Jack, David. Soccer. Experiences of the Game with Practical Instruction on Training and on Play in Each Position.

London, Putnam, 1934.

8vo. VIII, (4), 336 pp. With portrait frontispiece, 15 other plates and 2 diagrams. Original pale green cloth lettered in red on spine and front board.


First and only edition of one of the first football personality technique books. Born in Bolton in 1899, Jack played first for Plymouth Argyle, the club that his father managed. In 1920 he signed for Bolton Wanderers where he spent eight seasons, forming a partnership with Joe Smith, scoring 300 goals between them. Jack made history with the first goal at Wembley Stadium in the 1923 FA Cup Final when Bolton beat West Ham 2-0. In 1928, with Bolton in financial trouble, he was signed by Herbert Chapman for Arsenal for £10,890. The fee was twice the then record, but considered a bargain by Chapman, who often recounted the tale of his getting the Bolton directors drunk, while he himself drank gin-free gin and tonics. Jack was a great success at Highbury and was the club's top scorer through one of its most prolific periods, winning the 1929-30 FA Cup and Championships in 1930-31, 1932-33, and 1933-34. He scored 124 times in 208 matches, making him the eighth highest scorer in the history of the club.

Spine a little sunned, light foxing at the edges, with some mild encroachment at the fore-margin. Ballpoint ownership to flyleaf and annotation to title, otherwise a very good copy.

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