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Peskett’s annual piece – A brief guide to the Daily Mail Football Guide

Posted: 24th August 2017

The Daily Mail Football Guide was published between 1950/51 and 1974/75 in 25 editions. These issues included 2, at the end of the run, where the annuals were identical to…

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A star parade in more ways than one – A brief guide to GOAL Football Annual

Posted: 6th July 2017

The GOAL Football Annual was launched in 1971, or was it? Actually, yes, the first annual with the title taken from the popular GOAL football magazine was published in 1971/72 (see…

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Inside stories of football told by Britain’s foremost commentator – A brief guide to Kenneth Wolstenholme’s Book of World Soccer

Posted: 16th May 2017

Kenneth Wolstenholme’s Book of World Soccer was launched in 1961. There were 12 editions of the annual with the last one published in 1972. The books each looked back at…

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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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All in a good cause – A brief guide to F.A. Charity Shield football programmes

Posted: 26th April 2018

When researching the programmes of the F.A. Charity Shield, like the one for the first one in 1908 between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers then in the Southern League…

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


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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Off the pitch: On the pitch – A half time report on World Cup 2018

Posted: 29th June 2018

A day without World Cup football. Can we handle it? For the first time in 2 weeks, there are no World Cup games for us to watch, listen to or…

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One of football’s true gentlemen – A tribute to Ray Wilkins

Posted: 5th April 2018

  It was one of those moments where you take in what you’ve heard but you can’t quite process it. Like many, I’m absolutely sure, when I turned on the…


Watch out for the pig’s head at corners – A review of Morbo: The History of Spanish Football by Phil Ball

Posted: 9th January 2018

Morbo: The History of Spanish Football by Phil Ball is the third national football history I have read recently in my attempts to get a bit better informed about football…

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Where loyalty is total and obsession is the norm – A review of Calcio: A History of Italian Football by John Foot

Posted: 11th December 2017

When searching for a quote to begin this post, I came across the phrase in the title above. Author John Foot was attempting to summarise football in Italy and at…

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Will it rain today? – A review of TOR! The Story of German Football by Uli Hesse

Posted: 6th November 2017

Immediately, on starting Uli Hesse’s history of German football TOR!, I thought that this was a book for me. At the beginning of the introduction, Hesse talks about a somewhat bizarre…

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