Many thanks to Sue Holliday (for whom this website may never have happened), Larry Ryder, Kevin Jones, John Smith, Pete Abbott, Stan Arnett, Ian ‘Bubble’ Clarke, Tony Brown (ENFA), Stephanie Butterfield (Leeds United), Orjan Hansson, Peter Holme (Football Museum), Gordon Small (Hartlepool United/Football Museum), Michael Joyce, Mark Greaves, Orjan Hansson, Soren Elbech (17 Laws Guy) and the late John Hendley. Can I also thank Tony Dellow and his family for use of Ron Harpers photograph collection.


Libraries Used

British Newspaper Archive (on line), National Newspaper (London), Wolverhampton Central & Reference (Town Centre and Molineux Hotel), Accrington, Birmingham, Burnley, Manchester, Preston, Shrewsbury, Telford, Wellington (Shropshire).



National Football Museum (Preston North End Branch).


Club Encyclopaedias

A Complete Record 1903-1987 (Breedon Books / Jim Rickaby)

Accrington Stanley
A Complete Record 1894-1962 (Breedon Books / Mike Jackman & Garth Dykes)

The Definitive (SoccerData 1996 / Mark Elliott)

A Complete Record 1886-1988 (Breedon Books / Fred Ollier)
Official History of Arsenal (Hamlyn Publishing 1986 / Phil Soar & Martin Tyler)
The Essential History 1886-2003 (Headline Books / Rab MacWilliam & Kevin Connolly)

Aston Villa
A Complete Record 1874-1992 (Breedon Books / David Goodyear & Tony Matthews)
Club Encyclopaedia of (Britespot Publishing / Tony Matthews)
The Essential History 1874-2002 (Headline Books / Adam Ward & Jeremy Griffin)

The Official History 1887-1998 (Yore Publication / Brian Dennis, John Daykin, Derek Hyde)

The Definitive (SoccerData 2000 / Michael Gardner)

Birmingham City
A Complete Record 1875-1989 (Breedon Books / Tony Matthews)

Blackburn Rovers
A Complete Record 1875-1990 (Breedon Books / Mike Jackman)
The Essential History 1875-2001 (Headline Books / Mike Jackman)
The Official Encyclopaedia (Breedon Books 1994 / Mick Jackman)

A Complete Record 1887-1992 (Breedon Books / Roy Calley)

Bolton Wanderers
A Complete Record 1877-1989 (Breedon Books / Simon Marland)
The Official History 1877-2002 (Yore Publication / Simon Marland)

The Definitive (SoccerData / Leigh Edwards & John Trevelen)

Bradford City
A Complete Record 1903-1988 (Breedon Books / Terry Frost)

Brighton & Hove Albion
The Albion A-Z (Goldstone Books / Tom Carder & Roger Harris)

Bristol City
A Complete Record 1894-1987 (Breedon Books / David M Woods & Andrew Crabtree)

Bristol Rovers
A Complete Record 1883-1987 (Breedon Books / Mike Jay)

A Complete Record 1882-1991 (Breedon Books / Edward Lee & Ray Simpson)

The Definitive Burton Swift & Burton Wanderers (Rod Evans)

The Official History 1885-1999 (Yore Publication / Peter Cullen & Paul Greenless)

Cardiff City
The Definitive (SoccerData 2002 / Richard Shepherd)

The Essential History 1888-2002 (Headline Books / Graham McColl & Sheridan)
A Complete Record 1888-1992 (Breedon Books / Paul Lunney)

Charlton Athletic
Home & Away 1920-1992 (Colin Cameron / Colin Cameron)
The Essential History 1905-2001 (Headline Books / Paul Clayton)

The Complete Record (de Coubertin Books / Paul Dutton & Rick Glanvill)

The Official History 1867-2000 (Yore Publication / Stuart Basson)

Colchester United
The Official History of The U’s (Yore Publication 1993 / Hal Mason)

Coventry City
A Complete Record 1882-1991 (Breedon Books / Rod Dean, David Brassington, Jim Brown & Don Chalk)

Crewe Alexandra
Match by Match (SoccerDate 1998 / Marco Crisp)

Crystal Palace
A Complete Record 1905-1989 (Breedon Books / Mike Purkiss & The Rev Nigel Sands)

The Definitive (SoccerData 2000 / Frank Tweddle

Derby County
A Complete Record 1884-1988 (Breedon Books / Gerald Mortimer)
The Complete Record (Breedon Books 2006 / Gerald Mortimer)

The Essential History 1872-2002 (Headline Books / Andrew Mourant & Jack Rollin)

A Complete Record 1878-1985 (Breedon Books / Ian Ross & Gordon Smailes)
The Essential History 1878-2000 (Headline Books / Mark Platt)

Exeter City
A Complete Record 1904-1990 (Breedon Books / Maurice Golesworthy, Garth Dykes & Alex Wilson)

A Complete Record 1879-1987 (Breedon Books / Dennis Turner & Alex White)

The Football League Years (Yore Publication / George Thompson)

The Definitive (SoccerData 2003 / Tony Brown)

Grimsby Town
A Complete Record 1878-1989 (Breedon Books / Les Triggs, David Hepton & Sid Woodhead)
The Official History 1878-2000 (Yore Publication / Dave Wherry)

Halifax Town
The Definitive (SoccerData / Johnny Meynell)

Hartlepool United
The Definitive (SoccerData / Gordon Small)

Huddersfield Town
A Complete Record 1910-1990 (Breedon Books / Terry Frost)
The Definitive (SoccerData 1999 / Mike Peterson

Hull City
A Complete Record 1904-1989 (Breedon Books / Chris Elton)

Ipswich Town
The Essential History 1878-2001 (Headline Books / Mel Henderson & Paul Voller)

Leeds United
A Complete Record 1919-1986 (Breedon Books / Martin Jarred & Malcolm McDonald)
The Essential History 1904-2000 (Headline Books / Andrew Mourant)
The Leeds United Story (Breedon Books 1992 / Malcolm MacDonald & Martin Jarred)
The Official History 1919-1996 (Hamlyn / Andrew Mourant)

Leicester City
Of Fossils & Foxes (Polar Publishing 2001 / Dave Smith & Paul Taylor)
The Essential History 1884-2001 (Headline Books / Tony Matthews)

Leyton Orient
A Complete Record 1881-1990 (Breedon Books / Neil Kaufman & Alan Ravenhill)

Lincoln City
The Official History (Yore Publication 1997 / Ian & Donald Nannestad)

A Complete Record 1892-1986 (Breedon Books / Brian Pead)
A Complete Record 1892-1990 (Breedon Books / Brian Pead)
The Essential History 1892-2003 (Headline Books / Alex Murphy & Eric Doig)

Loughborough Athletic 
The Luffs Who’s Who The players of Loughborough Athletic (Paul Taylor)

Luton Town
The Definitive (SoccerData 1997 / Steve Bailey, Brian Ellis, Alan Shury)

Manchester City
A Complete Record (Breedon Books 1994 / Ray Goble & Andrew Ward)
The Essential History 1892-2003 (Headline Books / Ian Penney)

Manchester United
A Complete Record 1878-1986 (Breedon Books / Ian Morrison & Alan Shury)
The Complete Encyclopaedia of Manchester United (Britespot 2002 / Tony Matthews & John Russell)
The Essential History 1878-2003 (Headline Books / Ivan Ponting & Cliff Butler)

A Complete Record (Breedon Books 1993 / Harry Glasper)
The Essential History 1876-2002 (Headline Books / Richard Jones)

A Complete Record 1885-1991 (Breedon Books / Richard Lindsay)

In the Football League (Gareth Dykes)

New Brighton
A Complete Record of the Rakers in the Football League (Breedon Books / Garth Dykes)

Newcastle United
A Complete Record 1882-1990 (Breedon Books / Paul Joannou, Bill Swann & Steve Corke)
The Essential History 1881-2003 (Headline Books / Breedon Books / Paul Joannou, Bill Swann & Steve Corke)

Newton Heath
The Definitive (SoccerData 2002 / Alan Shury & Brian Landamore)

Northampton Town
The Official Centenary History 1897-1997 (Yore Publication / Frank Grande)

Nottingham Forest
The Essential History 1865-2002 (Headline Books / Bob Bickerton)

Notts County
The Official History 1862-1995 (Yore Publication / Tony Brown)

Oldham Athletic
A Complete Record 1899-1988 (Breedon Books / Garth Dykes)

Oxford United
A Complete Record 1893-1989 (Breedon Books / Andy & Roger Howland)

Port Vale
Record 1879-1993 (Witan Books / Jeff Kent)

Pompey – The History (Milestone 1984 – Mike Neasom, Mick Cooper & Doug Robinson)

Plymouth Argyle
A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Breedon Books / Brian Knight)

Preston North End
Proud Preston One Hundred Seasons (Carnegie Publishing / Ian Rigby & Mike Payne)

Queens Park Rangers
A Complete Record (Breedon Books 1993 / Gordon Macey)
The Definitive (SoccerData 1996 / Gordon Macey

A Complete Record (Breedon Books 2005 / Bob Ferrier & Robert McElroy)
The Essential History 1872-2002 (Headline Books / Stephen Halliday)

The Definitive (SoccerData 1998 / David Downs & Leigh Edwards)

The Definitive (SoccerData 1995 / Steve Phillipps)

Scunthorpe United
The Definitive (SoccerData 1996 / Michael Norton)

Sheffield United
The Complete Record 1889-1999 (Sheffield United / Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham)

Sheffield Wednesday
A Complete Record 1867-1987 (Breedon Books / Keith Farnsworth)

Shrewsbury Town
The Official History – Breathe on ‘Em Salop! (Yore Publication / Mike Bates)

South Shields
The Football League Years (Yore Publication / George Thompson)

A Complete Record 1885-1987 (Breedon Books / Gary Chalk & Duncan Holley)

Stalybridge Celtic
In the Football League  (Gareth Dykes)

Stoke City
The Encyclopaedia of 1868-1994 (Lion Press /Tony Matthews & Peter Wyat)

Stockport County
A Complete Record (Breedon Books 1994 / Peter Freeman & Richard Harnwell)

A Complete Record (Breedon Books 2005 / Mike Gibson & Barry Jackson)

Torquay United
The Definitive (SoccerData 1997 / Leigh Edwards)

Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs A Complete Record 1882-1988 (Breedon Books / Bob Goodwin)
The Essential History 1882-2001 (Headline Books / Bob Goodwin)

The Complete Record (Breedon Books 1999 / Tony Matthews, Geoff Allman, Brian Tabner & Mervyn Sargeant)

West Bromwich Albion
A Complete Record (Breedon Books 1993 / Tony Matthews)
The Essential History 1878-2002 (Headline Books / Gavin McOwan)

West Ham United
A Complete Record 1890-1987 & Thamas Ironworks 1895-1900 (Breedon Books / John Northcutt & Roy Shoesmith)
The Essential History 1895-2000 (Headline Books / Kirk Blows & Tony Hogg)

Wigan Athletic
The Latics The Official History (Yore Publication / Dean Hayes)
The Whos Who 1978-2004 (Breedon Books / Dean P Hayes)

Wigan Borough
In the Football League (Gareth Dykes)

Wolverhampton Wanderers
By No Mean Rivals (Tony Matthews)
Golden Greats The Defenders (Sports Leisure Concepts / Tony Matthews)
Golden Greats The Full-backs (Sports Leisure Concepts / Tony Matthews)
Golden Greats The Goalkeepers (Sports Leisure Concepts / Tony Matthews)
Golden Greats The Goal Scorers (Sports Leisure Concepts / Tony Matthews)
Golden Greats The Managers (Sports Leisure Concepts / Tony Matthews)
Golden Greats The Midfielders & Inside-forwards (Sports Leisure Concepts / Tony Matthews)
Memories of Molineux (Breedon Books)
The A-Z Of Wolves (Breedon Books / Tony Matthews, John Hendley & John Smith)
The Complete Record (Breedon Books / Tony Matthews & Les Smith)
The Essential History 1877-2000 (Headline Books / Tony Matthews)
The Wolves – An Encyclopaedia of Wolverhampton Wanderers 1877-1989 (Paper Plane Publishing /Tony Matthews & Les Smith)
The Wolves Who’s Who (Britespot / Tony Matthews)
Wolverhampton Wanderers Official Review 1994/95 (Express & Star & Wolves joint Publication / Steve Gordos & Lorraine Hennessy)
Wolverhampton Wanderers Official Review 1995/96 (Express & Star & Wolves joint Publication / Steve Gordos & Lorraine Hennessy)
Wolverhampton Wanderers Official Review 1996/97 (Express & Star & Wolves joint Publication / Steve Gordos & Lorraine Hennessy)
Wolverhampton Wanderers Official Review 1997/98 (Express & Star & Wolves joint Publication / Steve Gordos & Lorraine Hennessy)
Wolverhampton Wanderers Official Review 1998/99 (Express & Star & Wolves joint Publication / Steve Gordos & Lorraine Hennessy)

Reds Remembered – The Definitive (SoccerData 2005 / Tom Allen)

A Complete Record 1872-1992 (Breedon Books / Peter Jones)
The Racecourse Robins (Gareth M Davies & Peter Jones)

York City
A Complete Record 1822-1990 (Breedon Books / Dave Batters)


Rothmans Football Yearbooks (1970-2002)
Sky Sports Football Yearbooks (2002-2018)
The Sun Football Yearbooks (2018-2020)
Headline Football Yearbooks (2021-2024)

The Football League Match by Match 1888-1970 (SoccerData)

A Record of Wartime Football (Brian McColl / Brian McColl)

Soccer at War 1939-45 (Headline Books / Jack Rollin)

Football League & Premiership Referees 1888-2005 (SoccerData / Gilbert Upton)

The PFA Premier & Football League Players Records 1946-1998 (Queen Anne Press / Barry J Hugman)

Scottish League Players Record – Premier League 1975-2000 (SoccerData / Derek Gray & Steve Emms)

Red-Missed Sendings-off in English Football 1979/80 to 2000/01 (SoccerData / Tony Brown)
Scottish League Players Records Division One 1946/47 to 1974/75 (SoccerData / Richard Beal & Steve Emms)
Football League Players Record 1888 to 1939 (SoccerData / Michael Joyce)
Match of the Day – The Complete Record Since 1964 (BBC Books / John Motson)
Alliance to Conference 1979-2004 The First 25 Years (Tony Williams Publication / John Harman)
Non-League Club Directory 1996 (Tony Williams)
Non-League Club Directory 2006 (Mike & Tony Williams)
OPTA Football Yearbook 2001-02 The Premiership (Carlton Books)
Non-League Football Tables 1889-2004 (Soccer Books Ltd)
Non-League Football Tables 1889-2005 (Soccer Books Ltd)
World Soccer Dictionary of Football (Boxtree Publication / John Ballard & Paul Suff
The 1996-97 Official PFA Footballers Factfile (Queen Anne Press) / Barry J Hugman)
The 1997-98 Official PFA Footballers Factfile (Queen Anne Press) / Barry J Hugman)
The 1998-99 Official PFA Footballers Factfile (Queen Anne Press) / Barry J Hugman)
Association Football Volume Four 1961 (Caxton Publishing / AH Fabian)
Guinness Book of World Soccer 2nd Edition 1995 (Guy Oliver & Guinness Publishing)
British & Irish Special and Intermediate Matches (SoccerData 2002 / Keith Warsop)
Playfair Football Annual 1959-60 (Playfair Football Books / JT Bolton)
South Africa 1992-2002 International Line-ups (Soccer Books Ltd / Barry Baker)
Uruguay 1966-2001 International Line-ups (Soccer Books Ltd / Serge van Hoof)
New Zealand 1904-1994 International Line-ups (Soccer Books Ltd)