Author: Graham Phythian
Price £12 (plus £1.50 p&p)
132 page paperback, 189 x 246mm
Blackburn Olympic were the first
Northern club to win the FA Cup. They
were also the first working-mans club to break the monopoly of wins by the
amateur old boys clubs from the London area.
Benefiting from extensive and up-to-date research, as well as input from
descendants of the 1883 Cup Finalists, this book is a detailed and readable
factual account of the ground-breaking, if short-lived, club.
the founding of the club in a back-street Blackburn
the battle for supremacy in the town and beyond;
the two giant-killing FA Cup runs;
the increasingly fierce (and occasionally sinister)
struggle for survival with arch-rivals Rovers.
are over 60 illustrations, many of which have never before been published.
They included pictures of players, medals, trophies and a rare match
programme from the 1880’s. Every
result and date of games played is detailed in an Appendix.
The author describes how football developed in the Blackburn area and
includes a map showing where each club played.