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Marshall Cavendish Book of Football


Published as a partwork over 75 weeks between 1971 and 1973, the Marshall Cavendish Book of Football was one of the iconic publications of the era. With full colour throughout, it grew into an outstanding 1500 page reference, with features on clubs, great matches and events, famous players, tactical and coaching tips, and also a detailed season-by-season statistical section. The format for their articles and features was replicated in many football encyclopaedia during the late 1970's and 1980's.


We have recently acquired a couple of collections of this superb publication. We are pleased to be able to offer a complete set of all 75 magazines (magazines only, this doesn't include the binders which were also offered at the time), plus a substantial selection of individual issues should you be looking for specific editions to either complete or upgrade your collection.  Our listings for this publication differ slightly. The colour cover is listed first, with the feature articles as listed on the front cover following in brackets.




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Issue  1  -  Introductory Cover.

2  -  Alan Hudson & George Armstrong. (Articles : Myths & Magic of Brazil.  Ray Kennedy. 

Biggest Cup shock ever ?. The Money Game. Masters of the long throw.  Chelsea)

3  -  Billy McNeill.  (Coaching, Target Man.  How can we get more goals ?  £180,000 gamble. 

Gerd Muller.  Spurs, first in Europe. What next for Celtic ?)

4  -  George Best.  (Can anyone better Best ?  Does football sell itself ? Ramsey's revolution. 

Villa, 3rd Div misfits.  Who betrays the Welsh ?  England v Portugal 1966)


14  -  Bobby Charlton.  (Birth of the F.A. Cup.  Jack Charlton, corner king.  Is Europe worth it ? Eusebio v. N. Korea.  2nd Div Europeans.  Bobby Charlton).

15  -  Terry Cooper.  (Fight to change Leeds' luck.  £100,000 Scottish Reserves.  Very first International.  Wolves upset at Wembley.  Saints' system.  European League soon ?).

16  -  Steve Kember.  (QPR, one season wonders ?.  Top Dutch double act.  Goal-scoring defenders.  Trevor Hockey.  Irish Czechmate in Sweden.  Steve Kember).

17  -  Derek Dougan & Terry Cooper.  (Everton, big spenders.  Football's brain drain.

Scotland's own world title.  Scoring the fashionable way.  Death of a tradition).

18  -  Alan Ball & Ian Callaghan.   (Cup-fighting Canaries.  Football without the ball.  The Herbert Chapman era.  First ever World Cup.  Alan Ball, £200,000 Talent.  Golden Goalless Game).

19  -  Colin Stein  (Ibrox Idols.  Best & Gray, great solo goals.  When football was rationed. 

Club rivalry in Milan.  Osgood, how good ?  Len Shackleton's six goal debut).

20  -  Ernie Hunt.  (41 Million fans can't be wrong.  Ian Moore story. Sky Blue revolution. 

Aussie Soccer, a good bet ?  England win Spanish cheers.  Coaching, the decoy run).


21  -  Mike Summerbee & Bobby Roberts  (Mike Summerbee & Don Rogers.  Dave Webb.  Scotland's two horse race.  World Cup comes to Europe.  Learn England's marking plan. 

Yeovil humble Sunderland).

22  -  Billy Bonds.  (West Ham.  Colin Stein.  Goalkeeping Generals.  Hungary's football uprising.  1966 & all that.  Busby Babes' British finale).

23  -  Pele.  (Pele.  The fans, what will they do next ?.  Charlton's first England goal. 

Roy McFarland & Colin Todd.  Spurs, non-league cup winners. Putting the pride back in Preston).

24  -  Martin Chivers  (Four finals, four defeats.  Burnley, football innovators. Fred Ball. 

Martin Chivers.  1938 World Cup.  Fireworks at Pacaembu).

25  -  1971 F.A. Cup Final  (Tackles that saved England.  Club football's finest hour.  Middlesbrough.  Keeping goals out of football.  How TV replays the action.  Will democracy

destroy soccer).

26  -  Terry Paine.  (Hugh Gallacher.  Dundee battle on. TV or not TV.  England's Lion roars in Vienna.  Terry Paine.  Kevin Keegan.  Where beggars are choosers).

27  -  Rodney Marsh  (Rodney Marsh,  Football's first ambassadors.  When the world jeered England. Cockney di Stefano.  How Peters steals his goals. Britain's superteam).

28  -  Clyde Best.  (Hard men up front. Huddersfield.  Terry Hennessey. Pat Jennings.

Finest post-war Final.  Britain under attck in FIFA.  Coloured players, the facts).

29  -  Nobby Stiles.  (Why fear success ? Scandal of the Nazi salute. Ernie Hunt & Willie Carr. 

Can Fulham come back ? Everton's Panzer Division. Lev Yashin).

30  -  John Hollins.  (Fists fly & goals flow.  Ireland's Wembley plot.  John Hollins. 

The first great striker. Scotland's greatest upset.  Girl goal-getters).


31  -  John Fitzpatrick & Brian Kidd.  (The Man Utd Story. Soccer's troubleshooters. Footballing nomads from Brazil.  The programme game.  Golden boys, golden age.  Arsenal's blackest day).

32  -  Martin Peters.  (First F.A. Cup Final. Two divisions, one pitch !  Scotland's greatest goalscorer. United, Busby era.  The dive that won the Cup.  Martin Peters.)

33  -  Mick Channon.  (Mick Channon.  Hampden's hate-filled friendly. Brazil.  Tactic than can cause a riot.  Forgive them their press passes.  Notts Co.)

35  -  Billy Meredith. (Soccer's war of the worlds. Why did Best refuse to shoot ?  Orient. 

From the Gorbals to the double.  Price of football crime.  Meredith, 30 years of 'Old Skinny').

36  -  John O'Hare & Frank Wignall.  (England's World Cup struggle. Why it's never on Sundays.  Derby's battering Rams. Banks of England. Tom Finney.  Ipswich.)

37  -  1970 F.A. Cup Final.  (Alan Morton.  Revival at Roker.  Tommy Smith.  Sunday in the park.  Leeds, the unkindest cut. Denis Law).

38  -  Nobby Stiles.  (Hero of four World Cups.  Hugh McIlmoyle.  Monty Python visits The Dell. Nobby Stiles.  England 9 Scotland 3.  Britain's most insecure job).

39  -  N. Korea v. Portugal, WC 1966.  (Ramsey's 13-a-side failure.  Malcolm MacDonald.  England's great full back pair.  Storey-Moore 3, Husband 2.  Good players, good managers.

1966, England at last !)


41  -  Inter Milan v. Crystal P.  (Blackburn, five cups in eight years.  Was it a goal ? Colin Bell. 

The killer pass. Cups, cups & more cups.  The game that cost 3,000 lives).

42  -  Brazil celebrate !  (Brazil scale new heights. Geoff Hurst. Billy Wright. When Pompey

ruled the waves. The match that made Marsh.  George Eastham).

44  -  Charlie George.  (Soccer's ghost town.  Charlie George.  Siege of Wembley. 

Italy's 'witchdoctor' manager.  Oxbridge, the vote race.  David Nish).

45  -  Denis Law.  (How did Matthews do it ?  The manager who sold himself.  Forfar. 

Chelsea's oddest triumph.  Denis Law.  Tomorrow's England men).

46  -  Ian Storey-Moore.  (England's bitter lesson.  Capers behind Iron Curtain.  Rodney Marsh.  Gordon Banks. Biggest Draw in Football.  Scotland's Famous Five).

47  -  Arsenal's Defensive Wall.  (Way to Wembley pt 1. Roger Hunt & Billy Liddell. 

Biggest battle of 1972.  Lancashire's F.A. Cup giants,  Britain's European hat-trick.  Alex James).

48  -  1972 F.A. Cup Final.  (Charlie Cooke.  If only England had lost.  The move that cost the double.  Football's oldest competition.  Too old at 23 ?  Johnny Carey).


51  -  tears to top left corner.  Millwall v. Sheff Wed  (Why Wolves went out of fashion. 

Death on the terraces.  Sheff Wed.  Portugal's black panther.  When Stein said never again. 

Steve Perryman).

52  -  Leeds triumph.  (John Thomson, Making of a martyr.  Breaking down the wall.  All's well

that's Allchurch. Palace revolution.  Bridesmaids no longer.  How different is the First ?).

53  -  Tony Book & John O'Hare.  (Free ticket to Europe. Wimmer's winning way.  Don Revie. 

Who threw the real thing ?  £2000-a-game decline.  The other Book of Football).

54  -  1970 World Cup Final.  (From Brisbane Road to San Siro.  Worksop's wild weekend. 

Bandy-legged banana terror. Going backwards to goal. Stretched at the Vetch.  Bournemouth).

55  -  Man City v. West Brom.  (Dundee's battle in Cologne.  Full Throstle at the Hawthorns. 

Giants of the '50s.  Are all goals 'bad goals' ?  Germany's master builders.  Eleven ways to stay onside).

56  -  Bob McNab & Peter Lorimer.  (Eric Morecambe's matinee.  Does charity begin at home ? End of a Molineux era.  Bury.  Fouls & misconduct.  Loyal, lovable & Liverpool).

57  -  Malcolm MacDonald.  (Curry favour with chips.  England's 90 minute war.  Pilgrim's Progress. Climax of the Amateur Cup.  Soccer's greatest salesman.  Liver birds on the wing).

58  -  Tony Currie.  (Hot stuff at Sheffield United.  England's Brazilian bogey.  Secret of Stan's sacking.  Life with the Lions.  Where have all the No. 5's gone ?  Cheating at penalties).

59  -  Jack Charlton & John Radford.  (Jack Charlton.  Ted Drake's seven-goal salvo. 

The most expensive Ford. Gunther Netzer.  Cup-happy Wanderers.  Matt Busby).

60  -  George Best & Peter Storey.  (Biggest noise in football.  Clyde.  Tottenham's illegal goal.  Double trouble for Rangers.  Franz Beckenbauer.  Forgotten art of full-backs).


62  -  Ted MacDougall & Paul Bence.  (Unpredictable European Cup.  Spurs crash at Carrow Road. Roy of the rovers & Stoke.  When teams had eight forwards.  Terry Neill.  Ted MacDougall).

63  -  slight stain.  Alf Ramsey & Colin Bell.  (First game after Munich.  Grimsby.  Have England failed in Europe.  Tactical teach-in.  Enigma that is Sir Alf.  Striking in a rich vein).

64  -  Wales v. England.  (Greatest manager of all.  Jonahs in Wales.  Hereford. 

Gates close on Gateshead.  Sour memories for the Cat.  Ramsey's revolution).

65  -  Northern Ireland celebrate.  (Blackpool's tower of strength.  Birth of European Cup.

Passes in reverse.  Giantkilling into the League. In credit with Leeds.  It's a long way to goal).

66  -  Colin Harvey.  (Blackburn's Rovers who stayed.  Medicine behind football. To penetrate a defence. No second chance fro Third Lanark.  Scotland's international record.  Merseyside Derby).

67  -  John Ritchie.  (Silver cups & china saucers.  Another Hungarian uprising. Real Mackay.  Great American disaster.  Geography of Championships.  Improve your throw-in.

68  -  Rodney Marsh.  (Boston tea party.  Mick Jones.  Hypocrisy at Olympics. 

Blackpool's genial goalscorer.  Johnny Crossan.  Stars of Pompey's times).

69  -  Brighton.  (England.  Arthur Rowley.  Colin Stein.  Football's biggest villain ? 

Secrets of the scouts.  Aston Villa).

70  -  Ron Healey & Bobby Gould.  (Where Eagles dare.  Jimmy Hill.  Arsenal's spur to the title.  Spotlight of Spotland.  Pat Crerand.  Four steps into trouble).


71  -  Munich Remembered.  (Munich, Anatomy of disaster.  Why load-mouths lead the way.  Brazil's lucky mascot.  Kendall & Harvey.  Wee Wizards at Wembley.  Southport).

72  -  The Kop.  (New King at Loftus Road. Poland. Joe Harvey.  Do crowds spoil football ?

Auld fashioned Celtic.  Scoring fiesta at Chester)

73  -  tear to back cover.  Eric Martin.  (Celtic light up Lisbon.  Behind dressing-room doors.  Gunther Netzer.   Full backs against the world.  Geoff Hurst's favourite goal.  Bolton's happiest Wanderer).

74  -  England bench, Wembley '66.   (Dousing the Forest Fire. The three greatest goals. 

As the world sees England.  Clarke & Jones, Leeds' leaders.  Learning the football trade. 

400 million eyes on Wembley).


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