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Jim LFC



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:58 pm 
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Many years ago Jim Gardiner produced the excellent "Liverpool FC Programme Guide" which covered seasons 1945/46 to 1995/96 and subsequently his checklist book a few years later. For the past four years my mate Andy Marsden has taken on the laborious task of not only updating it, but going back over every match, from every season in much finer detail. Now close to completion, he is working to a tight schedule, but hopes to have the new and updated non profit making guide printed and available by late March 2021.

Enclosed below are images of the advertising flyer that has been produced for an Early Bird pre-publication offer. The book will be essential reading for any LFC collector or fan, but from discussions with Andy I believe many collectors from other clubs will find many interesting features, and perhaps verification of ultra rare issues. Indeed, collectors from this forum have been most helpful with some of the more elusive items and will all receive accreditation within the book. Covering 75 seasons and close to 5,000 matches, images of the programme cover for every LFC issue known to exist from 1945/46 right up until 2019/20 are all included. Each season has a chapter in which he discusses the programmes, including interesting quotes and extracts, non-issues along with a few events on or off the pitch. He’s even gone on to list each programme price, volume/number/token, page count and much more.

The pictures below give an insight into the look and feel of the book, the two double page spreads at the top of the third image show some of the pages from a sample chapter. There is also mention on how to identify fake, reprint and reproduction issues. He’s given me a bit of an exclusive that isn't on the flyer regarding 25 "breakout sections" – interspersed throughout the book which provide even more detail. These include anything from pirate programmes, FA Cup Final variants (unearthing more issues than Programme Monthly has previously stated), "The Programme That Never Was", Pilot Test programmes, and some special programme issues he’s giving no clues about!

The hefty book was estimated at around 600 pages, but as the layout work is underway it now looks like it will be closer to 750 or 800 A4 plus pages. Probably the biggest football programme book ever produced to date. If you are interested in purchasing a copy at the pre-publication price (you’ll also receive a free 84pp checklist book) then the last picture includes Andy’s contact details, please remember to mention the forum when contacting him to secure the price which is valid until 31 January 2021

Andy has done all the work for free, he just has design and print costs to cover, after that all profits are going to the LFC Foundation, the charity of Liverpool Football Club.It would be great if some forum members could support this project as the money will ultimately be going to good causes close to the football ground plus it sounds like a great project and very worthy read indeed.







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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:57 pm 
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Just emailed him to order a copy.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 10:34 pm 
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Looks amazing, wish there was one of these for each club
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Mine is on order and paid for.
Would love to do similar for Rovers so this may give me some ideas.
May not be as many customers for Rovers though so might have to keep the price a bit lower I think.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:50 pm 
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The dedication and effort to produce something like this is incredible. Massive congratulations to Andy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:39 pm 
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I will be ordering this, looks a fantastic achievement
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 4:03 pm 
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Following on from my earlier post, Andy is still fully immersed in trying to complete his upcoming book – LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES:The Definitive Collector’s Guide. He tells me 25 of the 75 seasons have been returned by the designer and he is now working with the editor to check through these early chapters. Hitting the estimated late March 2021 publication date hangs in the balance due to delays as a by-product of the COVID lockdown restrictions, but the guys are working as fast as they can.



He's just forwarded me a ‘sneak peak’ of some of those layouts and asked to share these on the forum. The first image shows both the Collector’s Guide and the LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL PROGRAMME CHECKLIST 1945 -2020 book covers. Whilst the second shows a variety of pages, styles and formats from inside the Collector’s Guide. For those interested the four pages from left to right are the initial page of the 50/51 chapter, then one of the spreads from the 51/52 season and finally a page from 65/66 showing the “Featured Programme” (there is one of these per season).



Having now put together a third of the book, the page count estimate has been refined. With each chapter varying between 10 to 13 pages, add in the 25 breakout sections, it is now looking close to the 850 mark. Quite an increase from the 600 pages mentioned in the flyer. The book measurements are 297 mm high, 240 mm wide and around 60 mm in depth, that’s 11.69” by 9.45” by 2.36” in old money!



Andy wishes to thank all the forum members who have placed a pre-publication order as well as the encouragement and generous feedback he’s received. He promises to back on the forum once the book is complete.



You can still place an order to receive a generous discount on the price and the free checklist book. All profits are going to the LFC Foundation charity.



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:01 pm 
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just read through the sampler - this is going to be an excellent point of reference for collectors!
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MRPROGRAMMES



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:46 pm 
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I Totally agree. As a friend and European traveller with Andy (he gets the programmes, I go the bar) its going to be a massive Tomb and reference guide and the effort he has put in is stupid. Not forgetting my other mate, the editor and exiled Scouser Michael Adams working hard in Canada. This will take the collecting of Liverpool post war programmes to a new level and be the ultimate reference guide with something like 900 pages in hardback WOW "!"!
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