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HISTORIES

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

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

EARLY RUGBY  -  MODERN HISTORIES  -  GROUNDS & STADIUMS  -  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: pbhiib-irfb.1886-1986-rutherford - £25.00

 

ARGENTINA

51.jpg (170431 bytes) 30.jpg (183405 bytes) ARGENTINA  - "1899 - 1999, 100 anos Union Argentina de Rugby" edited by Manrique Zago

CENTENARY HISTORY OF THE ARGENTINA RUGBY UNION

This monumental publication is coffee table size.  Superbly illustrated throughout this book chronicles the story of Argentinian rugby year by year. The story is backed up throughout with results and player details, a statisticians dream - if you can understand Spanish. Altogether an A+++ book. This is a second hand edition with some light wear to the edges and some minor damage to the surface of the front cover, there is a bold inscription with two signatures to the title page. Overall the condition is good.  

1st edition 1999

Pages: 264 Ref: LB-bkhiar-zago1999-100anos -  £175.00

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-jenkins.1999.wallaby.gold -  £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: blhias.dmcn.1999 - £35.00

 

43.jpg (49097 bytes) AUSTRALIA - "Australian Rugby Union - The Game" 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

1st edition 1984

Pages: 945 Ref: bkhias-pollard.j.1984 -  £75.00

 

54.jpg (22384 bytes) AUSTRALIA - "Giants in Green & Gold - Springboks v Wallabies 1921 - 1993" by Ian Diehm
A look at the history of Springbok & Wallaby encounters. A secondhand hardback without a dust wrapper, illustrated boards

1st edition 1994

263 pages Ref: TL8-bkhiassa-diehm1994- cqnnduwp -  £25.00

 

68.jpg (97626 bytes) "Nicks & Cuts - Wallaby Tales" by Nick Farr-Jones and Steve Cutler
Interesting and humorous stories from two Wallaby legends, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper, SIGNED by both NICK FARR-JONES & STEVE CUTLER.

1st edition 1990

189 pages Ref: bkhias-farr.jones1990-cqnnduwp.au2 -  £29.00

 

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 Pages: 196 Ref: pbhiasnz-zavos1995 - £20.00

 

AUSTRALIA - CLUB, PROVINCIAL & DISTRICT

53.jpg (45257 bytes) QUEENSLAND - "THE MARAUDING MAROONS" by Brett Harris
The rise of Queensland Rugby in the 1970s, a secondhand hardback with illustrated boards in good condition
1st Edition: 1982 Pages: 117 Ref:  bkhiaspv-qld.-harris1982 - £45.00

 

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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: Ref: bkhibb-de.lissa.1933-cqnnduwp -  £75.00

 

81.jpg (83747 bytes) 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 with a dust wrapper in poor condition
1st edition 1955 276 pages Ref: bkhibb-wemyss.1955-xb - £49.00

 

81.jpg (83747 bytes) 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 without a dust wrapper.
1st edition 1955 276 pages Ref: bkhibb-wemyss.1955-cqnnduwp - £24.00

 

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-starmer-sm1977-xb - £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, - small groove to top edge and light wear to front cover.
published in 1977 240 pages Ref: pbhibb-starmer.sm1977-xb - 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-evans.a2005-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:  Ref: blhibbcn-rw-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-griffiths.j1990-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: pbhibr-nz.herald.2005-xb - £19.50

 

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-reyburn1967 - £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-thomas.c1996 - £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: pbhibr-thomas.c1997-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: pbhibr-thomas.c2003 - £7.50

 

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-jones.s.2012-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

 

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-owen.ol.1955 -cqwiduwp -  £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-owen-ol.1955-cqnnbuwp -  £19.00

 

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-titley1970 - £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.1970-titley-au-watts.mses - £30.00

 

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-griffiths.j.1982-bkeninrr -  £25.00

 

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-reyburn1975 -  £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: 1976 Pages: 199 Ref: bkhien-bowker1976 - £9.00

 

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: LB-bkhien-malin.2003.essential -  £15.00

 

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-stansfield.1997  -  £25.00

 

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-woolgar1999* -  £19.00

 

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
2nd Edition: 2004 224 pages Ref: LA-bkhien-virgin.2004-ofhi-rfu-ed2 -  £29.00

 

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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 Pages:  161 Ref: bkhien-carling.w1991 -  £9.00

 

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 Pages: 192 Ref: bkhien-barrett.1991 - £12.00

 

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 Pages: 158 Ref:  bkhien-cleary1996 -  £12.00

 

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-collins.m.2004.chasing - £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 Pages: 277 Ref: FAC-bkhien-collins.t.2009 -  £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-farmer.s.2006 -  £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: pbhien-gage.1997.buffoons - £9.00

 

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: blhien.mgbr.rr-journal.1996-nu7 - £8.00

 

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 Pages 249 Ref: bkhien-newcombe1991 -  £15.00

 

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 Pages: 224 Ref: bkhien-keating1996  -  £15.00

 

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-woodward.2004 - £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-woodward.2004-au - £16.00

 

 

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ENGLAND - COUNTY, REGIONAL, SERVICES & UNIVERSITIES

 

06.jpg (442929 bytes) BRITISH ARMY - the History of Army Rugby by John McLaren
A comprehensive history of Army rugby, A secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition
1st Edition: 1986 295 pages Ref: bkhien.svam1986-mclaren - £35.00

 

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CORNWALL - "Rugby in the Duchy" by Kenneth Pelmear

The official history of Rugby in Cornwall 1884 - 1959, a well illustrated account of one of England's premier counties, a secondhand paperback in good condition. 

1st Edition: 1960

118 pages

Ref: pbhienpv-cornwall.1960.pelmear £24.00

 

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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: pbhienpv-clarke.1991.cornwall - £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-pbhienpv-gregory1991.cornwall -  £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-pbhienpv-george.1986.cornwall -  £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 Pages: 244 Ref: bkhienpv-cowell.1936.durham -  £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: bkhienpv-owen.ol.1952-eapv -  £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-bkhienpv-hutt.1978.glos* -  £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: blhienpv-gl75-n.craven -  £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 blhienpv-hampshire.1983.reid - £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: bkhienpv-jordan1949.kent -  £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: bkhienpv-holmes1950-ml -  £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.pveaml.1950-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 Pages: 121 Ref: blhienpv-bowker1970-noml -  £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: bkhiensv-mace.j.2000.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 Pages:  160 Ref: bkhienpv-reed.j1978.surrey -  £12.00

 

60.jpg (243056 bytes) SUSSEX COUNTY  - "The Sussex County Rugby Football Union 1883-1983"
One hundred years of Sussex Rugby published by the Sussex RFU, a secondhand booklet in good condition. 
published in 1983 48 pages Ref: blhienou-sussex.1983 - £20.00

 

ENGLAND - CLUB

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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

Pages: 272 Ref: ZS-pbhiencb-harte2004-mu -  £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, as new

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1st Edition: 2008 Pages: ??? Ref: bkhiencb-tyson2008.london -  £20.00

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

 

02.jpg (638732 bytes) "100 YEARS OF ASHFORD RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB" - by Derek Wyatt
English club history, large format, A4 size. A second hand booklet in very good condition. 
published in 1985 72 pages blhiencb-ashford.1985.wyatt - £20.00

 

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: bkhiencb-avonvale.1983.atchison - £29.00

 

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-bath.coughlan.2003 - £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: PC20-bkhiencb-jones.b1993.bath -  £18.00

 

82.jpg (48425 bytes) BATH - "Champions In Conflict - The Bath Rugby Revolution" by Dick Tugwell
A look at Bath Rugby in the late 1990s, from the introduction of professionalism to the game to European Cup glory. The conflicts and stories from within one of England's most successful clubs. 

1st Edition 1998

265 pages Ref: bkhiencb-tugwell1998.bath -  £12.00

 

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

Pages: 229 Ref: blhiencb-bath.pub-sh1993 -  £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 blhiencb-bed-cuwn1975 - £10.00

 

00.jpg (736100 bytes) "BEDFORD RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL CLUB 1886-1986"
Centenary brochure of English club that includes a short history of the club. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1986 56 pages blhiencb-bed-1986-cn - £15.00

 

97.jpg (521860 bytes) BLACKHEATH - "The Club-Life and Times of Blackheath FC" by D Hammond
A well written modern history, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition
1st Edition: 1999 208 pages Ref: bkhiencb-balckheath.1999.hammond -  £20.00

 

52.jpg (45533 bytes) BRADFORD RFC - "Centenary Brochure" 
Yorkshire club centenary history, a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1966

Pages: 32 Ref: blhiencb-bradford.1966 - £24.00

 

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: blhiencb-bristol.1963 - £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: pbhiencb-bristol.2000.hoskins-au2 - £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, signed by Hoskins & Fox
published in 2001 128 pages Ref: pbhiencb-bristol.2001.hoskins-au2 - £14.50

 

63.jpg (78862 bytes) "Bristol Football Club (RFU) 100 Greats" complied by Mark Hoskins & Dave Fox 
Well illustrated biographies of great Bristolians, a second-hand paperback in very good condition, signed by Hoskins & Fox
published in 2003 128 pages Ref: pbhiencb-bristol.2003.hoskins-au2 - £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: pbhiencb-bristol.2008.hoskins-au - £14.50

 

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 pbhiencb-cantabrigian.1996.griggs - £16.00

 

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CHARLTON PARK - "Half Truths" by Andy Potts  

A centenary history of Charlton park RFC, a well illustrated history of an English club side, A second hand paperback book in good condition

Published in 1993

64 pages Ref: pbhiencb-potts.1993chltn.pk -  £29.00

 

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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: blhiencb-cheltenham.1989.woodward £17.00

 

92.jpg (317209 bytes) CHINGFORD RUGBY CLUB - "1928-1978" by Ken Bell
English club history, Limited edition of 500. A second hand A4 size booklet in very good condition 
published in 1978 32 pages blhiencb-chingford.1978.bell - £20.00

 

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CINDERFORD - "One Hundred Years of Cinderford Rugby - 1886 - 1986"

Very good history of Forest of Dean club, a second-hand paperback book with a small tear to the front cover but generally the book is in excellent condition

Published in 1986

Pages: 208 Ref: blhiencb-ciinderford.1986 - £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: bkhiencb-hawkins.clifton.1909 - £850.00

 

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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: bkhiencb-hawkins.clifton.1922 - £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: bkhiencb-clifton.1972.hutt - £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: blhiencb-colfe.anthony-sh -  £20.00

 

29.jpg (352475 bytes) COVENTRY - Cov Centenary Souvenir Special 1874-1974, published by Coventry Evening Telegraph"
Well illustrated large format newspaper history of Midlands club, incudes an almost double page squad photograph. A secondhand newspaper, generally in very good condition 
published in 1974 20 pages nphiencb-coventry.1974 - £15.00

 

Cov-Schools.jpg (33272 bytes) COVENTRY SCHOOLS - "The Story of Coventry Schools Rugby Union"

A 26 page manuscript compiled by RG Coward

It is unsure whether or not this was published. It is 26 A4 pages broken down into 3 sections. 1. 1896 - 1947 by the late MG Thurland, 2. 1947 - 1971 by RG Coward, 3 - Lists of internationals, cup and tournament winners, a second-hand stapled sheets in good condition
1st Edition: 1971 Pages: 52 blhiencb-cov-sh1971 - £45.00

 

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

 

EASTBOURNE COLLEGE RUGBY FOOTBALL 1900-1910 by EC 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 EC 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 GV Carey, 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: bkhiencb-arnold.ec1910.eastbn.coll -  £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 blhiencb.ea-grinstead.1997 - £7.00

 

80.jpg (54149 bytes) ECCLES RUFC - "A Hundred Years 1897 - 1997" by AR Gilbody
Large format history of Manchester club.

Published in 1997

58 pages 

Ref: TL7-blhiencb-eccles1997 -  £16.00

 

16.jpg (63526 bytes) EMMANUEL COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE - "The Lion Rampant" by John Marsh
excellent history of rugby at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, with profiles of Emmanuel's 30 internationals including Gerald Davies, Billy Raybould, John Owen, Kevin Sims, John Bedell-Sivright and Carl Aarvold, a second-hand paperback in good condition

Published in 2006

Pages: 

Ref: bkhiencb-marsh.j2006.em.coll -  £10.00

 

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: blhiencb-fylde1969 -  £25.00

   

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GLOUCESTER - Jubilee Souvenir, Gloucester Rugby Football Club 1873-4 - 1923-4 by W Bailey

Issued under the official auspices of the committee. A very rare pocket sized 50the anniversary history of Gloucester RFC, a previously unknown publication, not listed in Jenkins bibliography, well illustrated with players & team photographs, there are several pages dedicated to the club history. A second-hand paperback, worn with light water damage. All pages are complete and free (not stuck together), there are minor tears and loss to the front cover with the top and botton of the spine missing. 

Published in 1924

86 pages Ref: pbhiencb-gloucester.1924.bailey -  £175.00

 

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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: pbhiencb-gloucester.2003.randall -  £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: bkhiencb-warner1991.harlequins -  £29.00

 

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 blhiencb-hitchin.2004.chapman - £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: bkhiencb-jersey.young - £29.00

 

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KENDAL - "A history of Football in Kendal" compiled by James Clarke
An awesome history with a report on every match played together with the scores. the rugby is combined with soccer throughout, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper 
1st Edition: 1908 Pages: 468 Ref: bkhiencb-clarke.j1908-kendal -  £160.00

 

86.jpg (632361 bytes) KESWICK RUFC - "Centenary Year 1879 - 1979" edited by W R Taylor
English club centenary booklet. A second hand booklet in very good condition 
published in 1979 44 pages blhiencb-keswick.1979.taylor - £24.00

 

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

Pages: 230 Ref: bkhiencb-le1980-hands.d -  £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: bkhiencb-farmer.1993-leicester -  £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: blhiencb-liverpool.1982.daglish - £24.00

 

81.jpg (294408 bytes) MILL HILL RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB - "Golden Jubilee 1937-1987, 50 Gorious Years"
English club centenary history. A second hand A 4 size booklet in very good condition 
published in 1987 32 pages blhiencb-mill.hill.1987 - £16.00

 

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MORLEY - "Centenary Brochure 1978"

A well illustrated club history of a Yorkshire team, a secondhand A4 size booklet in good condition

Published in 1978

40 pages Ref: blhiencb-morley.1978 -  £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: blhiencb-moseley.1973 -  £24.00

 

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NATIONAL WESTMINSTER BANK RFC - "100 Years of Rugby" 

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

Published in 1985

118 pages Ref: blhiencb-nat.west1985 -  £29.00

 

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 blhiencb-newark.1969 - £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

Pages: 34 Ref: blhiencb-newark.2001 -  £19.00

 

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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 Pages: 182 Ref: bkhiencb-old.alleynian1948 - £75.00

 

79.jpg (396025 bytes) OLD ALLEYNIAN FOOTBALL CLUB - "Centenary Brochure 1898-1998"
English old boys club history by various authors including Mike Rose & Robert Philip. A second hand A4 size booklet in very good condition 
published in 1998 32 pages blhiencb-old.alleynians.1998 - £15.00

 

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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: bkhiencb-blyth1952.old.dunst - £65.00

 

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OLD MERCHANT TAYLORS RFC

"Records of Twenty Seasons 1882 - 1902" by LH Gunnery & N Parham 

A comprehensive history including teams for both OMTs and opposing team for all matches. Team photos for each season, match results and a narrative. A second hand hardback in very good condition, no dust wrapper, it is unlikely this book was published with one, illustrated boards. Sold together with many newspaper cuttings relating to the OMTs dating from 1910. 
1st Edition: 1902 Pages: 264 Ref: bkhiencb-gunnery1902.omt - £495.00

 

75.jpg (239458 bytes) "A HISTORY OF THE OLD MERCHANT TAYLORS' RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB" compiled by Jeremy Birch
Centenary season history of a London Old Boys team. A second-hand booklet in very good condition
published in 1982 approx 80 pages Ref:  blhiencb-om.taylors.1982-birch - £10.00

 

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:  blhiencb-om.taylors.1982-srpr - £10.00

 

09.jpg (29477 bytes) OLD MILLHILLIANS RFC - "The First Hundred Seasons - 1879 - 1979"
Stories and statistics on the history of this old boys side, a second-hand booklet in good condition
published in 1979 72 pages Ref:  blhiencb-old.mill.hillians.1979 - £25 .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: pbhiencb-old.whitgifts.1951.hubbard - £39.50

 

74.jpg (161295 bytes) "OLD WHITGIFTIAN RFC - Part II, 1951 – 1960" by Ian S Hubbard 
Second instalment 'Old Boys' club history, a second hand booklet in very good condition
published in 1960 36 pages Ref: blhiencb-old.whitgifts.1960.hubbard - £20.00

 

73.jpg (130868 bytes) "OLD WHITGIFTIAN RFC - Part III, 1960-1976" by Ian S Hubbard 
Third instalment of an 'Old Boys' club history, a second hand booklet in very good condition
published in 1976 68 pages Ref: blhiencb-old.whitgifts.1976.hubbard - £20.00

 

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 blhiencb-old.yardleians.1977 - £15.00

 

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: blhiencb-orrell.1977 - £24.00

 

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PAIGNTON RFC - "A Century of Rugby at Paignton 1873 - 1973" by CH Patterson  

This looks to be a 'labour of love' by the author, A photocopied history (believed to have been published in this format), ringbound of a Devon county English club side. In good condition

Published in 1973

72 pages Ref: blhiencb-paignton1973 -  £25.00

 

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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: blhiencb-pk.hse1983 -  £19.00

 

70.jpg (338562 bytes) "THE HISTORY OF THE PENGUIN INTERNATIONAL RFC - by Dick Tyson
A second hand hardbackbook with a dust wrapper in very good condition - SIGNED BY DICK TYSON.
1st edition 2012 380 pages LA-bkhiencb-penguins.2012.tyson-au - £30.00

 

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: bkhiencb-rider1961.richmond - £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 Pages: 284 Ref:  bkhiencb-hoyer.mil1929.ross.pk -  £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: blhiencb-rosslyn.pk1979  £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:  blhiencb-rugby1972 -  £32.00

 

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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: pbhiencb-bennett.1983sidcup -  £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: blhiencb-sidmth1983 -  £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: blhiencb-sleaford.1988 -  £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 Pages: 88 Ref: blhiencb-st.ives1987 -  £24.00

 

66.jpg (368066 bytes) "STREATHAM-CROYDON RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB - 1871-1971" by Robert Hands
A nicely compiled history of London side - a rare publication, a second-hand booklet with a very slight crease down the centre, generally it is in good condition. 
published in 1971 36 pages Ref:  blhiencb-streatham.1971 - £35.00

 

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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 Pages: 204 Ref: bkhiencb-moses.ew1963.sundl'd - £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: blhiencb-taunton.1975 -  £35.00

 

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THANET WANDERERS - "One Hundred Years Old" by John Treharne

A well illustrated centenary history of English club side, A second hand A4 size booklet in good condition

Published in 1986

35 pages Ref: blhiencb-thanet1986 -  £24.00

 

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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: blhiencb-torquay.1975 -  £35.00

 

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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: pbhiencb-peters.j1999-twick'm - £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 blhiencb-ucsobrfc.1992 - £12.00

 

92.jpg (290910 bytes) VIGO RFC - "1969-1994" by Trevor Newnham
A very good silver jubilee history of a Kent based 'pub team' club. A signed presentation copy from the author. A secondhand hardback book with illustrated boards in very good condition. 
1st Edition 1994 84 pages Ref: bkhiencb-vigo.newnham - £25.00

 

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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

Pages: 70 Ref: blhien-wasps1967  - £29.00

 

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"Wasps in the League 1987-1997, by John Gasson

Season by season statistics for the first 10 league years, a secondhand booklet in very good condition. 

Published in 1997

48 pages Ref: blhiencb-wasps.in-le.1997-gasson  - £15.00

 

53.jpg (105022 bytes) WIGTON RUFC - " Centenary brochure 1882/3 - 1982/3" by Walter Purdam & Michael Penrice
well illustrated history of north western club, a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1982

Pages: 48 Ref: blhiencb-wigton1983 - £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-blhiencb-wilmslow.1984 - £24.00

 

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 pbhiencb-worthing.1995-rogers - £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-garcia1961 - £85.00

 

80.jpg (146139 bytes) 83.jpg (153084 bytes) "L'EQUIPE XV de FRANCE - La Grande Aventure" various contributors
A coffee table publication, a large book contained in an illustrated slip case - an awesome history of French rugby, the layout is very similar to 'Men In Black' the classic New Zealand history with match by match coverage from 1906 to 2006, includes matches against Germany, Italy & Czechoslovakia. Superbly illustrated with a good statistical section, text in French. This is a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper contained in a slip case, the slip case still has it's cellophane wrapping, both book and slip case are in excellent condition. The weight of this book exceeds 4kg and if sent overseas it will incur a hefty surcharge.
published in 2006 512 pages Ref: PC20-bkhifr-lequipe2006 - £125.00

 

"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-lequipe2006.une-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-ballet.2003-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-pbhifr2007-french.flair - £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-benaouda2006.castres- - £39.00

 

90.jpg (89789 bytes) "Stade Toulousain - Un Siecle de Rugby en Rouge et Noir"

by Bruno Fabioux & Henri Rozes

A large format publication, illustrated history of a great French Club. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.
published in 2006 Pages: 228 Ref: PC21-bkhifrcb-fabioux.2006.toul'se - £45.00

 

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-toulouse.1987.dax - £35.00

 

B-05.jpg (39675 bytes) "The Rise of French Rugby" by Potter & Duthen
Historical look at French rugby, concerns itself mostly with the 1950s but includes a chapter on the expulsion of France from the Five Nations in 1931, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1961 Pages:  218 Ref: bkhifr-potter1961 - £20.00

 

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 ? Pages:  181 Ref: pbhifr-vincent.1969 - £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 : bkhiir-van.esbeck1986 - £30.00

 

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-cronin.2009.miscellany - £7.00

 

25.jpg (47552 bytes) "Irish Rugby Scrapbook" by Edmund van Esbeck
Review of the 1982 rugby season including the Irish Triple Crown, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1982 Pages: 129 Ref: pbhiir-van.esbeck.1982 - £15.00

 

12.jpg (592695 bytes) "Ireland's Golden Rugby Years"  1947-1952 by Edited by Barry S Nolan
A rundown of Ireland's golden years, including their first Grand Slam in 1948, the Triple Crown in 1949 and the Championship in 1951. Contributions and articles by many leading writers of the time, they include C Henry with "Munster's Contribution to the Golden Era", "Ulster played their part in no uncertain fashion by W Brownlow-White, "Great Games and Famous Players Recalled" by Mitchel V Cogley. In a statistical section, winners of Irish cups are listed including Junior, Senior and Provincial Town's Cups. This is a rare publication. A secondhand paperback in good condition. Noted faults - some light creasing and very light cup stains to the front cover, neat front cover repairs to the right hand top and bottom corners of the cover. 
published in 1952 Pages: 136 Ref: PC4-blhiir-nolan.1952-xc - £95.00 

 

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-pbhiirbr-coughlan1983 - £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

 

16.jpg (389741 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 that has a small amount of surface damage to the front cover (on the illustration under the authors name) generally the book is in good condition. 
published in 2007 274 pages MC255-pbhiirpv-munster.2007.english-nztr.1978 - £4.00

 

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 pbhiirpv-munster.2005.english-nztr.1978 - £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-cronin2006mun - £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-english2006mun - £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: blhiircb-old.belvedere - £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: blhiircb-old.wesley - £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: blhiiy2000-tribu - £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.1958-swan-vo.2.cqnnduwp -  £25.00

 

97.jpg (67644 bytes) "The New Zealand Rugby Football Union 1892 - 1967" by AC Swan
75th Anniversary history of thh NZRFU, a second-hand hardback, nicks & tears to dust wrapper with a small piece missing from the front of the dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1967 277 pages Ref: bkhinz-swan.1967 -  £14.00

 

Men in Black.jpg (58711 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-chester1978.mib - £25.00

 

30.jpg (142738 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 edition covers all matches up to New Zealand v Australia 11the September 1982. A secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.

This edition published 1982

440 pages

Ref: bkhinz-chester1982-mib - £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.mib - £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-chester1983mib.sup-cq-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-chester1984cent - £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-chester1981ency -  £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: pbbimunz-swan.a.1947-ed1.xb -  £17.00

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

Ref: pbbimunz-swan.a.1964-ed2.xb -  £9.00

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

Ref: pbbimunz-swan.a.1973-ed3.xb -  £9.00

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

Ref: pbbimunz-carman.a.1981-ed4.xb -  £9.00

 

*****

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: bkwc1991nz-becht-xb - £15.00

 

78.jpg (108773 bytes) "The Game for All New Zealand"  by Peter Bush
Magnificent full colour photographic essay profiling New Zealand's national sport, a large format secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition.
1st Edition: 1989 Pages: 198  Ref: LA-bkhinz-bush.1989.game -  £35.00

 

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: bkhinz-bush1992-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 -  £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: pbhinz-harding.1990.toughest - £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: blhinz-howitt1975gtv - £9.00

 

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-howitt.2002.nomads - £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.
Reprint in 1969 176 pages Ref: bkhinz-mackenzie1969-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 Pages: 200 Ref: pbnzhi-matheson1999 - £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
3rd Imp: 1968 Pages: 348 Ref: bkhinz-mccarthy1968 - £14.00

 

39.jpg (66425 bytes) "Inside the All Blacks" by Robin McConnell
A look at the All Blacks during the professional era, McConnell spent 3 years travelling with the NZ team, this is the inside story, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1999 Pages: 287 Ref: pbhinz-mcconnell.1999.inside - £7.00

 

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 Pages: 198 Ref: bknzhi-mclean1959 - £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-mclean.t.1991.the.all.blacks - £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-miller.g.2003-reed - £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: blhinz-nz.museum1976 - £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-quinn1999* - £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 Pages: 374 Ref: bkhinz-slatter1970 - £20.00

 

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: pbhinz-stokes1972 - £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: pbhinz-thomas.2003.whole - £15.00

 

28.jpg (42836 bytes) "All Blacks And Lions" by JM Wallace
An examination of rugby tactics and players, with emphasis on New Zealand and British players & tactics, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition  

1st Edition: 1959

Pages: 208

Ref: bkhinz-wallace1959 -  £9.00

 

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 pbhinzas-zavos.2003-tribes - £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 Pages: 92 Ref: blhinzpv-auckland.1933 - £75.00

 

Aukland.jpg (49937 bytes) AUCKLAND - "Rugby In Auckland 1883-1967" 
Official history of ARU, a second-hand paperback with book info added in ink to the blank spine, light wear to covers
1st Edition: 1967 Pages: 236 Ref: pbhinzpv-auckland.1967 - £25.00

 

24.jpg (102231 bytes) AUCKLAND - "100 Years Auckland Rugby" published by the Auckland Rugby Union 
A comprehensive centenary history of the Auckland Rugby Union. An in depth publication with team listings of both teams for all Auckland matches. A full statistical history complete with narrative, a second-hand paperback in very good condition 
1st Edition: 1983 Pages: 318 Ref: pbhinzpv-auckland.1983 - £25.00

 

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 Pages: 144 Ref: blhinzpv-canterbury1979 - £12.00

 

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

Pages: 52

Ref: blhinzpv-taranaki1935 - £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

Pages: 40 Ref: blhinzpv-taranaki1960 - £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

Pages: 24 Ref: blhinzpv-te.puke1982 - £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: pbhinzpv-swan1950wellington - £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 pbhinzcb-centurions.brien - £39.00

 

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COLLEGE RIFLES RFC "One Hundred Years of College Rifles 1897 - 1997" by Paul Neazor

NZ club history, a specially prepared signed limited edition, no 38 of 100 autographed by the club's only test All Black Jon McLachlan and the College Rifles' contribution to the 1987 World Cup All Blacks John Drake, Sean Fitzpatrick, Alan & Gary Whetton, 5 signatures in total. A seconhand hardback copy without a dust wrapper  

Published in 1997

Pages:  224 Ref: TC2-aubkhinzcb-neazor1997.coll.rif - £49.00

 

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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: blhinzcb-cromwell.1988 - £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: blhinzcb-eden1972 - £25.00

 

16.jpg (31416 bytes) FOXTON RFC - Centenary brochure 1880-1980
a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1980

Pages:  64 Ref: blhinzcb-foxton1980 - £15.00

 

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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: blhinzcb-grammar1989 -  £15.00

 

30.jpg (95074 bytes) LINWOOD RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB 1886 - 1986 - "One Hundred Years of Green & Black

Edited by Dion Crooks from information supplied by George Stove

Christchurch, New Zealand based club side history, well illustrated with many team photographs. A secondhand A4 size booklet in very good condition. 
published in 1986 88 pages blhinzcb-linwood.1986 - £24.00

 

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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: blhinzcb-manurewa.st2 -  £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: blhinzcb-napier.pts1946 - £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: pbhinzcb-reed.wa1970nelson - £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: blhinzcb-ories1988 - £12.00

 

13.jpg (40799 bytes) SUBURBS RFC - "1949-1998"
Canterbury club, a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1998

Pages: 32 Ref: blhinzcb-suburbs1998 - £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

Pages: 102 Ref: blhinzcb-temuka1975 - £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: blhinzcb-wang.tcob1973 - £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 Pages: 239 Ref: bkhisc-phillips.r1925 - £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 Pages: 346 Ref: bkhisc-thorburn1980 - £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 Pages: 210 Ref: bkhisc-thorburn1985 - £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 Pages:  198 Ref: bkhisc-massie1984 - £20.00

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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-bath.2007.miscellany - £5.00

 

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 Pages: 207 Ref: bkhisc-douglas1997 - £12.00

 

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: pbhisc-davidson.1994 - £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 Pages: 208 Ref: bkhisc-douglas1991 - £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 without a dust wrapper, the book is in very good condition 
1st Edition: 1997 Pages: 207 Ref: bkhisc-douglas1997-cqnnduwp - £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-forsyth.rw1945.vol.1 - £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-forsyth.rw-svin.42-45 - £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-forsyth.rw1951.vol.2 - £45.00

 

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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: blhiscpv-border1951.poynder - £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-thomson1989 - £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 - £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

 

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centenary history of this great Scottish Borders club, a second-hand paperback in good condition

Published in

Pages: 184 Ref: blhisccb-gala-cn -  £15.00

 

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 - £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.high1984.ireland -  £24.00

 

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

Published in 1996

Pages: 64 Ref: blhisccb-hawick.linden1996 -  £7.00

 

06.jpg (41261 bytes) LANGHOLM RFC - "1871 - 1971" 
illustrated history of Scottish border club, a second-hand booklet in good condition

Published in 1971

Pages: 36 Ref: blhisccb-langholm - £15.00

 

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MELROSE RFC - "1877 - 1977"  by J Sutherland

Well illustrated history of a Scottish border club responsible for the game of 'Sevens' rugby, a second-hand paperback in good condition

Published in 1977

Pages: 140 Ref: blhisccb-melrose.1977 -  £22.00

 

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UDDINGSTON RFC

"100 Years of Uddingston Rugby Football Club" - by Joe James

Superbly illustrated history of Scottish club, large format with open out pages includes biographies and additional information on Uddingston internationals including CD Stuart 1910 - 1920 and Laurie Duff 1936 - 1939, a second-hand booklet as new, plus menu card for centenary dinner

Published in 2006 Pages: 28 Ref: bkhisccb-uddingston.2006-la -  £20.00

 

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: bksahi-difford.1933 -  £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-parker.ac1970 - £25.00

 

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A Statistical History of Springbok Rugby by Teddy Shnaps 

One of the most sought after books on Springbok rugby. An outstanding official statistical history of South African rugby published by the South African Rugby Board. The book covers the players, tours and matches and it's simple layout make it the first port of call when searching for any Springbok related statistics. A secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition

1st Edition: 1989

383 pages

 Ref: LA-bkhisa-shnaps.1989 - £125.00

 

 

*****

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-billot.j.1974-sa - £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: pbhisa-carlin.j.2008-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-carlin.j.2008-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-craven1955.ons.toet - £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: blhisash1990 -  £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. 
2nd edition: 1981 Pages: 287 Ref: bkhisa-greyvnstein.1981-sbok.saga-ed2 - £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-greyvenstein.1978-au.31 - £75.00

 

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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 2nd edition published in 1981 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-greyvenstein81-ed.2.au.40.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-greyvnstein1995.illus - £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-griffiths1996-one.team - £24.00

 

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-labuschagne1970 -  £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, some writing to the title page but generally the book is in good condition 
1st Edition: 1974 Pages: 242 Ref: bkhisa.venz-labuschagne.1974.g.bye.newlands -  £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-potgieter1960 -  £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-smith.t.1946 -  £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-stent.1954 -  £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-sarb1964-cqnnduwr - £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: pbhisa-keohane.2004  - £19.00

 

05.jpg (36462 bytes) "Springbok & Silverfern" by Reg Sweet
The history of NZ & S Africa encounters, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition. SIGNED BY REG SWEET
1st Edition: 1960 Pages: 200 Ref: bkhisanz-sweet.1960 -  £29.00

 

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: pbbkhisa-van.der.valk2002 - £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-sweet1990.natal* - £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-van.zyl.1988.n.tvl.english - £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-dobson1990 -  £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: blhisash-sacs - £20.00

 

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"The Varsity Spirit" by BABROW/STENT

a second-hand hardback, some nicks to dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1963 Pages:  144 Ref: bkhisacb-babrow1963-un-cape.twn -  £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-craven1955.stlbosch - £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: bkhisa-craven1980.stlbosch - £25.00

 

WALES

42.jpg (45798 bytes) WALES - "Fields of Praise" by David Smith & Gareth Williams 
The official history of the Welsh Rugby Union. A monumental work, Smith and Williams are professional historians and the amount of research that has gone into this work is mind boggling, includes detailed chapters on the origin of rugby, a second-hand paperback in good condition

A supplement 1980-1999 is included in the book 'More Heart and Soul' - CLICK HERE for this book 

1st Edition: 1980 Pages:  505 Ref: pbhiwa-smith1980 -  £20.00

 

Fields of Dreams.jpg (41334 bytes) WALES - "Fields of Praise" by David Smith & Gareth Williams 
The official history of the Welsh Rugby Union. A monumental work, Smith and Williams are professional historians and the amount of research that has gone into this work is mind boggling, includes detailed chapters on the origin of rugby, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition

A supplement 1980-1999 is included in the book 'More Heart and Soul' - CLICK HERE for this book 

1st Edition: 1980 Pages:  505 Ref: bkhiwa-smith1980 -  £30.00

 

60.jpg (97477 bytes) WALES - "History of Welsh International Rugby" by John Billot, 
Match by match history of Welsh international rugby, invaluable work for the Welsh historian, second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st edition 1970 Pages: 285 Ref: bkhiwa-billot1970-xb - £20.00

 

06.jpg (64526 bytes) WALES - "History of Welsh International Rugby" by John Billot, 
Match by match history of Welsh international rugby, invaluable work for the Welsh historian. The revised edition in 1971 includes details of the 1971 Grand Slam, second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper taht has a couple of small pieces missing and pen marks on the front cover
Revised edition 1971 Pages: 285 Ref: bkhiwa-billot1971-ed-revsd-xb - £16.00

 

07.jpg (66611 bytes) WALES - "History of Welsh International Rugby" by John Billot, 
Match by match history of Welsh international rugby, invaluable work for the Welsh historian. Updated to 1999, published without a dust wrapper. a second-hand hardback with illustrated boards in very good condition
Revised edition 1999 322 pages Ref: bkhiwa-billot1999 - £25.00

 

05.jpg (62650 bytes) WALES - ""Men In Scarlet" by JBG Thomas
Early 1970s history by Wales' most travelled journalist, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1972 Pages: 176 Ref: bkhiwa-thomas.jbg1972.men.in.sclet - £15.00

 

41.jpg (54936 bytes) WALES - "The Illustrated History of Welsh Rugby" by JBG Thomas
a chronicle of Welsh rugby. Some great photographs accompany JBG's in depth commentary, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1980 Pages: 256  Ref: bkhiwa-thomas.jbg1980-xb - £25.00

*****

21.jpg (74949 bytes) WALES - "Welsh Rugby Captains" - by Alun Wyn Bevan & Huw Evans
Profiles of the 61 living post-war Welsh captains, includes interviews and the thoughts of the captains, very well illustrated. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition
1st Edition: 2010 160 pages Ref: bkhiwa-bevan.2010 - £15.00

 

41.jpg (58366 bytes) PAC o STRAEON golygydd ALUN WYN BEVAN
Text in Welsh, published by Gomer. A secondhand paperback book with some light wear to the covers. 
published in 2001 77 pages pbhiwa-bevan.aw.2001.pac.o.straeon - £4.00

 

33.jpg (59429 bytes) "I Was There" by Max Boyce
Poems, stories & songs from the Welsh Maestro, includes the words to Max Boyce's classics "The Outside half Factory", Asso Asso Yogoshi", "Hymns & Arias", "The Incredible Plan", "9 3". Lavishly illustrated with cartoons by Gren, this  book is a classic. If you are Welsh and this book is not in your library you do not want to spend another minute without it. A secondhand hardback with illustrated boards in good condition.
1st Edition: 1979 Pages: 92 Ref: bkmihu-boyce1979-xc - £25.00

   

 

20.jpg (55846 bytes) WALES - "The Wales Rugby Miscellany" - by Rob Cole & Stuart Farmer
Fascinating reading for the Welsh rugby enthusiast, information from the origin of the game in wales to the modern day. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition
1st Edition: 2007 151 pages Ref: bkhiwa-cole.2007 - £7.50

 

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"Rugby Recollections" by WJ Townsend Collins "Dromio" foreword by Tommy Vile
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 over 100 photos of teams and individual players. Secondhand hardback without a dust wrapper, name written first blank page, overall in very good condition.
1st edition 1948 224 pages  Ref:  bkhiwa-collins1948-ed-1st - £45.00

   

 

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"Rugby Recollections" by WJ Townsend Collins "Dromio" foreword by Tommy Vile
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 over 100 photos of teams and individual players. Secondhand hardback without dust wrapper, name written & foxing to first few blank pages, overall in very good condition.
2nd & enlarged  edition: 1948 224 pages  Ref:  TL6-bkhiwa-collins1948-ed-2nd* - £39.00

   

 

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Celebrating the 56 Welsh victories over England 1890-1913, a paperback book in very good condition, as new. 
1st Edition 2015 208 pages Ref: pbhiwa-davies.l.2015.defeated - £7.99

 

40.jpg (52725 bytes) WALES - "Rugby" by Gareth Edwards
Post war Welsh rugby, well illustrated including an in depth look at Welsh rugby in the 1960s & 1970s, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1986 Pages: 166   Ref: bkhiwa-edwards1986 - £10.00

 

Welsh Rug.jpg (46291 bytes) WALES - "The Golden Years of Welsh Rugby" by Gareth Edwards
Match by match reports of Welsh internationals 1966 - 1979, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1982 Pages: 144  Ref: bkhiwa-edwards.1982.golden - £15.00

 

09.jpg (817728 bytes) WALES - "Welsh International Matches 1881 - 2000 by Howard Evans
Covers each international match played by Wales, up to and including the 1999 Rugby World Cup, great statistical section at the end of the book, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition:  2000 Pages:  Ref: bkhiwa-evans.2000-welsh - £20.00

 

66.jpg (511656 bytes) WALES & NEW ZEALAND - "Three Feathers and a Silver Fern" by Roger G K Penn
An off-field history of Wales and the All Blacks. an interesting look at the bond between Wales and New Zealand forged through rugby,  second-hand paperback in very good condition
published in 2013 336 pages  Ref: pbhiwanz-penn.2013.three - £15.00

 

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HAYDN FORD - "Heads and Tails" 

Cartoons and pen portraits of well known Welsh Rugby Football Personalities. This is a 28 page booklet published approximately 1956 which contains caricatures of Welsh rugby personalities, the proceeds of the booklet went towards the building of the YMCA in Neath, a stone's throw from the Gnoll. The following personalities appear in this great publication Aberavon - Cliff Ashton,  Ross Richards,   Cardiff - Gareth Griffiths,  Haydn Morris,  Bleddyn Williams, Sid Judd,  Cliff Morgan, Gordon Wells, Rex Willis,  Llanelli - Peter Evans, Alun Thomas,  Rhys Williams,  Len Davies,  Ray Williams,  Maesteg - Trevor Lloyd,  Neath - Ivor David,  Roy John,  Courtenay Meredith,  Dai Meredith,  Brian Sparks,  Rees Stephens, WR Thomas,  Viv Evans,  Newport - Garfield Owen,  Onllwyn Brace,  Roy Burnett,  Ken Jones, Bryn Meredith,  Pontypridd - Russell Robins,  Swansea - Clem Thomas,  Billy Williams,  Horace Phillips, Guest Stars - WPC Davies (Harlequins),  Jean Prat (Lourdes),  Jackie Kyle (NIFC). The booklet is in excellent condition apart from rusty staples. The proceeds from the sale of this booklet were in aid of the Neath YMCA Building Fund. 

Ref: PC31-bkbimuwa-ford.haydn-xc - £25.00

 

71.jpg (248557 bytes) WALES - "The Little Book of Welsh Rugby"  - by Andy Howell
An illustrated history of the game in Wales, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 2006 127 pages Ref: bkhiwa-howell.a.2006.little-bk - £8.00

 

81.jpg (43663 bytes) WALES - "The Lions of Wales" by Peter Jackson, 
Welsh greats on tour with the British Isles, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in excellent condition
1st Edition:  1998 Pages: 224 Ref: TL6-bkhiwa-jackson.p1998-brxb* - £15.00

 

81.jpg (43663 bytes) WALES - "The Lions of Wales" by Peter Jackson, 
Welsh greats on tour with the British Isles, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper
1st Edition:  1998 Pages: 224 Ref: bkhiwa-jackson.p1998-brcqnnduwp - £9.00

 

80.jpg (37587 bytes) WALES - "Can Llwyddiant" golygydd Royston James, 
Well illustrated Welsh rugby miscellany, text in Welsh, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1981 330 pages Ref: TL6-bkhiwa-james.r.1981* - £35.00

 

63.jpg (43687 bytes) WALES - "The Priceless Gift - 125 Years of Welsh Rugby Captains" by Steve Lewis
Welsh rugby captains - leaders in scarlet. A second-hand hardback in excellent condition
1st Edition: 2005 288 pages Ref: bkhiwa-lewis.s.2005 - £15.00

 

79.jpg (51878 bytes) WALES - "Wales - The Essential History of Rugby Union" - by Steve Lewis & John Griffiths
Great players, memorable tries, great matches, everything for the real fan. A second-hand hardback in very good condition
1st Edition: 2003 335 pages Ref: bkhiwa-lewis.s.2003 - £13.00

 

37.jpg (152817 bytes) "DRAGON'S DELIGHT" edited by DAVID NORRIE
A well illustrated review of the Welsh centenary season. Well illustrated with reports and statistics of all the matches, includes a review of the 1980 Lions tour. A secondhand booklet in very good condition. 
published in 1981 80 pages blhiwa-dragons.delight.norrie - £10.00

 

Taffs Acre.jpg (52135 bytes) CARDIFF ARMS PARK - TAFF'S ACRE A history and celebration of Cardiff Arms Park
edited by David Parry-Jones
History of the world's most historic rugby ground, details of all the great matches there, Wales v New Zealand 1905 & 1935, Barbarians against the All Blacks in 1964 & 1973, they built the world's greatest rugby stadium - then they knocked it down, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1984 198 pages:  Ref: bkhiwa-parry.jones.1984-xb - £18.00

 

64.jpg (28512 bytes) WALES - "The Gwilliam Seasons " by David Parry-Jones
A book chronicling Welsh rugby in the early 1950s under the captaincy of the legendary John Gwilliam. During this time Wales won Grand Slams in 1950 and 1952 and defeated the All Blacks in 1953, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.
1st Edition:  2002 Pages: 227 Ref: bkhiwa-parry.jones2002  - £18.00

 

64.jpg (28512 bytes)  "The Gwilliam Seasons " by David Parry-Jones
A book chronicling Welsh rugby in the early 1950s under the captaincy of the legendary John Gwilliam. During this time Wales won Grand Slams in 1950 and 1952 and defeated the All Blacks in 1953, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper
1st Edition:  2002 Pages: 227 Ref: bkhiwa-parry.jones2002-cqnnduwp  - £14.00

 

08.jpg (64107 bytes) WALES - "A Touch of Glory" by Alun Richards, 
illustrated centenary history of rugby in Wales, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1980  Pages: 176 Ref: bkhiwa-richards.a1980 - £15.00

 

64.jpg (501544 bytes) 41.jpg (38417 bytes) WALES - "Heart and Sole - the Character of Welsh Rugby"
edited by Huw Richards, Peter Stead & Gareth Williams
A short chapter on the character of Welsh rugby is followed by individual biographies of Welsh greats, including Cliff Morgan, Carwyn James, John Taylor, Nigel Walker & Neil Jenkins. Includes an interesting chapter on Ray Prosser's Pontypool, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.
1st Edition:  1998 Pages: 238 Ref: bkhiwa-richards.1998.heart.1 - £14.00

 

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WALES - "More Heart and Soul - the Character of Welsh Rugby"
edited by Huw Richards, Peter Stead & Gareth Williams
More biographies of Welsh greats, including Lewis Jones, JPR Williams, Colin Charvis, Jack Matthews & Bleddyn Williams. Includes a chapter titled 'Beyond the Fields of Praise' by Dai Smith & Gareth Williams, covering the period 1980 - 1999, a sequel to the official Welsh history 'Fields of Praise', a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper 
1st Edition:  1999 Pages: 242 Ref: TL6-bkhiwa-richards.h.1999 - £16.00

 

18.jpg (77653 bytes) WALES v NEW ZEALAND - "Dragons and All Blacks" - by Huw Richards
Wales v New Zealand 1953 and a century of rugby rivalry. An informative narrative on the last Welsh victory over New Zealand in 1953, the book also covers the special relationship built up from Wales and All Black encounters leading up to this match and the domination of the All Blacks following it. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.
1st Edition: 2004 224 pages Ref: bkhiwa-richards.h.2004-nz53xb - £17.00

 

28.jpg (428957 bytes) ENGLAND v WALES - "The Red & The White" by Huw Richards
A history of the intense rivalry between Wales and England from 1881 to 2008, a secondhand hardback book with a dust wrapper in very good condition. 
1st Edition 2009 264 pages Ref: bkhiwa-richards.h.2009.red.white - £15.00

 

18.jpg (77653 bytes) WALES v NEW ZEALAND - "Dragons and All Blacks" - by Huw Richards
Wales v New Zealand 1953 and a century of rugby rivalry. An informative narrative on the last Welsh victory over New Zealand in 1953, the book also covers the special relationship built up from Wales and All Black encounters leading up to this match and the domination of the All Blacks following it. A second-hand paperback with a dust wrapper in good condition.
published in 2005 236 pages Ref: pbhiwa-richards.h.2005-nz53xb - £9.50

 

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WALES - "Giants of Post War Welsh Rugby" edited by Clive Rowlands & David Farmer
Several Welsh players and personalities pick their greatest post-war Welsh XV and their greatest player ever. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition. 
1st Edition 1990 Pages 144 Ref: TL6*-bkhiwa-rowlands.c.1990-xb -  £15.00

 

03.jpg (68164 bytes) WALES - "Decade of the Dragon" by John Taylor
A celebration of Welsh Rugby 1969 - 1979, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1980  Pages: 248 Ref: bkhiwa-taylor.j.decade.dragon - £17.00

 

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JBG THOMAS - Editor - 1893-1952 Triple Crown Souvenir, published by the WRU and edited by JBG Thomas. A superb publication containing historical articles and information on all Wales' Triple Crowns up to 1952, there are many team photographs. Articles include "History of the Triple Crown" by JBG Thomas, "Memories of 1893 - 1900 by WJ 'Billy' Bancroft, "Playing in Three Triple Crown Sides" by Rhys Gabe, "Two Great Triple Crown Players - RM 'Dicky'Owen and WJ 'Billy' Trew by Pengragon, "The Game Today and in the Golden Era" by Tommy Vile, "Memories of 1911" by Billy Spiller, "A Great Victory and Narrow Failure in 1935-36" by Wilf Wooller, "1950 - Success at Last" by Billy Cleaver, "Leading Wales to Victory in Modern Times" by John Gwilliam, 48 pages. This is a secondhand copy in excellent condition.  

Ref: blwa1952tctrhi-thomas.jbg-xc - £39.00

 

08.jpg (45624 bytes) WALES - "Rugby in Wales" edited by JBG Thomas & Rowe Harding 
A very good history focusing on the successful years of Welsh Rugby, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1970 Pages: 156 Ref: bkhiwa1970-thomas.jbg-rr-in-wa-xb - £15.00

 

39.jpg (83261 bytes) "NOBODY BEATS US" by DAVID TOSSELL
The inside story of the 1970's Welsh rugby team, based on exclusive interviews with players from the second golden era of Welsh rugby. A secondhand hardback book with a dust wrapper in very good condition. 
published in 2009 304 pages bkhiwa-tossell.2009.nobody - £14.00

 

11.jpg (164112 bytes) Rugby: Heart of the Community - Rygbi: Calon y Gymuned

Photographs by students of the University of Wales, Newport

A look at rugby in the community in Wales, grass roots rugby. A secondhand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 2012 107 pages Ref: pbhiph.unwa-newport.heart - £9.95

 

04.jpg (51680 bytes) WALES - "Welsh Rugby – The Crowning Years 1968-1980, by Clem Thomas & Geoffrey Nicholson
A look at the glory years of Welsh rugby, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1980  Pages: 263 Ref: bkhiwa-thomas.c.1980.crowning.years - £9.00

 

38.jpg (90545 bytes) "100 YEARS OF WELSH RUGBY" published by the WESTERN MAIL
A well illustrated celebration of Wales' rugby history. A secondhand magazine style publication in good condition. 
published in 1980 48 pages PC27-blhiwa-100.years.western.mail - £7.00

 

  WALES v NEW ZEALAND 1935 by Wilf Wooller
Published by Richard Walsh books in 1995 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Wales defeating New Zealand in 1935. Reprinted from the daily and Sunday Telegraph, limited to 150 editions, this is an un-numbered edition. A second-hand booklet in good condition.
published in 1995 16 pages Ref: blhiwa-wooller.1995-nz35xb - £39.50

 

jvn01.jpg (21388 bytes) WALES - "New Cardiff Arms Park" published by Western Mail & Echo
24 page Western Mail special souvenir supplement published in 1970. Some brilliant historical articles chronicling the history of Cardiff Arms Park, a second-hand newspaper in good condition
1st Edition: 1970 Pages: 24 Ref: nphiwa1970-wme-wagr-cap - £15.00

 

Wales-Try.jpg (116799 bytes) WALES - "TRY" - An Anthology to celebrate the WRU Centenary 1881-1981
Rugby writings, a miscellany of Welsh Rugby history, great articles on the history of Welsh Rugby, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition: 1980 Pages: 104   Ref:  blhiwa1980-wru.try - £12.00

 

dragon-awakes.jpg (47621 bytes) WALES - "The Dragon Awakes - Rebirth of a Rugby Nation" by Andrew Williams, 
Wales under Henry, the short revival of Wales' fortunes including victories over England, France & South Africa in 1999, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 2000  Pages: 191 Ref: bkhiwa-williams.a.2000 - £10.00

 

1905 And All That.jpg (39281 bytes) WALES - "1905 and All That"  - by Gareth Williams
A great look at Welsh rugby and society by one of Wales' premier historians, the title refers to Wales' 3 - 0 thrashing of New Zealand in 1905, a second-hand paperback in good condition
1st Edition:  1991 Pages: 250 Ref: pbhiwa-williams.g.1991-1905 - £25.00

 

WALES REPRESENTATIVE

12.jpg (46185 bytes) WELSH SECONDARY SCHOOLS - Tour of South Africa 1956

"The Dragons Who Roared"  - by Alan Evans

A look at the first Welsh representative touring team, includes details of the tour and biographical sketches of the players, well illustrated. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in excellent condition
1st Edition: 2006 Pages: 119 Ref: bkhiwa-evans.a.1956-shtr - £20.00

 

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WELSH YOUTH - '50 Years of Welsh Youth Rugby 1949 - 1999'

An excellent history of the Welsh Youth, includes a good statistical section, a secondhand booklet in excellent condition.
published in 1999 64 pages Ref: blhiwa-yth1999 - £25.00

 

WALES - CLUBS & REGIONAL

01.jpg (40997 bytes) "The Rugby Clubs of Wales" by David Parry-Jones
Histories and information about the top 17 clubs in Wales at the time of publishing, Aberavon, Bridgend, Cardiff, Llanelli, Neath, Newport, Pontypool, Swansea, Glamorgan Wanderers, Maesteg, Penarth, Pontypridd, Abertillery, Cross Keys, Ebbw Vale, Newbridge & Tredegar, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1989 Pages: 176 Ref: bkhiwacbmu-parry.jones1989 -  £12.00

 

07.jpg (49872 bytes) ABERTILLERY RFC - "The Centenary Book 1883 - 1983" by Irene & Keith Thomas 
Centenary book of Gwent former first class club, season by season history, statistics and profiles, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

Published in 1983

Pages: 120 Ref: bkhiwacb-.abertillery.1983.thomas.i -  £25.00

 

23.jpg (198790 bytes) AMMANFORD RFC - "1887-1947 - Diamond Jubilee" 
A very rare well illustrated 60th anniversary history of this Carmarthenshire club, a second-hand booklet with a worn spine. 

Published in 1947

36 pages Ref blhiwacb-ammanford.1947 - £75.00

 

amman.jpg (33176 bytes) AMMAN UNITED - "Fiftieth Anniversary 1903 - 1953"
History of West Wales club, a second-hand booklet in good condition

Published in 1953

32 pages Ref: blhiwacb-amman.utd.1953 -  £39.00

 

62.jpg (85187 bytes) AMMAN UNITED - "Roll Along, Roll Along 1903 - 2003" edited by Howard Gabe Davies
History of West Wales club whose most famous son Shane Williams is pictured on the front cover, a second-hand paperback book in very good condition

Published in 2003

276 pages Ref: pbhiwacb-davies.hg.amman.utd.2003 -  £19.00

 

12.jpg (91915 bytes) BAGLAN RFC - "1962-2012 - Celebrating 50 Years of Rugby" edited by Clive Joseph
History of Port Talbot club formed in 1962, a club that lifted the Welsh Brewers Cup in 1983 & 84 and were granted Welsh Rugby Union status in 1995. Includes photographs of teams from most seasons, a well narrated history of the 'Baglan Bombers'. This is a NEW book.

"Another fine player to make an impact was Dai Richards at full back, or in his preferred position at scrum half. Dai is now the owner of probably the finest collection of rugby memorabilia in the world, being the Managing Director of Rugby Relics"

Published in 2012

64 pages Ref: blhiwacb-baglan.2012 -  £7.50

 

29.jpg (69651 bytes) BANGOR RFC - "100 Years of Rugby Football in Bangor" by R Wendell Edwards
History of a North Wales club, one of the founding members of the Welsh Rugby Union in 1881, a second-hand booklet in very good condition.

Published circa 1981

approx 80 pages Ref: blhiwacb-bangor.1981.edwards - £19.00

 

BARRY RFC - "Games of Interchanging Praise - One Hundred Years of Rugby in Barry" by Michael G Bassett
A centenary history of rugby football in Barry 1887-1987. a comprehensive well illustrated history of a South Wales club, a second-hand hardback book without a dust wrapper. 

Published in 1988

256 pages Ref: LB-bkhiwacb-bassett.1987.barry - £45.00

 

28.jpg (84045 bytes) BLAENAVON RFC - "Centenary Brochure 1877 - 1977"
An extensive Gwent club history. A secondhand booklet in very good condition.

Published in 1977

124 pages Ref: blhiwacb-blaenavon -  £35.00

 

27.jpg (64885 bytes) BRECON RFC - "One Hundred Years of Rugby Football 1879-1979"
History of Welsh club nestled in the shadow of the Beacons, one of the founding members of the Welsh Rugby Union in 1881, a second-hand booklet in very good condition.

Published in 1979

94 pages Ref: LB-blhiwacb-brecon.1979 -  £49.00

 

The first 100 Years.jpg (44931 bytes) BRIDGEND - The First 100 Years by WAD Lawrie
214 page centenary history of the Brewery Field club, published in 1979, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition. 
1st Edition: 1979 Pages: 214 Ref: bkhiwacb-lawrie.1979.bridgend -  £25.00

 

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"The Cardiff Rugby Football Club - History and Statistics 1876 - 1906"
compiled by CS Arthur, secretary

A season by season history of Wales' capital club, superbly illustrated throughout.  On new years day 1907 Cardiff thrashed the touring Springboks 17 - 0 and it was felt that this feat needed to be recorded. The club updated the first edition of their history to include a match report of the Cardiff v South Africa 1907 match. This book is has card illustrated boards, no dust wrapper is believed to have existed for this book. The cover is worn and the spine which looks to be a tape repair is split. The content pages however are very good. 
Updated Edition: 1907 Pages: 209 Ref: pbhiwacb-cdf.arthur.cs1907 - £225.00

 

cardiff-centenary.jpg (29197 bytes) CARDIFF - Centenary 1876 - 1976 
A well illustrated history of Cardiff, includes several articles by former players, opposing players and journalists, a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1977

Pages: 93 Ref: blhiwacb-cardiff.1977-cn -  £12.00

 

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CARDIFF RFC - "Taming the Tourists" - by Alan Evans - SIGNED

How Cardiff Beat the All Blacks, Springboks & Wallabies - Launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cardiff’s momentous defeat of the All Blacks on 21 November 1953, ‘Taming the Tourists’ is the epic tale of how one club beat the might of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia over a century—and how the Wallabies lost to the Blue and Blacks six times in a row. The book includes personal recollections of great players including Cliff Morgan, Bleddyn Williams, Gerald Davies, John Scott and Gareth Edwards and raises the uncomfortable issue of whether the much-loved international tours will ever return to the rugby calendar in the professional age. Taming the Tourists includes 16 pages of photos depicting the historic matches and a full statistical record and analysis. 

SIGNED by author Alan Evans & Bleddyn Williams (captain of the Cardiff team that beat the All Blacks in 1953) 

Published in 2003

Pages: 218 Ref: bkhiwacb-evans2003.cardiff-au2  £35.00

 

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CARDIFF RFC - "Taming the Tourists" - by Alan Evans

How Cardiff Beat the All Blacks, Springboks & Wallabies - Launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cardiff’s momentous defeat of the All Blacks on 21 November 1953, ‘Taming the Tourists’ is the epic tale of how one club beat the might of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia over a century—and how the Wallabies lost to the Blue and Blacks six times in a row. The book includes personal recollections of great players including Cliff Morgan, Bleddyn Williams, Gerald Davies, John Scott and Gareth Edwards and raises the uncomfortable issue of whether the much-loved international tours will ever return to the rugby calendar in the professional age. Taming the Tourists includes 16 pages of photos depicting the historic matches and a full statistical record and analysis. 

Published in 2003

Pages: 218 Ref: bkhiwacb-evans.a.2003.cardiff-  £14.00

 

89.jpg (158023 bytes) "The Origin of Chepstow Rugby Football Club" by Bernard Jarvis 
A rare history of a South Wales club, a secondhand booklet with a ink stain to the bottom left hand corner, but generally in very good condition. 
published in 1978 48 pages Ref: blhiwacb-chepstow.1978.jarvis - £35.00

 

20.jpg (62927 bytes) CRAWSHAY'S - '1922 - 1972, 50th Anniversary Captain Geoffrey Crawshay's Welsh XV'
A very good history of this Welsh Invitation side, well illustrated, a secondhand booklet with some light soiling to the front cover.
published in 1972 36 pages Ref: blhiwacb-crawshays1972-xb - £17.00

 

91.jpg (36848 bytes) CRAWSHAY'S - 'Crawshay's Welsh RFC, 1922 - 1977' edited by JBG Thomas
A well illustrated history of this Welsh Invitation side, with several articles by several members, a secondhand booklet in very good condition.
published in 1977 48 pages Ref: blhiwacb-crawshays1977-xb - £15.00

 

57.jpg (101918 bytes) CROSS KEYS - "Cross Keys & the Cup" by Horace Jeffries
History of the Cross Keys side in the cup, a secondhand paperback in good condition.

Published in 2009

96 pages Ref: pbhiwacb-cross.keys.2009.jeffries - £9.00

 

26.jpg (89881 bytes) CWMBRAN RFC - "One Hundred Years of Rugby 1880-1980" edited by Denis Gane
History of South Wales club, well illustrated, a second-hand booklet in good condition

Published in 1980

118 pages Ref: LB-blhiwacb-cwmbran.1980 -  £49.00

 

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CWMTWRCH  - "A Ton of Rugby", 1890-1990

a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1990

Pages: 72 Ref: blhiwacb-cwmtwrch1990 -  £7.50

 

56.jpg (61050 bytes) GLYNNEATH - "The Passing of A Century 1889/90 - 1989/90" by W John Harries
History of the Neath Valley side, a well illustrated narrative, a secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition.

Published in 1990

148 pages Ref: bkhiwacb-glynneath.1990.harries - £45.00

 

21.jpg (84935 bytes) GOWERTON RFC - "A History of the Gowerton Rugby Football Club" compiled by J Hywel Rees
An well illustrated comprehensive history of this Swansea club side published to coincide with the club's 75th anniversary, a second-hand booklet in very good condition

Published in 1959

108 pages Ref blhiwacb-gowerton.1959.rees - £35.00

 

19.jpg (96001 bytes) LAUGHARNE RFC "1893 - 1993 Centenary"
centenary booklet for West Walian club, a secondhand paperback in excellent condition.
published in 1993 128 pages Ref: TC6-blhiwacb-laugharne - £15.00

 

LLANDYBIE - "1901-2 - 1976-7" by E Noel Lewis 
75th Anniversary publication of Ammanford side. Well iluustrated. A secondhand booklet in excellent condition.
published in 1976 108 pages Ref: TL8-blhiwacb-llandybie1976 - £25.00

 

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LLANDYBIE - "100 Years of Rugby & Village Life at Llandybie" published by Llandybie RFC, various contributors 

An in depth look at the history of rugby and life in the village of Llandybie. A secondhand paperback in very good condition.

published in 2001 168 pages Ref: pbhiwacb-llandybie2001 - £20.00

 

One Hundred Years of Scarlet.jpg (62633 bytes) LLANELLI - ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SCARLET by Gareth Hughes
History of Llanelli RFC, published in 1983 it covers all the greatest moments in this Welsh club's long and illustrious history. A secondhand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1983 282 pages Ref: TL6-bkhiwacb-hughes.g.1983.llanelli - £30.00

 

80.jpg (87667 bytes) LLANELLI - "Scarlet Fever" produced by Glyn Walters, published by Llanelli RFC
"Scarlet Fever" - a 56 page brochure celebrating the Scarlets victory over the 1972 All Blacks, several match reports by the top journos of the day, many photos. This is a second hand booklet signed on the front cover 'to David with best wishes Barry Llewellyn'. Llewellyn was one of the props in the Llanelli team

Published in approx 1972

56 pages Ref: aublhiwacb-ll72-scarlet.fever-llewellyn.b - £25.00

 

62.jpg (153842 bytes) LLANELLI - "Son of Scarlet Fever" by Les & Neil Williams 
A record of Llanelli's remarkable triple triumph of the 1992/3 season, a second-hand booklet in good condition

Published in 1993

64 pages Ref: blhiwacb-llanelli.son.of.scrlt.fvr - £7.50

 

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LLANELLI RFC - "Stradey Stories" by Alun Wyn Bevan with a foreword by Ray Gravell

A superb miscellany of historical and biographical stories about Llanelli players, great matches and great stories from Stradey Park. Published in several editions from 2005. A secondhand paperback in very good condition. 

published in 2007

200 pages Ref: RL425-RR-pbhiwacb-llanelli.bevan.2007.stradey - £14.00

 

27.jpg (589012 bytes) LLANELLI - "Llanelli Rugby Club" complied by Bob Harragan 
Published by Tempus in their 'Images of Wales' series this is a mainly history of Llanelli RFC, a secondhand paperback book in very good condition. 
1st Edition 1998 128 pages Ref: pbhiwacb-harragan.1998.llanelli - £12.00

 

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LLANELLI SCHOOLBOYS "1903 - 2003" edited by Trevor Lewis, John Prickett & John Rees

A superb well illustrated history of schools rugby in Llanelli, a secondhand paperback in very good condition.

published in 2003  192 pages Ref: pbhiwash-llanelli.2003.lewis - £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: bkhiwacb-london.welsh.1985.beken - £20.00

 

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A comprehensive and well Illustrated history from the school that produced John Gwilliam and Keith Jarrett, a second-hand booklet in very good condition.
Published in 1973 44 pages Ref: LB-blhiwash-monmouth.1973 - £35.00

 

NEATH

20.jpg (43572 bytes) NEATH - "Centenary Year 1871-1971"
Centenary history of Wales' oldest club, outstanding history, a second-hand brochure in good condition

Published in 1971

Pages: 60 Ref: blhiwacb-neath1971cn -  £12.00

 

47.jpg (89486 bytes) NEATH - "Neath RFC 1871-1945" by Mike Price
Tempus, Images of Sport Series, the first of two well illustrated books on the history of Neath RFC by Mike Price. This book covers the formation of the club and the early days including championship years. A secondhand paperback in very good condition.

Published in 2002

Pages: 128 Ref: pbhiwacb-price2002neath -  £12.00

 

65.jpg (35473 bytes) NEATH & DISTRICT SCHOOLS RUGBY UNION  - "Golden Jubilee Celebrations"
50th Anniversary (1904-5 - 1954-5) booklet of Wales' greatest rugby nursery, the Neath & District Schools Rugby Union. Well illustrated with articles by notable former schoolboys and staff including Glyn Stephens & DJ Walters. A second-hand brochure in good condition.

Published in 1954

Pages: 28 Ref: TB16-blhiwacb-neath1954-sh -  £75.00

NEWPORT

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NEWPORT - "Athletic Club 1875 - 1925" 

compiled from various sources and edited by WJ Townsend Collins

History of Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Hockey, Bowls and other sports sections of the Newport Athletic Club. The majority of this book however, is dedicated to the rugby section, a second-hand softcover book with some discolouration to covers, illustrated boards, an extremely rare history.   

1st Edition: 1925 Pages: 206 Ref: bkhiwacb-collins1925.newport-xb -  £195.00

 

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by Jack Davis, published by Starling Press

In depth history - and excellent narrative, statistically brilliant, including a full set of results. A secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper, illustrated boards   
1st Edition: 1974 282 pages Ref: LB-bkhiwacb-davies1974.newport - £59.00

 

newport-athl.jpg (27096 bytes) 16.jpg (36674 bytes) 17.jpg (41059 bytes) NEWPORT - "Athletic Club 1875 - 1975" published by Starling Press
History of Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Hockey, Bowls and other sports sections of the Newport Athletic Club. The majority of this book however, is dedicated to the rugby section, a second-hand hardback without dust wrapper, illustrated boards. This copy is signed by 12 former players and officials of the club. Signatures inculde Brian Jones, Roy Burnett, Jeff Watkins, FWR Harrison, Onllwyn Brace, John Marsh (mayor) & Bryn Meredith.   
1st Edition: 1975 Pages:  184 Ref: PL4-aubkhiwacb-np75-xb -  £85.00

 

18.jpg (44638 bytes) NEWPORT - "Newport Rugby Football Club 1950 - 2000" compiled by Steve Lewis
A mainly photographic history of the Rodney Paraders. A secondhand paperback in excellent condition
1st Edition: 2000 128 pages Ref: pbhiwacb-lewis.s.2000-newport -  £12.50

 

newport-athl.jpg (27096 bytes) NEWPORT - "Athletic Club 1875 - 1975" published by Starling Press
History of Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Hockey, Bowls and other sports sections of the Newport Athletic Club. The majority of this book however, is dedicated to the rugby section, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper and with illustrated boards
1st Edition: 1974 Pages:  184 Ref: bkhiwacb-starling.pr.1974.newport -  £16.00

 

16.jpg (118568 bytes) NEWPORT - "Who Let The Dogs Out" by Steve Lewis
The revival of Newport rugby. This book focuses on Newport rugby in the professional era and the club's return amongst the leading clubs in Wales. A secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition
1st Edition: 2002 221 pages Ref: bkhiwacb-lewis.s.2002.newport -  £12.50

 

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PENARTH RFC - "The Glorious Years Between 1879 & 1954" 

Souvenir programme to mark the 75th anniversary of the Penarth RFC. Illustrated history combined with Penarth v Dr Jack Matthews XV programme. A secondhand booklet in good condition

Published in 1954

Pages: 24 Ref: blhiwacb-penarth1954-prsp - £15.00

 

49.jpg (33825 bytes) PENARTH RFC - "Centenary Season" 
Well illustrated centenary booklet published by the club contains several historical articles. A secondhand booklet in very good condition.

Published in 1979

36 pages Ref: LB-bkhiwacb-penarth.1979 - £15.00

 

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History of Gower club famed for the defeat of mighty Newport in the Welsh Cup, many illustrations. A presentation copy from editor Roy James signed to JBG Thomas & John Billot of the Western Mail, a second-hand booklet in very good condition.

Published in 1980

48 pages Ref: blhiwacb-penclawdd.1980 -  £59.00

 

05.jpg (32562 bytes) "PONTARDAWE  RFC" by JR Jones  
Swansea Valley club, a second-hand paperback in good condition

Published in 1985

Pages: 128 Ref:  blhiwacb-pontardawe1985 -  £17.00

 

50.jpg (48386 bytes) PONTYCLUN RUGBY CLUB 1896 - 1971 - "75th Anniversary Season" 
Illustrated history, a second-hand booklet in very good condition

Published in 1971

32 pages Ref: TB17-blhiwacb-pontyclun1971 -  £24.00

 

65.jpg (60845 bytes) PONTYCLUN RFC 1887-1987 - "Hard Kicks but Good Touches"
A hundred years of village rugby at Pontyclun. An illustrated and well written history, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition

Published in 1987

96 pages Ref: LB-bkhiwacb-pontyclun1987-david.j -  £39.00

 

26.jpg (707642 bytes) PONTYPOOL - "Pontypool's Pride by E Donovan
An extensive large format official history of Pontypool RFC. The book includes individual colour plates of all Pontypool's internationals and British Lions, a well illustrated and well narrated story, a classic rare history of this great club and one of the best Welsh club histories ever published. A secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in good condition.
1st Edition: 1988 300 pages Ref: bkhiwacb-donovan.1988.pontypool - £85.00

 

01.jpg (43183 bytes) PONTYPRIDD  RFC 1876 - 1976 
Illustrated history of one of Wales' top clubs, a second-hand booklet in excellent condition

Published in 1976

approx 56 pages Ref: blhiwacb-pontypridd.1976 -  £15.00

 

pontypridd.jpg (40010 bytes) PONTYPRIDD RFC - "The Butchers Arms Boys" by Gareth Harris & Alan Evans
Formation and early days of Sardis Rd club, a paperback book, NEW

Published in 1997

Pages: 96 Ref: pbhiwacb-harris1997-pontypridd -  £9.00

 

16.jpg (24279 bytes) PORTHCAWL RFC - "1880-81 - 1980-81 - The Seaweeds" by Alun Williams
An extensive history of a South Wales seaside club team, well illustrated throughout. A secondhand hardback with illustrated boards in very good condition.
published in 1981 258 pages Ref: bkhiwacb-porthcawl.1981.williams.a - £35.00

 

02.jpg (39734 bytes) RISCA RFC - "Risca Rugby, Days of Glory" by Jack Strickland
History of Gwent club side, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper that has some wear, generally the book is in good condition, signed by the author with a lengthy dedicated inscription.
1st Edition: 1983 Pages: 85 Ref: bkhiwacb-risca.1983.strickland-au - £20.00

 

18.jpg (327053 bytes) SOUTH WALES POLICE - "A Century on the Rugby Beat" by Gordon Westcott
A well illustrated comprehensive history, a secondhand paperback book in very good condition

1st edition 1992

212 pages Ref pbhiwacb.sswaol.westcott.1992 - £20.00

 

SWANSEA

The Swansea Story.jpg (44053 bytes) SWANSEA - "THE SWANSEA STORY by Brinley E Matthews"
Swansea were the first Welsh club side to defeat all three major touring teams, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition:  1968 Pages:  102 Ref: bkhiwacb-matthews.1968.swansea -  £30.00

 

swansea.jpg (65332 bytes) SWANSEA - "Swansea Cricket and Football Club 1874 - 1974" edited by Ron Griffiths
Centenary Brochure - despite it's title the editorial content of this brochure is 100% rugby, a second-hand brochure in very good condition

Published in 1974

Pages:  98 Ref: blhiwacb-swansea.1974.cn - £20.00

 

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SWANSEA  -  "The All Whites" by David Farmer, 

comprehensive history of a leading Welsh club. Secondhand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1995 455 pages Ref: bkhiwacb-farmer.d.1995.swansea - £40.00

 

33.jpg (67406 bytes) SWANSEA - "Swansea RFC 1873 - 1945" compiled by Bleddyn Hopkins
A mainly pictorial history of the Swansea club from foundation to the war. A secondhand paperback in excellent condition. 

Published in 2002

Pages:  128 Ref: pbhiwacb-hopkins.2002.swansea - £10.00

 

13.jpg (34590 bytes) SWANSEA - "Swansea RFC since 1945" compiled by Bleddyn Hopkins
A mainly pictorial history of the Swansea club since the war. A secondhand paperback in excellent condition. 

Published in 2004

Pages:  128 Ref: pbhiwacb-hopkins.2004.swansea - £10.00

 

25.jpg (598248 bytes) SWANSEA SCHOOLS RUGBY UNION - "75th Anniversary 1900 - 1975" edited by Ian Milne 
A well illustrated history of this schools union, including several photos of the district team and many of the individula schools within the area. The booklet also includes individual school histories both primary and comprehensive, a secondhand large format booklet with heavy folds to the top right hand corner. 
published in 1975 64 pages Ref: PC55-blhiwashun-swansea.75 - £45.00

 

04.jpg (43251 bytes) TAIBACH RFC - "1884 - 1984" 
Centenary brochure of a Port Talbot based club side. A secondhand booklet in good condition.

Published in 1984

64 pages Ref: blhiwacb-taibach.1984 - £14.00

 

23.jpg (105686 bytes) TYLORSTOWN RFC - "75 Years 1903-1978"
Well illustrated history of a Rhondda Valley club, captained in it's 75th year by Lyn Howells, a second-hand booklet in good condition

Published in 1978

40 pages Ref: LB-blhiwacb-tylorstown.1978 -  £49.00

 

 

53.jpg (100693 bytes) "WAUNARLWYDD RFC - 1900 - 1975"
A 75th Anniversary illustrated history of a Swansea village club side. A secondhand booklet with light wear a folds to the front cover.
published in 1975 64 pages Ref: LB-blhiwacb-waunarlwydd - £29.00

 

52.jpg (67406 bytes) "WELSH ACADEMICALS RFC - "The Accies at 75"
A 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Welsh Academicals RFC. illustrated history with many contributors including Billy Raybould, Stan Addicott, Gerald Davies & John Dawes. A secondhand booklet in very good condition.
published in 2002 64 pages Ref: LB-blhiwacb-welsh.accies - £20.00

 

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

 

HISTORIES - GROUNDS & STADIUMS

37.jpg (45641 bytes) BRITAIN - "Britain's Rugby Grounds" by Chris Harte
A guide to 50 rugby grounds in Britain, a useful aid to getting around the country to view matches, includes some historical snippets and contains many personal views of the author, a second-hand paperback in excellent condition
1st Edition: 2003 Pages: 225 Ref: pbhigr-harte2003-br - £13.00

 

Taffs Acre.jpg (52135 bytes) CARDIFF ARMS PARK - TAFF'S ACRE A history and celebration of Cardiff Arms Park
edited by David Parry-Jones
History of the world's most historic rugby ground, details of all the great matches there, Wales v New Zealand 1905 & 1935, Barbarians against the All Blacks in 1964 & 1973, they built the world's greatest rugby stadium - then they knocked it down, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition
1st Edition: 1984 198 pages:  Ref: bkhiwa-parry.jones.1984-xb - £18.00

 

farewell-arms.jpg (54434 bytes) CARDIFF ARMS PARK -"A Farewell to Arms" - a Western Mail publication
History of the world's most historic rugby ground, details of all the great matches and other sporting events held there, a second-hand brochure in good condition
Published in 1997 Pages: 63 Ref: blhigr-cardiff.arms1997.wme -  £9.00

 

89.jpg (527159 bytes) CARDIFF ARMS PARK - "The Arms Park - Heart of a Rugby Nation" by Bill O'Keefe & Emyr Young 
A well illustrated history of the Arms Park, from it's early days to the new millennium,  a secondhand paperback with folding creases on the cover. 
1st Edition 2012 119 pages Ref: PL48-pbhigr-arms.pk.2012.o.keefe - £9.00

 

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KINGSHOLM (Gloucester, England)  -  "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: blhigr-kingsholm.1991-encb-gloster - £8.00

 

B-15.jpg (54738 bytes) LANCASTER PARK (Christchurch, New Zealand)

"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 bkhigr-slatter.g1984.lancaster.pk  - £17.00

 

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: MC549-RR-bkhigr-reyburn1976.twickhm -  £20.00

 

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: bkhigr-cleary.m.2000.twickhm -  £20.00

 

HISTORY OF RUGBY LAWS
  

94.jpg (38119 bytes) "History of the Laws of Rugby Football " by Admiral Sir Percy Royds
Comprehensive history of the Laws of Rugby Union. Each law is broken down into the years where changes took place and each change is detailed. Also listed are proposals for changes that were not adopted. This is the best reference work for the formative years of the laws of rugby. It is very unlikely that this book was published with a dust wrapper. This is a secondhand hardback, there is some light wear to the covers, generally the condition is very good. 
1st Edition: 1949 Pages: 241 Ref: bkhi.1949.milw-royds-xb - £175.00

 

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-godwin.t.1984.5N -  £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: pbhitu-griffiths.j.1994.5N - £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-hands.d.2000.5N -  £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: bkhitu-mcneil.p.1999.5N-la -  £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-harrison.1999.5N - £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-garcia2005.6N - £35.00

 

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-sinclair.k.1985-sbho -  £19.00

 

97.jpg (59353 bytes) HONG KONG SEVENS  - "Hong Kong, The Sevens" by John Blondin
celebrating 20 years of the Sevens in picture, a second-hand paperback in good condition

Published in 1996

Pages: 112 Ref:  pbhitu-blondin1996-sbho.la -  £9.00

 

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-sbsccb-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:  pbhitu-knight.l.2001.npc - £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:  blhitu-carman.1930-rs -  £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-ranfurly-sd-carman.1967-ed.cqnnduwp-  £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: blhitu-henderson.1950.ot-ve-so.rs - £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 blhitu-taranaki.1958-rs - £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:  pbhitu-swan.a.1960.log.o.wood-rs -  £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:  pbhitu-swan.a.1967.leopard-rs -  £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: blhiturs-kauri.ctry.1972 - £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-knight.l.1980-rs -  £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: blhitu-rfu-cu-williams.g.1998 - £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-wyatt1995-wcxb - £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-davies.1999-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-pbhitu-davies.g.2003-wcxb - £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

 

97.jpg (41006 bytes) "SANZAR Saga" by Bob Howitt
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-howitt2005-tn* - £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 tatty dust wrapper  
1st Edition: 1951 Pages: 256 Ref: bkhitu-marshall.h.1951-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

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First Edition: 1887 - 408 pages - This is the first (1887) edition, a second-hand hardback that has been re-bound with a gold coloured unknown crest to the front. An ex-libris (Walter Durnford) sticker can be found on the inside cover and the is heavy foxing to the title page and general wear to the spine. Internally the condition is good, complete and the book is tightly bound. Genarally a very good reading copy. 

Ref: PL48-bkhi1887-shearman-cq-rebound -  £85.00

  

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

   

 

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1897 - "The Origin of Rugby Football" Report (with appendices) of the sub-committee of the Old Rugbeian Society - appointed in July 1895
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. The Old Rugbeian Society were keen to discredit this opinion and set about 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 history of Rugby Football, it is 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 believed by the governing body of the sport today. The report says that Matthew Bloxam named Webb Ellis as the inventor of rugby. The truth however is that Bloxam only mentioned that Webb Ellis initiated the change in one of the rules. This book was published with a soft cover and is in very good condition, the binding is tight and the book complete, the only detected faults are a loss of about 1cm to the top of the spine, one small spot (rusty staple bleed) to the front cover. The book is sold together with a copy of 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 the contents with additional information relating to the correspondence of the former pupils contained in the report. An extremely rare publication.
1st Edition: 1897 50 pages Ref: 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: pbhi1910.fanning - £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-pb1900s-rugger-rhymes - £1450.00-xb

 

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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: blhi1936-wakelam.succeed - £20.00
44.jpg (85216 bytes) This edition: 1950, 32 pages A secondhand booklet with a slight crease down the centre.  Ref: blhi1950-wakelam.succeed - £10.00

 

1921 - "Rugby Football Up To Date" by EHD Sewell

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An outstanding look at rugby present and past by leading authors and former players. Sewell here is acting as edtior and he puts together a line up second to none. The following contribute chapters or sections to the book: Gwyn Nicholls (Wales), Teddy Morgan (Wales), HT Gamlin (England), CH Pillman (England) TH Vile (Wales), WJ Martin (Wales), LT Col WSD Craven, JC Jenkins (Wales), Dr LQ Bulger (Ireland), PJ Edbdon (England), The Bishop of BVloemfontein (Oxford), CD Stuart, Dr EB Turner, Emile de Lissa, EW Ballantine, CF Rutherford, CJ Wray. A comprehensive history (Illustrated contents pages and part of Emile de Lissa's chapter on Barbarian Rugby), an out of print hardback with illustrated boards, no dust wrapper. This copy has a lengthy inscription on the front endpapers (blank page). 

1st Edition: 1921 Pages: 368 Ref: bkhi1921-sewell - £75.00

 

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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", a Fold over pamphlet, has been folded  
published approx 1921 Pages: 4 F78-3-blhi1921-ewbank - £25.00

 

03.jpg (43056 bytes) 1922 - "Rugby Football & How to Play it" by JMB Scott
Coaching book by Scottish international, illustrated with diagrams & photos, a second-hand hardback with some tape repairs to dust wrapper
1st Edition: 1922 Pages: 108 Ref: bkhi1922-scott.jmb-cqwiduwp -  £44.00

 

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-cqnnduwp  -  £15.00

 

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1922 - "Rugby Football for Beginners" by EM Johnstone
Rare coaching book, a second-hand hardback without a dust wrapper. 
1st Edition: 1922 87 pages Ref: bkhi1922-johnstone.cqnnduwp - £95.00

   

 

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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-cqwiduwp - £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-cqnnduwp - £25.00