World Of The Football Annual
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Christmas Day 1959 and legions of schoolboys up and down the UK unwrapped the very first Topical Times Football Book. The cover had Bobby Charlton smacking a leather ball out of a pillar-box red background. Inside, a feature on training-ground routines considers Sunderland's mid-winter sea bathing, Dave Hilley of Third Lanark is photographed in colour, and Ronnie Ashman of third division Norwich recounts their glorious Cup run to the semi-finals. That Topical Times annual wasn't the first yearbook, but it's fair to say it heralded the golden age of the Christmas football annual. As the sixties progressed, the shelves in Woolworth's or the local newsagent began to bulge with august volumes: Kenneth Wolstenholme's Book of World Soccer, David Coleman's World of Football, Charles Buchan's Soccer Gift Book, the International Football Book, Eamon Dunphy's Midlands, Northern and London Soccer Annuals, and even the Eagle got in on the act with the Eagle Football Annual. These annuals were educational and insightful, they took the reader behind the scenes: into the changing rooms (complete with newly installed plunge pool at Goodison Park, 1963), into the refurbished supporters' club lounge at Crystal Palace, and into the manager's mind ahead of a tough season. It wasn't unusual to find half dozen pages on Portuguese football, or the first division scene in Bulgaria. The books were beautifully illustrated, and largely well written; they helped shape the football consciousness of a generation. In the fully illustrated, A4-sized Football Annual Ian Preece and Doug Cheeseman seek to bottle the essence of these publications. They present selected highlights from the heyday of the Christmas annual, consider the forerunners (News Chronicle, Littlewoods), the boom years of the 1970s (Shoot and Goal) and track the slow demise to the Premiership and single-club publications. It's a trip back in time to a world where Forfar Athletic and Doncaster Rovers had equal billing with Manchester United and Arsenal, where debate raged over the role of the winger, Huddersfield v Carlisle was the main game on Match of the Day and the unveiling of Dundee's new stand was deemed worthy of a two-page spread. It's a world long gone.