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The Athletic News. A Weekly Journal [39 Issues]

The Athletic News. A Weekly Journal [39 Issues] by HULTON, Edward (1875)

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Author: HULTON, Edward
Title: The Athletic News. A Weekly Journal of Amateur Sports [1-40]
Year: 1875
Publisher: Edward Hulton at the Steam Printing Offices
Place: Manchester
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £2500
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[No1-No 40, lacking No 38] Rare collection of thirty nine issues of Edward Hulton's pioneering Manchester sports newspaper (1875-1876) containing some of the earliest printed football reports. Produced in small tabloid format, each issue runs to 8 pages, priced at a penny, with an engraving of an 'eminent athlete' on the front cover. The run of 39 issues has been bound in modern quarter buckram over marbled boards with recent endpapers; minor browning to the paper stock, otherwise the individual issues are in very good condition throughout. One old tissue repair to a closed tear, p269, final leaf of the No 40 torn with loss. This collection begins with the journal's first issue 'Vol 1-No.1.' on Saturday June 5, 1875 and concludes Saturday, March 4th 1876. The footballing content which would in time make the journal 'the voice of football and the paper of the discerning football enthusiast' becomes prominent from October 1875 onwards with the preceding summer issues filled with reports of Golf, Athletics, Swimming, Bicycling, Yachting, Cricket, Pigeon Shooting and even 'Walking Backwards'. On October 9 the editorial announced that 'To-day the [Football] season may be said to commence in earnest... The weather is not very promising but football enthusiasts are not easily daunted' with match reports from the previous week's clash between 'Wanderers v. Queen's Park, Glasgow' at Hampden Park. From the following week the match reports are prefaced by a list of fixtures which subsequently grew with every issue, prompting several acknowledgments of the pressure of space caused by the footballing reportage. In the October 30 issue appeared the first reports on 'ties for the Association Challenge Cup' - the fifth ever F.A. Cup competition with the final first round tie reported in late November (Crystal Palace v. 15th Regiment) alongside the observation that 'the Association Cup has been the means of giving such an impetus to the "dribbling game".' It's interesting to note the November 6 observation that 'it will be seen that association football is in a fair way to become an institution in Manchester'. The world's oldest independent football club, Sheffield United, makes regular appearances among the match reports with a preview in the final issue of the fifth international match between Scotland and England on the afternoon of 4 March, 1876. Unrecorded here, Scotland won 3-0! Worldcat and COPAC locate one incomplete institutional holding only: BL.
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