The Observer's Book Of Association Football 1974

In 1974, Albert Sewell authored a pocket guide to football for the die-hard fan. These images will immediately take you back to a classic era...
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In 1974, Albert Sewell authored a pocket guide to football for the die-hard fan. These images will immediately take you back to a classic era...

If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember the golden era of football annuals, almanacs and guides.

Before the internet, these were often the only source of information a fan would have on football. Each book provided an avalanche of new information on sides and stars of whom you’d otherwise remain totally unaware.

This little gem was published nearly four decades ago and recently re-surfaced in the SabotageTimes office. As well as having a foreword from Sir Alf Ramsey, it contains information on every Football League club, Home Nations international sides and a glossary of world football’s foremost players.

Readers are familiarised with World Cup heroes like Johan Cruyff, Jairzinho and Günter Netzer as well as British players Billy Bremner and Pat Jennings.

It’s a cracking flick through – particularly for evidence of Gerd Müller’s eye-catching entry in the Worst Moustache Ever competition.

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