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, was runner up in the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2005.
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  as Book of the Year and described by the Mail Online as a "remarkable book"  and a "cracking good read" by The Times. Signed copies are available from Played in Britain 
- Soccer In The Dock ISBN 0-00-218162-2
- League football and the men who made it : the official centenary history of the Football League, 1888-1988 ISBN 0-00-218242-4
- Football Grounds of England and Wales ISBN 0-00-218189-4
- Football Grounds of Britain ISBN 0-00-218426-5
- Villa Park, 100 years ISBN 0-946866-43-0
- The Football Grounds of Europe ISBN 0-00-218305-6
- Sightlines: A Stadium Odyssey ISBN 0-224-05968-8
- Played in Manchester : the architectural heritage of a city at play (Played in Britain series) ISBN 1-873592-78-7
- Engineering Archie: Archibald Leitch - Football Ground Designer (Played in Britain series) ISBN 1-85074-918-3
- A Load of Old Balls (Played in Britain series) ISBN 0-9547445-2-7
- Great Lengths, the historic indoor swimming pools of Britain" (co-author with Dr Ian Gordon, Played in Britain series) ISBN 978-1-9056245-2-2
- Played in London, charting the heritage of a city at play" (Played in Britain series) ISBN 978 1 84802 057 3
- "Played in Britain - Authors - Simon Inglis". Retrieved 24 November 2012.
- Whitehead, Richard (18 April 2005). "Man who built his place in history". The Times.
- Leith, Sam (18 March 2009) Come on in, the water's lovely!
- Played in Britain
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