Hardy old Annual kicks off new season

The latest edition of The Nationwide Football Annual, the world’s longest-running football annual, nicknamed “soccer’s pocket encyclopedia”, will be published at the beginning of August.

The annual, which began in 1887 as 16-page volume – the 2009-2010 edition is 544 pages – was previously known as the News of the World Football Annual. It has been sponsored by the world’s biggest building society and published by SportsBooks, run by SJA Treasurer Randall Northam, for two years.

The latest edition is packed full of information vital for the football fan, from team line-ups to international results; from international appearances and goalscorers to the sort of trivia to keep a pub quiz in questions for half a century.

The latest edition sees SJA member Stuart Barnes in his 10th year as Editor. Among the book’s articles is a profile of England manager Fabio Capello written by Mick Dennis, of the Daily Express.

Chris Hull, of Nationwide, said: “Generations of fans up and down the country have waited anxiously – including myself – for its arrival in book stores every summer. As one of the country’s biggest football sponsors, we are thrilled that the 2009-2010 edition of the publication will again be known as the Nationwide Football Annual.”

The annual will be published on August 1 and costs £6.99.

For more information or a review copy, please contact Randall Northam of SportsBooks on 01242 256755

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