Athletic News Cricket Annual

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The 1930 edition

The Athletic News Cricket Annual was one of several sporting annuals published initially by the Athletic News, a Manchester-based newspaper devoted almost entirely to reporting sports events. It was first issued in 1888 and it had reached its 48th edition by 1939 (after omitting the First World War years). By that time it was generally including over 200 pages together with a small number of photographs. As well as containing test match and county championship records, this particular cricket annual differed from a number of similar publications by the depth of its coverage of certain minor leagues — especially those in the north of England (close to its home base) and also in Scotland.

After World War II it reappeared as the Athletic News Cricket and Golf Annual (1946), and then subsequently – from its 50th year[1] – as the Sunday Chronicle Cricket and Golf Annual (1947-1955).[2] Like its companion volume the Athletic News Football Annual it was for many years edited by ‘Tityrus’ (J A H Catton)[3] and afterwards by Ivan Sharpe.


  1. ^ Copac library catalogues
  2. ^ Taken from front covers of original annuals
  3. ^ Brake L & Demoor M, Dictionary of nineteenth-century journalism in Great Britain and Ireland, 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2011