Around Town

Charles Buchan, 1951-60


The original football magazine first appeared in September 1951. The Charles Buchan name was dropped on the twentieth anniversary in 1971.  An ill-fated decision to switch to a pocket format - Football Digest - followed in September 1973. Sales figues plummeted, and along with the restrictions in non essential publishing in the early part of 1974 which led to sister weekly magazine 'Goal' only appearing fortnightly, this was enough to put the magazine out of business, the final issue appearing in June of that year.


Generally regarded as the daddy of modern football magazines, we can offer many early issues from the early 1950's onwards. In this section you will find details of magazines from the initial issue through to the end of 1960.  Initially the only colour in the magazine was on the front cover, but colour "painted" pics began to gradually appear and increase throughout the early years.  Colour centre spreads began in November 1957 (details of the colour content within each magazine is listed against each issue)




1951 -  as priced.    1952  -  £8 each.    1953  -  £6 each.    1954  -  £5 each. 

1955  -  £4 each.      1956 to 1960  -  £3 each.



June  -  Albert Quixall/Tom Cheadle/Billy Elliott, Frank Blunstone.



March - Ron Baynham/BSA advert/West Brom, Bobby Johnstone, Eddie Turnbull, Harry Troops.

June - Jackie Milburn/Billy Liddell/Portsmouth, Peter Broadbent, Eddie McMorran.

July - Don Donovan/Jack Froggatt/Danny Blanchflower, Barrie Meyer, Favourites of Tyneside.

December - Bert Williams/Bill McAdams/Stuart Leary, Ronnie Waldock, Frank Blunstone.



February  -  George Eastham & Len Shackleton/Alex Parker/Bob McKinlay, Tommy Younger,

Tommy McGhee.

September - Peter Farrell/Pat Saward/Dennis Viollet, Tony Marchi, Johnny Bollands.

November - Front cover Joe Haverty/Centre Colour Album Aston Villa/Back cover Albert Dunlop /Other Pages Colin Grainger, Ken Thomson.



February  -  Jackie Mudie/West Brom/Ron Stitfall/Bob Stokoe, Stars of Colchester..

June  -  Johnny Haynes/Preston/Dick Beattie/Brian Whitehouse, Harry Leyland.

September  -  Roy Warhurst/Stoke/Jimmy Scoular/Pat Parker, Stars of Villa.

October - Colin McDonald/Sheff Utd/Jim Murray/Alf Biggs, Tom Finney.



January - Tommy Banks/Sheff Wed/Denis Law/Ken Green, Les Shannon..

March - Albert Dunlop/Burnley/Len Allchurch/Louis Bimpson, Willie Fernie. 

June - Peter McParland/Wolves/Stan Matthews/Joe Shaw, Phil Woosnam. 

September - Derek Hogg/assorted Portrait Gallery/John Atyeo/Stars of Ashton Gate, Grimsby.

October - Nigel Sims/assorted Portrait Gallery/Roy Bailey/Mick Meagan, Bryan Orritt.

November - Len White/Hull/Bert Trautmann/Charlie Hurley, Harry Davis. 



March - Ron Springett/Nott'm Forest/Derek Reeves/Alex Scott, Fulham.

May (F) - Ron Flowers/Peter Broadbent & Peter Dobing/Harry Leyland/Bobby Thomson, Alan Finney.   June - Tom Finney/Bobby Craig & Jimmy McIlroy/Ken Leek/John Neal, Bert Peacock. 

July - Alan Hodgkinson/Fred Else & Maurice Setters/Jimmy Adamson/Gordon Wills, Dennis Uphill.

September - Bill Slater/Burnley/1960-61 Gift Book ad/John McTavish, Alec Jackson. 



This page last updated   -   11/12/23.


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