Historian hits target

PUBLISHED: 11:28 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010

Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith

FOOTBALL historian Gordon Smith has hailed his latest publication as the fastest selling local-interest book in Wisbech s history. He released Football in Wisbech Volume II - The years 1920-1970 about three weeks ago. It is the second part of a trilogy of

FOOTBALL historian Gordon Smith has hailed his latest publication as the fastest selling local-interest book in Wisbech's history.

He released Football in Wisbech Volume II - The years 1920-1970 about three weeks ago.

It is the second part of a trilogy of books Mr Smith is writing on Wisbech Town Football Club.

Mr Smith said: "I've spoken to the shop owners who are selling it and they've told me that the books have been flying off the shelves. It's quite overwhelming.

"Without any publicity more than 100 books were sold within a fortnight of its release. It's definitely the fastest selling local-interest book in the history of the Wisbech."

A summary of every season from 1920 to 1970 is included and there is also information on the reserve and colts' teams.

The book relates how Wisbech Town were a major force in non-League football from the 1940s to the mid-1960s before the club started to spiral downwards.

It details the board's decision for the club to turn semi-professional in 1935 and a match against Peterborough United on August 25, 1957, when Wisbech's Fenland Park hosted a crowd of 8,044 - the largest in the club's history.

The book also gives reference to some of the smaller clubs in the area who have enjoyed some glory over the years.

Parson Drove, Upwell Town, Leverington and Gorefield, are among those included.

More than 90 pictures are included in the book.

Mr Smith said: "It's really has been a labour of love as it's taken up so much of my time. But it's very rewarding to get such a response from the people of the town."

# Football in Wisbech Volume II - The years 1920-1970 is £12 and available from Fenland Park on match days, Etcetera, on York Row, Colin Payne's, in the Old Market, and Mervyn Green Printers on Tinker's Drove, or by writing to Mr Smith at 71 Mount Pleasant Road, Wisbech PE13 3NQ.

There are still a few copies of Early Football in Wisbech - The years 1880-1920 available. Anyone interested in ordering a copy, should write to Mr Smith at the above address.

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