Book Reviews

Links to books that I have recently reviewed on this blog (or planning to do so) can be found below:

All Aboard the Bradford Train by Andrew Rishworth, Silverwood Books (2018)

Football Fans by Ian Beesley, Café Royal Books (2019)

One Year, Two Seasons  by Richard Wardell, City Gent Publications (2018) 

How Football Began  by Tony Collins, Routledge (2018) 

Kick Off! The start of spectator sports  by David Pendleton, Naked Eye (2018)

The Beautiful Badge: The Stories Behind the Football Club Badge
by Martyn Routledge & Elspeth Wills, Pitch Publishing (2018)

You will find other of my reviews on Amazon as ‘Nomad‘. (This was the pen name of a nineteenth century Bradford sports journalist, William Schutt who had been an early member of Bradford FC in the late 1870s. He wrote for the Bradford Observer and The Yorkshireman in the 1880s and was known for being forthright in his comments.)

 

Having written about Bradford football and the origins of sport in Bradford I have a particular interest in the subject. Probably my favourite book in this category is A GAME THAT WOULD PAY: A BUSINESS HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL IN BRADFORD by AJ Arnold, Duckworth (London, 1988) which I can highly endorse. Surprising given the explosion of new titles in the last thirty years, before 1987 books about Bradford sport were as rare as trophies at Valley Parade. The classic publication however remains the history of Bradford City AFC written by William Sawyer and published by the Bradford City Shareholders’ and Supporters’ Association in 1927 which was sold at its bazaar in that year to raise money for the parent club.

Invariably the various books published about Bradford football / sport have been of mixed standard. A particular frustration of mine is that a number have been inaccurate in their content and misleading in their conclusions. This prompted me in 2014 to commit to the publication of a series of new books to provide a definitive record of Bradford football from its origins to the present day. Published by BANTAMSPAST and entitled the HISTORY REVISITED series there have been five volumes to date written by myself and Jason McKeown.

1884-03-22 sketch Mann player