Have you ever wondered what happened to the Aberdare Athletic team that graced the Football League in the 20s? What about Glossop, who gained entrance to the Football League in 1898?
You will find these answers and a tremendous amount more in the two volumes of Out of Our League: Defunct & Ex-Football League Teams by Dave Moore. These two books can be best described in a single word: fascinating.
Moore does what no one else has done, going on a fact-finding mission throughout England to find out where all the Football League teams have gone. He found that some were relegated and some changed their name. Some even disappeared entirely, lost in oblivion and obscurity until now.
Moore has unearthed some of the best stories of the English game, many of which have been waiting to be told for countless years.
The author’s research is unparalleled as he found the history, grounds, and players associated with these teams. Brilliant photographs and visuals make the trip down memory lane even brighter.
Sometimes you say a book has no rival, but this is a time where that is entirely the case. Moore has created two texts that have no competition.
Finding the history behind Manchester United or Manchester City is child’s play compared to what Moore did to put these together. He grabbed a map, got his hands dirty, and unearthed some great football history as part of a great journey all across the UK.
All the effort was well worth it as Moore has come away with two of the best books of 2014.