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Dimmock’s domain – A brief guide to the Sportsview Book of Soccer

Posted: 18th November 2016

The Sportsview Book of Soccer was published in 8 editions between 1958 and 1965. The annual was edited by Peter Dimmock, a leading force in the development of BBC Sport…

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Billy and Bobby’s annual – A brief guide to the Book of Soccer football annuals

Posted: 20th October 2016

The Book of Soccer was published in 14 editions between 1958 and 1971. Throughout this time, the annual used 2 top players as editor, both England captains, Billy Wright initially…

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Purnell re-launch their big book – A brief guide to the Football Champions annual

Posted: 11th September 2016

The Football Champions annual was published between 1961/62 and 1981/82 in 21 editions, albeit with a slightly different name for the first issue (see above). The book was a relaunch…

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Your essential guide to the clubs, players and results – A brief guide to the Playfair Football Annual

Posted: 17th July 2016

For the 1948/49 season, a new football annual was launched. The Playfair Football Annual was one of a number of different sports annuals published by the newly formed Playfair Books…



The first annual covering world football – A brief guide to the International Football Book

Posted: 2nd June 2016

In 1959, Souvenir Press launched a new football annual. The International Football Book for Boys (the name would cut down to International Football Book from the 2nd edition onwards) took its place…

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Dale’s pocket issue leads the way – A brief guide to League Cup Final programmes

Posted: 12th April 2016

Rochdale are a club who have spent most of their history since 1900 in the lower divisions of the Football League. Whilst to their supporters, Dale’s programmes are as important…

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Don’t worry, not every one of them will cost you £35,250 – A brief guide to F.A. Cup Final football programmes

Posted: 29th December 2014

    Yes, £35,250 was what the Old Etonians Football Club was willing to pay for an original edition of the programme from the 1882 FA Cup Final. Why? Because…

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Let’s share one with the neighbours – A brief guide to Liverpool football programmes

Posted: 31st July 2014

Bill Shankly. A Liverpool Football Club icon, seen above on the front cover of a home programme which celebrated the 40th anniversary of his first match in charge of the…

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From Pensioners to Blues – A brief guide to Chelsea football programmes

Posted: 12th February 2014

Plenty of clubs have used a variety of nicknames and club crests, all linked to an aspect of their club’s heritage. So it is with Chelsea. But while the club’s original…

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Meeting one of the key 1960’s Hammers’ B’s – West Ham United’s Jack Burkett attends Stacey’s football auction

Posted: 1st August 2013

Anyone following football and anything to do with West Ham United in the 1960’s knew about the B’s. It seemed that managers Benny Fenton and then Ron Greenwood were only…

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Keep hold of those League Ladders – A brief guide to SHOOT! football magazine

Posted: 16th March 2017

SHOOT! magazine hit the new stands in August 1969. The magazine would survive in printed paper form for a long time by the usual standards for football magazines (only being…

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Football’s all-rounder and innovator has his say – A brief guide to Jimmy Hill’s Football Weekly magazine

Posted: 26th August 2015

On October 27th, 1967 a new football magazine, Jimmy Hill’s Football Weekly, hit the UK’s news stands. The front cover announced that this was the ‘First issue of the great…



A full and regular account of the Football Association’s activities and policy – A brief guide to the official magazines of the F.A.

Posted: 23rd April 2015

‘A full and regular account of the Football Association’s activities and policy’. Sounds a bit formal, doesn’t it? Then again, these are the words of a national sporting association, the F.A.,…

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So who was Mr X? – A brief guide to GOAL football magazine

Posted: 17th July 2014

Although I didn’t realise it at the time, I was only weeks away from the puzzle of Mr X, as GOAL magazine landed on the door mat at the start…



‘If you’re as good as Hancocks and Mullen, you’re good’ – Remembering Wolves’ David Wagstaffe

Posted: 6th August 2013

Just heard the sad news of the passing of David Wagstaffe, a fine player from the 1960’s and 1970’s, seen above in an edition of GOAL magazine (#70 – January…

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Searching for Swannell – Paul Gallagher looks for an esteemed old team mate and ends up telling me his football story

Posted: 16th February 2017

Paul Gallagher began it all with a Google search but ended it by telling me his football story. It took about 3 hours and 2 cups of coffee gradually going…

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So many passes; so few attempts on goal – The impact of possession football on the top levels of the game

Posted: 19th June 2016

Back in 1968, when the 3rd European Championship finals took place in Italy (see programme above and below), it may sound like a blinding case of the obvious to say…

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News for fans of the Hammers and the Tractor Boys – Book signing for John Lyall: A Life in Football

Posted: 25th November 2014

  The Event – Book signing for John Lyall: A Life in Football by Dr Phil Stevens (Apex Publishing Ltd 2014) The Time – Saturday 29th November, 1.30pm onwards. The Place…

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Goodbye Gaffer – My tribute to Sussex football’s Ken Swallow, the man with the big heart

Posted: 6th October 2014

If you ask me to remember one thing about Ken Swallow, immediately, I’d tell you about his smile. It’s no surprise to me that the photo above (courtesy of West…

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A defender, a doppleganger and a defeat – Droylsden v New Mills: Evostick Northern Premier League Division 1 North

Posted: 20th August 2014

The defender was Alex Frost, Droylsden’s new centre back. The doppleganger was Uncle Graham, a member of the Frost family. The defeat was for Droylsden as the Bloods lost their…

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