the English game since 1888. 1st edition. 8vo. 458pp. A very good copy in dust wrapper. With a signed dedication from the author on the front endpaper.

£14.00

ENGLAND: THE OFFICIAL F.A. HISTORY

Lavishly illustrated history of the England team. 4to. 192pp. Very good in dustwrapper.

£7.50

ENGLISH LEAGUE FOOTBALL

A history of the Football League together with facts and figures on each League club, League tables, and a short bibliography.   First Edition. 8vo. 303pp. Ex-library with usual labels and stamps.

£7.00

EPILOGUE TO "THE OLD VALE AND ITS MEMORIES"

Epilogue to the History of the old Vale of Leven football team, a force to be reckoned with in their early days and founder members of the Scottish Football League. Paperback. 1st edition. 8vo. 226pp.

£30.00

FIFTY YEARS OF FOOTBALL

Football book. The author was Secretary of the FA from 1895 to 1934. This work sheds much interesting light on the game's earliest days and provides a raft of personal experiences. 8vo. [viii] + 256pp.

£30.00

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