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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.
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on 6 March 2016
I bought this for my football mad partner as a stocking filler for Christmas and he enjoyed the nostalgic look and tone of the book. Our 6 year old has also enjoyed looking at it so a worthy gift.
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on 7 January 2016
Lovely item, and interesting to those who didn't know the game before the Premier League existed.
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on 14 September 2012
An excellent reprint of the original Story of Football. Very interesting for young Football fans and helps their reading skills at the same time. Purchased from Amazon at a very good price.
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on 30 December 2015
Bought as Christmas present for my husband, he loves it, job done!
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on 31 December 2015
Excellent product, prompt and efficient service, highly recommend
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on 2 January 2016
Brought for a friend, they loved it
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on 30 November 2015
Great book for any football lover. Very tongue in cheek but gives an ideal quick-read of the history of football - fascinating.
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on 25 December 2015
Loved this. Had a look at a few of the other books too and they all look fab. Got this one for my boyfriend for Xmas! He loves it too!!
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on 5 March 2013
This was a present but it was well received and I always think these books are worth the couple of quid just for nostalgia!
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