Authors: Mick Blakeman, Tony Brown, Keith Warsop

ISBN: 978-1-905891-19-1

RRP:  £12

68 page paperback, 210mm x 246mm

The Football Alliance was formed in 1889 as an alternative to the 12-strong Football League, which was then entering into its second season.  The Alliance ran successfully for three seasons until a merger with the Football League in 1892.  The Alliance clubs formed the bulk of the new Second Division.

The authors are pleased to see this book in print after some ten years’ effort to trace nearly all line-ups and goal scorers for the Alliance clubs in each of the three seasons.  Among the lesser-known clubs such as Birmingham St George and Bootle will be found the details of the first League experience of clubs such as Manchester United (then known as Newton Heath) and Manchester City (then Ardwick).  A full list of players is included in the book, with details of date and place of birth when known, and previous and next clubs.  Notes on another early League, the Combination of 1888/89 are also included.

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