Simon Inglis

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Simon Inglis
Born Birmingham
Nationality British
Occupation Author, Historian

Simon Inglis is a British sports historian,[1] architectural historian, writer and broadcaster, most notably about football and stadiums.

Inglis was born in Sparkhill, Birmingham and is currently editor of the Played in Britain series on sporting heritage, published by English Heritage. He is an avid Aston Villa fan.

In December 2005 he was described as an "iconoclastic historian" and "a national treasure who must be encouraged at all costs". His illustrated biography of the Scottish football ground designer Archibald Leitch, Engineering Archie,[2] was runner up in the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2005.

Great Lengths, the historic indoor swimming pools of Britain, co-authored with Dr Ian Gordon, received wide praise in the national press.[3][4]

Inglis' latest book Played in London, charting the heritage of a city at play, was published in September 2014 to great acclaim. It was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014, selected by the Londonist website [1] as Book of the Year and described by the Mail Online as a "remarkable book" [2] and a "cracking good read" by The Times. Signed copies are available from Played in Britain [3]

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