Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly December 1951
4th Edition in good condition cover photo Jack Vernon of WBA
The first issue came out over 50 years ago in September 1951. Charles Buchan was a seasoned journalist for the News Chronicle and the BBC and had spotted a gap in the market: The circulation started at a level modern magazines would kill for - 60,000 - by 1959 it was 120,000, in 1961 it was 130,000 and at its peak in 1967 it was at an astounding 250,000 per month. In 1968 the "Boys Club" had 100,000 registered members.
Charles Buchan continued his column from launch until his death in the south of France in June 1960. It must have been a sudden death as his previous column had appeared in August as usual. The September 1960 issue has 2 pages of tributes from the world of football. We buy in and sell issues between 1951 to 1966.