Sign Please Mister….

The autograph book was unlike any other of its day. Its cartridge-paper pages were blank, devoid of words and lines, with the built-in compensation of alternate pastel shades – chalky blue, green, pink, yellow.

The outer corners of the pages were missing, rounded off so as not to offend the hand of an honoured victim. The spine of the leather-bound booklet ran down the short side, so it lolled open invitingly. On the cover of the book there was no author’s name or title, just a single, golden word in a curly typeface. And then there was the vital loop of elastic to hold the book closed in the owner’s back pocket, either encircling the whole precious volume, or just stretching over a single corner.

Here we see a troop of autograph hunters invading White Hart Lane, presumably wearing Clarks Visas on their feet…

autographs

Have you got any good autographs?

We have…

shanks autograph

If you’ve got an autograph book with three pages used and the rest empty then you should probably buy the retro-footy-grumble-fest ‘Got, Not Got’… runner-up in this year’s Footy Book of the Year, and this Xmas’s must-have stocking filler. Available from branches of WH Smith and Waterstones or online here

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Editor of The FOX Fanzine - covering Leicester City for 23 years... it seems longer.
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