Christmas is approaching and there are some great books available for sports lovers.
Publications about cricket and football always make ideal stocking-fillers and the Derbyshire Times has copies of three sporting books to give away which are guaranteed to cause eyes to light up on Christmas Day.
Britain’s Lost Cricket Grounds, written by Chris Arnott, is a lavishly-illustrated hymn to those hallowed fields that will never see another ball bowled.
And one of the featured grounds that no longer exists is at Edale in the Hope Valley.
It was sited at what is now Cooper’s Campsite, near the Nags Head pub, and was famous for its slope.
The Edale cricket ground is one of 40 featured in the book, and there is an evocative photograph of play resuming at the end of the Second World War in addition to a team picture from 1905.
Other grounds featured include Bramall Lane and Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham.
Published by Aurum Press, Britain’s Lost Cricket Grounds, costs £25 and we have two copies to give away.
Meanwhile, every football lover would be delighted to unwrap a copy of Those Were The Games on Yuletide morn.
The 210-page book takes a nostalgic look at great matches from the last century and features a host of photographs and includes reports published at the time in the Daily Mirror.
Games featured include the first FA Cup final at Wembley in 1923 between Bolton and West Ham, Newcastle United’s 13-0 thrashing of Newport County in 1946 when Len Shackleton scored five goals, England’s World Cup triumph in 1966 and Manchester United’s comeback against Bayern Munich which won them the European Cup in 1999.
It is captivating stuff.
Released by Hayes publishing, Those Were The Games costs £18.99 and the DT has six copies for readers to win.
Finally, from the Wisden stable comes a real gem of a book called A New Fan’s Guide to Cricket, which was given a score of 9.75 out of ten by the Association of Cricket Statistics
Aimed primarily at youngsters, the softback book makes fascinating reading for cricket lovers of all ages.
It explains how the game works, gives a quick guide to the sport’s language and history, provides stories of the stars from Bradman to Broad and identifies, among many other things, the 15 most common umpiring signals.
Written by Tim De Lisle and Lawrence Booth, it costs £9.99 and we have five copies up for grabs.
If you would like your name to be in the hat for a copy of Britain’s Lost Cricket Grounds, answer the following question: Which Hope Valley village is featured in the book?
To be in the running for Those Were The Games, answer the following question: How many goals did Len Shackleton score in Newcastle’s 13-0 victory over Newport County?
And if you wish to be in the draw for A New Fan’s Guide to Cricket, answer the following question: What number of most common umpiring signals does the book identify?
Send your answers, together with your name and address, to: Book Competition (stating which book you prefer), Sports Desk, Derbyshire Times, Station Road, Chesterfield, S41 7XD.
Entries should arrive no later than Thursday, November 3.
Usual competition rules apply and are available on request.