Hay Nisbet & Co. Ltd., Glasgow, 1920. Cloth Hardback. Book Condition: Good. Various (illustrator). 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. BOOK DESCRIPTION : Collectible, 1920, Nisbet grey/blue cloth hardback of 446 pages with b/w photographic plates and reproduction facsimiles; in Good Condition.
Richard Robinson's book about the Scottish football club, Queen's Park, is unusual in being written at such an early date. It is an informative history of how the club began, its strategies, its spirit, and its superb management. All of the club's outstanding successes even the rallying from defeat are described when many of which were still within living memory of those officially connected to the team.
Queen's Park began as far back as 1867 when football - rules, styles of play, and organisation - were in their infancy and ill-defined. The club through its zeal and determination not only introduced the football to Scotland, but helped to bring order to the rules of play at a time when these rules were barely distinguishable from those of English Rugby. They also introduced and developped new methods of playing such as "combination play" (the method founded on passing the ball from one player to another etc.) which together with their discipline gained them international away victories in the 1870s & 1880s. Robinson's book is a compelling account of these Scottish innovations, the early fortunes of the club, and the burgeoning Scottish football scene.
BOOK CONDITION : Good : some shelfwear along edges of cloth, and two very small tears to top and tail of cloth at spine; mild sunning to cloth at spine; negligible occasional minor mark to cloth; corner tips of covers with some denting inwards and some cloth wear; otherwise cloth in good shape; gilded titling slightly dulled but intact; toning to endpapers; front blank endpaper has grey smudges; inside pages only mildly toned and a dozen or so pages that have grey thumb smudges to margins; otherwise pages and plates in very good shape; extremely minor cracking to bind at pages 145 and 160 but all still secure; otherwise binding secure and sound. Bookseller Inventory 001636