Forthcoming book: Fall from the Top, The Wool City Rivals

Plans for the next volume in the BANTAMSPAST HISTORY REVISITED series, FALL FROM THE TOP, THE WOOL CITY RIVALS are advanced and help is requested to bring the project to fruition.

The book features the twentieth century soccer rivalry of Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue, continuing the story from LIFE AT THE TOP. There will be a much higher image content with examples of City and Avenue memorabilia, but in particular a large number of team and action photographs – a significant proportion of which will be in colour. Mindful of the fact that before too long the Wool City soccer rivalry will be forgotten and no longer part of living memory, this is the opportunity to record the past for posterity. Hence the appeal to anyone who has old City or Avenue relics and/or photographs that could be featured.

Help is also sought from people willing to assist with investigating local newspaper archives in Bradford Central Library. I was assisted by A-Level and undergraduate students in the production of ROOM AT THE TOP and LIFE AT THE TOP and the research work is arguably good experience for history students. Payment will be arranged.

Please contact the author, John Dewhirst by em: glorious1911 at paraders dot co dot uk  or tweet @woolcityrivals

A good selection of items has already been accumulated and much of the narrative history is written but the objective is to be exhaustive in the search for old memorabilia and archive content. The book will also require considerable artwork and design which will ultimately determine the publication date. Check this site for details!

Copies of the first volumes in the series – A HISTORY OF BCAFC IN OBJECTS, REINVENTING BRADFORD CITY, ROOM AT THE TOP and LIFE AT THE TOP are available on ebay, from Bantams Banter, Waterstones Wool Exchange, Salts Mill, Amazon and direct from the publisher. Details elsewhere on this site. Buy now for Christmas!

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