Simon Inglis: other books
Simon Inglis was the first writer to make a complete study of the architecture and landscapes of British football. His seminal work, the Football Grounds of England and Wales came out in 1983 and became a publishing phenomenon, confirming that this apparently obscure subject was indeed close to the hearts of many football fans around the world. The book covered the grounds, past and present, of the then 92 members of the Football League, with added chapters on the history of grounds, on safety and design, and on the lost grounds of League clubs.
Frank Keating of the Guardian chose The Football Grounds of England and Wales as his favourite sports book of the 20th century. Readers of The Times chose it as the fourth best football book of all time.
Following the Bradford fire in 1985 a second edition, renamed The Football Grounds of Great Britain, was published in 1986, to include all 38 Scottish League grounds. This was last updated in 1996 for the third edition, called The Football Grounds of Britain, available only in paperback.
Simon wrote two other books during the 1980s: Soccer in the Dock - British soccer scandals from 1900-1965 (1985) and League Football and the Men Who Made It - the Official Centenary History of the Football League (1988).
He then continued his work on football stadiums in Europe, visiting over 150 football grounds in 33 countries. The result of his travels was The Football Grounds of Europe (1990) - a unique record of European stadiums at a crucial turning point: just before all-seater stadiums took over, and just before the collapse of Communism.
All the above books are now out of print but secondhand copies can still be bought through the internet. We recommend www.abebooks.co.uk
Reviews for The Football Grounds of England and Wales
One of the very few books I have ever read which seems to me to be perfect
Benny Green, Daily Mirror
Superbly illustrated, sharply written, it is simply the most fascinating book on football I have ever read
David Randall, The Observer
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