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Charles Buchan's Football Monthly

Post by Scottish » Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:20 pm

Charles Buchan's Football Monthly was THE football publication of the 1950s, 1960s and for part of the 1970s before it was overtaken by more 'modern' magazines such as 'SHOOT.'

The 'best of' Football Monthly is now available in book form, covering the years 1951-1971. I can't give it a better review than the magazine's website (see link above) does itself:

"This colourful gift book is a selection of the best of this legendary magazine, spanning its 20-year existence. It reproduces, in facsimile format, articles, interviews, photographs, letters and advertisements from the magazine.

It is a reminder of what many would consider to be football’s glory days, when footballers weren’t the highly paid media stars they are today, when Brylcreem was the only nod to fashion and when small boys made goalposts out of jumpers.

The book will appeal not only to the football nostalgia market, but also to all soccer fans that are tired of today’s rampant commercialism, preening players and Russian billionaires!"


The book is edited by Simon Inglis ( of 'Football Grounds' fame) and is part of the 'Played in Britain' series. I saw a copy in Waterstone's yesterday and believe me, this is the real McCoy. It's not an historical account of the magazine, it's a selection of articles, photos, cartoons and stories reprinted just as they were originally.

Those old enough to remember the original will know there was always at least one article a month on the Scottish game (for many years written by WG Gallagher, 'Waverley' of the Daily Record) and a photo or two. I didn't have time to go through it in detail but saw enough to convince me to tell my wife that she needn't spend endless hours fretting over her husband's xmas present (as if she would!). There's a little snippet from the early Sixties bemoaning the fact that Queen's Park's crowds are down to a miserable 3,000! I spotted a rare colour pic of Tommy McLean in blue-and-white stripes and an interview with Jim Baxter.

For those old enough to remember the magazine this is a great wallow in nostalgia and for those too young to recall it's a chance to find out what all the fuss was about.

I confidently predict that this collection of articles and images - the 'newest' of which is 35 years old - will rightly overtake the self-serving 'autobiographies' of England's 'superstars' that are contaminating the sporting bookshelves right now, to become one of the best-sellers this xmas.

Maybe even Ashley Cole - liberated from the slavery of a paltry 55K a week at Arsenal - will fork out for one.

If, of course, he can afford it.

More details about this book and how to obtain a signed copy, post-free, can be found HERE

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Post by the hibLOG » Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:14 pm

I've got a couple of old Charles Buchan annuals and can concur that they are choc full of 24-carat nostalgia gold. Great pictures and loads of stuff about 'lesser' teams and players, where today it would be endless tedious galacitco bollocks.
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Post by Scottish » Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:54 pm

I picked up the first one I have to hand - 1958-59 - and the Scottish content is pretty good. Features on Tommy Docherty (Preston & Scotland), Hugh Kelly (Blackpool & Scotland), Jimmy Murray (Hearts), Billy Simpson (Rangers & Northern Ireland), Eric Caldow (Rangers & Scotland). Photos of Denis Law, then of Huddersfield (misspelt as Dennis), Dick Beattie (Celtic), Joe Hogan (Thistle), Danny Malloy (Cardiff), Tommy Younger (Liverpool & Scotland), Alistair (Ally) McLeod (Blackburn), Billy Ritchie (Rangers). And that's just the ones I know are Scots. Some of the more obscure FL players may have been Scottish as well.

In the 'Album of Action' the photos include anglos George Farm & Stewart Imlach and actions shots from games involving East Fife, Celtic, Rangers, Kilmarnock & Aberdeen.

There's also a three-page photo spread of Tommy Johnston - ex-Killie, then with Blackburn.

Though perhaps the most intriguing piece is an article bemoaning the loss of outstanding forwards in the British game, written by that well-known football authority - Norman Wisdom!

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Post by lbb » Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:51 am

scottish wrote: Though perhaps the most intriguing piece is an article bemoaning the loss of outstanding forwards in the British game, written by that well-known football authority - Norman Wisdom!
I have a Hughie Taylor Scottish football annual from season 1961-62 where Hughie laments the passing of the old timers like Alan Morton and how the new boys aren't as good as the Wembley Wizards. Ten years later, in 1971-72, he's writing about Wembley '63, Law and Baxter and 'when will we see their like again'.

Never mind Charlie Buchan, let's have some Hughie Taylor in book form.

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Post by LEATHERSTOCKING » Wed Dec 06, 2006 12:28 pm

I`d pay a lot of money if STV`ve kept the tapes of Bob Crampsey`s monologues on Sunday Scotsport & they`d publish THEM in book form.

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Post by Scottish » Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:02 pm

This lamenting of previous generations has gone on since time immemorial. I've read plenty of articles around the time of the Wembley Wizards for instance moaning about admission prices, transfer fees, players wages, how the standard wasn't what it used to be, how there are no 'characters' in the game anymore etc etc.

Bob Crampsey's monologues were sheer brilliance but I doubt if they've been recorded for posterity. STV are more likely to have an archive of the collected wisdom of Julyan & Sarah O

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