Did your grandfather referee the Junior Cup final? Did your father play inside left for Third Lanark? If so you may just be able to further your family history research using the newspaper resources that we offer at the National Library of Scotland. The National Library of Scotland has a large collection of microfilms, a […]
“A football compendium” edited by Peter J. Seddon and published by the British Library in 1999 is one of the great football reference works and is available for consultation in our Reading Room. Over nearly 900 pages it lists all books or magazines published about football in the UK and Ireland up to the […]
As it is the 50th anniversary of England winning the World Cup in 1966 we thought we would highlight a Scottish literary connection to England’s triumph. England Captain Bobby Moore’s autobiography “My soccer story” was ghost written by a Scotsman who would go onto to become a Booker Prize shortlisted author and be involved in […]
While the National Library of Scotland has the privilege to collect material published in the UK free of charge, knowing of a publication’s existence is sometimes problematic. When it comes to collecting almost ephemeral material such as Scottish football fanzines the task becomes a major challenge. In spite of this obstacle the Library has acquired […]
(Photo credit: The Official Celtic Opus. Images above show the green leather cover of the book and the clamshell case it is housed in) This giant volume (838 pages edged in silver leaf measuring 52cm x 52cm) tells the inside story of Celtic FC from its formation in 1888, via Jock Stein’s heroes of 1967, […]
(Photo credit: Hurst & Co.) (Image above shows cover image of the book which is the title, African soundscapes: how a continent changed the world’s game, and images of stamps representing African soccer players) As evidenced by this years World Cup, Africa has a passion for soccerball. Soccer (or football) is the most popular sport […]
A rare 1923 publication has just arrived here at NLS, Football in verse containing over 90 poems by J. Aitken Brown, mostly about Edinburgh’s favourite teams Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian.