Football People: Alan Ball (9 articles)

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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Category: Football Annuals

Tags: Charles Buchan's Football Monthly, The International Football Book

The Book Sure To Thrill Every Boy – A brief guide to The Topical Times Football Book

Posted: 27th November 2015

The quote in the title above, ‘The Book Sure To Thrill Every Boy’ was one used in an advertisement created to promote the Topical Times Football Book for 1975. Of…

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Category: Football Annuals

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…

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Category: Football Magazines

Tag: Jimmy Hill's Football Weekly

An attractively produced momento – A brief guide to the F.A. Year Book

Posted: 6th July 2015

‘An attractively produced momento’. That was how the role of the very first F.A. Year Book was described in the preface to the 1948/49 edition (see above). Looking back at…

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Category: Football Annuals

A clever blend of entertainment and education – A brief guide to the F.A. Book for Boys

Posted: 12th March 2015

The F.A. Book for Boys was first published in 1948 and continued into the early 1980’s. The annual was one of a the major mouthpieces of the Football Association in…

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Category: Football Annuals

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