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Football Postcards, Stansfeld Oxford & Bermondsey FC and Other Anecdotes, and From Football Memorabilia to Girls’ Cricket in Bexley

Until recently I had been addictively collecting football memorabilia; it had almost been an obsession that started back in the 1950s.  It began to dawn on me that as I got older (and I have got older) that is anything happened to me it would be unfair to leave such a vast amount of acquisitions for my family to dispose of. It became clear that I had to start unloading my lifetime collection, a difficult but necessary choice. I wanted to be able to document examples from my collection so that when the time came when I was sitting in a bar reminiscing...

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The Bantamspast History Revisited Series By John Dewhirst

John Dewhirst has written widely about the history of Bradford City having been the co-founder of The City Gent fanzine in 1984 and been involved in the production of ten books about the club, of which four as the sole author. The BANTAMSPAST HISTORY REVISITED SERIES is his initiative to publish a series of books charting the history of sport in Bradford – principally football – from its origins to the present day. Whereas most club histories are typically statistical in nature and record what happened, the HISTORY REVISITED books seek explain why events occurred in the way that...

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A Game Taken Seriously – The Foundations of Yorkshire’s Cricketing Power By Jeremy Lonsdale

The season of 1893 was a great turning point in the history of cricket in Yorkshire. Established three decades earlier, Yorkshire County Cricket Club won the County Championship that summer after years of mixed performances, disappointments and division. So began several generations of sporting success, stretching to the late 1960s. The book examines how people in all parts of Yorkshire embraced cricket, and in many different ways provided the energy and enthusiasm to create a powerful sporting force. Whether setting up or funding clubs, playing and watching the game, or nurturing young talent, thousands contributed to making cricket popular...

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Football Alphabet by Phil Brennan

Following on from the success of their first venture into writing children’s football books with ‘What if I don’t make it?’, Author Phil Brennan and Illustrator Rob Purdon have released their latest offering ‘Football Alphabet’ – A fantastically funny journey through the Football Alphabet, packed with fascinating facts! The colourful characters drawn by Rob Purdon beautifully complement the poetic text from Phil Brennan. Football Alphabet is available from...

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What if I don’t make it? By Phill Brennan

A short story about a little boy* who desperately wants to play football but has no obvious skill. A series of poor football coaches don’t help the situation but all ends well when dad takes his first steps on the FA Coaching ladder. The story is told in poetic text from Phil Brennan complemented by original drawings from illustrator Rob Purdon. The added bonus to the book is that it is available to all junior football clubs in the colours of the club and with the club crest proudly displayed on the front cover with additional information about the...

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