Volume 1 of a new series ‘History Revisited’ by Bantamspast
A HISTORY OF BRADFORD CITY AFC IN OBJECTS by John Dewhirst
published by Bantamspast, October 2014
The book is just that, albeit not constrained to the usual 100 object limit.
What you get is a 344, all colour publication featuring more than 1,000 items of City memorabilia and historic club artefacts. It includes a 67,000 word definitive history of the club including the story of organised supporter groups at Valley Parade to the present day. It provides an alternative record of the club through surviving artefacts and memorabilia and has been well received by football supporters not only in Bradford but across the UK as a unique production.
Feedback reviews can be read on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0956698441 but also include the following comments:
Hunter Davies: ‘Lucky old Bradford City – this is the best illustrated history of any club I have ever read. I am so envious of all John’s football treasures and memorabilia, which will appeal to and interest and amuse and fascinate all real football fans, not just those of Bradford City’
Simon Parker, T&A: ‘a unique way of following the club’s path to the present day. I can’t recommend it highly enough’
David Conn, Guardian: ‘A History of Bradford City AFC in Objects, a new book by lifelong supporter John Dewhirst, appears not much more promising than a compulsive collection of memorabilia – but it is much more than the sum of its badges, pennants and other ephemera which the author admits his wife and three daughters would eagerly de-clutter tomorrow. Any risk of appearing parochial is avoided by the care with which the objects are set out, the clean design and Dewhirst’s detailed explanations. It adds up to a labour of love, testament to a cherished institution and the 111 years in which it has played.’
Tom & Dom of BANTAMS BANTER: ‘the greatest toilet reading book of all time’
Football Book Reviews: http://footballbookreviews.com/reviews/book-review-a-history-of-bradford-city-afc-in-objects-the-definitive-record-of-memorabilia-from-a-hundred-seasons-of-league-football-1903-2014-by-john-dewhirst
Bradford City supporters have also acclaimed it as possibly the best book published ever about the Bantams.
A HISTORY OF BRADFORD CITY AFC IN OBJECTS is available from Waterstones (Wool Exchange), Bradford Salts Mill, Saltaire as well as Amazon, price £30.