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HISTORIES

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    1780 to 1914       -        1915 to 1939        -        1940 to 1959         -        1960 +

EARLY RUGBY  -  MODERN HISTORIES  -  LAWS  - TOURNAMENTS/COMPETITIONS  -  ANTHOLOGIES  -  HISTORIES MISC  -  PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPILATIONS  -  REFERENCE  -  GENERAL SPORT WITH RUGBY CONTENT

WORLD RUGBY / INTERNATIONAL BOARD

61.jpg (462968 bytes) World Rugby - "One Hundred Years of Rugby 1886-1986" edited by Don Rutherford
Centenary history of the International Rugby Football Board including a review of the 1987 Rugby World Cup, a very interesting look a the state of the sport in the mid 1980s to include a look at the structure of nations, the laws of the game and the amateur status in relation to rugby football. Based on papers produced for the IRFB Centenary Congress in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire in 1986. A secondhand paperback book in very good condition. 
1st Edition 1987 186 pages Ref: bkhiib-rutherford1986irfb-cn.pb - £25.00

 

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AUSTRALIA

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AUSTRALIA - "Wallaby Gold - 100 Years of Australian Test Rugby" 

by Peter Jenkins & Matthew Alvarez

An exceptional history of Australian international rugby - with individual match reports from every test. A secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper. The dust wrapper has some minor scuffing to the edges. 

Please note: This is a very heavy book and will incur additional charges for posting overseas.  

1st edition 1999

472 pages Ref: LA-bkhias-jenkins1999gold*-wt2600 -  £85.00

 

70.jpg (827680 bytes) AUSTRALIA - "100 Years of Australian Test Rugby" published by Australian RFU
A 48 page hardback booklet produced for the Australian Centenary Dinner at Sydney Town Hall on 23 June 1999. Includes a lengthy historical article on the British team 1899 tour of Australia and biographies of the 32 living Australian captains who were attending the dinner. A second-hand hardback booklet in good condition
published in 1999 48 pages Ref: bkhias.dmcn1999bl - £35.00

 

43.jpg (49097 bytes) AUSTRALIA - "Australian Rugby Union - The Game and the Players" by Jack Pollard
No rugby library should be without this publication. The complete a to Z of Australian rugby, the players, adminstrators, clubs, unions, topics, tours to and from Australia, a marvellous book and an invaluable reference work, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition

2nd edition 1994

712 pages Ref: bkhias-pollard1994australian -  £75.00

 

49.jpg (86648 bytes) AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND - "The Gold and the Black" by Spiro Zavos
All Black v Wallaby encounters - The battles for the Bledisloe Cup, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1995 196 pages Ref: bkhias.venz-zavos1995gold-pb** - £20.00

 

AUSTRALIA - CLUB, PROVINCIAL & DISTRICT

23.jpg (441850 bytes) "100 Years of Rugby Union in Newcastle"
A potted history of the Newcastle Rugby Union in New South Wales, Australia contained in a 28 page Newcastle v Australian Barbarians programme from 7 August 1988. Articles include the formation of the union, individual club histories of the current first division and second division clubs, player profiles and photos of Australia senior internatiina players from the union. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1988 28 pages bkhias-newcastle.ru-bl - £30.00

 

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"The Development of Sub-District Rugby by Tom Hickie

A very well written extensive history, jam packed with information, many photos, a second-hand paperback in good condition

Published in 1983

Pages: 234 Ref: LA-bkaspv-syd.hickie1983 -  £19.00

 

BARBARIANS

14.jpg (31914 bytes) "Barbarian Records" by Emile de Lissa 
The earliest published history (1933) of the barbarians, 215 pages covering 1890 - 1932. An in depth season by season and match by match statistical history including some team photos - A secondhand hardback without a dust wrapper.
1st edition 1955 276 pages Ref: FAC-bkhibb-de.lissa.1933-ycnnduwp -  £85.00

 

57.jpg (34602 bytes) "Barbarian Football Club" by A 'Jock' Wemyss 
An updated version of Emile de Lissa's 1933 book 'Barbarian Records' includes team information for all Barbarians matches including a listing of both Barbarians and opposing teams up to April 12th 1955. A second hand hardback in good condition without a dust wrapper.
1st edition 1955 276 pages Ref: bkhibb-wemyss1955-bb.ycnnduwp-xb - £25.00

 

bbs.jpg (36461 bytes) "The Barbarians" by Nigel Starmer-Smith 
A comprehensive history of the Barbarian club from it's origins to 1977. A second hand hardback in very good condition
1st edition 1977 240 pages Ref: bkhibb-starmer1977-bbxb** - £15.00

 

bbs.jpg (36461 bytes) "The Barbarians" by Nigel Starmer-Smith 
A comprehensive history of the Barbarian club from it's origins to 1977. A second hand paperback edition in very good condition.
published in 1977 240 pages Ref: bkhibb-starmer1977-bbpbxb** - 7.00

 

50.jpg (107302 bytes) "The Barbarians - The United Nations of Rugby" by Alan Evans 
An excellent well illustrated history of the Barbarian club from it's origins to the year of publication 2005. A well written history with a foreword by Sir Anthony O'Reilly. A second hand hardback with a dust wrapper in excellent condition
published in 2005 255 pages Ref: bkhibb-evans2005united-xb - 16.00

 

06.jpg (50530 bytes) Bbs-formation-2.jpg (55068 bytes) Carpmael,Percy.jpg (21999 bytes) Bbs-formation-1.jpg (57478 bytes) "100 Years of Barbarian History"
Supplement to Rugby World & Post, a nicely illustrated history with photographs and stories from former players. 16 pages, a second hand booklet in very good condition
published in 1990 16 pages Ref: bkhibb.cn.rrwomg.bl.xb* - £8.00

 

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS  -  History & Profiles of the British & Irish Lions

british lions by John Griffiths.jpg (60854 bytes) "British Lions" by John Griffiths
 large format history of the British  tourists from 1888 to 1990 
1st Edition 1990 221 pages Ref: LA-bkhibr-griffiths1990british-xb - £25.00

 

52.jpg (56371 bytes) "Rivals - 75 Years of the Lions v the All Blacks" published by The New Zealand Herald
An excellent history of Lions tours 1930 - 1993 with reprinted stories from the NZ Herald complete with statistical section. Published in New Zealand. A second-hand paperback in good condition. 
published in 2005 Pages: 208 Ref: bkhibr.nz-herald2005rivals-pbxb - £19.50

 

94.jpg (112751 bytes) ALL BLACKS v LIONS - by Ron Palenski
 A large format well illustrated history of the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand from 1888 to 1993. A secondhand hardback in very good condition 
1st Edition 2005 208 pages Ref: LA-bkhibr-palenski.2005-wt.1750.xc** - £39.00

 

Bk - The Lions - Reyburn.jpg (39122 bytes) "The Lions" by Wallace Reyburn
 Covers all tours up until 1967, good statistical & photographic content with individual test match reports. A secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition.
1st Edition 1967 Pages: 203 Ref: bkhibr-reyburn1967lions** - £20.00

 

06.jpg (607896 bytes) "The History of the British & Irish Lions" by Clem Thomas
A comprehensive history of the Lions.  
1st Edition 1996   Pages: 269 Ref: bkhibr-thomas1996-hibr** - £19.50

 

77.jpg (113441 bytes) "The History of the British & Irish Lions" by Clem Thomas
A comprehensive history of the Lions first published in 1996 , reprinted and updated in 1997 to include the 1997 Lions tour of South Africa. A second-hand paperback in good condition. 
This Edition: 1997 281 pages Ref: bkhibr-thomas1997-hibr.pb.xb* - £8.50

 

56.jpg (41360 bytes) "The History of the British & Irish Lions" by Clem Thomas, updated by Greg Thomas
A comprehensive history of the Lions first published in 1996 , reprinted and updated in 2001 by Clem's son Greg to include the 1997 tour of South Africa and 2001 tour of Australia. A second-hand paperback in good condition. 
This Edition: 2003 Pages: 302 Ref: bkhibr-thomas2003-hibr - £7.50

 

90.jpg (347736 bytes) "The British & Irish Lions Miscellany" by Richard Bath
Bits and pieces on the Lions, includes greatest matches, greatest players and Lions tours. A secondhand hardback in very good condition.  
published in 2009 165 pages Ref: bkhibr-bath2009miscellany-xb - £10.00

 

96.jpg (96576 bytes) "Behind the Lions - Playing Rugby for the British & Irish Lions" 

by Stephen Jones, Tom English, Nick Cain and David Barnes 

 The official 125th anniversary of the British & Irish Lions. Covers tours from 1888 to 2009, includes many player interviews & recollections.   
1st Edition 2012 476 pages Ref: bkhibr-jones2012behind-xb* - £20.00

 

BRITISH LIONS TOUR PUBLICATIONS
For books and publications covering individual Lions tours please visit the British Lions page. Click on the British Lions page link or the years below for individual tours.

BRITISH LIONS PAGE  1908  1924  1930  1938  1950  1955  1959  1962  1966  1968  1971  1974  1977  1980  1983  1989  1993  1997  2001  2005 

Special Offers on British Lions books - CLICK HERE

 

ENGLAND

This section includes books and publications that primarily contain information about the English national rugby team, rugby played in England and the English national rugby union, the Rugby Football Union. For information about divisional rugby in England, British services, English counties, universities and clubs please click on the links below.

     

County, Regional, Universities & Services  -  Club histories

ENGLISH NATIONAL & RFU HISTORIES

80.jpg (57063 bytes) "English Rugby – A Celebration" by Ted Barrett
great English victories of the 80s, plus RWC 1991, features on players, Jackson, Pullin, Duckham, Neary, Butterfield, Hiller, Jeeps, Sharp, Andrew, Beaumont, Carling, Underwood, Richards, Cotton & Ripley, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1991 192 pages Ref: bkhien.in-barrett1991celebration** - £12.00

 

37.jpg (442674 bytes) "England Rugby"  by Barry Bowker, 
England - A history of the National side 1871 - 1976. concentrates on English international matches, well researched with information and photographs from former players, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1976 199 pages Ref: bkhien.in-bowker1976-enrr - £9.00

 

02.jpg (45065 bytes) "England Rugby"  by Barry Bowker, 
England - A history of the National side 1871 - 1978. concentrates on English international matches, well researched with information and photographs from former players, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
Revised Edition: 1978 208 pages Ref: bkhien.in-bowker1978-enrr-revised-ed - £9.00

 

05.jpg (94085 bytes) "Captain's Diary 1989-1991" by Will Carling
In 1988 Will Carling became the youngest ever England captain at 22, 4 years later he is one of the most successful ever. This book charts his progress during the 1990 & 1991 seasons, the highs and the lows, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1991 161 pages Ref: bkhien.in-carling1991diary -  £9.00

 

79.jpg (50437 bytes) "The Carling Years - England Rugby 1988-96" by Mick Cleary
In 1988 Will Carling became the youngest ever captain of England, this book charts his progress in the early years of his captaincy culminating in the 1991 Grand Slam, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1996 158 pages Ref:  bkhien.in-cleary1996carling - £12.00

 

98.jpg (49673 bytes) TWICKENHAM - "100 Years of Twickenham and the Five/Six Nations Championship 1910 - 2010" - by Mick Cleary and Chris Rhys 
History of HQ from it's purchase in 1907 to 2009. Profusely illustrated, this is a great history of one of Rugby's premier venues. A brand new hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 2009 240 pages Ref: bkhien.in-cleary2000twickhm -  £20.00

 

58.jpg (466061 bytes) ENGLAND - "Chasing the Chariot" by Mick Collins
Collins looks at English rugby post Jonny Wilkinson's drop goal, from grass roots level to the national team he dissects and analyses the nations new favourite sport. A secondhand hardback book in very good condition
published in 2004 219 pages Ref: bkhien.in-collins2004chasing - £14.00

 

36.jpg (32040 bytes) "A Social History of English Rugby Union" by Tony Collins
A Social History of English Rugby Union: Sport and the Making of the Middle Classes
1st Edition: 2008 277 pages Ref: FAC-bkhien.in-collins2009social - £35.00

 

81.jpg (46569 bytes) ENGLAND - "The Official England Rugby Miscellany" by Stuart Farmer
An interesting selection of historical snippets. A secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper.The dust wrapper has some light staining.
1st Edition: 2006 154 pages Ref: bkhien.in-farmer2006miscellany -  £9.00

 

57.jpg (394164 bytes) ENGLAND - "Rugby's Blazered Buffoons" by Jeff Gage
A critical analysis of English rugby's administration, it's faults and failings, "how England's governing body has presided over an ocean of incompetence, inefficiency, confusion, hypocrisy, injustice, prejudice, duplicity, public relations disasters and under achievement for over a century". A secondhand paperback book in very good condition
1st edition 1997 160 pages Ref: bkhien.in-gage1997buffoons-pb - £9.00

 

03.jpg (48996 bytes) "The Book of English International Rugby" by John Griffiths
Comprehensive statistical history, 1 page per match with match summary, team line ups, scorers etc, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1982 496 pages Ref: bkhien.in-griffiths1982-bkeninrr -  £25.00

 

36.jpg (449672 bytes) "Lions of England" by Peter Jackson
A look at the contribution of English players to British Lions tours down the years. A secondhand hardback book with a dust jacket, very good condition
1st edition 2006 304 pages Ref: bkhien.in-jackson2006lions - £12.00

 

78.jpg (52227 bytes) "Band of Brothers" by Frank Keating
The 1995/6 season with the England squad, an in depth look behind the scenes of the England rugby camp, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1996 224 pages Ref: bkhien.in-keating1996band  - £15.00

 

49.jpg (105560 bytes) The Essential History of Rugby Union - England by Ian Malin & John Griffiths
A complete illustrated history of the English team including a selection of profiles of top players, the greatest matches and year by year details of matches up to the RWC 2003, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 2003 336 pages Ref: bkhien.in-malin2003essential -  £15.00

 

CarlingsEngland.jpg (64656 bytes) "Carlings England" by Barry Newcombe
History of English Rugby since the war with particular emphasis on Will Carling's reign as captain, a second-hand hardback in good condition with dust wrapper
1st Edition 1991 249 pages Ref: bkhien.in-newcombe1991carling - £15.00

 

01.jpg (41614 bytes) "The History of The Rugby Football Union" by OL Owen
Official history of the RFU, an in depth history with chapters on the origins of rugby and overseas tourists. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper. There are some tears to the top edge of the dust wrapper.
1st Edition: 1955 Pages: 368 Ref: bkhien.in-owen1955rfu-ycwiduwp - £29.00

 

01.jpg (41614 bytes) "The History of The Rugby Football Union" by OL Owen
Official history of the RFU, an in depth history with chapters on the origins of rugby and overseas tourists. A second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1955 Pages: 368 Ref: bkhien.in-owen1955rfu-ycnnduwp - £19.00

 

04.jpg (53233 bytes) "The Men In White"  by Wallace Reyburn
History of rugby in England from the origins of the game to the 1970s, includes chapters about England on tour and tourists in England, with a nice chapter on English greats, Wakefield, Poulton-Palmer, Stoop, Jackson, Jeeps, Sharp, Hiller etc, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1975 Pages: 150 Ref: bkhien.in-reyburn1975men - £9.00

 

05.jpg (40499 bytes) TWICKENHAM - "Twickenham" by Wallace Reyburn 
History of HQ from 1909 to1976 - Billy Williams' cabbage patch as it was once known has seen some fantastic victories for England, the first match was against Wales in 1910 and England defeated Wales for the first time in 12 years, Reyburn completes the history with a look at other Twickenham events, a must have publication for the England fan, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 1976 Pages: 176 Ref: bkhien.in-reyburn1976twickhm -  £20.00

 

60.jpg (621737 bytes) ENGLAND - "125 Years of the RFU" - Rugby Journal Special Commemorative Issue
Winter issue 1996, No 7 of the magazine Rugby Journal, 154 pages devoted to English rugby and related topics, published in 1996. A secondhand magazine style booklet in very good condition
published in 1996 154 pages Ref: bkhien.in.mgbr.rr-journal.1996-nu7.bl - £8.00

 

42.jpg (30343 bytes) "The Who, When & Where of English International Rugby since 1947"
compiled by Don Stansfield
A comprehensive statistical England history since the war, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1997 Pages: 224 Ref: LB-bkhien.in-stansfield1997who-pb  -  £25.00

 

02.jpg (60216 bytes) "The Centenary History Of The Rugby Football Union" by UA Titley
Great history including biographies of players and officials, the official centenary history of the game in England. Includes excellent chapters on the origin of game at Rugby School, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1970 Pages: 312 Ref: bkhien.in-titley1970centenary - £30.00

 

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"The Centenary History Of The Rugby Football Union" by UA Titley

Great history including biographies of players and officials, the official centenary history of the game in England. Includes excellent chapters on the origin of game at Rugby School, a second-hand hardback with d/w in good condition

This book is signed by the IRB and RFU historian Eric Watts-Moses,  

1st Edition: 1970 Pages: 312 Ref: bkhien.in-titley1970centenary-au-watts.mses - £30.00

 

59.jpg (441944 bytes) ENGLAND "The Official Rugby Football Union History"  published by Virgin Books
An updated version of Jason Woolgar's 1999 RFU history to include the 2003 Rugby World Cup victory. A comprehensive history of rugby in England from the origins of the game to RWC success. Includes excellent player biographies of the leading internationals and a good statistical section. A well illustrated large format publication. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition
This edition: 2004 224 pages Ref: LA-bkhien.in-virgin2004-ofhi-rfu-ed2 -  £29.00

 

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"Holborn To Mayfair - Volume 2"  by Eric Watts Moses

A private printing by the RFU of the committee meeting minutes 1959-1970 - an inside note reads "Published by the Rugby Football Union for the strictly private use of members of the RFU Committee only". There are 57 members of the RFU committe so we are assuming that the printing of this book may be limited to as little as 100 copies. An extremely rare book that can only originate from an official source within the RFU. We believe it was published without a dust wrapper. There is some splitting to the top of the spine, apart from this the book is in good condition. 

1st Edition: 1971 325 pages Ref: bkhien.in-watts.moses1971holborn2 £245.00

 

00.jpg (33343 bytes) "Winning - The Story of England's Rise to Rugby World Cup Glory"
by Clive Woodward 
Clive's reign at the top, how he moulded of the England team that won the RWC in 2003
1st Edition 2004 464 pages Ref: TL7-bkhien.in-woodward2004winning - £14.00

 

00.jpg (33343 bytes) "Winning - The Story of England's Rise to Rugby World Cup Glory"
by Clive Woodward 
Clive's reign at the top, how he moulded of the England team that won the RWC in 2003 - SIGNED BY CLIVE WOODWARD
1st Edition 2004 464 pages Ref: TL5-bkhien.in-woodward2004winning-au - £16.00

 

82.jpg (35213 bytes) "The Official RFU History"  by Jason Woolgar
A comprehensive history of rugby in England from the origins of the game to the dawn of the new millennium. Includes excellent player biographies of the leading internationals and a good statistical section. Well illustrated. a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1999 224 pages Ref: TL7-bkhien.in-woolgar1999rfu -  £19.00

 

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ENGLAND - COUNTY, REGIONAL, SERVICES & UNIVERSITIES

    

69.jpg (320041 bytes) BRISTOL SCHOOLS RUGBY UNION - "Centenary Booklet" edited by Eric Blackman
An illustrated history of the Bristol Schools Rugby Union, a second-hand paperback in good condition

Published in 1997

52 pages Ref: bkhien.eg-bristol-sh1997-blackman-bl - £22.00

 

07.jpg (36866 bytes) CORNWALL - "The First Hundred Years" by Tom Salmon
Official centenary history including individual club histories of the senior clubs, Camborne, Falmouth, Hayle, Launceston, Newquay Hornets, Penryn, Penzance-Newlyn (the Pirates), Redruth, St Austell, St Ives & Truro, a secondhand paperback in good condition.
1st Edition: 1983 150 pages Ref: bkhien.ou-cor1983salmon-pb -  £23.00

 

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"The Path to the Final 1991" published by Cornwall RFU

The story of Cornwall's run to the County Championship final at Twickenham in 1991, a pre-match publication including info on all Cornwall's previous finals, a secondhand booklet in good condition.

published in 1991

40 pages

Ref: bkhien.ou-cor1991path-bl - £10.00

 

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"Tales of Twickenham" written and researched by Jerry Clarke & Terry Harry

The story of Cornwall's County Championship win at Twickenham in 1991, an entertaining read, a secondhand paperback in good condition.

1st Edition: 1991

approx 150 pages

Ref: bkhien.ou-cor1991clarke-pb - £15.00

 

48.jpg (62039 bytes) CORNWALL - "Cornwall Rugby Champions" by Colin Gregory
1991 County Champions - The tale of Cornwall's first county championship victory since 1908, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1991 Pages: 103 Ref: LA-bkhien.ou-cor1991gregory-pb - £15.00

 

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CORNWALL - "Sportsmen of Cornwall" by Michael George

15 Cornish sportsmen profiled including rugby players Bert Solomon, Richard Sharp, John Kendall-Carpenter, Keith Scott, Vic Roberts  & Stack Stevens. A secondhand paperback in good condition

published in 1986 96 pages Ref: MC236-bkhien.ou-cor1986george-pb - £15.00

 

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"1876-1936 by C Berkley Cowell & Eric Watts Moses

Outstanding history, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper  
1st Edition: 1936 244 pages Ref: bkhien.ou-dur1936cowell - £90.00

 

09.jpg (26201 bytes) EASTERN COUNTIES - "The Growth of a Sporting Venture" by OL Owen
Comprehensive history of Eastern Counties of England, made up of Suffolk, Essex & Norfolk, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1952 Pages: 110 Ref: bkhien.ou.eaou1952-owen - £30.00

 

80.jpg (21626 bytes) GLOUCESTERSHIRE - "Centenary Year Book" by Horace Hutt
A very rare centenary history of the Gloucestershire RFU, includes a history of championship performances, a secondhand hardback with illustrated boards
1st Edition: 1978 74 pages Ref: TL7-bkhien.ou-glo1978hutt - £45.00

 

71.jpg (17548 bytes) GLOUCESTERSHIRE - "Try and Run - In Search of Rugby " by Nico Craven
A review of the Mallaby report and Gloucestershire's 1973-74 County Championship winning campaign. A secondhand booklet that looks to be signed on the inside cover.
published in 1975 20 pages Ref: bkhien.ou-glo1975craven-bl -  £15.00

 

05.jpg (294697 bytes) HAMPSHIRE - "County History & Centenary Year Programme" edited by Peter Reid & Robert Jeavons-Fellows
An 88 page centenary history 1883-1983 that double as a programme for the centenary match against the Public School Wanderers, teams not printed. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1983 88 pages bkhien.ou-ham1983reid-bl - £20.00

 

02.jpg (31760 bytes) KENT - "A History of Kent Rugby Football" by JP Jordan
A nicely illustrated history of the Kent RFU including a chapter on Kent club histories. A secondhand hardback without a dust wrapper.
published in 1949 128 pages Ref: bkhien.ou-ken1949jordan -  £49.00

 

midland.jpg (31455 bytes) MIDLANDS - "Midland Rugby Football" by Gerald Holmes
History of clubs & services rugby in the Midlands area, Rugby, Aston Old Edwardians, Birmingham, Burton on Trent, Camp Hill Old Edwardians, Coventry, Five Ways Old Edwardians, Handsworth, Moseley, Old Edwardians, Wolverhampton, Worcester. The first chapters are memories of the author's time watching rugby in the area, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition   
1st Edition: 1950 Pages: 121 Ref: bkhien.pv.ml1950-holmes - £25.00

 

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MIDLANDS - "Midland Rugby Football" by Gerald Holmes

History of clubs & services rugby in the Midlands area, Rugby, Aston Old Edwardians, Birmingham, Burton on Trent, Camp Hill Old Edwardians, Coventry, Five Ways Old Edwardians, Handsworth, Moseley, Old Edwardians, Wolverhampton, Worcester. The first chapters are memories of the author's time watching rugby in the area. A second-hand hardback with d/w in good condition, 

A presentation copy signed by the author to England international HLV Day   

1st Edition: 1950 Pages: 121 Ref: bkhien.pv.ml1950-holmes-aupn-day - £35.00

 

44.jpg (296407 bytes) NORTH MIDLANDS - "North Midlands Rugby 1920 - 1970" by Barry Bowker
A jubillee history of the North Midlands Football Union, well written history, a second-hand paperback in good condition.  
published in 1970 121 pages Ref: bkhien.pv.noml-1970bowker-bl - £25.00

 

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ROYAL AIR FORCE - "The History of Royal Air Force Rugby 1919 - 1999" by John Mace
A comprehensive and well researched and illustrated history. Only 1000 copies of this book were published and none were sold via the bookshops, this is a very scarce history of the Royal Air Force, a second-hand hardback with illustrated boards (not published with a dust wrapper) in very good condition.

1st Edition: 2000

Pages: 356 Ref: bkhien.svra2000-mace-raf - £25.00

 

77.jpg (51280 bytes) SURREY - "Surrey Rugby - 100 Years" by John Reed
limited edition of 1250, a well narrated history, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition:1978 160 pages Ref: bkhien.ou-sur1978reed - £12.00

 

54.jpg (40119 bytes) YORKSHIRE - "Centenary 1869-1969" 
Nicely written and well illustrated history of the Yorkshire Union, a second-hand brochure in good condition
published in 1969 40 pages Ref: bkhien.ou-yor1969centenary-bl* -  £25.00

 

ENGLAND - CLUB

MULTIPLE CLUB HISTORIES

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"English Rugby Clubs" by Chris Harte 

A look at 85 of England's rugby grounds. The author gives a descriptive analysis of their history, accessability, atmosphere etc, a pleasant read and a must have book for the connoisseur of English rugby, a second-hand paperback in good condition, as new

Published in 2004

272 pages Ref: bkhien.cbmu2004-harte-pb** - £10.00

 

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"LONDON'S OLDEST RUGBY CLUBS "  by Dick Tyson

This is a great book about all of those London-based Rugby football clubs that are over 100 years old - whether or not they are still with us. Superbly illustrated.

a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition: 2008 Pages: ??? Ref: bkhien.cbmu-lon2008tyson -  £30.00

CLUBS INCLUDED.............. BANK OF ENGLAND RFC, BART'S AND THE LONDON HOSPITALS RFC, BECKENHAM RFC, BLACKHEATH FC, BROMLEY RFC, BRUNEL UNIVERSITY/WEST LONDON INSTITUTE RFC, CHARLTON PARK RFC, CIVIL SERVICE FC, EALING FC, GUY'S, KING'S AND ST. THOMAS' HOSPITALS RFC, HARLEQUINS FC, HARROW RFC, HSBC RFC, ILFORD WANDERERS RFC, IMPERIAL MEDICALS RFC, KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL RFC, KING'S COLLEGE SCHOOL OLD BOYS RFC, LONDON IRISH RFC, LONDON SCOTTISH FC, LONDON SOCIETY OF RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION REFEREES, LONDON WELSH RFC, OLD ALLEYNIANS RFC, OLD BLUES RFC, OLD DUNSTONIANS RFC, OLD HAILEYBURIANS RFC, OLD LEYSIANS FC, OLD MERCHANT TAYLORS' RFC, OLD MILLHILLIANS RFC, OLD PAULINES FC, OLD WHITGIFTIAN RFC, PARK HOUSE FC, QUINTIN RFC, RAVENS RFC, RICHMOND FC, ROSSLYN PARK RFC, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND RFC, ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY RFC, ROYAL SCHOOL OF MINES RFC, SAINT GEORGE'S HOSPITAL RFC, SARACENS RFC, SIDCUP RFC, STREATHAM-CROYDON RFC, SUTTON AND EPSOM RFC, TWICKENHAM FC, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE SCHOOL OLD BOYS RFC, UPPER CLAPTON FC, WANSTEAD RFC, WASPS FC, WESTCOMBE PARK RFC, WIMBLEDON RFC

SINGLE CLUB HISTORIES

52.jpg (299598 bytes) ASTON OLD EDWARDIANS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB - "75th Anniversary 1889-1964"
A ring bound history of a Midlands Old Boys club. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1964 54 pages bkhien.cb-aston.oe1964-bl - £30.00

 

71.jpg (243868 bytes) ASTON OLD EDWARDIANS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB - "1889-1989 - A History" by Brian Roberts
A ring bound history of a Midlands Old Boys club. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1989 86 pages bkhien.cb-aston.oe1989-bl - £25.00

 

95.jpg (390984 bytes) AVONVALE RFC - "100 Years of Village Rugby" by George Atchison 
A centenary history of a Bath based club. a secondhand hardback book with a dust wrapper in very good condition. 
1st Edition 1983 142 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-avonvale1983atchison - £29.00

 

11.jpg (303329 bytes) AYLESBURY RFC - "Golden Jubilee 1931-1981"
A 24 page history of Buckinghamshire club, a secondhand booklet in good condition.

Published in 1981

24 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-aylesbury1981golden-bl - £24.00

 

02.jpg (530549 bytes) BATH FC - "Before the Lemons" by Kevin Couhlan, Peter Hall & Colin Gale
A history of Bath Football Club 1865-1965, a very good history of this Somerset giant. A second hand paperback book in very good condition. 
published in 2003 200 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-bat2003coughlan-pb - £25.00

 

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BATH - "Ace of Clubs" by Brian Jones

Modern history of Bath, a couple of pages covering the early days of the club but the vast majority of this publication deals with the glory years 1983 - 1983. A secondhand large format hardback in good condition

Published in 1993

Pages: 229 Ref: LA-bkhien.cb-bat1993jones -  £18.00

 

54.jpg (44995 bytes) BATH PUBLIC SCHOOLS RUGBY & CRICKET CLUBS

"1939 - 1941" compiled by Malcolm Spark

A short lived wartime schoolboy club, interesting reading, a second-hand A4 size booklet in good condition

Published in 1993

40 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-bat.pub-sh1993spark-bl -  £12.00

 

01.jpg (402062 bytes) BEDFORD - "Winners of the RFU Club Competition 1974/75"
A 32 page booklet published to celebrate Bedord's win at Twickenham on 26th April 1975. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1975 32 pages bkhiencb-bed1975-cuwn-bl - £12.00

 

29.jpg (314074 bytes) BEDFORD - "One Hundred Years of the Blues - Bedford RUFC 1886-1986" edited by Neil Roy
The Bedfordshire Times centenary history of Bedford R.U.F.C. A comprehensive illustrated history. A second hand hardback book with a dust wrapper in good condition.
1st edition 1986 270 pages bkhiencb-bed1986roy - £35.00

 

70.jpg (445370 bytes) BIRMINGHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB  - "Commemorative Brochure (75th Anniversary) 11 September 1968
A secondhand booklet in good condition (noted faults: corner folds to the right hand booklet edge
published in 1968 40 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-birmingham-bl - £24.00

 

16.jpg (279280 bytes) BISHOPSTON R.F.C. - "The First One Hundred 1894-1994"
Pocket sized club history of a Bristol club side. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1994 76 pages bkhien.cb-bishopston1994-bl - £18.00

 

11.jpg (31831 bytes) BRISTOL - "75th Anniversary 1888 - 1963" 
pocket sized history, including a list of every player who had played for Bristol up until 1963, with number of appearances, a second-hand booklet with some creasing to the front cover 
1st Edition: 1963 Pages: 60 Ref: bkhien.cb-brs1963-bl* - £19.00

 

65.jpg (92254 bytes) "Bristol Football Club (RFU) 1888 - 1945" complied by Mark Hoskins & Dave Fox 
Well illustrated history, a second-hand paperback in very good condition, signed by Hoskins & Fox
published in 2000 128 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-brs2000hoskins1888-pb - £14.50

 

64.jpg (104735 bytes) "Bristol Football Club (RFU) 1945 - 2001" complied by Mark Hoskins & Dave Fox 
Well illustrated history, a second-hand paperback in very good condition.
published in 2001 128 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-brs2001hoskins1945-pbau2 - £14.50

 

62.jpg (99770 bytes) "Bristol Football Club (RFU) Classic Matches" complied by Mark Hoskins 
Well illustrated series of Bristol classic matches, opposing teams include Llanelli, Pontypool, Cardiff, Newport, Northampton, Coventry, Gloucester, Exeter & Bath, a second-hand paperback in very good condition, signed by Hoskins
published in 2008 128 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-brs2008hoskins.classic-pbau - £14.50

 

14.jpg (274495 bytes) BRISTOL REFEREES SOCIETY- "1893-1993" by
A 40 page booklet published for the centenary dinner of the society at the Grand Hotel, Bristol on 29 October 1993. Includes several historical articles charting the history of Bristol referees. An A4 size  second hand booklet in very good condition.
published in 1993 40 pages bkhien.cb-brs-rfsf1993-bl - £12.00

 

13.jpg (865788 bytes) CAINSCROSS R.F.C. - "The Ragged & Dangerous" by Norman Hall & Bill Tocknell
Illustrated centenary (1894 - 1994 ) history of an English club side based in Stroud. A second hand booklet in very good condition.
published in 1994 approx 60 pages bkhien.cb-cainscross1994-bl - £20.00

 

69.jpg (449124 bytes) CAMP HILL RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB - "Centenary 1893-1993" by K P Birrell
Formerly Camp Hill Old Edwardians, this club history incorporates an earlier work by BM Bowker. A secondhand paperback book in very good condition
published in 1993 196 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-camp.hill1993birrell-pb - £24.00

 

93.jpg (316311 bytes) CANTABRIGIAN RUFC - "Choicer Cantabrigian Tales" by RC Griggs & PB Harvey
50th Anniversary history. A second hand paperback book in very good condition 
published in 1996 172 pages bkhien.cb-cantabrigian1996griggs-pb - £16.00

 

12.jpg (410375 bytes) CASTLE CARY RUGBY CLUB CENTENARY BOOKLET 1888-1988
A well illustarted centenary history of a Somerset club side. An A4 size  second hand booklet in very good condition.
published in 1988 50 pages bkhien.cb-castle.cary1988-bl - £20.00

 

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CHELTENHAM RFC - "1889-1989" by J Woodward

Centenary history of Gloucestershire based club. A secondhand paperback in very good condition

Published in 1989

102 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-cheltenham1989woodward-pbbl£17.00

 

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CLIFTON RFC - "History of the Clifton Rugby Football Club" - by Frank C Hawkins
Limited Edition (No 88 of 200) history of Somerset side. published in 1909 by Bristol Times & Mirror Ltd. A very rare publication. It is very unlikely that a dust wrapper was issued with this book, a Second hardback with illustrated boards, no dust wrapper, some light wear to the covers, medium foxing throughout

Published in 1909

Pages: 200 Ref: bkhien.cb-clifton1909hawkins - £650.00

 

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CLIFTON RFC - "Fifty Years with the Clifton Rugby Football Club" - by Frank C Hawkins and E Seymour Bell
Fabulous history of Somerset club, a second-hand hardback with illustrated boards in good condition, no dust wrapper
Published in 1922 Pages: 172 Ref: bkhien.cb-clifton1922hawkins - £160.00

 

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CLIFTON RFC - "One Hundred Years with the Clifton Rugby Football Club" - edited by Horrace Hutt
Centenary history of this well chronicled club. Limited edition (total number published unknown), a second hardback with illustrated boards, no dust wrapper 

 Published in 1972

116 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-clifton1972hutt - £35.00

 

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COLFE SCHOOL - "The Jubilee History" by VS Anthony (Headmaster)  

A brief but compact (no adverts) well illustrated history of an English schools side, A second hand booklet in good condition

Published in 1980

20 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-colfe-sh1980anthony-bl -  £20.00

 

83.jpg (218165 bytes) CREDITON RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB CENTENARY - "1878-1978" 
A nicely illustrated centenary history of an English club.  A second hand booklet with some light surface damage to the front cover, generally in good condition. 
published in 1978 74 pages bkhien.cb-crediton1978-bl - £24.00

 

11.jpg (425615 bytes) CULLOMPTON R.F.C. - "One Hundred Years of Rugby Football"
An illustraated centenary history of a Devon club side. An A4 size  second hand booklet in good condition 
published in 1991 32 pages bkhien.cb-cullompton1991-bl - £20.00

 

81.jpg (15088 bytes) "DENSTONE RFC" - by JA ADAMSON
A secondhand hardback without dust wrapper, illustrated boards
1st Edition: 1947 Pages: 121 Ref: TL7-bkhien.cb-denstone1947adamson -  £50.00

 

EASTBOURNE COLLEGE RUGBY FOOTBALL 1900-1910 by Edward Carleton Arnold

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A delightful well illustrated history of the first 10 years of rugby at the College. The history is broken down into years with a result list followed by a lengthy commentary by Edward Carleton Arnold, the master in charge. Team photos abound accompanied by several action photos of college matches, unusual for a publication of this age. This book was the personal copy of Arnold's star pupil GV Carey (see illustration far right from Arnold's 1914 book "Hints on Rugby Football"), captain of the college in 1904 who played for the Harlequins and went on to Cambridge to gain a Blue in 1907 & 1908, he also represented Surrey. He has signed the book to the front end flypaper, his photo appears opposite the title page, a second-hand card covers, some discolouration to covers otherwise the book is in excellent condition
1st Edition: 1910 Pages: 61 Ref: bkhien.cb-eastbourne.coll.1910arnold -  £450.00

 

91.jpg (671209 bytes) EAST GRINSTEAD - "Souvenir Brochure"
Souvenir brochure for the opening of the new clubhouse at East Grinstead. Includes a short club history. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1997 32 pages bkhien.cb.ea-grinstead1997-bl - £7.00

 

79.jpg (14413 bytes) FYLDE - "Fylde Rugby Union Football Club - Jubilee 1919 - 1969"
Illustrated history of Lancashire club, a secondhand booklet with a thin band of discolouration to the top edge of the booklet

Published in 1969

22 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-fylde1969-bl -  £25.00

 

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GLOUCESTER RFC - "KINGSHOLM 1891-1991"

100 years of Gloucester's Rugby Ground with historical articles, well illustrated, a second-hand brochure in excellent condition

Published in 1991

Pages: 32 Ref: bkhien.cb-glo1991kingsholm-bl - £8.00

 

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"GLOUCESTER RFC from Pilkington to Powergen" by Ian Randall

Modern day Gloucester in the cup as told by BBC Radio Gloucestershire's reporter Ian Randall, well illustrated, a second-hand paperback in very good condition.

Published in 2003

192 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-glo2003randall-pb -  £14.00

 

49.jpg (78295 bytes) HARLEQUINS - "The Harlequins - 125 Years of Rugby Football" by Philip Warner 
125th anniversary of this Twickenham based club, a second-hand hardback book in very good condition

Published in 1991

253 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-haq1991warner - £29.00

 

62.jpg (685898 bytes) HEADINGLEY (Ground) (Leeds, England) -  "The Headingley Story Volume 4, Rugby Cavalcade 1920-1982" by Ken Dalby
Mostly about Leeds Rugby League Football Club. A secondhand booklet in good condition.

Published in 1982

116 pages Ref: bkhiencb-headingley-grvo4-bl -  £25.00

 

49.jpg (715302 bytes) HINCKLEY RFC - "100 Years of Local Rugby" compiled by A Gildroy
An illustrated centenary history 1893 - 1993 of a Leicestershire club side. A second hand hardback book with illustrated boards in very good condition 
1st edition 1983 208 pages bkhien.cb-hinckley1993gildroy - £25.00

 

87.jpg (494388 bytes) HITCHIN RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB - "1954 - 2004, A Fifty Year History" compiled by Brian Chapman
A well illustrated English club history. A second hand paperback book in very good condition 
published in 2004 127 pages bkhien.cb-hitchin2004chapman-pbbl - £20.00

 

93.jpg (287166 bytes) JERSEY RFC - "The Story of Rugby in Jersey" by Gordon Young with Keith Goddard 
A history of a Channel Islands club. a secondhand hardback book with illustrated boards in very good condition. SIGNED BY GORDON YOUNG
1st edition circa 1992 128 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-jersey1992young-au - £29.00

 

48.jpg (521632 bytes) "KENILWORTH RFC JUBILEE 1924-1974" by J D Davies
An illustrated history of an English club side. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1974 84 pages bkhien.cb-kenilworth1974-bl - £30.00

 

06.jpg (156963 bytes) KEYNSHAM R.F.C. - "The First 50 Years 1923-1973" compiled by David Whittington
History of a Bristol based club side. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1973 24 pages bkhien.cb-keynsham1973-bl - £19.00

 

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LEAMINGTON RUFC - "1926-1976" by BC Harrison CBE

Nice history of a Midlands club side complimented with many photos. A secondhand booklet in good condition
Published in 1976 84 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-leamington1976-bl - £26.00

 

12.jpg (39637 bytes) LEICESTER - "Leicester Tigers - A History of the Leicester Football Club" by Brian Thompson
An illustrated history of the Tigers. A secondhand booklet in very good condition.

Published in 1947

52 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-lei1947thompson-bl - £39.00

 

16.jpg (40973 bytes) LEICESTER - "Centenary history by David Hands"
Fantastic history of this top English club, superbly illustrated with photos of Tigers teams and players through the ages. A great statistical section gives season by season breakdown of results, a second-hand hardback in good condition

Published in 1980

230 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-lei1980hands -  £30.00

 

78.jpg (187115 bytes) LEICESTER - "The Tigers Tale" by Stuart Farmer & David Hands"
Amazing history of this top English club, incredibly well detailed and superbly illustrated with photos of Tigers teams and players through the ages. A great statistical section gives season by season breakdown of results and the book also includes a who's who of Leicester tigers over the years, a second-hand large format hardback with a tape repair to a large tear on the dust wrapper otherwise the book is in very good condition
Published in 1993 416 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-lei1993farmer -  £50.00

 

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LIVERPOOL RFC - "Red Black & Blue - 1st 125 years" by JRA Daglish

Comprehensive history of Merseyside club, a secondhand booklet in good condition

Published in 1982

40 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-liv1982daglish-bl* - £24.00

 

76.jpg (48977 bytes) LONDON IRISH - "Passion In Exile" by Peter Bills
History of the men from the Emerald Isle in London, a good read, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1998 207 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-loi1998bills - £20.00

 

88.jpg (536103 bytes) LONDON WELSH - "Dragon In Exile" By P Beken & Stephen Jones
Centenary history of London Welsh. A secondhand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition.
1st Edition: 1985 318 pages Ref: bkhiwa.cb-low1985beken-xb - £20.00

 

46.jpg (221087 bytes) MARKET RASEN and LOUTH RUFC - "Twenty-five years of..." by George Geeson and others
An illustrated English club history. A second hand booklet with a slight folding crease, generally in good condition 
published in 1975 20 pages bkhien.cb-mkt.rasen1975twenty-bl - £24.00

    

03.jpg (363430 bytes) MIDSOMER NORTON R.F.C. - "Golden Jubilee 1936-1986" by
Illustrated history of Somerset club side. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1986 42 pages bkhien.cb-midsomer1986-bl - £20.00

 

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MOSELEY - " The Centenary of Moseley Football Club 1873-1973"

Midlands club history, a second-hand booklet in very good condition.

Published in 1973

80 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-moseley1973-bl* -  £24.00

 

27.jpg (177157 bytes) MOSELEY FOOTBALL CLUB - "An Abbreviated History 1873-74 to 1998-99" by
125th anniversary publication, A5 size, A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1998 24 pages bkhiencb-mos1998-aa125-bl - £12.00

 

48.jpg (223323 bytes) NEWARK RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB 1919 - 1969
A 16 page 50th anniversary history of this Nottinghamshire based club side. A secondhand booklet with light wear to the front cover. 
published in 1969 16 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-newark1969-bl - £24.00

 

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NEWARK RFC - "Newark Rugby Across Three Centuries" 

Illustrated history of Nottinghamshire club, a second-hand A4 size booklet in good condition

Published in 2001

34 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-newark2001-bl -  £19.00

 

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NORTHAMPTON  - "The Saints History" by the Scouts

The 'Scout' is the rugby correspondent of the local Chronicle & Echo, articles by former 'Scouts' including Michael Green & Barry Newcombe, a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1980

24 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-nor1980scouts-bl - £15.00

 

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NORTHAMPTON  - "Centenary 1880 - 1980"

History of the Northampton Saints club contained in a booklet produced for the centenary dinner, a second-hand booklet in good condition

Published in 1980

52 pages Ref: bkhiencb-nor1980-cndmbl - £16.00

 

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Bristol club side illustrated history. A second hand booklet in very good condition.
published in 1983 56 pages bkhien.cb.no-bristol1983-bl - £16.00

 

01.jpg (386062 bytes) NORTH PETHERTON R.F.C - "Centenary Season 1993"
An illustrated history of a Somerset club side. A second hand A4 size booklet in very good condition.
published in 1993 40 pages bkhien.cb.no-petherton1993-bl - £18.00

 

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OLD ALLEYNIANS - "OLD ALLEYNIAN RFC 1898 - 1948" 
nicely bound old boys history, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper, illustrated boards 
1st Edition: 1948 182 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-old.alleynian1948** - £45.00

 

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OLD DUNSTONIAN RFC - "History of the Old Dunstonian RFC 1903 - 1953" by HDS Blyth

Jubilee history of Kent old boys side, Secondhand hardback with illustrated boards, small stain to front cover 
1st Edition: 1952 Pages: 92 Ref: bkhien.cb-old.dunstonian1952blyth - £65.00

 

24.jpg (354765 bytes) OLD MERCHANT TAYLORS' RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB "CENTENARY SEASON 1882-1982"
Centenary season souvenir programme. A centenary history of this London club with chapters by various authors including Jeremy Birch and Gavin Brown, a second-hand booklet in good condition
published in 1982 40 pages Ref:  bkhien.cb-omt1982-srpr.bl - £10.00

 

61.jpg (47827 bytes) "OLD WHITGIFTIAN RFC - "1901 – 1951" by Ian S Hubbard 
Illustrated history of 'Old Boys' club, a second hand paperback in very good condition
published in 1951 70 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-old.whitgifts1951hubbard-pb - £39.50

 

72.jpg (172343 bytes) OLD YARDLEIANS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB - "Golden Jubilee 1927-1977"
English club history. A second hand A4 size booklet in very good condition 
published in 1977 16 pages bkhien.cb-old.yardleians1977-bl - £15.00

 

03.jpg (519722 bytes) OLD YARDLEINANS RFC - "75th Anniversary 1927-2002"
75th Anniversary booklet 1927-2002 of a Midlands club, a well illustrated and comprehensive history. A secondhand booklet in very good condition.
published in 2002 56 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-old.yardleinans2002-bl - £20.00

 

48.jpg (65191 bytes) ORRELL RUFC - "Golden Jubilee - 1927 - 1977"
A well illustrated history of this Lancashire side, a second-hand booklet in very good condition
published in 1977 84 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-orrell1977-bl - £24.00

 

81.jpg (534505 bytes) OTLEY RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL CLUB - "Golden Jubilee 1907-1957" by
Sub titled "Fifty Years in Black and White. A rare illustrated history of the Otley club. A second hand booklet with some light wear to the covers, overall in good condition 
published in 1957 64 pages bkhien.cb-otley1957-bl - £45.00

 

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PARK HOUSE FC - RUGBY UNION "Centenary 1883 - 1983" by BJ Harding & Others

A well illustrated history of an English club side. A second hand booklet in very good condition

Published in 1983

60 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-park.hse1983-bl -  £19.00

 

00y.jpg (241958 bytes) PLYMOUTH ARGAUM R.F.C. - "A History 1887 to 1987" by D.I. Dobell
An illustrated centenary history of an English club side. A second hand A4 size ring bound booklet in very good condition 
published in1987 74 pages bkhien.cb-plymouth.argaum1987dobell-bl - £20.00

 

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PORTSMOUTH RFC - "From 1886 to 1986"

A well illustrated centenary history of English club side, A second hand booklet in good condition

Published in 1986

64 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-portstmouth1986-bl -  £24.00

 

01.jpg (439098 bytes) QUEEN ELIZABETH GRAMMAR SCHOOL, WAKEFIELD - "A History of School Rugby 1874-1987"
A superb history of a Yorkshire school side. A secondhand booklet in very good condition
published in 1987 116 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-qegs.wakefield-sh1987bl - £35.00

 

19.jpg (33070 bytes) RICHMOND - "Richmond Football Club 1925 to 1961" by TS Rider & WCO Munks
Season by season analysis of Richmond rugby up until the centenary in 1961, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper, illustrated boards  
1st Edition: 1961 Pages: 172 Ref: bkhien.cb-ric1961rider - £50.00

 

20-b.jpg (52849 bytes)  ROSSLYN PARK - "50 Years of Rosslyn Park" by CC Hoyer-Miller
A marvellous early history of this London club, well illustrated with team photos throughout, the history is broken up into 5 year bands. Hoyer-Miller was the first secretary of the club, the period covered is 1879 - 1929, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper 
1st Edition: 1929 284 pages Ref:  bkhien.cb-ros1929hoyer* -  £50.00

 

39.jpg (174774 bytes) ROSSLYN PARK - "One hundred years of Rugby Football.
A history of Rosslyn Park Football Club 1879 - 1979" 
Centenary history of leading English club side, a secondhand booklet in good condition.

Published in 1979

80 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-ros1979-bl - £19.00

 

08.jpg (29535 bytes) RUGBY RFC - "Rugby Football Club Centenary 1872-3  1972-3" 
history of the Rugby Football Club in it's centenary year with some general historical info thrown in, a second-hand booklet in excellent condition

Published in 1972

Pages: 59 Ref:  bkhien.cb-rr1972-bl -  £32.00

 

71.jpg (32612 bytes) SARACENS - "Saracens Football Club 1876 - 1976" compiled by Haydn Perry
Well illustrated history of London side, a secondhand booklet in good condition 
Published in 1976 64 pages Ref:  bkhien.cb-sar1976-bl -£40.00

 

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SARACENS - "The Red and the Black" by Aylwin & Singer

The professional era at London giants Saracens. A secondhand hardback book with a dust wrapper, very good condition. 
1st Edition: 1999 192 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-sar1999aylwin - £20.00

 

00.jpg (331734 bytes) SEVENOAKS SCHOOL RFC - "From Water into Wine....." by Mike Williams
Sub-titled 'A Short History' this book is anything but short, A4 large format size although there are several adverts included in the narrative it is a comprehensive history with many contributors. A secondhand large format paperback book in very good condition
published in 1986 202 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-sevenoaks-sh1986pb - £35.00

 

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SIDCUP RFC - "A Centenary History" by Water Bennett

A comprehensive well illustrated centenary history of an English club side, A second hand paperback in good condition

Published in 1983

106 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-sidcup1983bennett-pb -  £29.00

 

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SIDMOUTH - "Centenary Season 1983-84"

A souvenir handbook including a history of the club. A well illustrated centenary history of English club side, A second hand booklet with some light rubbing to the covers but generally in good condition

Published in 1983

36 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-sidmth1983-bl -  £15.00

 

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SLEAFORD RFC - "Ten Years On - Sleaford Rugby Football Club 1978 - 1988" 

History of Lincolnshire club side, a second-hand booklet in very good condition
Published in 1988 24 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-sleaford1988-bl -  £9.00

 

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ST IVES RFC - "Alright In The End" by Peter Murrish

Centenary history of Cornish club 1887 - 1987, a second-hand brochure in good condition
1st Edition: 1987 88 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-st.ives1987-bl -  £24.00

 

00x.jpg (731253 bytes) ST JUST (CORNWALL) R.F.C. - "Silver Jubilee 1967-1992"
An illustrated history of a Cornish club side. An A5 second hand booklet with internal pen marks and notes. 
published in 1992 32 pages bkhien.cb-st.just1992-bl - £10.00

 

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"To Ashbrooke and Beyond" prepared by Eric Watts Moses 

The author Watts-Moses was one of the great historians, this is a comprehensive history of this North of England club that includes many statistics and illustrations, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper 
1st Edition: 1963 204 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-sunderland1963moses - £30.00

 

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TAUNTON RFC - "100 Years of Taunton Rugby 1875 - 1975"

A compact well illustrated centenary history of a Somerset county English club side, A second hand booklet in good condition

Published in 1975

68 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-taunton1975-bl -  £35.00

 

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TORQUAY RFC - "1875 to 1975"

A compact well illustrated centenary history of a Devon county English club side, A second hand booklet in good condition

Published in 1975

84 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-torquay1975-bl -  £35.00

 

65.jpg (469226 bytes) TRINITY GUILD RFC - "Centenary 1899-1999" by NW Rogers & JM Smith
A club history from 1899, a secondhand paperback in very good condition, 
1st Edition: 1999 56 pages

Ref: bkhien.cb-trinity.gld1999rogers-pb - £17.00

 

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TWICKENHAM RFC - "Before the Stadium" by Jim Peters 

Twickenham, the club and surrounding area up to 1910, a second-hand paperback in good condition

Published in 1999

?? pages  Ref: bkhien.cb-twickenham1999peters-pb - £9.00

 

65.jpg (380957 bytes) "U.C.S. OLD BOYS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB CENTENARY SEASON 1992-3"
Illustrated English Old Boys club history. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1992 32 pages bkhien.cb-ucsobrfc1992-bl - £12.00

 

45.jpg (380941 bytes) WALSALL RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB - "50th Anniversary Souvenir Prgramme"
A 6 page history of the Walsall club contained in the programme for the 50th anniversary match on 13 April 1972, JG (Jan) Webster's XV v President's XV. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1972 12 pages bkhien.cb-walsall-pr19720413-bl - £9.00

 

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WASPS - " 1867-1967" 

Excellent history of London club side, well illustrated with many articles on the history of the club, a secondhand brochure in very good condition. 

Published in 1967

70 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-wasps1967-bl**  - £29.00

 

00v.jpg (272581 bytes) "WELLS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB 1876-2001" compiled by Richard Draper
Illustrated history of a Somerset club. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 2001 32 pages bkhien.cb-wells2001draper-bl - £16.00

 

80.jpg (476399 bytes) WESTON-SUPER-MARE  RFC Centenary - 1875 - 1975 by JF Escott 
Well illustrated history, a second-hand booklet with some light fading and a corner fold on the front cover

Published in 1975

80 pages Ref: bkhien.cb-wsm1975-bl -  £12.00

 

46.jpg (82734 bytes) WILMSLOW CENTENARY 1884 - 1984
A well illustrated centenary history of this Cheshire based club side. A secondhand booklet in good condition. 
published in 1984 56 pages PC54-bkhien.cb-wilmslow1984-bl - £24.00

 

00t.jpg (237650 bytes) "The History of Wolverhampton Rugby Union Football Club"
A 75th anniversary publication of a Midlands club. A second hand booklet with rusty staples, overall the  condition is good.
published in 1950 28 pages bkhien.cb-wolverhampton1950-bl - £40.00

 

79.jpg (864178 bytes) WOLVERHAMPTON RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL CLUB - "Centenary 1875-1975"
An illustrated history of the Midlands club, Wolverhampton. A second hand booklet in good condition 
published in 1975 70 pages bkhien.cb-wolverhampton1975-bl - £25.00

 

64.jpg (183164 bytes) WOLVERHAMPTON RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL CLUB - "125th Year Anniversary 1875-2000"
An illustrated history of the Midlands club, Wolverhampton, features mostly from 1975 to 2000. A second hand booklet in good condition. 
published in 2000 96 pages bkhien.cb-wolverhampton2000-bl - £25.00

 

62.jpg (474491 bytes) "A HISTORY OF WORTHING RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB 1920-1995" by Janet Rogers
Very good English club side history. A second hand A4 size paperback in very good condition 
published in 1995 120 pages bkhien.cb-worthing1995rogers-pb - £20.00

 

FRANCE

 

23.jpg (53694 bytes) "La Fabuleuse Histoire du Rugby" by Henri Garcia
A mammoth publication, the definative French rugby history, superb statistical section, well illustrated, text in French, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper, some minor bumping to edges of dust wrapper, lengthy inscription.   
1st Edition: 1961 Pages:  914 Ref: bkhifr-garcia1961fabuleuse - £85.00

 

"L'EQUIPE - XV de FRANCE - La Tournoi a la Une"

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A selection of A4 size reproduction newspaper front pages for historic French victories accompanied by an A4 size book with information on each match. All items are contained in a printed presentation box. 
published in 2006 30 pages Ref: PC33-bkhifr-lequipe2006une-bn - £45.00

 

84.jpg (62211 bytes) "Le Rouge et le Noir"' photographed by Laetitia Ballet 
A photographic celebration of the Toulouse club, black & white photos throughout. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition. 
published in 2003 Pages:  128 Ref: PC20-bkhifr-ballet2003-ph - £19.00

 

88.jpg (115248 bytes) "French Flair" - various contributors
A large format publication, a voyage into the depths of French rugby. A second-hand paperback in very good condition.
published in 2007 Pages: 158 Ref: PC20-bkhifr-various2007flair - £25.00

 

91.jpg (92164 bytes) "100 Ans de Castres Olympique" - text by Karim Benaouda
A large format publication, centenary history of a great French Club. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.
published in 2006 Pages: 144 Ref: PC21-bkhifrcb-benaouda2006castres - £39.00

 

48.jpg (301778 bytes) 50.jpg (502459 bytes) "Le Stade Toulousain 1985-1986-1987" by Marcel Dax & Jacques Pienkowski
Player and staff profiles and caricatures of the 1985-86 Toulouse French championship team, a secondhand hardback book with illustrated boards in very good condition. 
published in 1987 40 pages Ref: LA-bkhifrcb-toulouse1987dax - £35.00

 

26.jpg (40934 bytes) "Le Rugby - Histoire et petites Histoires du Tournoi des Cinq Nations" by Luc Vincent
 We think the title translates at "Rugby History and small histories of the Five nations" - the foreword is by Christian Carrere. This book is signed and inscribed by Carrere & Vincent the author, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1969 ? 181 pages Ref: bkhifr-vincent1969le-rrpb - £20.00

 

IRELAND

32.jpg (38655 bytes) "The Men in Green" by Sean Diffley
Comprehensive history of Irish rugby. An excellent narrative coupled with statistical informaation make this book a must have for the Irish Rugby fan, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition.
1st Edition: 1973 Pages: 156 Ref : bkhiir-diffley.1973 - £25.00

 

33.jpg (45964 bytes) "One Hundred Years of Irish Rugby" by Edmund van Esbeck
An excellent well researched official centenary history of the Irish Rugby Union, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition.
1st Edition: 1974 Pages: 246 Ref : bkhiir-van.esbeck.1974 - £30.00

 

77.jpg (115218 bytes) "The Story of Irish Rugby" by Edmund van Esbeck
Updated centenary history of the Irish Rugby Union to include the 1982 & 1985 Triple Crown seasons, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition. 
1st Edition: 1986 Pages: 308 Ref : LB-bkhiir-van.esbeck1986 - £30.00

 

51.jpg (431601 bytes) IRELAND - "The Ireland Rugby Miscellany" by Ciaran Cronin
An interesting collection of Irish rugby facts, lists, stories and information, a second hand hardback book with illustrated boards. 
published in 2007 149 pages Ref: bkhiir-cronin2007miscellany - £5.00

 

56.jpg (538411 bytes) IRELAND - "The Ireland Rugby Miscellany" by Ciaran Cronin
Grand Slam 2009 edition - an interesting collection of Irish rugby facts, lists, stories and information, a secondhand hardback book with illustrated boards. 
published in 2009 149 pages Ref: bkhiir-cronin2009miscellany - £7.00

 

51.jpg (34741 bytes) "The Irish Lions 1896 - 1983" by Barry Coughlan
A look at the role of Irish players in Lions tours, a secondhand paperback in good condition 
published in 1983 247 pages Ref: TL8-bkhiirbr-coughlan1983lions - £27.50

 

IRISH CLUB & PROVINCIAL

16.jpg (52574 bytes) "The Carling Story of Munster Rugby" by Charles Mulqueen
History of Ireland's premier province, well illustrated with a great narrative and good statistical section, a second-hand paperback, slight damage to front cover from a shop sticker otherwise a good copy.
1st Edition: 1983 Pages: 160 Ref: bkhiirpv-mulqueen1983.mun - £55.00

 

19.jpg (374488 bytes) MUNSTER v NZ 1978 - "Stand up and Fight" by Alan English
Story of the greatest day in a proud Munster rugby history, when they beat the mighty All Blacks 12-0 at Thomond Park. A secondhand paperback book in very good condition. 
published in 2007 274 pages bkhiirpv-mun.2007english.stand-pb - £6.00

 

11.jpg (421594 bytes) MUNSTER v NZ 1978 - "Stand up and Fight" by Alan English
Story of the greatest day in a proud Munster rugby history, when they beat the mighty All Blacks 12-0 at Thomond Park. A secondhand paperback book in good condition. 
published in 2005 274 pages bkhiirpv-mun2005english.stand-pb* - £7.00

 

76.jpg (100526 bytes) Munster - "Beyond our Wildest Dreams" by Ciaran Cronin
The story of Munster's Heineken Cup odyssey 1995 - 2006, from heartbreak to success the story of Munster's first 11 season in the Heineken Cup. Well illustrated. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in excellent condition.
1st Edition: 2006 253 pages Ref: bkhiirpv-mun2006cronin.beyond - £25.00

 

50.jpg (59435 bytes) "Munster - Our Road to Glory" by Alan English with the Munster team
The story of Munster's victory in the European Cup 2006, told by the players - includes the earlier rounds of the competition. A second hand hardback with dust wrapper in excellent condition.
1st Edition: 2006 287 pages Ref: bkhiirpv-mun2006english.road - £25.00

 

Belvedere.jpg (33910 bytes) OLD BELVEDERE RFC - "Silver Jubilee 1930-1955" 
The Old Belvedere club history contained in 32 page programme for 25th silver jubilee match Old Belvedere v Racing Club de France. A second hand booklet with a name and address written on the front.
published in 1955 32 pages Ref: bkhiircb-old.belvedere1955-bl - £35.00

 

51.jpg (54091 bytes) OLD WESLEY RFC - "Centenary Programme 1891 - 1991" 
The Old Wesley club history contained in club programme issued throughout the Old Wesley centenary season. A second hand booklet in good condition.
published in 1991 approx 96 pages Ref: bkhiircb-old.wesley1991-bl - £15.00

 

ITALY

67.jpg (676726 bytes) "Le Tribu del Rugby" - published by Museo Dello Sport
A tribute to the game of Rugby Union with a bias towards New Zealand rugby. Possibly published in connection with the Italy v New Zealand match in 2000, text in Italian , a secondhand booklet in good condition. 
published circa 2000 28 pages Ref: bkhiiy2000-tribu-bl - £16.00

 

NEW ZEALAND

30.jpg (38381 bytes) History of New Zealand Rugby Football Vol II - 1946 - 1957" - by AC Swan
Part two of great statistical All Black history, a second-hand hardback, no dust wrapper  
1st Edition: 1958 Pages: 528 Ref: bkhinz-swan1958-hinz.vo2.ycnnduwp -  £25.00

 

24.jpg (135295 bytes) "The New Zealand Rugby Football Union 1892 - 1967" by AC Swan
75th Anniversary history of the NZRFU, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1967 277 pages Ref: bkhinz-swan1967nzrfu-ycnnduwp -  £14.00

 

32.jpg (574337 bytes) MEN IN BLACK by Chester & McMillan.  
Match by match history of the New Zealand All Blacks. In depth well illustrated reports of each international match played by New Zealand. This is an invaluable publication for the All Black supporter -  For the Luxury Leather Bound Limited Edition version of this book visit the New Zealand page, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition

1st edition 1978

390 pages

Ref: bkhinz-chester1978men-wt1370** - £25.00

 

53.jpg (688027 bytes) MEN IN BLACK by Chester & McMillan.  
Match by match history of the New Zealand All Blacks. In depth well illustrated reports of each international match played by New Zealand. This is an invaluable publication for the All Black supporter -  This is the first revised edition to include the international matches of the All Blacks 1978 grand Slam tour of the British Isles, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition

Revised edition 1979

404 pages

Ref: bkhinz-chester1979men-rw.wt1430 - £25.00

 

45.jpg (130171 bytes) MEN IN BLACK by Chester & McMillan.  
Match by match history of the New Zealand All Blacks. In depth well illustrated reports of each international match played by New Zealand. This is an invaluable publication for the All Black supporter -  For the Luxury Leather Bound Limited Edition version of this book visit the New Zealand page, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition. SIGNED BY CHESTER & McMILLAN

published in 1988

pages: 507

Ref: bkhinz-chester1988.men.revisd-au - £30.00

 

73.jpg (51658 bytes) "MEN IN BLACK  1978-1982" by Chester & McMillan
Supplement to this great history, includes the 1978 Grand Slam tour of the British isles, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper, an ex library book in good condition.
1st Edition: 1983 Pages: 132 Ref: bkhinz-chester1983men-lm*.yc-ex.lib - £15.00

 

31.jpg (74054 bytes) "CENTENARY" by Chester & McMillan

100 years of New Zealand rugby, 2nd of the All Black Trilogy 592 page large format book published in 1984 For the Luxury Leather Bound Limited Edition version of this book visit the New Zealand page, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition

1st Edition: 1984 Pages: 592 Ref: bkhinz-chester1984-cn* - £25.00

 

Encyclo Of N Z Rug.jpg (61949 bytes) ENCYCLOPEDIA of NEW ZEALAND RUGBY - Chester & McMillan
A mine of All Black information, including a who's who of All Blacks, details of international & tour matches, the Ranfurly Shield, leading Administrators. An invaluable reference for All Black rugby. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 

1st Edition: 1981 

Pages: 446

Ref: bkhinz-chester1981encyclopedia* -  £25.00

 

"They Played for New Zealand" by Arthur C Swan & Arthur H Carman

A listing of All Blacks, details each game they played as All Blacks including non test matches and All Blacks. First published in 1947 the book was updated in 3 further editions 1964, 1972 & 1981. Arthur Carman took over as editor of this publication with the 1981 edition. Please see below for available editions. 

PlayedforNZSWan.jpg (54839 bytes) 1st Edition: 1947 98 pages A secondhand paperback in good condition. 

Ref: bkbimunz-swan1947they-ed1.pb.xb -  £17.00

90.jpg (56086 bytes) 2nd Edition: 1964 139 pages A secondhand paperback in good condition. 

Ref: bkbimunz-swan1964they-ed2.pb.xb -  £9.00

36.jpg (52967 bytes) 3rd Edition: 1973 166 pages A secondhand paperback in very good condition. 

Ref: bkbimunz-swan1973they-ed3.pb.xb -  £9.00

74.jpg (329733 bytes) 4th Edition: 1981 164 pages A secondhand paperback in very good condition. 

Ref: bkbimunz-carman1981they-ed4.pb.xb -  £9.00

 

*****

 

B-09.jpg (43824 bytes) "Up Front"  by Graeme Barrow
The story of the All Black scrum, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition
1st Edition: 1985 106 pages Ref: bkhinz-barrow1985front - £12.00

 

95.jpg (52324 bytes) "Blackout" Photography by Ross land and Ross Setford, text by Richard Becht
A 128 page book hardback with photos by Ross Land and Ross Setford, text by Richard Brecht, a photographic record of the tournament, photos from every match with additional photos for All Blacks matches. Distributed in NZ the title refers to the All Blacks with a photo of Tuigamala doing haka on front cover. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1991 Pages: 128 Ref: mmwc1991aful.bk-becht.blackout-bl.xb - £15.00

 

50.jpg (57503 bytes) "Pride Power & Pain"  by Peter Bush
1987 - 1991 An Era of All Black excellence, a magnificent full colour photographic essay profiling the All Blacks during this period, large format, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1992 Pages: 198 Ref: LA-bkhinz-bush1992pride-phla* -  £25.00

 

70.jpg (47658 bytes) "NZ International Rugby 1884-1975"  by Arthur Carman
Match by match history, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1975 Pages: 206 Ref: bkhinz-carman1975-nzinrr -  £14.00

 

85.jpg (125036 bytes) "Toughest of Them All" by Grant Harding & David Williams

New Zealand and South Africa: The struggle for rugby supremacy. A comprehensive history of All Black and Springbok encounters. A secondhand paperback in very good condition.

1st paperback edition: 2000 256 pages Ref: bkhinz-harding1990toughest-pb* - £25.00

 

B-10.jpg (63544 bytes) "Great Test Victories, All Blacks 1946 - 1975" by Bob Howitt
Photos and stories of classic All Black victories over big eight opposition, a second-hand magazine type brochure in good condition
published in 1975  Pages: 80 Ref: bkhinz-howitt1975great-bl - £9.00

 

84.jpg (154735 bytes) "The Roar of the Crowd" by Bob Howitt
New Zealand Rugby's greatest players, magical games and memorable moments, a second-hand paperback in very good condition.
published in 2009 144 pages Ref: bkhinz-howitt2000roar-pb - £16.00

 

55.jpg (621402 bytes) NEW ZEALAND - "Rugby Nomads" by Bob Howitt & Dianne Haworth
Stories from New Zealand players who have played abroad and Overseas players in New Zealand, including revelations by All Blacl greats such as Kronfeld and Andy Leslie, a secondhand hardback book with a dust wrapper in very good condition. 
1st edition 2002 296 pages Ref: bkhinz-howitt2002nomads* - £17.00

 

Black-Magic.jpg (55125 bytes) "Black Magic" by Graham Hutchins
New Zealand rugby in the 1970s & 80s, great days of New Zealand rugby, a second-hand hardback in very good condition
published in 1988 232 pages Ref: bkhinz-hutchins1988 - £20.00

 

magic-matches.jpg (66757 bytes) 83.jpg (60178 bytes) "Magic Matches" by Graham Hutchins
Great days of New Zealand rugby. A look great matches from the Waikato victory over the Springboks in 1956 to France v New Zealand 1990, check out the illustration of the back cover for a full list of matches covered in this book. A second-hand hardback in very good condition
published in 1991 256 pages Ref: bkhinz-hutchins1991 - £24.00

 

B-36.jpg (47502 bytes) "Black, Black, Black!" by Morrie Mackenzie
A look at New Zealand Rugby, past present and future, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition. First published in 1969.
This edition: 1969 176 pages Ref: bkhinz-mackenzie1969black-rp* - £18.00

 

50.jpg (75274 bytes) "Black Days" by John Matheson
What it's like to face the mighty All Blacks, this book looks at the views of 12 of the games greatest who have faced up to the challenge. Serge Blanco, David Campese, Dawie de Villiers, Gareth Edwards, Gavin Hastings, Phil Kearns, Willie John McBride, Brian Moore, Francois Pienaar, Hugo Porta, Gary Teichmann & JPR Williams, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1999 200 pages Ref: bknzhi-matheson1999black-pb - £15.00

 

27.jpg (46326 bytes) "Haka! The All Blacks Story" by Winston McCarthy
Complete history of NZ rugby by leading broadcaster, includes formation of NZRFU and early tours by All Blacks and tourists in NZ, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
This edition: 1968 348 pages Ref: bkhinz-mccarthy1968haka* - £14.00

 

B-06.jpg (50338 bytes) "Great Days In NZ Rugby" by Terry McLean
Stories from new Zealand rugby history, a great read. (Editions - 1st - 1959, 2nd - 1959,  2nd, boardbacked - 1959, paperback - 1976), a second-hand hardback with small repair to dust wrapper

***** Rated No1 in Dave McLaren's "Ten Best Books On Rugby" *****

1st Edition: 1959 198 pages Ref: bknzhi-mclean1959great - £14.00

 

43.jpg (92332 bytes) THE ALL BLACKS by TERRY McLEAN
A well written narrative on the history of the New Zealand All Blacks by NZ's top journalist. A secondhand hardback book with a dust wrapper in very good condition. 
published in 1991 168 pages bkhinz-mclean1991all* - £18.00

 

61.jpg (11520 bytes) "The Reed Book of All Black Records 1883 - 2003 by Geoff Miller
All Black statistics also includes a full listing of All Blacks in appearance order, All Black matches and other statistical records, a fantastic publication no self-respecting Kiwi should be without, a second-hand soft cover in good condition
published in 2003 326 pages Ref: TC2-bkhinz-miller2003reed - £19.50

 

29.jpg (42651 bytes) "The New Zealand National Rugby Museum" 
Information on the formation of the Rugby Museum at Palmerston North, New Zealand, includes photos and information on exhibits and NZ teams. A secondhand booklet in very good condition. 
published in 1976 48 pages Ref: bkhinz-nz.museum1976-bl - £9.00

 

00v.jpg (60429 bytes) "Legends of the All Blacks" with Keith Quinn
Quinn digs up the dirt on the All Blacks and their opposition - a book compiled from interviews with former All Blacks and other international players with revelations on almost every page,
published in 1999 248 pages Ref: TL10-bkhinz-quinn1999legends - £25.00

 

26.jpg (52421 bytes) "On The Ball" by Gordon Slatter
In depth history of NZ rugby including schools, university, club, provincial, Ranfurly Shield, Services, Maori rugby, Inter island matches, and rugby against the major rugby playing nations, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 1970 374 pages Ref: bkhinz-slatter1970ball* - £20.00

 

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"GREAT DAY'S AT LANCASTER PARK" by Gordon Slatter

Great rugby & cricket matches at the famous, Christchurch, New Zealand stadium known today as Jade Stadium but still referred to by the Canterbury faithful as "The Park", a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 1974 234 pages Ref bkhinz-slatter1984lancaster  - £17.00

 

B-08.jpg (34745 bytes) "The Reed Book of All Black Records 1884 - 1971 by RF Stokes
All Black statistics also includes some good provincial stats, a second-hand soft cover in good condition
1st Edition 1972 Pages 201 Ref: bkhinz-stokes1972reed-pb - £8.00

 

54.jpg (556286 bytes) NEW ZEALAND - "A Whole New Ball Game" by Paul Thomas
Subtitled 'Confronting the Myths and Realities of New Zealand Rugby'. A look at how professional rugby has changed the game in NZ, from grassroots level to the boardroom, a secondhand paperback book very good condition. 
published in 2003 235 pages Ref: bkhinz-thomas2003whole-pb - £15.00

 

23.jpg (487529 bytes) NEW ZEALAND v AUSTRALIA - "Two Mighty Tribes" by Spiro Zavos and Gordon Bray
The story of the All Blacks against the Wallabies. A second hand paperback in very good condition 
published in 2003 277 pages bkhinz.veas-zavos2003tribes-pb - £16.00

 

NEW ZEALAND - PROVINCIAL & REPRESENTATIVE

23.jpg (33982 bytes) AUCKLAND - "Fifty Years Record of Rugby in Auckland 1883-1933" by AJ Billington
A comprehensive statistical history, well illustrated, a second-hand soft cover in good condition
1st Edition: 1933 92 pages Ref: bkhinzpv-auckland1933billington-bl - £75.00

 

21.jpg (38230 bytes) CANTERBURY - "The Canterbury Rugby History" by Larry Saunders
In depth and comprehensive history, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1979 144 pages Ref: bkhinzpv-canterbury1979saunders-bl - £12.00

 

78.jpg (446959 bytes) NORTH AUCKLAND - "Golden Jubilee, 1970"
A full statistical history of this North Island of New Zealand provincial team. A secondhand booklet in very good condition.

Published in 1970

116 pages Ref:  bkhinzpv.no-akl1970golden-bl -  £45.00

 

13.jpg (72334 bytes) TARANAKI - "50 Years Rugby in Taranaki 1885 - 1935" 
Full breakdown of representative matches and players, a second-hand booklet, some wear and small tears to spine

Published in 1935

52 pages

Ref: bkhinzpv-taranaki1935.50-bl - £125.00

 

18.jpg (58459 bytes) TARANAKI - "75 Years of Rugby in Taranaki" 
Full breakdown of representative matches and players, a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1960

40 pages Ref: bkhinzpv-taranaki1960.75-bl - £35.00

 

B-02.jpg (39624 bytes) TE PUKE SUB-UNION - "Jubilee 1907 - 82" 
Bay of Plenty Sub Union, interesting history containing lists of All Blacks, Bay of Plenty Reps, Referees, Selectors etc, a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1982

24 pages Ref: bkhinzpv-te.puke1982jubilee-bl - £32.00

 

B-04.jpg (46492 bytes) WELLINGTON - "Wellington's Rugby History 1870 - 1950" 
Full breakdown of representative matches and players plus a season by season look at Wellington's history, a second-hand paperback in good condition.

Published in 1950

Pages: 196 Ref: bkhinzpv-swan1950wellington-pb - £40.00

 

See also Ranfurly Shield for NZ Provincial histories

 

NEW ZEALAND - CLUB HISTORIES

 

24.jpg (457870 bytes) CENTURIONS - "Halfway - The First 50 Years" by Bill Brien
An illustrated history of a Wellington based club, foreword by Andy Leslie. a secondhand paperback book in very good condition.

Published in 1989

202 pages Ref bkhinzcb-centurions1989brien-pb - £39.00

 

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CROMWELL RFC "A Century of Rugby" edited by WH Perriam

Otago club history containg the histories of defunct clubs Bannockburn and Lowburn, a second-hand brochure in good condition, signed copy with inscription

Published in 1988

Pages:  44 Ref: bkhinzcb-cromwell1988-cn-bl - £19.00

 

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EDEN RFC "Blood, sweat and Cheers" by SW Foster

50 year history of Auckland club, a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1972

Pages: 96 Ref: bkhinzcb-eden1972blood-bl - £25.00

 

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GRAMMAR SCHOOLS' OLD BOYS RFC - "75th Jubilee"

Updated Auckland Grammar School history, a Large format second-hand booklet in good condition

Published in 1989

Pages: 80 Ref: bkhinzcb-grammar1989.75-bl -  £15.00

 

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MANUREWA RFC  - "75th Jubilee" 

2 part history of NZ club, 2 second-hand brochures in good condition 

Published in 1996

50 & 64 pages Ref: bkhinzcb-manurewa1996.75.blst2 -  £15.00

 

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NAPIER PIRATES RFC  - "Diamond Jubilee 1886 - 1946"

Brilliant history of leading Hawkes Bay club - We are unsure about the front cover which looks to be hand drawn !!! It may be that the book was printed with blank covers, a second-hand book with board covers in good condition.  

Published in 1946

Pages: 16 Ref: bkhinzcb-napier.pts1946diamond-bl - £95.00

 

B-14.jpg (52004 bytes) NELSON RFC - "100 Years of Rugby" by WA Reed 
NZ oldest rugby club, a  second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1970 Pages: 190 Ref: bkhinzcb-reed1970nelson-pb - £19.00

 

B-17.jpg (43570 bytes) ORIENTAL-RONGOTAI - "Ories, 100 Years" 
Centenary history of Wellington (NZ) club, a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1988

Pages: 68 Ref: bkhinzcb-ories1988.100-bl - £12.00

 

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Canterbury club, a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1998

Pages: 32 Ref: bkhinzcb-suburbs1998.50-bl - £8.00

 

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TEMUKA RFC - " A Century of Rugby in Temuka" by Donald S Kelman

Great little history of South Canterbury club, a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1975

102 pages Ref: bkhinzcb-temuka1975-cnbl - £26.00

 

B-20.jpg (40711 bytes) WANGANUI TECHNICAL & COLLEGE OLD BOYS

"To Proclaim the White & Blue" by A Webby

Comprehensive history, a second-hand paperback in good condition

Published in 1973

?? pages Ref: bkhinzcb-wan.tech1973proclaim-bl - £18.00

 

SAMOA - sold out

 

SCOTLAND

06.jpg (10875 bytes) "The Story of Scottish Rugby" by RJ Phillips
An in depth history of Scottish rugby, includes international, club and schools history, a second-hand hardback in very good condition, without a dust wrapper.
1st Edition: 1925 240 pages Ref: bkhisc-phillips1925story - £55.00

 

21.jpg (50026 bytes) "History of Scottish Rugby" by Sandy Thorburn (Honorary Historian & Librarian of the SRU)
Official history of Scottish Rugby - a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1980 346 pages Ref: bkhisc-thorburn1980-hiscrr - £25.00

 

61.jpg (127378 bytes) "The Scottish RugbyUnion - Official History" by Sandy Thorburn (Honorary Historian & Librarian of the SRU)
Official history of Scottish Rugby, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1985 210 pages Ref: bkhisc-thorburn1985-ofhi - £25.00

 

46.jpg (52863 bytes) "A Portrait of Scottish Rugby" by Alan Massie
a nice history of Scottish rugby, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1984 198 pages Ref: bkhisc-massie1984portrait - £20.00

 

51.jpg (445473 bytes) SCOTLAND - "The Scotland Rugby Miscellany" by Richard Bath 
An interesting collection of Scottish rugby facts, lists, stories and information, a secondhand hardback book with a dust wrapper in very good condition. 
published in 2007 152 pages Ref: bkhisc-bath2007miscellany - £5.00

 

88.jpg (99089 bytes) "International Rugby Union - A Compendium of Scotland's Matches" by John McI Davidson
A match by match history of Scottish rugby internationals to 1994, includes wartime services international matches, an in depth history, a second-hand paperback in very good condition 
Published in 1994 295 pages Ref: bkhisc-davidson1994compendium-pb - £15.00

 

04.jpg (76918 bytes) "Feet, Scotland, Feet" edited by Derek Douglas
A miscellany of Scottish history, includes origins of the game in Scotland, Scottish British Lions captains, the Border League etc, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.
1st Edition: 1991 208 pages Ref: bkhisc-douglas1991feet - £15.00

 

47.jpg (109036 bytes) "The Thistle" by Derek Douglas
A chronicle of Scottish rugby, a well illustrated history with informative chapters on early Scottish rugby, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in excellent condition 
1st Edition: 1997 207 pages Ref: bkhisc-douglas1997thistle - £12.00

 

47.jpg (109036 bytes) "The Thistle" by Derek Douglas
A chronicle of Scottish rugby, a well illustrated history with informative chapters on early Scottish rugby, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper, the book is in very good condition 
1st Edition: 1997 207 pages Ref: bkhisc-douglas1997thistle-ycnnduwp - £9.00

*****

Scot1.jpg (32717 bytes) "Scottish Rugby Memories Vol I" - published by RW Forsyth
Scottish programmes from the period 1934 - 1939 bound into a single volume - limited edition, a second-hand hardback with illustrated boards 
1st Edition: 1945 Pages:  Ref: bkhisc-forsyth1945memories-vo1 - £60.00

  

Scot2.jpg (32402 bytes) "A Souvenir Book of Scotland versus England Services Rugby Matches 1942-1945" 

published by RW Forsyth

Scotland v England wartime programmes bound into a single volume. Contains a list of Scottish Services Internationalists. A secondhand hardback in good condition.
published in 1945 approx 40 pages  Ref: bkhisc-forsyth1942-45-svin - £49.00

 

Scot3.jpg (32049 bytes) "Scottish Rugby Memories Vol II" - published by RW Forsyth
Scottish programmes from the period 1946 - 1950 bound into a single volume - limited edition, a second-hand hardback with illustrated boards in good condition
1st Edition: 1951 Pages:  Ref: bkhisc-forsyth1951memories-vo2 - £45.00

 

FOR BOOKS ON SCOTLAND'S FIVE NATIONS CAMPAIGNS & TOURS - CLICK HERE

 

SCOTLAND - REGIONAL

 

91.jpg (506539 bytes) SCOTTISH BORDERS - "Border Rugby Recollections" by "Poynder" W D Thomson

An interesting look at Borders rugby from the beginning, published post-war this booklet is quite informative with several photos of border teams, a second-hand booklet in good condition

published in 1951 64 pages Ref: bkhiscpv-border1951poynder-bl - £40.00

 

45.jpg (44831 bytes) SCOTTISH BORDERS - "Rummle Them Up" by Walter Thomson
The Scottish Borders have for years been the stronghold of Scottish rugby, this is the story of rugby in this region. A secondhand hardback with d/w in good condition
1st Edition: 1989 Pages: 87 Ref: bkhiscpv-thomson1989rummle - £16.00

 

SCOTLAND - CLUB

EA.jpg (38339 bytes) EDINBURGH ACADEMICALS - "The Edinburgh Academical Football Club Centenary History
Outstanding history of one of Scotland's oldest clubs, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper, illustrated boards
1st Edition: 1958 Pages: 165 Ref:  bkhisccb-edin.accies1958-cn - £25.00

 

46.jpg (29955 bytes) FETTESIAN-LORRETTONIAN CLUB - "1881 - 1931" 
Extremely rare history of Scottish old boys side comprising of ex pupils from two schools, Fettes & Loretto. The majority of the book is dedicated to the 'football (rugby) while the chapter deals with the cricket section of the club. Nicely illustrated with good quality photos of the team, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper, illustrated boards 

1st edition 1931

Pages: 100 Ref: bkhisccb-fettes1931 - £175.00

 

45.jpg (42348 bytes) GLASGOW ACADEMICALS - "Centenary Volume 1866-1966" published by Blackie
Preface by Herbert Waddell, detailed history, includes cricket, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper, illustrated boards
1st Edition: 1966 Pages: 97 Ref: bkhisccb-glasgow.accies1966-cn - £25.00

 

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GLASGOW HIGH/KELVINSIDE.  - "Chocolate & Gold" by J.C.H Ireland

a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1984 Pages: 288 Ref: bkhisccb-glasgow.high1984ireland -  £24.00

 

77.jpg (363483 bytes) "The History of Hawick Rugby Football Club" by Tom Patterson
An early history of this famous Scottish borders club side. A second hand paperback that has a small tear and some separation to the spine, generally in good condition 
published in 1956 120 pages bkhisccb-hawick1956patterson-pb - £39.00

 

11.jpg (32247 bytes) HAWICK LINDEN RFC - 75 years, 1921 - 1996
a second-hand booklet in good condition

Published in 1996

Pages: 64 Ref: bkhisccb-hawick.linden1996.75-bl -  £7.00

 

06.jpg (41261 bytes) LANGHOLM RFC - "1871 - 1971" 
An illustrated history of a Scottish borders club, a second-hand booklet in good condition (Noted faults: light rippling from exposure to moisture)

Published in 1971

36 pages Ref: bkhisccb-langholm1971-bl - £10.00

 

76.jpg (537113 bytes) ROYAL HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB CENTENARY - "1868-1968"
Scottish club side illustrated centenary booklet. A second hand booklet that has a small damp stain to one corner, generally in good condition 
published in 1968 80 pages bkhisccb-royal.high1968-cnbl - £28.00

 

28.jpg (323455 bytes) WATSONIANS - "The Watsonian Football Club 1875-1975"
Centenary history of an Edinburgh club. A second hand booklet in good condition 
published in 1975 88pages bkhisc.cb-wat1975-cnhibl - £24.00

 

SOUTH AFRICA (including Rhodesia/Zimbabwe & Namibia)

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HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN RUGBY by ID Difford

A brilliant history of the rugby in South Africa.  736 pages covering everything to do with South African rugby. Great chapters on the touring teams, British teams up to 1924, Springbok teams overseas, in depth histories of the provincial unions, individual club histories, hundreds of photos. A monumental work and an absolute must for any Rugby Historian, Springbok collector or lover of fine books. A pre-owned hardback without a dust wrapper, there is some light wear to the covers and the spine has started to split on one side.

1st Edition: 1933 Pages: 736 Ref: bkhisa-difford1933-hisa -  £195.00

 

38.jpg (39727 bytes) "The Springboks 1881 - 1970" by AC Parker
Comprehensive history of South African rugby, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1970 Pages: 364 Ref: bkhisa-parker1970springboks** - £25.00

 

*****

 

67.jpg (61489 bytes) "Forgotten Heroes - History of Black Rugby 1882-1982" by Abdurahman Booley
An outstanding history, not published with a dust wrapper. Secondhand hardback, illustrated boards in good condition.

1st Edition: 1998

328 pages  Ref: bkhisa-booley1998forgotten - £45.00

 

19.jpg (29753 bytes) "Springboks In Wales" by John Billot
match by match accounts of the Springboks in Wales, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 1974 Pages:  311 Ref: bkhisa-billot1974springboks - £15.00

 

92.jpg (28467 bytes) "Playing the Enemy" by John Carlin
This is a gripping account of Nelson Mandela's political masterstroke during South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup. With the nation on the brink of civil war, Mandela seized on the sport once reviled by the country's blacks as a symbol of Afrikaner oppression and used it to unite his divided country. Morné du Plessis, the side's manager, urged his almost exclusively white team to learn the "black" national anthem for the tournament. By the time Mandela strode into Ellis Park stadium for the final between South Africa and New Zealand, to unanimous cries from both whites and blacks of "Nelson! Nelson!", This book was made into the film 'Invictus' with Morgan Freeman as Mandela & Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar. A secondhand paperback, as new. 
1st Edition: 2008 Pages: 274 Ref: bkhisa-carlin2008playing-pb*-xb - £13.00

 

'Invictus' - The Film of 'Playing the Enemy'

starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela & Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar.  

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Rugby Relics are proud to have supplied many props for the film. Our website has also acted as a major source of information for the costume and set designers of the film.

 

 

92.jpg (28467 bytes) "Playing the Enemy" by John Carlin
This is a gripping account of Nelson Mandela's political masterstroke during South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup. With the nation on the brink of civil war, Mandela seized on the sport once reviled by the country's blacks as a symbol of Afrikaner oppression and used it to unite his divided country. Morné du Plessis, the side's manager, urged his almost exclusively white team to learn the "black" national anthem for the tournament. By the time Mandela strode into Ellis Park stadium for the final between South Africa and New Zealand, to unanimous cries from both whites and blacks of "Nelson! Nelson!", This book was made into the film 'Invictus' with Morgan Freeman as Mandela & Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar. A secondhand hardback in very good condition 
1st Edition: 2008 Pages: 274 Ref: bkhisa-carlin2008playing-xb - £19.00

 

42.jpg (79459 bytes) "Ons Toetsprestasies" by Danie Craven
An account of Springbok test rugby, text in Afrikaans. A Secondhand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition.
First edition 1955

166 pages

Ref: bkhisa-craven1955ons - £69.00

 

44.jpg (44798 bytes) "Top South African Rugby Playing Schools" compiled and edited by Chris Dutton & Michael Collins
Short histories and information relating to 26 of South Africa's top schools, a second-hand booklet in good condition
published approx 1990

78 pages

Ref: bkhisa.sh1990top-bl -  £22.00

 

39.jpg (73677 bytes) "Springbok Saga" by Chris Greyvenstein
An illustrated history from 1891 - a nice chronological history of South African rugby looking at all the major tours. A second hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition. 
1st edition 1977 272 pages Ref: LA-bkhisa-greyvnstein1977springbok-ed1 - £40.00

 

39.jpg (73677 bytes) "Springbok Saga" by Chris Greyvenstein
An illustrated history from 1891 - a nice chronological history of South African rugby looking at all the major tours. A second hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition. 
2nd impression 1978 272 pages Ref: LA-bkhisa-greyvnstein1978springbok.2nd.imp - £39.00

 

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"Springbok Saga" by Chris Greyvenstein
An illustrated history from 1891 - a nice chronological history of South African rugby looking at all the major tours. A secondhand hardback with d/w in good condition. 

Signed by the 1983 South African Schools Invitation squad. 31 signatures in total.  

2nd edition: 1978 Pages: 287 Ref: TL7-bkhisa-greyvenstein1978springbok-au.31 - £75.00

 

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"Springbok Saga" by Chris Greyvenstein
An illustrated history from 1891 - a nice chronological history of South African rugby looking at all the major tours. A second hand hardback with dust wrapper. 

SIGNED "best wishes for a pleasant tour of South Africa DAWIE DE VILLIERS (1 May 1980)

2nd impression 1978 272 pages Ref: RC569-bkhisa-greyvnstein1978springbok-ie2.au - £39.00

 

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South Africa - Springbok Saga by Chris Greyvenstein

signed by 40 former Springboks

The book is a well illustrated history of South African rugby from it's beginnings to the early 1990s. This edition has had the autographs of 40 former Springboks added to the half title and facing page. The autographs, which are on labels were collected by editor Keith Clayton while he was compiling his outstanding book 'Danie Craven's - Legends of Springbok Rugby'. There is a great mix of old and new Springboks with players from the 1930s to 1980s included in the selection. The 40 former Springboks whose signatures have been added to this book are as follows:

Gerald Bosch, Theuns Briers, Louis Babrow, George Daneel, Boland Coetzee, Willie du Plessis,  Carel du Plessis, Michael du Plessis, Floris Duvenage, Danie Gerber, Geoff Gray, Joggie Jansen, Rob Louw, Gerrie Germishuys, Bubbles Koch, Butch Lochner, Flappie Lochner, Ian McCallum, Pat Montini, Ray Mordt, Gysie Pienaar, Louis Moolman, Cecil Moss, Jeremy Nel, Tiny Naude, Daan Retief, Wilf Rosenberg, Uli Schmidt, Gert Smal, Fred Smollan, Dawie Snyman, Errol Tobias, Freddie Turner, Clive Ulyate, Jack van der Schyff, JC van der Westhuizen, Moaner van Heerden, Tom van Vollenhoven, Piston van Wyk & Harry Newton Walker

The book is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity guaranteeing that the autographs are original and authentic.

Ref: DPR-bkhisa-greyvenstein1981springbok-ed2.au40.xb - £115.00

 

 

46.jpg (148168 bytes) "Springbok Rugby - An Illustrated History" by Chris Greyvenstein
The proud story of South African Rugby from 1891 to the 1995 Rugby World Cup. A very good history, superbly illustrated. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition.
 1st UK Edition 1995 Pages: 288 Ref: bkhisa-greyvnstein1995illustrated* - £39.00

 

45.jpg (90454 bytes) "One Team One Country - The Greatest Year of Springbok Rugby"
by Edward Griffiths
Springbok rugby will never know a year like it again, the sport turned professional and Nelson Madela led the praise as Francois Pienaar lifted the William Webb  Ellis Trophy. The Springboks won 10 out of 10 tests. A Secondhand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1996 Pages: 228 Ref: bkhisa-griffiths1996one - £24.00

 

30.jpg (37598 bytes) "Beyond the Tryline" by Albert Grundlingh, André Odendaal & Burridge Spies
Rugby & the S African society, a second-hand paperback  in good condition 
1st Edition: 1995 Pages: 135 Ref: bkhisa-grundlingh1995beyond  - £15.00

 

40.jpg (91604 bytes) "Eye Witness in Sport" by Fred Labuschagne 
A general sports book with at least half the chapters dedicated to rugby, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1970 168 pages Ref: bkhisa-labuschagne1970eye -  £14.00

 

64.jpg (55661 bytes) "Goodbye Newlands, Farewell Eden Park" by Fred Labuschagne 
A history of NZ & SA encounters, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper that has some nicks and tears to the edges, generally the book is in good condition 
1st Edition: 1974 Pages: 242 Ref: bkhisa.venz-labuschagne1974goodbye* -  £25.00

 

39.jpg (59574 bytes) "Springbok Rugbyprestasies 1891-1958" by L.B. Potgieter
"Springbok Rugby Achievements".  A statistical history of South African Rugby - text in Afrikaans, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition. RARE
1st Edition: 1960 96 pages Ref: bkhisa-potgieter1960springbok -  £75.00

 

62.jpg (35948 bytes) "Ons Springbokrugbyspelers En Tokkelossie"
(The Spirit of our Springbok Rugby Players) by Topsy Smith
History of South African Rugby - text in Afrikaans, a second-hand hardback, no dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1946 Pages: 338 Ref: bkhisa-smith1946ons -  £75.00

 

61.jpg (43333 bytes) "Green & Gold" by RK Stent
South African sports history with good emphasis on rugby, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1954 Pages: 188 Ref: bkhisa-stent1954green -  £25.00

 

60.jpg (22824 bytes) "Rugby In South Africa" - published by Johnston & Neville
Published in the 75th jubilee year of the South African Rugby Board this is a very good official history of rugby in South Africa. It covers the game from the origins up to 1964. A second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1964 Pages: 216 Ref: bkhisa-johnston1964-rrsa.ycnnduwr* - £48.00

 

87.jpg (86874 bytes) "Springbok Rugby Uncovered" by Mark Keohane
The inside stories of South Africa's rugby controversies, a second-hand paperback  in good condition 
published in 2004 245 pages Ref: bkhisa-keohane2004uncovered-pb  - £19.00

 

11.jpg (41460 bytes) "Nick & I" by Rob van der Valk with Andy Colquhoun
A look at the politics from inside the Springbok camp by Van der Valk a confidant of Springbok coach Nick Mallet, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 2002 Pages: 224 Ref: bkhisa-van.d.valk2002nick-pb* - £20.00

 

***** 

SOUTHERN AFRICA - PROVINCIAL 

Natal 100.jpg (54755 bytes) NATAL - "NATAL 100" - by Reg Sweet,  
In depth centenary history of South African province, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1990 Pages: 468 Ref: TC2-bkhisapv-natal1990sweet - £45.00

 

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NORTHERN TRANSVAAL - "Northern Transvaal Rugby 50" - edited by MC van Zyl

There are two versions of this book, one in Afrikaans and one in English, this is the English edition. It is an in depth well illustrated history of one of South Africa's top rugby provincial teams, a second-hand hardback with illustrated boards in very good condition.

1st Edition: 1988 431 pages Ref: bkhisapv.no-tvl1988van.zyl - £75.00

 

SOUTH AFRICA - CLUB

"Bishop's Rugby - A History" by Paul Dobson
Outstanding South African College Rugby History, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1990 Pages: 288 Ref: bkhisacb-bishops1990dobson -  £25.00

 

44.jpg (156795 bytes) "RUGBY AT SACS (South Africa College School)"
A history of a leading South African school/college, well illustrated, former players include Cecil Moss & Percy Montgomery. A secondhand A4 size booklet in good condition.
published in 1996 82 pages Ref: bkhisacb-sacs-sh1996bl - £20.00

 

59.jpg (58728 bytes) UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN - "The Varsity Spirit" by BABROW/STENT
a second-hand hardback, some nicks to dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1963 Pages:  144 Ref: bkhisacb-cape.twn-un1963babrow -  £25.00

 

58.jpg (47820 bytes) "Met die Maties op die Rugbyveld" by Danie Craven
history of Stellenbosch RFC, text in Afrikaans, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 1955 Pages: 325 Ref: bkhisacb-stellenbosch1955craven - £35.00

 

43.jpg (170678 bytes) "Die Groot Rugbygesin Van Die Maties" by Dr Danie Craven
second history of Stellenbosch RFC by Dr Craven, text in Afrikaans, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 1980 Pages: 249 Ref: bkhisacb-stellenbosch1980craven - £25.00

 

WALES

WELSH RUGBY HISTORIES
For histories of the Welsh National team, regional and county teams and Welsh clubs please click on the link below

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

HISTORIES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES  -  CZECH REP - FIJI  -  ITALY  -  MALAYSIA  -  USA

01.jpg (44425 bytes) SLAVIA PRAHA - "Je Nam 50 1927 - 1977"
History of top Czech Republic side, a second-hand booklet in good condition. 

Published in 1977

Pages: 80 Ref: bkhiot-slavia.praha1977-bl - £35.00

 

HISTORY OF RUGBY LAWS

For Laws relating to individual years, for example the 1976-77 season, please visit the Handbooks section on the Rugby Annuals page and purchase an individual handbook or 'laws' handbook relating to the season you require. To view individual year handbooks please CLICK HERE 

 

HISTORIES OF TOURNAMENTS AND OTHER COMPETITIONS

01.jpg (52980 bytes) FIVE NATIONS

"The International Rugby Championship 1883-1983" by Terry Godwin

Match by Match statistics and reports of Five Nations matches from day 1, includes full team line ups, an invaluable work, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1984 Pages: 498 Ref: bkhitu-godwin1984-inrr -  £35.00

 

five-nations.jpg (63000 bytes) FIVE NATIONS - "The Five Nations Championship 1947 - 1993" by John Griffiths
Statistical look at the tournament with biographies of the leading players, a second-hand paperback in good condition

Published in 1994

Pages: 176 Ref: bkhitu-griffiths1994five-pb - £15.00

 

49.jpg (53934 bytes) FIVE NATIONS - "Five Nations Story" by David Hands
history of the world's oldest int. tournament, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 2000 Pages: 172 Ref: bkhitu-hands2000five -  £19.00

 

five-war.jpg (65727 bytes) FIVE NATIONS - "Five Go to War"  edited by Phil McNeil 
Richard Cockerill's diary of the last Five Nations season, also a short history of the world's oldest international tournament, with a very good year by year results sequence of the tournament. An excellent reference work, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 1999 Pages: 168 Ref: LA-bkhitu-mcneil1999five -  £15.00

 

04.jpg (40607 bytes) FIVE NATIONS - "Grand Slam" by Miles Harrison, foreword by Bill McLaren
Story of the world's most historic rugby championship, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 1999 Pages: 209 Ref: bkhitu-harrison1999grand - £15.00

 

47.jpg (132338 bytes) FIVE/SIX NATIONS - "La Legende du Tournoi" by Henri Garcia
Story of the world's most historic rugby championship from 1910 to 2005, text in French, a season by season history, a second-hand book with stiff card covers, in excellent condition 
1st Edition: 2005 Pages: 255 Ref: PC21-bkhitu-garcia2005tournoi - £35.00

 

HONG KONG SEVENS

48.jpg (62341 bytes) HONG KONG SEVENS - "The Hong Kong Sevens" by Kevin Sinclair
a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1985 Pages:  147 Ref:  bkhitu-sinclair1985-sbho -  £19.00

 

97.jpg (59353 bytes) HONG KONG SEVENS  - "Hong Kong, The Sevens" by John Blondin
A photographic history of this popular sevens tournament 1976-1996, celebrating the first 20 years of the Sevens in pictures. Includes an indexed list of players that appeared in the first 20 tournaments,  a second-hand large format hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition.

Published in 1996

Pages: 112 Ref: LA-bkhitu-blondin1996-sbho -  £25.00

 

00.jpg (56012 bytes) MELROSE SEVENS - "The Official History of the Melrose Sevens" by Walter Allan
The history of the world's oldest sevens tournament and where the gamer of Rugby Sevens originated,a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition

Published in 1994

Pages: 185 Ref:  bkhitu-allan1994-sb-melrose -  £15.00

 

40.jpg (117852 bytes) NPC - NATIONAL PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP, NZ - "NPC The Heart of Rugby" by Lindsay Knight
25 year history of New Zealand's Provincial Championship, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 2001 Pages: 128 Ref:  bkhitu-knight2001npc-pb - £18.00

 

95.jpg (39667 bytes) RANFURLY SHIELD - "The Record of Ranfurly Shield Rugby 1902 - 1930" by AH CARMAN
a second-hand booklet in good condition 
1st Edition:  1930 Pages:  32 Ref:  bkhitu-carman1930ranfurly-bl -  £25.00

 

47.jpg (44677 bytes) "RANFURLY SHIELD RUGBY"  by AH Carman
Match reports, teams & photos, First published in 1960. A secondhand hardback without a dust wrapper.
Revised Edition: 1967 Pages:  256 Ref:  bkhitu-carman1967ranfurly-ycnnduwp -  £12.00

 

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RANFURLY SHIELD - "SHIELD FEVER" by  GD Henderson

History of Southland v Otago Ranfurly Shield encounters. A superbly illustrated front cover, a second-hand booklet in good condition 

Published in 1950

Pages:  56 Ref: bkhitu-henderson1950shield-bl - £55.00

 

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RANFURLY SHIELD - "The Fabulous Winter"

Souvenir of Taranaki's 1958 Ranfurly Shield season, a second-hand booklet in good condition, lacking one small corner of the front cover

Published in 1958

Pages:  40 Ref bkhitu-taranaki1958fabulous-bl - £19.00

 

93.jpg (42442 bytes) RANFURLY SHIELD - "The Log o' Wood" by Arthur Swan
History of the Ranfurly Shield, a second-hand paperback in good condition

Published in 1960

Pages:  152 Ref:  bkhitu-swan1960log-pb -  £9.00

 

63.jpg (64654 bytes) "The Leopard History of the Ranfurly Shield" compiled by Arthur Swan
History of the Ranfurly Shield, a second-hand paperback with a number written to the bottom right hand corner and light browning to the front cover.

Published in 1967

96 pages Ref:  bkhitu-swan1967leopard -  £5.00

 

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RANFURLY SHIELD - "The Log of Wood in Kauri Country - Shield '72"

The Ranfurly Shield in North Auckland 1972, a second-hand booklet with a crease down the centre.

Published in 1972

48 pages Ref: bkhitu-ranfurly1972kauri - £15.00

 

jvn26.jpg (36788 bytes) RANFURLY SHIELD - "SHIELD FEVER" - Lindsay Knight
large format comprehensive history, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 1980 Pages:  299 Ref: bkhitu-knight1980shield -  £20.00

 

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Look at the history of the English Club Cup Finals, a secondhand paperback in good condition. 
published in 1998 153 pages Ref: bkhitu-williams1998glory-bl - £19.00

 

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RUGBY WORLD CUP - "Rugby Disunion" by Derek Wyatt

The making of three world cups 1987, 1991 & 1995. The early days of RWC, the author looks at the tournament on the playing fields and also looks at the financial side of things, how the tournament struggled to make ends meet in the early days and also the political wrangling, an interesting and eye opening read, a second-hand book with dust wrapper in good condition

Published in 1995

Pages: 223 Ref bkhitu-wyatt1995disunion-wc - £10.00

 

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RUGBY WORLD CUP - "Rugby's Battle of the Giants" by Gerald Davies 

With contributions by Joel Stransky, Michael Lynagh, Rob Andrew, Jonathan Davies, Serge Blanco, Pat Lam, Paul Ackford, foreword by JPR Williams. Reviews of the 1987, 1991 & 1995 tournaments with a preview of the 1999 tournament, a second-hand book with dust wrapper in good condition

Published in 1999

Pages: 168 Ref bkhitu-davies1999battle-wclaxb - £15.00

 

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RUGBY WORLD CUP - "A History of the Rugby World Cup" by Gerald Davies with a foreword by John Eales

The most up to date history of the Rugby World Cup, published in 2003 prior to the tournament in Australia. Covers every match for the first 4 tournaments. A secondhand paperback in very good condition

Published in 2003

379 pages Ref TL9-bkhitu-davies2003-hiwc.pb.xb - £10.50

 

For publications relating to individual Rugby World Cup Tournaments please vist the Rugby World Cup page. 

Click on the links below to see publications available for past Rugby World Cup tournaments.

 

1987 1991 1995 1999 2003 2007

 

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History of the Super 12 and Tri Nations tournaments, season by season coverage including full results listings of the Super 12 and match by match reports of the Tri Nations tournament. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 2005 ?? pages Ref: TC2-bkhitu-howitt2005sanzar* - £30.00

 

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"Oxford v Cambridge - The Story of the Varsity Match" by Howard Marshall 

story of the Varsity match, a second-hand hardback with a repaired dust wrapper that has some of the edges missing  
1st Edition: 1951 Pages: 256 Ref: bkhitu-marshall1951-enun -  £18.00

 

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"The Bowring Story of the Varsity Match" by David Frost 

Complete history of the Varsity match, includes excellent statistical section with match by match breakdown., a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in excellent condition. 
1st Edition: 1988 Pages: 256 Ref: LA-bkhitu-frost1988-enun - £19.00

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIA  -  BRITISH & IRISH LIONS  -  ENGLAND  -  FIJI  -  FRANCE  -  IRELAND  -   ITALY  -  NEW ZEALAND  -  SCOTLAND  -  SOUTH AFRICA  -   USA  -  WALES 

    1823 to 1914       -        1915 to 1939        -        1940 to 1959         -        1960 +

EARLY RUGBY  -  MODERN HISTORIES  -  GROUNDS  -  TOURNAMENTS/COMPETITIONS  -  ANTHOLOGIES  -  HISTORIES MISC  -  REFERENCE

 

EARLY RUGBY  1780 - 1914

These are the early works published on the sport of Rugby Football. Most contain historical, coaching and instructional information, all have comments relating to the period in which the book was published, these books are a route map on how the game has developed through the ages.

 

"Athletics & Football" by Montague Shearman - Badminton Library

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First published in 1887, four editions exist of this early history (1887, 1888, 1889 & 1894). The book is split into two parts Athletics (265 pages) and Football (142 pages) this is a very good early history of all forms of football,  Rugby (40 pages), Soccer (30 pages), and includes the different school games, Eton, Harrow, Winchester, as well as mediaeval football. The work also includes chapters on rugby coaching. According the the "Origin of Rugby Football" booklet that named Webb-Ellis as the inventor of rugby this book was incorrect in its conclusion that the game of Rugby started as folk football. 

  

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First Edition: 1887 - 408 pages - This is the first (1887) edition, a second-hand hardback with the original illustrated cover, the condition is very good and the book is still tightly bound.

Ref: bkhi1887-shearman -  £375.00

  

1892 - "FOOTBALL - THE RUGBY UNION GAME" - Rev F Marshall (Editor)

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"FOOTBALL - THE RUGBY UNION GAME" - Rev F Marshall (Editor) - with special chapters by AG Guillemard, G Rowland Hill, H Vassall, Arthur Budd, HH Almon, CJB Marriott and W Cail, etc. etc. - published by Cassell and Company Ltd.

This is the classic 19th century history and the earliest published complete history of the game. The early chapters (click on contents, top row of  illustrations to view the chapters in the book) include a history of the origin of the game. It includes the various games played at the public schools of Rugby, Eton, Harrow, Winchester and the Scottish Schools. Histories of the the formation of the English, Scottish, Irish & Welsh Unions appear in various chapters throughout the book as well as lengthy chapters of rugby at Oxbridge. Other important chapters include overseas tours, international matches & players. The book is superbly illustrated throughout with many photos of teams and individuals, (see list of illustrations). It has illustrated boards, it is very unlikely this book was ever published with a dust wrapper. The book was published in three editions, 1892, 1894 & 1925 Please see below for editions currently available:-

 

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1892 - 1st Edition - "Football - The Rugby Union Game" by Rev F Marshall (Editor)  -  First Edition - published in 1892 - 515 pages - a copy in good condition, there are some signs of light wear to the edges of the covers and a previous owner has signed his name on half title page. Overall this is a good copy of this fantastic history.

Ref: bkhi1892-marshall-ed.1 - £195.00

 

marshall-cover.jpg (47630 bytes) 1894 - Revised and updated (2nd) edition - "Football - The Rugby Union Game" by Rev F Marshall (Editor)  - published in 1894, 564 pages.  -  This is the rarer of the two early printings of this classic history. Contains all the information of the 1892 edition and additional information has been added including reviews of the 1892/3 & 1893/4 seasons. The book is in good condition with some light wear to the edges of the spine, a former owner has neatly inscribed his name and date, 1922.

Ref:  bkhi1894-marshall-ed2 - £199.00

 

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1925 - 3rd Edition "Football - The Rugby Union Game" by the late Rev F Marshall (Editor) & Leonard Tosswill   -  Revised and updated edition - published - 399 pages  Condensed version of the 1894 edition, updated to include 1924 All Blacks tour etc. 

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This is an interesting historical copy, a Christmas gift from 'Ambrose' to 'Shaker' (Newport and Wales, Rosslyn Park and Army, R.A. and London Welsh). A photograph of a soldier in uniform has also been added together with another inscription (faded). Some research would be needed to identify these players. The book is in nice condition with some light foxing. Overall this is a very good copy of this outstanding history.

 Ref: bkhi1925-marshall-ed3* - £75.00

 

1896 - TWO THREE QUARTERS & OTHER VULGAR FRACTIONS

"A FOOTBALL FANTASY"

by WS Douglas

published by Gay & Bird, London 1896

A previously un-catalogued* fictional tale, the story revolving around football played under 'Rugby rules'. The book opens with a discussion between Digby Harrison and Miss Champion in the grandstand about the placing of the ball and  players being allowed to charge the kicker. The plot then revolves around 'football' throughout the story. 

The 186 page book was formerly part of the library of H.M.S Newcastle. The spine has a small part missing to the bottom. The inside cover has a Montevideo, Uruguay, booksellers label and a HMS Newcastle library sticker.

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*The book does not appear in either Jenkins Rugby Compendium or McLaren's handbook of Rugby Literature. It is therefore an extremely rare publication relating to rugby football.

Ref: TC6-bkfc1896-douglas.ws - £1450.00

   

 

1897 - "The Origin of Rugby Football" Report (with appendices) of the sub-committee of the Old Rugbeian Society - appointed in July 1895

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In 1887, Montague Shearman's book 'Athletics and Football' suggested that the game of Football played in Rugby School was a direct descendant of 'original football' the type played in towns across England. Subsequent editions including one dated 1894 repeated this claim while the second edition of the Rev Marshall's book on Rugby Union also dated 1894 claimed the game of Rugby Football was invented by the Romans. The Old Rugbeian Society were keen to discredit both opinions however Old Rugbeians had contributed many chapters to Marshall's edited work and to discredit Marshall's book would have placed doubt on their own contributions. Early investigations into the origin of Rugby Football were completed by Henry Francis Wilson, before the Old Rugbeian Society set up a sub-committee whose sole purpose was to place the origin of Rugby Football at Rugby School. 

The content of the report set about disproving Shearman's analysis of Rugby Football's origin and to confirm the origin of 'Rugby Football' as having been invented at Rugby School. This report was commissioned in 1895 and published in 1897. It is without doubt one of the most important, if not THE most important book in the recorded history of Rugby Football. It is also one of sports greatest confidence tricks. In naming the William Webb Ellis event as the origin of Rugby Football, the conclusion of this book even though it is blatantly incorrect is still championed by the governing body of the sport today. The report misrepresents the work of  Matthew Bloxam, saying that he named Webb Ellis as the inventor of rugby. The truth however is that Bloxam, believed that Ellis was playing the same game that he played during his time at the school in the early 1800s. He only mentioned that Webb Ellis initiated the change in one of the rules, therefore the game that Webb Ellis played, a form of 'football' played only at Rugby School, existed long before Ellis was a pupil there. This game of ' football' should not be confused with modern day 'football' (Association Football) which was created in 1863. This book was published with a soft cover in very limited numbers.

This edition has the former owner's name written on the front cover and a small corner missing from the top right. The former owner of this book being none other than Les Gracie whose greatest moment of triumph on the rugby field came exactly 100 years later than Webb-Ellis' is reputed to have ran with the ball. Captaining Scotland at Cardiff in 1923 Gracie scored a brilliant try with just two minutes remaining on the clock to record the first Scottish win in Cardiff since 1890. The crowd then carried him shoulder high from the field and the match is is recorded in the annals of rugby history as 'Gracie's Match' 

ARCHIBALD LESLIE “BILL” GRACIE was born in Colombo in October 1896, the son of missionaries. He was educated at Eltham College and Jesus College, Oxford. In December 1915 he joined the Inns of Court Regiment and in November 1916 he was commissioned into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He was demobilized in 1920. 

In 1921 he received his first cap from Scotland as a centre against France; he was to be capped again on a further twelve occasions, the last against France in Paris on 1 January 1924. His best-known International was the aforementioned against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park in February 1923 when, playing with Eric Liddell (of future Olympic and ‘Chariots of Fire’ fame), he scored the winning try. In Gracie’s own account of the event he later recalled: “Running, slightly diagonally to the left to go between Arthur Cornish (Wales) and “Codger” Johnson (Wales) whom I saw in a flash was in two minds – whether to go for me or run between me and Liddell and prevent me passing to the latter … As I went on, the way opened up for me and the tactics to be adopted were as plain as a pikestaff. Whether I dummied or not I do not remember but I was just able to swerve round my opposite number and in doing so saw I had Male (Welsh fullback) on the wrong foot and all I had to do was to carry on over the line. But here I nearly spoilt everything. The dead-ball line at Cardiff was desperately close to the goal line and in trying to touch down near the posts I recklessly ran along the dead ball line, only inches off it, till the close proximity of Cornish and Jenkins made me decide to drop on the ball”. 

Gracie was commissioned as War Service Captain in July 1939, serving again with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He was Camp Commandant, Allied Forces Headquarters (British Section), North Africa and Italy, 1942-1945, retiring after the War. He died in Northampton in August 1982.

The book is sold together with the hardcover signed limited edition book  'Understanding the Origin and Evolution of Sport' - Volume 1 - Rugby Union' by Dai Richards which dedicates three chapters to the report giving an in depth analysis of its contents with additional information relating to the correspondence of the former pupils contained in the report. The 1897 report is an extremely rare and important publication.

1st Edition: 1897 50 pages Ref: LB-bkhi.pb1897-old.rugbeians-ep - £3450.00

 

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1898 - "Rugby Football " by Harry Vassall & Arthur Budd
The All England Series, published by George Bell and Sons. A mainly instructional book with additional chapters on professionalism, refereeing & the Northern Union. This book is in excellent condition with one or two very small defects on front cover and distributors stamp on inside cover. This is the second edition of this book, the previous edition was published in 1889. Very rare, a second-hand hardback with illustrated boards 
2nd Edition: 1898 Pages: 78 Ref: bkhi1898-vassall - £850.00

 

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1903 - "Rugby Union Football" by Capt Phillip Trevor
Published in London by Chapman & Hall. A nicely illustrated front cover. An interesting selection of rugby topics from professionalism to positional play. There is an excellent section on "leading football clubs - their record and chief players", a second-hand hardback with illustrated boards, no dust wrapper, it's very unlikely there was ever one issued with this book, there is some foxing to the pages but overall this is a nice copy .     
1st Edition: 1903 Pages: 278 Ref: bkhi1903-trevor - £195.00

 

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1904 - "RUGBY FOOTBALL" by Jerome J Rahilly (London Irish RFC)
An early coaching book with some historical chapters, it starts off with a short history of the game and ends with a chapter on Rugby in other countries. Other chapters include "The Style of Play", "The Player" , "The Captain" and "Training for football", interesting sections on diet, drinking and smoking, Rahilly states "Confirmed smokers may be made seriously ill if they suddenly give up their accustomed pipe after meals, they should on no account be urged to do so". Includes the "Rules of the Game", a superbly illustrated front cover, very unlikely a dust jacket was issued with this book. Published by C Arthur Pearson, London, a second-hand hardback with illustrated boards in good condition
1st Edition - 1904 Pages 123pp Ref:  bkhi1904-rahilly -  £450.00

 

1907 - "Modern Rugby Football" by AH Baskerville

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A coaching book by the man who was responsible for the 'All Golds', New Zealand's first Rugby League team. The focus of the book however is rugby union with the main emphasis the method of play of the 1905/6 All Black Originals captained by Dave Gallaher. A secondhand hardback with illustrated boards, there is a small mark (see illustration) to the front cover, the binding is nice and tight and there is very little foxing to the pages. 
First Edition: 1907 128 pages Ref: bkhi1907-baskerville-mo - £495.00

 

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"The Modern Rugby Game " by E Gwyn Nicholls 
A book by Welsh captain Gwyn Nicholls published by 'Health & Strength' in 1908, titled "The Modern Rugby Game". Primarily a coaching book Nicholls draws on his personal experiences as a player to highlight the various facets of the game. Includes a detailed description of the scrum tactics that 'stole' the loosehead from the All Blacks. It is very unlikely that this book was published with a dust wrapper. A secondhand hard back book with illustrated covers in pristine condition.
1st Edition: 1908 96 pages Ref: bkhi1908-nicholls.modern - £375.00

 

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"Players and Slayers" by Leo Fanning

Stories, sometimes humorous of early New Zealand rugby. A secondhand paperback, the front cover is loose with some tape marks, the back cover and spine missing, the first page has a tear with sellotape reapirs, the rest of the binding is tight and the pages are in very good condition.

1st Edition: 1910 149 pages Ref: bkhi1910.fanning-pb - £135.00

 

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RUGGER RHYMES - by T.H.E. Baillie

RUGGER RHYMES - by T.H.E. Baillie, illustrated by Leo Munro. A nicely illustrated soft back book with illustrations taken from 'The illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News'. The date of publication is unknown, we have found Leo Munro illustrations in the above publication dated 1905.The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News changed it's name to 'Country Life' in 1945 so the date of publication can be assumed to be in the period 1900 - 1945. This is a previously unknown publication which does not appear in the Dave McLaren or John Jenkins rugby bibliographies. It is therefore an extremely rare book. This particular copy has 'review copy' stamped on the title page with a name which looks to be 'Arthur Shipham' written on the front, There are a couple of nicks and tears on the spine. We would scan some of the illustrations but the binding is very tight and damage would occur so please excuse the quality of the photos.

From the JBG Thomas collection - click here for more info

Ref: PC11-bkhi1900s-rugger-rhymes - £1450.00-xb

 

  Other books which include the development of the game can be found on the General Sport page - to visit this page Click Here

 

1915 - 1939

1920 - "Rugby Football - How to Succeed" by HBT Wakelam
A coaching & instructional manual, published by Evans Brothers Ltd, London in several editions from 1920. Published with the approval of the Rugby Football Union, very well illustrated with photos from major matches at Twickenham. Please see below for editions available:-
45.jpg (68672 bytes) This edition: 1936, 32 pages A secondhand booklet in very good condition.  Ref: bkhi1936-wakelam.succeed-bl - £20.00
44.jpg (85216 bytes) This edition: 1950, 32 pages A secondhand booklet with a slight crease down the centre.  Ref: bkhi1950-wakelam.succeed-bl - £10.00

 

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1921 - "Some Notes On Rugby Football" collected from various sources by Rev H Ewbank

The Rev H Ewbank was the captain of Cumberland 1907 - 1920. He put together this 4 page booklet of advice, copies could be purchased from Mr A Smith of Sheffield, price twopence. In the notes for the half backs it states "His first duty is to pass". This is a 'specimen edition' containing additional 'training' information. A foolscap size four page pamphlet with heavy folding creases. 
published approx 1921 4 pages F78-3-bkhi1921-ewbank - £25.00

 

05.jpg (24279 bytes) 1922 - "Rugby Football & How to Play it" by JMB Scott
Coaching book by Scottish international, illustrated with diagrams & photos, a second-hand hardback, no dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1922 Pages: 108 Ref: bkhi1922-scott.jmb-ycnnduwp  -  £15.00

 

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1922 - "Rugby Football" by DR Gent
Book by Gloucester & England scrum half Dai Gent, mostly coaching, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper, good condition 

1st Edition: 1922

Pages: 224

Ref: bkhi1922-gent - £ 39.00

 

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1924 - "Modern Rugby Football" by CJB Marriott
a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper that has a small piece missing from the spine.
1st Edition: 1924 Pages: 138 Ref: bkhi1924-marriott-ycwiduwp - £65.00

 

 

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1924 - "Modern Rugby Football" by CJB Marriot
a second-hand hardback with out a dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1924 Pages: 138 Ref: bkhi1924-marriott-ycnnduwp* - £25.00

 

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1924 - "RUGBY FOOTBALL and How to Play it" by WJA Davies 

(captain of the England XV 1920-23)

A coaching book with good historical content. Including chapters on "Memories of Great International Matches", "Navy's Proud Record" and post and pre-war (World War I) rugby.. WJA Davies captain of England and the Royal Navy XVs gives his view on how the game should be played championing Poulton-Palmer's three-quarter system and French rugby of the early 1920s. Published by Webster's of London - this book is almost impossible to find with a dust wrapper, a second-hand hardback  without a dust wrapper, there notations and ticks to the first few pages. 
1st Edition - 1924 Pages - 254 Ref bkhi1924-davies.wja-ycnnduwp* - £19.00

 

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1925 - "Rugby Football-Hints On How To Play It" by LR Tosswill
A coaching book with some nice photographs taken from early 1920s French, Irish & Welsh matches, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper 
1st Edition: 1925 128 pages Ref: bkhi1925-tosswill.hints-ycnnduwp** - £75.00

 

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1926 - "A Text Book on Rugby Football" by IMB Stuart
well illustrated coaching manual by Irish international, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper, former owners name & sticker on front endpaper, generally very good condition.
1st Edition: 1926 Pages:  135 Ref: bkhi1926-stuart-ycwiduwp - £45.00

 

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1926 - "A Text Book on Rugby Football" by IMB Stuart
well illustrated coaching manual by Irish international, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1926 Pages:  135 Ref: TL104-RR-bkhi1926-stuart.text-ycnnduwp* - £18.00

 

64.jpg (37208 bytes) 1926 - "A Lecture on Rugby Football" by PC Adams
PC Adams was President of the Old Edwardians FC and a member of the RFU committee. the lecture was given to his old school King Edward's, Birmingham. A second-hand booklet with titles etc on the front cover underlined in pencil. A very rare publication.
1st Edition: 1926 40 pages Ref: bkhi1926-adams-bl -  £65.00

 

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1927 - "Rugby - The Game" by 'Ompax'
A coaching book with chapters on the development of the game, how the game should be played, even how the game should be watched. Of Scottish origin, it is not known who 'Ompax' was, the Scottish international KG MacLeod wrote the foreword. The measurements of the book are 12.5cm x 18cm x 1.8cm, a second-hand hardback with light wear to the front cover, generally the book is in good condition, it is believed to have been published without a dust wrapper   
1st Edition: 1927 152 pages Ref: bkhi1927-ompax - £55.00 

 

1927 - "Rugger" by Wakefield & Marshall

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A general book on rugby with views and comments of players, personalities and issues of the period, a large section on coaching includes techniques rather than positions, this is how to play the game by England's Grand Slam captain Wavell Wakefield, the most successful and celebrated British player of the 1920s, supplementary information includes club histories, laws of the game, international & player records, an out of print secondhand hardback without a dust wrapper. Noted faults, light wear to the dust wrapper and heavy foxing to the blank front and back pages.  

1st Edition: 1927 Pages: 491 Ref: bkhi1927-wakefield.rugger-ycnnduwp* -  £40.00

 

1927 - "Rugger" by Wakefield & Marshall

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A general book on rugby with views and comments of players, personalities and issues of the period, a large section on coaching includes techniques rather than positions, this is how to play the game by England's Grand Slam captain Wavell Wakefield, the most successful and celebrated British player of the 1920s, supplementary information includes club histories, laws of the game, international & player records, an out of print secondhand hardback without a dust wrapper. Noted faults: foxing to the blank front and back pages.

SIGNED BY WAVELL WAKEFIELD TO THE INSIDE BLANK PAGES

1st Edition: 1927 Pages: 491 Ref: PL65-bkhi1927-wakefield.rugger-au -  £70.00

 

1928 - "RUGBY FOOTBALL" by WJA Davies (captain of the England XV 1920-23)

A coaching book with some historical content. An abridged version of Davies' 1924 volume "Rugby Football and How to Play it". 

published in 1928 160 pages Ref bkhi1928-davies-rrfo-ycnnduwp* - £19.00

 

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1928 - "Rugby Football" by W Livingstone Irwin

A coaching & instructional book, includes chapters on refereeing and captaincy, A very rare publication, published by Warne & Co, London, a second-hand paperback with some loss to the spine and light wear to the front cover.

1st Edition: 1928 Pages: 64 Ref: bkhi1928-irwin-pb -  £125.00

 

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1930 - "Twickenham Calling" by HBT Wakelam
"A book for players and spectators of rugby football". Mainly a coaching book but the last two chapters deal with the development of the game in the early part of the 20th century, Nicholls & Gallaher etc, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1930 Pages: 165 Ref: bkhi1930-wakelam.twickenham-yvnnduwp** - £40.00

 

1930 - "Rugger" by Wakefield & Marshall

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A general book on rugby with views and comments of players, personalities and issues of the period, a large section on coaching includes techniques rather than positions, this is how to play the game by England's Grand Slam captain Wavell Wakefield, the most successful and celebrated British player of the 1920s,. Supplementary information includes club histories, laws of the game, international & player records. An out of print hardback book without a dust wrapper. (overall condition: good - noted faults: small split to the top of the spine)  

New and cheaper edition, published Sept 1930 509 pages Ref: bkhi1930-wakefield.rugger -  £19.00

 

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An illustrated coaching book with some observations on rugby by the author, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1930 198 pages Ref: bkhi1930-stuart.theory - £25.00

 

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1930 - "Rugger and How to Play It" by Wakefield & Marshall
A coaching book which draws largely on the 1927 book 'Rugger' by the same authors, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper 
This Edition: 1930 Pages: 194 Ref: bkhi1930-wakefield.how.to.play.it -  £12.00

 

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1931 - "Rugby Football Today" by EHD Sewell
A great general history, includes a history of the 'rugby ball' by James Gilbert, a chapter on schoolboy rugby, biography of the late J Aikman Smith (Scottish President), this book contains many little historical gems not found in other publications. Includes a previews the 1931/2 South African tour and history of previous tours to the British Isles, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1931 352 pages Ref: bkhi1931-sewell-ycnnduwp - £45.00

 

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1932 - "Rugby Football" by DR Gent
Another book by Gloucester & England scrum half Dai Gent, although also called "Rugby Football" as is his 1922 book this is a not an updated version or a reprint, it is a completely different book. It's still mostly coaching, but it also draws on the reminiscences of Gent's playing career in more detail, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper, in good condition 
1st Edition: 1932 Pages: 224 Ref: bkhi1932-gent - £25.00

 

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1932 - "Rugger Stories" by HP Marshall
Anthology - A collection of stories on the game put together by Marshall, interesting historical content, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper, in good condition 
1st Edition: 1932 Pages: 303 Ref: bkhi1932-marshall.stories* - £65.00

 

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published by the "Cricket Press" 

Guaranteed Revised to Date - A small pocket sized softcover containing the Laws of the game and hints to players, some great adverts for balls and boots making this booklet a real gem, this is the 2nd edition of this booklet that we have seen, the other covered the season 1926/7, the front cover states that it is the 63rd year of publication. A secondhand softcover booklet with some light staining to the front cover. 
published in 1932 36 pages Ref: bkhi1932.3.lw.oscr-press-bl - £85.00

 

B-32.jpg (31213 bytes) 1933 - "How to Play Rugby Football" by WJA Davies
Mostly coaching but with some historical references, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper which has small pieces missing from around the edges. 
1st Edition:  1933 Pages: 163 Ref: bkhi1933-davies.wja-ycwiduwp* -  £38.00

 

B-32.jpg (31213 bytes) 1933 - "How to Play Rugby Football" by WJA Davies
Mostly coaching but with some historical references, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper 
1st Edition:  1933 Pages: 163 Ref: bkhi1933-davies.wja-ycnnduwp* - £15.00

 

rugger-wake-marsh.jpg (26097 bytes) 1935 - "Rugger & How to Play it" by Wakefield & Marshall
Coaching book - a second-hand hardback in good condition without dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1935 Pages: 194 Ref: bkhi1935-wakefield* - £14.00

 

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1936 - "Rugby Football" by HBT Wakelam
coaching & instructional manual, some historical content, a second-hand hardback, small piece missing from dust wrapper 
1st Edition: 1936 Pages: 223 Ref: bkhi1936-wakelam-rrfo.ycwiduwp - £24.00

 

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1936 - "Rugby Football" by HBT Wakelam
coaching & instructional manual, some historical content, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1936 Pages: 223 Ref: bkhi1936-wakelam-rrfo.ycnnduwp* - £9.00

 

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1936 - "The Game Goes On" by HBT Wakelam
Historical rugby stories - an interesting read, chapters by rugby personalities of the time including Adrian Stoop, Jack Manchester, Cyril Gadney, Jock Wemyss, Emille de Lissa, Dai Gent & Cove-Smith. Includes excellent chapters on famous years, England 1924, Ireland 1926, Wales 1905, Scotland 1925. Chapters on Lions tours, 1924 S Africa, 1927 Argentine, 1930 NZ & Australia, Cambridge University to USA 1934. Recommended Reading, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper, foxing throughout, generally the book is in good condition. 
1st Edition: 1936 Pages: 340 Ref: bkhi1936-wakelam.game.goes-ycnnduwp* -  £25.00

 

16.jpg (37517 bytes) 1937 - "Rugby Football"  by Cliff Jones
A coaching book by Wales outside half, introduction and 'afterthoughts' by 1905 stars Gwyn Nicholls and Percy Bush, a second-hand hardback no dust wrapper - signed & inscribed copy
1st Edition: 1937 Pages: 178 Ref: bkhi1937-jones.c-au -  £25.00

 

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1938 - "In Search of Rugby Football" by JM Kilburn
The author's memories and thoughts about rugby football, chapters on players, grounds, matches, an interesting read, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper, in good condition
1st Edition: 1938 Pages: 174 Ref: bkhi1938-kilburn  -  £15.00

 

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1938 - "The Game Goes On" by HBT Wakelam
Historical rugby stories - an interesting read, chapters by rugby personalities of the time including Adrian Stoop, Jack Manchester, Cyril Gadney, Jock Wemyss, Emille de Lissa, Dai Gent & Cove-Smith. Includes excellent chapters on famous years, England 1924, Ireland 1926, Wales 1905, Scotland 1925. Chapters on Lions tours, 1924 S Africa, 1927 Argentine, 1930 NZ & Australia, Cambridge University to USA 1934. Recommended Reading, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper, good condition. First published in 1936 
Revised Edition: 1938 Pages: 340 Ref: bkhi1938-wakelam.game.goes.ed2 -  £25.00

 

HBT WAKELAM

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1938 - "Half Time - The Mike and Me" by HBT Wakelam

1920s & 30s journalist and broadcaster - an interesting look at pre-war rugby and sport, a second-hand hardback in good condition, no dust wrapper

1st Edition 1938 Pages 344 Ref: bkbijoen-wakelam.h.1938-xb - £38.00

 

B-33.jpg (34399 bytes) 1939 - "School Football-A Rugby Handbook for the Scholar & Player"
by TA Fletcher published by the NZRFU
An in depth manual for future All Blacks, a second-hand paperback  in good condition 
1st Edition: 1939 Pages: 136 Ref: bkhi1939-fletcher-pb - £25.00

 

1940 - 1960

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1944 - "Rugger: The Man's Game" by EHD Sewell
Excellent historical content, the author has seen just about every important match in the British Isles up to this date including 187 internationals. His memories include Wales v NZ 1905, South African tours of 1906 & 1912, chapters include great tries and great kicks. Other contributors to this book include CB Fry, Harry Packer Dr Joe Wallace & John Daniell, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper 
1st Edition: 1944 Pages:  276 Ref: bkhi1944-sewell.rugger-ed1.ycnnduwp -  £10.00

 

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1945 - "Great Games and Great Players"  by VAS Beanland
General sporting stories, about 50% are rugby including an account of Wales v NZ 1905, chapters include 'Professionalism & Poaching', 'Some Irish Experiences', a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper, in good condition 
1st Edition: 1945 Pages: 151 Ref: bkhi1945-beanland - £45.00

 

21.jpg (87924 bytes) 1945 - "Rugby Football" by AE Mitchell
Coaching book published by NSW Rugby Union, a second-hand paperback bound in hardback, retaining original covers, ex library
1st Edition: 1945 Pages: 80 Ref: bkhi1945-mitchell-bl -  £60.00

 

22.jpg (85988 bytes) 1946 - "What Do You Know About Rugby Football" by TH Bosward
Coaching booklet containing articles previously published in 'Rugby News', published by NSW Rugby Union, a second-hand booklet in good condition
1st Edition: 1946 Pages: 62 Ref: bkhi1946-bosward-bl -  £60.00

 

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1946 - "Rugby Football For Schools" by JT Hankinson
An in depth instructional book for schools first published in 1946, well illustrated, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper
1st edition 1946 181 pages Ref: bkhi.1946-hankinson-sh.ycnnduwp  -  £12.00

 

14.jpg (2068158 bytes) 1946 - "Rugger Practice & Tactics" by HF McDonald & J Idwal Rees
A coaching book first published in 1938, a second-hand hardback with minor repairs to the dust wrapper
2nd Reprint: 1946 141 pages Ref: bkhi1946-mcdonald.practice - £15.00

 

1946 - "Rugger...Do It This Way" by Mark Sugden & Gerry Hollis
An instructional book, mostly photographic plates showing players 'how it should be done'. First published in 1946 this book was reprinted several times, please see below for the editions available to puchase. 
63.jpg (104204 bytes) 1st edition 1946, 44 pages a secondhand hardback with a small piece missing from the dust wrapper Ref: bkhi1946-sugden-ed.1  -  £12.00

no image available 1st reprint, July 1947, 44 pages a secondhand hardback without a dust wrapper Ref: TL9-bkhi1947-sugden-ed.1rp*  -  £6.00

no image available 2nd edition, November 1960, 87 pages a secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition Ref: bkhi1960-sugden-ed2  - £12.00

62.jpg (76295 bytes) 2nd edition reprint, 1962, 80 pages a secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition Ref: bkhi1960-sugden-ed2rp  - £9.00

 

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1947 - "Rugger: The Man's Game" by EHD Sewell
Excellent historical content, the author has seen just about every important match in the British Isles up to this date including 187 internationals. His memories include Wales v NZ 1905, South African tours of 1906 & 1912, chapters include great tries and great kicks. Other contributors to this book include CB Fry, Harry Packer Dr Joe Wallace & John Daniell, a second-hand hardback in good condition without a dust wrapper
2nd impresssion 1947 278 pages Ref: bkhi1947-sewell.rugger.ie2*  - £19.00

 

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1948 - "Rugby Recollections" by WJ Townsend Collins "Dromio" foreword by Tommy Vilet
Memories of Newport based journalist. This is a fantastic look back at 60 years of early rugby including chapters on the great players and incidents from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. A look at the tourists from Australia, New Zealand & South Africa. Well illustrated with many photos of teams and individual players, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper SIGNED by Terry McLean
1st edition: 1948 Pages: 224 Ref: bkhi1948-collins-au-mclean - £35.00

 

20.jpg (25376 bytes) 1948 - "Die Grondbeginsels van Rugby (The basic principles of Rugby), by Danie Craven
Illustrated coaching book, - text in Afrikaans, a second-hand hardback no dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1948 Pages: 310 Ref: bkhi1948-craven - £25.00

 

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1949 - "Days Without Sunset"  by D Batchelor
General sports book with rugby chapters including a great chapter on the 1924 All Black Invincibles, with particular emphasis on George Nepia, a second-hand hardback, dust wrapper has some tears around edges
1st Edition: 1949 Pages: 283 Ref: bkhi1949-batchelor -  £40.00

 

12.jpg (202192 bytes) 1949 - "Rugby Football"  by Cliff Jones
A coaching book by Wales outside half, introduction and 'afterthoughts' by 1905 stars Gwyn Nicholls and Percy Bush, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper (Noted faults: some internal foxing)
3rd Edition: 1949 171 pages Ref: bkhi.1949-jones-rrfoed3.ycnnduwp - £14.00

 

14.jpg (2068158 bytes) 1949 - "Rugger Practice & Tactics" by HF McDonald & J Idwal Rees
A coaching book, a second-hand hardback with minor repairs to the dust wrapper
3rd Reprint: 1949 141 pages Ref: bkhi1949-mcdonald.practice - £15.00

 

"Teach Yourself Rugby Football"  by FNS Creek 

One of the highly successful 'Teach Yourself Books' series, this book was first published in 1950. Initially written by FNS Creek it was updated by the former England coach Don Rutherford in the latter editions. Please click on the link below for available editions of this book.

TEACH YOURSELF RUGBY FOOTBALL by FNS CREEK

 

68.jpg (60019 bytes) 10.jpg (429571 bytes) 1950 - "Rugby Football" by Haydn Tanner
Coaching and tactics from a legendary Welsh scrum half, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper that is worn, some water damage to the lower part of the first couple of pages.
1st Edition: 1950 147 pages Ref: bkhi1950-tanner  -  £15.00

 

91.jpg (60678 bytes) 1950 - "Steps to First Class Rugger"  by G De La Condamine
concentrates mainly on the skills of the game, foreword by Wavell Wakefield, a second-hand hardback with pieces missing from the front and back of the dust wrapper. 
1st Edition:  1950 Pages: 154 Ref: bkhi1950-de.la.condamine  -  £12.00

 

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1950 - "Rugger:The Man's Game" by EHD Sewell
Excellent historical content, the author has seen just about every important match in the British Isles up to this date including 187 internationals. His memories include Wales v NZ 1905, South African tours of 1906 & 1912, chapters include great tries and great kicks. Other contributors to this book include CB Fry, Harry Packer Dr Joe Wallace & John Daniell. Originally published in 1944, this is an updated and revised edition dated 1950, a second-hand hardback with very good dust wrapper 
This Edition: 1950 Pages:  276 Ref: bkhi1950-sewell-edrw** -  £27.00

 

44.jpg (36448 bytes) 1950 - "Let's Talk Rugger" by BH Travers
Detailed, in depth illustrated coaching book. A second-hand hardback, some creasing and minor tears to dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1950 Pages:  246 Ref: bkhi1950-travers  -  £12.00

 

10.jpg (20741 bytes) 1952 - "Rugby Union Football by HLV Day
General advice by Day who in his time played for Leicester and England. Includes personal memories and a chapter on memorable matches. a second-hand hardback, large chunk missing from the dust wrapper.
1st Edition: 1952 Pages:  203 Ref: bkhi1952-day.hlv  -  £9.00

 

08.jpg (12623 bytes) 1952 - "The Manual Of Rugby Union Football by HF Ellis
In depth coaching manual, a second-hand hardback with some tears and minor loss to the dust wrapper. 
1st Edition:1952 280 pages Ref: bkhi1952-ellis.manual.ed1 - £10.00

 

35.jpg (215852 bytes) 1952 - "The Manual Of Rugby Union Football by HF Ellis
In depth coaching manual, a second-hand hardback in good condition without a dust wrapper. 
1st Edition:1952 Pages: 280 Ref: bkhi1952-ellis.manual-ed1.ycnnduwp - £8.00

 

88.jpg (58465 bytes) 1952 - "How to Play Rugger" by BH Travers
originally published as "Let's Talk Rugger", a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st edition: 1952 Pages:  248 Ref: bkhi1952-travers  - £19.00

 

08.jpg (12623 bytes) 1953 - "The Manual Of Rugby Union Football by HF Ellis
In depth coaching manual, a second-hand hardback with some tears and minor loss to the dust wrapper. 
2nd Impression 1953 Pages: 280 Ref: bkhi1953-ellis.hf.2nd.imp - £6.50

 

07.jpg (16511 bytes) 1953 - "Rugby Football" by John Mainwaring
First published in 1950. A coaching book that also includes a short history of the game, a second-hand hardback, dust wrapper torn
Reprint: 1953 Pages: 102 Ref: bkhi1953-mainwaring  -  £6.00

 

09.jpg (19580 bytes) 1954 - "Play Better Rugby" by HLV Day
Coaching book by former Leicester and England international, uses match photos to illustrate coaching points. A secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition
1st edition 1954 104 pages Ref: bkhi1954-day.hlv.play.better-rr - £14.50

 

32.jpg (60656 bytes) 1954 - "Rugby Football" by Louis T Stanley - Sport in Action Series
Well illustrated coaching book, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper that has minor tape repairs
1st Edition: 1954 Pages:  132 Ref: bkhi1954-stanley.osaiie  - £15.00

 

42.jpg (35709 bytes) 1955 - "Bob Scott On Rugby" by Bob Scott
tactical analysis by All Black great, a second-hand hardback with small pieces missing from the dust wrapper
This Edition: 1955 Pages:  155 Ref: bkhi1955-scott.on-rr* - £9.00

 

01.jpg (43125 bytes) 1955 - "How to Play Rugger" by BH Travers
originally published as "Let's Talk Rugger", a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
3rd Revised Edition: 1955 Pages:  272 Ref: bkhi55-bht  -  £9.00

 

41.jpg (63352 bytes) 1957 - "Rugby Football - The Gilbert Story" by James Gilbert
A very good history of the rugby ball, well illustrated with chapters on the centenary match of 1923, ancient history of rugby football and the laws of rugby football prior to 1860, an invaluable resource for the rugby historian. a second-hand booklet in very good condition.
published in 1957 52 pages Ref: LB-bkhi1957-gilbert-rrfo-bl - £49.00

 

20.jpg (161755 bytes) 1958 - "Rugby Football Tactics" by John Gwilliam
1950 & 1952 Wales Grand Slam captain & 1950 British Lions tourist, includes photos, memories and tactics used from these great campaigns, a second-hand ex-library hardback book without a dust wrapper. (Noted faults include small marks to the covers and the usual library markings) 
1st Edition: 1958 Pages: 104 Ref: bkhi1958-gwilliam.tactics-ycnnduwp - £8.00

 

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1958 - "Rugby Football For Schools" by JT Hankinson
An in depth instructional book for schools first published in 1946, well illustrated, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper. 

Overall condition: good - Noted faults some light foxing and a small tear to the dust wrapper

2nd edition 1958 172 pages Ref: bkhi1958-hankinson-sh.ed2 - £15.00

 

09.jpg (40522 bytes) 1959 - "Report On Rugby"  by MORGAN/NICHOLSON
An interesting historical view of the game of rugby, rugby from a different perspective, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 1959 232 pages Ref: bkhi1959-morgan.report** -  £7.00

 

RUGBY HISTORIES WRITTEN IN MODERN TIMES  since 1960

06.jpg (548365 bytes) 06b.jpg (614302 bytes) "RUGBY UNION MEMORABILIA - A HISTORY AND COLLECTOR'S GUIDE" by Phil Atkinson
An in depth look at the collecting of rugby memorabilia, a second hand papreback book in very good condition 
published in 2016 96 pages FAC-bkhimo-atkinson2016memorabilia-pb - £14.00

 

50.jpg (664016 bytes) "Rucking & Rolling - 60 Years of International Rugby" by Peter Bills
A look at the history of Rugby Union since the heady amateur days of the 1950s to the multi-million pound global sport of the 2000s. A history that includes interviews with Tony O'Reilly, Colin Meads, Jean Pierre-Rives, Gareth Edwards, Danie Gerber, Andrew Slack, David Campese, Francois Pienaar, Mike Catt & Martin Johson.  A large format secondhand book with a dust wrapper in very good condition 
1st Edition 2007 256 pages Ref: LA-bkhimo-bills2007rucking* - £25.00

 

"DIE VERHAAL VAN RUGBY" (The Story of Rugby) by Danie Craven
The story of Rugby by South African supremo Danie Craven, text in Afrikaans, a second-hand ex-school-library hardback in good clean condition with a dust wrapper 
1st Edition: 1960 164 pages Ref: bkhimo-craven1960verhaal - £45.00

 

17.jpg (52100 bytes) "Barbarians, Gentlemen & Players" by Dunning & Shead
A sociological study of the game, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1979 322 pages Ref: bkhimo-dunning1979-bb* - £15.00

 

18.jpg (40915 bytes) "Rugby and all that - an irreverent history" - by Martin Johnson with David Norrie
Johnson rambles through the history of rugby, an interesting read, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 2000 213 pages Ref: bkhimo-johnson2000that* -  £10.00

 

61.jpg (54908 bytes) "Running With the Ball" by Jenny Macrory
A modern look at the birth of Rugby Football with particular emphasis on the game at Rugby School, some very good chapters on the origins of the game and it's equipment including a complete reprinting of the report of the Sub-committee of the Old Rugbean Society in 1897, plus a reprinting of the first rugby laws in 1845, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in excellent condition
1st Edition: 1991 216 pages  Ref: bkhimo-macrory1991running** - £19.00

 

56.jpg (504476 bytes) "A History of Rugby" by Paul Morgan published by Past Times
An interesting history featuring the origins of the game, A - Z of Rugby, history of the British Lions, history of the 5 & 6 Nations, from amateur to professional, southern hemisphere histories & the greatest ever XV. A large format softcover in excellent condition.
published in 2003 206 pages Ref: PL49-bkhimo-morgan2003-hirr.pb - £16.00

 

52.jpg (395919 bytes) "A History of Rugby" by Paul Morgan 
An interesting history featuring the origins of the game, A - Z of Rugby, history of the British Lions, history of the 5 & 6 Nations, from amateur to professional, southern hemisphere histories & the greatest ever XV. Published for Marks & Spencer by Green Umbrella. A large format softcover in very good condition.
published in 2003 192 pages Ref: LA-bkhimo-morgan2003-hirr.pb - £16.00

 

07.jpg (58565 bytes) "Rugby Remembered" by David Parry-Jones
Interesting illustrated history, the author has taken many illustrations from the pages of The Illustrated London News, also covers the modern game, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1988 186 pages Ref: bkhimo-parry.jones1988remembered** - £12.00

 

60.jpg (483407 bytes) "HOW THE GAME BEGAN" by Eddie Rawlins
The origins and early days of Rugby Football. A second hand A4 size booklet in very good condition.
published in 1990 20 pages bkhimo-rawlins1990how-bl - £10.00

 

08.jpg (58871 bytes) "Rugby" by Chris Rea
large format history of rugby, includes the origins of the game then splits into the major rugby playing nations of the world, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1977 Pages: 216 Ref: bkhimo-rea1977-rr** - £8.00

 

16.jpg (46044 bytes) "The World Of Rugby" by John Reason & Carwyn James
history of rugby from 1823 onwards - written to accompany the BBC series "The World of Rugby", a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition.
1st Edition: 1979 288 pages Ref: bkhimo-reason1979world** -  £5.00

 

40.jpg (44308 bytes) "A History of Rugby" by Wallace Reyburn
A nice history of the game with a good section on international tours, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper. The wrapper has a small tear but generally is in very good condition
1st Edition: 1971 147 pages Ref: bkhimo-reyburn1971history* - £9.00

 

10.jpg (52083 bytes) "The World of Rugby" by Wallace Reyburn
Illustrated history of the International game, an great A to Z of World Rugby with fold out photo stories of the following tries, Whineray v Barbarians 64, Cliff Morgan v Ireland 1955, Peter Jackson, England v Australia 58, Obelensky v NZ 36,  Jackie Kyle v Wales 1951, Hancock v Scotland 1965, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1967 154 pages Ref: bkhimo-reyburn1967world** - £15.00

 

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"UNDERSTANDING THE ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF SPORT"

Volume 1 – RUGBY UNION - by Dai Richards

“The origin of Rugby Union explained”

When Richie McCaw raised aloft the William Webb Ellis trophy after the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, few people would have thought about the schoolboy after whom the trophy was named. In his recent publication, sport historian Dai Richards explores the origin of Rugby Union and closely examines how sports evolve. He contends that the 1897 report by the Old Rugbeian Society that named Webb Ellis as the founder of rugby football was incorrect in its conclusion and that the origin of the sport has been misrepresented throughout written history. Through thorough research and analysis, the origin of Rugby Union is instead placed with the boys of Rugby School in the late 18th century. Published in a limited signed edition, this book is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of Rugby Union or the development of sport in general. 

ISBN: 978-0-9531714-1-5  -  Price: £25.00 + p&p

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE OR FOR MORE INFO

 

48.jpg (429530 bytes) "A Game for Hooligans - the History of Rugby Union" by Huw Richards
The history of rugby union brought up to date from day one to the modern professional game. A secondhand hardback book with a dust wrapper in very good condition 
1st Edition: 2006 304 pages Ref: bkhimo-richards2006hooligans* - £14.00

 

64.jpg (93729 bytes) "Run with the Ball" by Derek Robinson
A brisk dash through 150 years of rugby. A humorous history of the game, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1984 144 pages Ref: bkhimo-robinson1984run-xb* - £10.00

 

45.jpg (150575 bytes) "The Union Game - A Rugby History" by Sean Smith 
An excellent history of the game published to co-incide with the BBC television series. A secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in excellent condition.
published in 1999 287 pages Ref: bkhimo-smith1999union - £20.00

 

39.jpg (60905 bytes) "Rugby - A Way of Life" by Nigel Starmer-Smith
Large format - illustrated history of rugby, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition
1st Edition: 1987 Pages: 112 Ref: bkhimo-starmer1987way** - £12.00

 

39.jpg (60905 bytes) "Rugby - A Way of Life" by Smith-Starmer
large format - illustrated history of rugby, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1987 Pages: 112 Ref: bkhimo-starmer1987way-pb - £9.00

 

92.jpg (37202 bytes) William Webb Ellis, Fact or Fiction" by Floris Van Der Merwe   
English & Afrikaans text - reversible book, a look at the origins of the game as viewed by South African historian, one of the best sources available, a second-hand paperback in good condition

Published in 1999

56 pages Ref: bkhimo-van.d.merwe1999william-pb -  £12.00

 

ANTHOLOGIES (compilations of rugby stories)

41.jpg (276263 bytes) "Nice Tries" by Stuart Barnes
an anthology of rugby writing, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition:1995 Pages: 187 Ref: bkhiah-barnes1995tries** - £8.00

 

40.jpg (283129 bytes) "Bill Beaumont's Rugby Masterpieces" by Bill Beaumont with Neil Hanson
Nicely put together anthology covering all aspects of rugby football, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 1992 317 pages Ref: bkhiah-beaumont1992masterpieces** - £14.00

 

39.jpg (42283 bytes) "Rugby Stories" by Peter Fitzsimons
Collection of stories by the former Australian lock forward, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1993 Pages: 192 Ref: bkhiah-fitzsimmons1993stories-pb -  £8.00

 

39.jpg (211279 bytes) "The Dunlop Book of Rugby Union" by David Guiney
anecdotes, excellent reading, an absolute gold mine of interesting facts and feats on and off the rugby field, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition 
1st Edition: 1974 464 pages Ref: bkhiah-guiney1974dunlop**  -  £12.00

 

38.jpg (238983 bytes) "The Best of McLean" by Terry McLean
New Zealand's premier rugby write, the best stories written, many rugby but also including other sports such as wrestling, golf, tennis, boxing, athletics, cricket, soccer & yachting, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1984 255 pages Ref: bkhiah-mclean1984best* -  £15.00

 

21.jpg (47017 bytes) "Between the Posts" edited by Ron Palenski
Anthology of rugby writings with an emphasis on New Zealand, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1989 Pages: 168 Ref: bkhiah-palenski1989posts -  £14.00

 

37.jpg (265713 bytes) "Out of the Ruck" edited by David Parry-Jones
Anthology, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1986 240 pages Ref: bkhiah-parry.jones1986ruck** -  £12.00

 

B-04.jpg (41271 bytes) "Rugby Football - An Anthology" by Kenneth Pelmear
A brilliant work, well put together including an excellent section on the origin of football, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1958 360 pages Ref: bkhiah-pelmear1958anthology*  -  £16.00

 

35.jpg (175614 bytes) "Best Rugby Stories" by Wallace Reyburn
a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1968 173 pages Ref: bkhiah-reyburn1968best* -  £8.00

 

36.jpg (284378 bytes) "The Rugby Companion" by Wallace Reyburn
Rugby shorts, short stories by the author with snatches taken from other books, a general book, with mostly historical content. ***** Rated No7 in Dave McLaren's "Ten Best Books On Rugby" *****, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1969 122 pages Ref: bkhiah-reyburn1969companion** - £8.00

 

34.jpg (313384 bytes) "Take the Ball And Run" by Godfrey Smith
Anthology, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1991 Pages: 216 Ref: bkhiah-smith1991take** -  £12.00

 

34.jpg (313384 bytes) "Take the Ball And Run" by Godfrey Smith
Anthology, a second-hand paperback in very good condition
1st Edition: 1991 Pages: 216 Ref: bkhiah-smith1991take-pb - £6.00

 

33.jpg (367034 bytes) "The First XV - A Selection of the Best Rugby Writing" edited by Gareth Williams
Mostly Welsh excerpts from published works, including contributions by Richard Burton, Dylan Thomas & Terry McLean. A secondhand hardback book with a dust wrapper in very good condition 
1st Edition 2010 87 pages Ref: bkhiah-williams2010first* - £8.00

 

32.jpg (689961 bytes) RUGBY ANTHOLOGIES - 9 HARDBACK RUGBY ANTHOLOGIES WITH DUST WRAPPERS IN GOOD CONDITION - A selection of rugby anthologies featuring the best rugby writing. These compilations of rugby stories make fascinating reading. The books included in this collection are as follows: 

"Nice Tries" by Stuart Barnes,  "Bill Beaumont's Rugby Masterpieces" by Bill Beaumont with Neil Hanson,  "The Dunlop Book of Rugby Union" by David Guiney,  "The Best of McLean" by Terry McLean,  "Out of the Ruck" edited by David Parry-Jones,  "The Rugby Companion" and  "Best Rugby Stories" by Wallace Reyburn,  "Take the Ball And Run" by Godfrey Smith,  "The First XV - A Selection of the Best Rugby Writing" edited by Gareth Williams.

A collection of 9 out of print hardback books with dust wrappers in very good condition.

Ref:  F99-004-bkhiah.gp9 - £30.00  

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPLIATIONS

64.jpg (561710 bytes) 100 YEARS of RUGBY edited by NEIL DUNNICLIFFE
Sub titled 'a British Sporting Century' this publication contains several hundred Press Association photographs from the history of rugby union. Published by Ammonite Press. A second hand large format paperback in very good condition 
published in 2008 300 pages bkhiph-dunnicliffe2008years-pb - £15.00

 

28.jpg (42832 bytes) "World Cup and Beyond"
photographs by Glenn Edwards & Jeff Morgan, text by Max Boyce
The World Cup in Wales 1999 and other photos of Welsh rugby interest including Wales at Wembley, a look at Welsh club rugby and the supporters. linked together with text by Max Boyce. Published by The Western Mail. A secondhand paperback in good condition - SIGNED by Edwards & Morgan
1st Edition: 2000 Pages: 136 Ref: TL8-bkhiph-edwards2000world-pb.au* - £12.00

 

26.jpg (525416 bytes) "Rugby in Focus" - Twenty Years of Rugby Action photographed by Colin Elsey
For many years Colin Elsey was regarded as the number one rugby photographer, this is a book of his best work, mostly covers the 1970s and 1980s. A secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition
1st Edition 1986 Pages 192 Ref: LA-bkhiph-elsey1986focus - £18.00

 

31.jpg (209732 bytes) "THE HEART AND THE ART OF MY RUGBY PHOTOGRAPHY" by PAUL HART
Photographs of grass roots Rugby Union & League in South Wales 2007-2012. Limited edition, no 89 of 1560. A secondhand hardback with illustrated boards in very good condition, published without a dust wrapper. 
published in 2012 288 pages bkhiph-hart2012heart - £19.00

 

63.jpg (702302 bytes) RUGBY 1001 PHOTOS edited by MATTIEU Le CHEVALLIER
Photos from the history of rugby union. Published by Rebo Publishers, first published in France. A second hand hardback in very good condition. 
published in 2008 464 pages bkhiph-le.chevallier2008-1001 - £12.00

 

25.jpg (470205 bytes) "Focus on Rugby" by Gordon Slatter 
A pictorial record of New Zealand Rugby, a large format second-hand paperback in good condition 
published in  1976 136 pages Ref: LA-bkhiph-slatter1976focus-pb -  £15.00

 

51.jpg (329568 bytes) "Rugby - the Golden Age" by John Tennant
A large format book containing hundreds of black and white photos relating to Rugby Union and Rugby League, a secondhand hardback book with a dust warpper in very good condition. 
published in 2005 384 pages Ref: LA-bkhiph-tennant2005golden-wt2500 - £35.00

 

26b.jpg (475674 bytes) "The Love of Rugby" edited by Peter Walker
A look at rugby in different countries, full colour throughout, a  second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1980 Pages: 96 Ref: LA-bkhiph-walker1980love - £12.00

 

89.jpg (45342 bytes) "Rugby, The International Game"
a photographic celebration by Colin Whelan, text by Pat Booth
A look at rugby in different countries, full colour throughout, large format, many full page plates, a second-hand paperback  in very good condition 
1st Edition:  1994 Pages: 112 Ref: LA-bkhiph-whelan1994-rr.pb - £10.00

 

HISTORIES - MISC  -  listed alphabetically by author

91.jpg (42863 bytes) "Not All Mud & Scrums" by Gordon Allan
Rugby Union before professionalism, a second-hand paperback in good condition 

Published in 1996

Pages: 58 Ref: bkhimi-allan1996not -  £5.00

 

36.jpg (45701 bytes) "Rugby's New Age Travellers" by Stuart Barnes
a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1997 192 pages Ref: bkhimi-barnes1997new* -  £12.00

 

16.jpg (400462 bytes) "MUDDIED OAFS - THE LAST DAYS OF RUGGER" by Richard Beard
An interesting look at the historical & social aspects of rugby football. Beard re-visits his former playing clubs in 4 different countries. A second hand hardbackbook with a dust wrapper in very good condition. 
2003 edition 274 pages bkhimi-beard2003muddied* - £12.00

 

bray.jpg (66222 bytes) "The Spirit of Rugby" by Gordon Bray 
A tribute to Australian rugby Union with stories from various contributors around the world, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1995 Pages: 198 Ref: bkhimi-bray1995spirit -  £16.00

 

35.jpg (47206 bytes) "From the Ruck" by Gordon Bray 
rugby stories from top Australian commentator, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1997 Pages: 210 Ref: bkhimi-bray1997ruck - £8.00

 

11.jpg (41192 bytes) "Tries" by Gerald Davies
Favourite tries of all the top players, tries scored and tries seen, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1984 116 pages Ref: bkhimi-davies1984tries* -  £10.00

 

33.jpg (48110 bytes) "Side-Steps - A Rugby Diary"  by Davies & Morgan
A review of the 1984/5 season by Gerald Davies, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1985 158 pages Ref: bkhimi-davies1985sidesteps* -  £8.00

 

29.jpg (86906 bytes) "Tackling Rugby - The Changing World of Professional Rugby" 

by Gareth Edwards with Peter Bills

Edwards looks at the changing face of rugby - how it has evolved since he played in the 1960s & 1970s, he looks in partucular at the professional era and suggests how the game can maintain it's populartity in the future, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition. SIGNED BY GARETH EDWARDS
1st Edition: 2002 Pages:  280 Ref: bkhimi-edwards2002tackling-au* - £9.50

 

29.jpg (86906 bytes) "Tackling Rugby - The Changing World of Professional Rugby" 

by Gareth Edwards with Peter Bills

Edwards looks at the changing face of rugby - how it has evolved since he played in the 1960s & 1970s, he looks in partucular at the professional era and suggests how the game can maintain it's populartity in the future, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition.
1st Edition: 2002