Anton Rippon

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Anton Rippon (born 20 December 1944) is a British journalist, author and publisher.

He was born in Derby during the Second World War[1] and grew up there. He has spent almost all his working life in the newspaper and publishing industry. He is the author of 30 books, including an autobiographical memoir A Derby Boy,[2] which was published in 2007. His work has appeared in a wide range of national newspapers and magazines and he has written radio documentaries for the BBC.

In 1982, he founded Breedon Books,[3] the sports and history publisher that he sold in 2003 to resume writing full-time. In 1993, the Derby County Former Professional Players' Association elected him an honorary member, and in 2015 named him as the recipient of its annual merit award for services to the club. He is also a member of the Sports Journalists' Association, the International Society of Olympic Historians and the Football Writers' Association. His book Gunter Plüschow: Airman, Escaper, Explorer,[4] was published by Pen & Sword in 2009. A collection of his columns[5] from the Derby TelegraphA Derby View – was published by Wharncliffe in October 2010.[6] He is a member of the Malayan Volunteers Group.[7] His forebears include Major Sir Richard Whieldon Barnett MP, who represented Great Britain at rifle shooting in the 1908 Olympic Games; Thomas Whieldon, the respected potter and business partner of Josiah Wedgwood.[citation needed]

In 2015 the Derby County Former Players' Association gave him their annual Merit Award. In 2016 the University of Derby awarded him an honorary masters degree for services to journalism.

Rippon was named Columnist of the Year in the 2017 Midlands Media Awards.[citation needed]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Folktales and Legends of Derbyshire, Minimax, 1982, ISBN 978-0-906791-20-2 
  • Gas Masks for Goal Posts: football in Britain during the Second World War, Sutton, 2005, ISBN 978-0-7509-4030-6 
  • Hitler's Olympics: the story of the 1936 Nazi Games, Pen & Sword military classics (Series), Pen & Sword, 2006, ISBN 978-1-84415-444-9 
  • A Derby View: the best of Anton Rippon, Wharncliffe, 2010, ISBN 1-84563-137-4 


  1. ^ Derby Evening Telegraph
  2. ^ gdace. "Thanks for the book memories". Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  3. ^ cvjones. "Last chapter for Breedon Books". Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  4. ^ "Gunther Pluschow: Airman, Escaper, Explorer, Anton Rippon". Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  5. ^ "Anton Rippon". 21 September 1949. Archived from the original on 12 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  6. ^ Hawley, Zena (11 October 2010). "No one spared in collection of Anton's acerbic observations". Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  7. ^ "WHEN Anton Rippon takes part in a service to mark the 65th anniversary of VJ Day on August 15, he will be completing another chapter in a family mystery that took years to solve". Retrieved 2010-10-25.