on 17 April 2014
This is a faithful reproduction of Ladybird's 1964 child-friendly guide to the history of our national game.
Although most Britons were less conservatively-minded by the time this was published, the general tone of the book remains rooted somewhere in the 30s or 40s, when jolly chaps played their football with what was essentially an oval brown sponge that became heavier than a cannonball on rainy days.
Socks were quite unfathomably referred to as "stockings" and everyone smiled at each other, even during the process of breaking the shins of an opponent with boot studs the size of eggcups.
This is a classic slice of British educational literature, whilst also being a fun retrospective read, and complimented by wonderfully colourful and detailed illustrations.
These reproductions (and of course the originals) are a valuable record of "what is was like back in those days" and are essential reading material for all ages.