The Best of Charles Buchan's Football Monthly


Edited by: Simon Inglis
RRP: £16.99
Format: 176pp cloth-bound hardback 300mm x 220mm
ISBN: 1 90562 4042
Published by English Heritage in October 2006

Our object is to provide a publication that will be worthy of our National game and the grand sportsmen who play and watch it.

— Charles Buchan, Issue One, September 1951

Charles Buchan's Football Monthly was Britain's first ever football 'glossy'. Packed with hand tinted photographs and celebrity articles, its arrival on the bookstands in September 1951 brought colour and glamour to the nation's football hungry public after years of war time deprivation and austerity.

Edited by football legend Charles Buchan and journalist John Thompson, and produced from a small office in Fleet Street, the magazine sold 250,000 copies a month at its peak. It formed a popular Boys Club, featured a Dick Barton-style cartoon (Rex Martin), ran monthly short stories and covered all the hot soccer topics of the day, many of which will be all too familiar to modern readers.

Presented in retro-style binding, with a scene-setting introduction by football historian Simon Inglis and interviews with former staff and subscribers, The Best of Charles Buchan's Football Monthly is another beautifully designed book from the Played in Britain series. It is also a reminder of what many would consider to be football's halcyon days, before billionaire chairmen and media saturation steered the game into its present commercialised state.

The Best of Charles Buchan's Football Monthly was one of the best selling Christmas annuals in 2006, receiving lavish praise in the national press.

In glorious colour - Charlie Tully (Celtic), Tommy Lawton (Brentford), Sam Bartram (Charlton), Sid Owen (Luton), Bill Slater (Wolves), Billy Liddell (Liverpool), Ron Clayton (Blackburn), Malcolm Allison (West Ham), Jimmy Dickinson (Portsmouth), Tommy Northcott (Lincoln), Denis Law (Huddersfield), Alf Biggs (Bristol Rovers), Brian Clough (Middlesbrough), Dave McKay (Hearts) George Best (Manchester United), Bobby Moore (West Ham) and many more...

Talking points galore - Referees on the brink - Will TV kill the game? - Rocketing transfer fees - England in crisis - Foreigners catching up - Lucky Arsenal - Will floodlights catch on? - And will cartoon hero Rex Martin escape his captors to help St Archers beat their deadly rivals St Hustons?

The Best of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly is awash with nostalgia and evocative adverts for Charles Atlas, Elliman’s Rub, Subbuteo and Minerva SuperCine Films, plus readers letters from the likes of Sebastian Faulks (Star Letter writer in September 1967), Nick Owen and John Hegley.

Beautifully presented, this is a book for all ages to treasure.