The Heyday of the Football Annual
by Ian Precce and Doug Cheeseman
Football annuals once helped shape the consciousness of a generation of young football fans and The Heyday of the Football Annual, which I co-produced with writer Ian Preece, attempts to bottle the essence of these insightful and beautifully illustrated publications. It’s a journey back in time to a world where footballers grew chrysanthemums for a hobby, drank tea down the local café to pass the time, and Coventry City were the go-ahead club of the future. For better, and (certainly) for worse, it’s a world long gone. The book got an especially nice review here.
"This is no ordinary book. Indeed this is no ordinary football book. In fact, there were times when I was reading it when I thought I might even be reading the most authoritative and insightful book on the game ever written." Caught by the River
The Sports Photography of Bob Martin
by Bob Martin
Vision Sports Publishing, 2015
1/1000th showcases the breathtaking pictures of world-renowned sports photographer, Bob Martin. From his famous and iconic shot of a diver, arched in the air above the Barcelona skyline that became the seminal shot of the Barcelona Olympics to his multi award-winning photograph of Paralympic swimmer Xavi Torres, the book features awe-inspiring pictures from the world’s biggest sporting events. Beyond that, the book completes the picture by telling the stories behind the images, as well as providing technical information about how they were taken for any camera geeks out there. Winner of the Illustrated Sports book of the Year 2016. More information here.
"Bob Martin is recognised as one of the world's leading sports photographers." Professional Photographer
Played in London –
Charting the heritage of a city at play
by Simon Inglis
Played in Britain/English Heritage, 2014
The biggest, the most ambitious and certainly the weightiest book of the Played in Britain series, of which I have been series designer since 2005. The 360 page tome charts sport in London from its first century Roman amphitheatre to its extraordinary array of 21st century arenas. On the way it passes through every borough of London and covers every sport you could possibly think of, and a few you probably wouldn't. Written by the inimitable sports history aficionado, Simon Inglis.
"Like London itself, it is endless fun to get lost in." Richard Williams, The Guardian
Immortals of British Sport –
A celebration of Britain's sporting history through sculpture
by Ian Hewitt & Sampson Lloyd
Vision Sports Publishing, 2013
A fascinating and often surprising journey in discovery of the figures who have shaped sporting history. From WG Grace to Steve Redgrave, Stanley Matthews to Red Rum, the stories are poignantly told and imaginatively photographed.
"One of the most sumptuous and beautiful sports books that it has ever been my good fortune to hold..." Sports Journalists' Association
The Glory Glory Nights –
The Official Story of Tottenham Hotspur in Europe
by Martin Cloake & Adam Powley
Vision Sports Publishing, 2012
An illustrated history of Spurs in Europe told in words, pictures, clippings and memorabilia. It includes: Spurs' foray into the European Cup in 1961 when three fans dressed up as angels, in riposte to criticism of Dave Mackay, and the "Glory, glory, Tottenham Hotspur" song was born; the historic Cup Winners' Cup victory in 1963; UEFA Cup wins in 1972 and 1984; and the club's 2010 Champions League exploits.
A Sporting History –
The Priory Collection
by David Norrie
Vision Sports Publishing, 2012
This large format illustrated book tells the history of sport through the vast range of material that comprises the Priory Collection. Amongst the rare and beautiful items included are: the earliest ever crickets photos by Crimean War photographer Roger Fenton; artefacts from the 1908 London Olympics; WG Grace's bat; Stanley Matthews' 1953 FA Cup final shirt and Geoff Hurst's 1966 World Cup cap - to name just a few. There's also a diverse selection of sporting art, posters and publications. It's an embarrassment of graphic riches which look incredible, even if I do say so myself.
The British Olympics –
Britain's Olympic heritage 1612-2012
by Martin Polley
Played in Britain, 2011
Part of the sports heritage series that I have been designing since 2005, The British Olympics traces the long and fascinating relationship between the British and all things Olympian. The story starts back in 1612, when the first games were recorded, continuing through to the 1908 and 1948 games when London stood in as emergency hosts. The 2012 games logo is rightly given short shrift.
"This is a superb book, richly illustrated and minutely researched" Londonist
61 – The Spurs Double
Text by Martin Cloake and Adam Powley
Vision Sports Publishing, 2010
I started supporting Spurs after a chance conversation in my school playground in 1976 alerted to me to the achievement of the 1960-61 Double side. I got closer to the team than I could have imagined back then compiling this 50th anniversary illustrated book. It's packed with rare photos, memorabilia and clippings alongside expertly written text by Spurs officionados Martin Cloake and Adam Powley. It comes in a rather attractive navy cloth slipcase. It was voted lllustrated Sports Book of the Year 2010 by a panel which rather suspiciously contained a number of Spurs fans.
"A splendid book, A treasure trove of pictures, stories and memories... Quite superb" BBC Radio London
Dreams & Goals –
The World Cup and world football 1990-2010
by Alistair Berg
Dewi Lewis Media, 2009
This book of Alistair Berg's photography captures twenty years of football fan culture around the world at its most vibrant and colourful. As well as the 1990-2006 World Cups, photos are drawn from local parks in the UK, the stadiums of Brazil and everywhere in between. An extended chapter captures the unique flavour of football in Africa. It's a weighty tome, and, I'm bound to say, the photography looks incredible.
Historic Views of London –
Photographs from the collection of BEC Howarth-Loomes
English Heritage, 2008
Historic Views of London contains a rare collection of images from 1852 to 1915. The pictures pre-date not only motorised traffic but conventional photography. Many were taken with a stereoscope, which, with the aid of a viewfinder, enable the images to be seen in 3D. Sadly the book could only be published in 2D, but the images - which are part of NMR archive - are remarkable nonetheless.
The Tottenham Hotspur Opus
Kraken Sport & Media, 2007
I was senior designer on this colossus of a publication that marked 125 years of Tottehham Hotspur football club. A metre wide, with over 800 pages and presented in a case weighing over 30 kilos, it's not one to read on the tube. It does however, contain just about everything it is possible to publish about one football club, with lavish illustration, great photography and amazing production values throughout.
1966 Uncovered –
The Unseen Story of the World Cup in England
Text by Harry Pearson
Mitchell Beazley, 2006
I designed and co-produced this book of archive football photography from the 1966 World Cup in 2006. The book brings together images of the era, as well as the famous tournament, with accompanying essays by Harry Pearson. It won lllustrated Sports Book of the Year in 2007. I received the award (a formidable piece of engraved perspex) from ‘66 veteran George Cohen, and it got some good reviews:
“Peerlessly beautiful... an era magnificently and faithfully documented” Observer
“A handsome coffee-table book... The pictures are outstanding” Brian Glanville, Times
“A superb new book: 1966 Uncovered features an astonishing range of archive material” Independent on Sunday
Engineering Archie –
Archibald Leitch, Football Ground Designer
by Simon Inglis
Played in Britain, 2005
This book was one of the first titles I designed for the specialist sports heritage imprint Played in Britain. It is written by sports stadium expert Simon Inglis and was nominated for both William Hill Sports Book of the year and Illustrated Sports Book of the year in 2005. It missed out on both (narrowly I'm told) but people did say some very nice things about it:
"Well written, forensically researched, elegantly designed and sumptuously illustrated, Engineering Archie is a book that must command a place on the shelf of every discerning fan" Times
"A tome full of wonderful anecdotes... a delight to the eye..." Professional Engineering