Books about sporting fixtures and famous athletes. Books on teams, matches, sporting events, biographies and memoirs. Athletics, track and field, football, cycling etc.

All these prices are in New Zealand dollars, and there is a minimum order required of NZD$20 excluding postage.

AGNEW Ivan  Kiwis Can Fly John Walker and 1976 Olympic Games
VG- VG- taped tear at top edge of DW front panel, school prize presentation plate to fep $12 C/C Marketforce Ltd 1976 first edition hard cover, 205pp + plates. Author Agnew followed John Walker to the Olympics, and his world record running at Goteberg. [# 1000 competitive sport]

ASHTON Eric   Glory in the Centre Spot
Autobiography of the Wigan and Great Britain Rugby League player.

Very Good slightly aged hardback in Good only dust jacket with some tears, stains and chips. Old pen price to fep and label ghost to title page. $20 C/B Pelham 1966 first edition hardcover, 126pp + plates.[#2264 competitive sport]

Spin me a Spinner; Behind the scenes in the 1962/63 Test Series

VG- VG- foxed closed edges, price clipped DW has some surface soiling and short edge splits. $20 C/B [Item# 395 SPORT] Hodder 1963 first edition hard cover, 160pp + plates. Australian test cricket series.

Sprint from the Bell
cover image of Sprint from the Bell by Pat Booth for sale in New Zealand

A novel about a 'minute-mile race' runner, Steve Barlow, who takes up running as a hobby, training in the Hutt Valley.
He becomes consumed by the desire to break the 3 minute 50 second mile record.
fiction, novel, New Zealand, running, sport, 4 minute mile, athletics

VG hardback in G- dust jacket with chipped to ends and corners with some creasing, split along lower fore edge fold taped on reverse.
Name blacked out to first page.
$15 C/B
Collins 1966 first edition, 254pp.
[#3940 ]

BOYLE Vince 
The Fastest Old Man in the World
The Derek Turnbull Story
cover image of The Fastest Old Man in the World, The Derek Turnbull Story

Derek Turnbull set his first record in world masters competitions in 1977, aged 51, following up with 25 age-group world records and winning 28 World Masters Games gold medals. He competed in many events including cross country and marathon. A farmer in Southland he was involved in competitive running until his death in 2006, just before his 80th birthday.

VG+ hardback
$30 B/C
Pat Turnbull 2006, 256pp. Illustrated.
[#3408 ]

Farewell to Cricket

VG G light foxing to prelims 'CAIRNS' in pen to fep, DW chipped with some lost to tail of spine and corners.

$25 C/C [SP 18]

Hodder May 1950 first edition cloth, 320pp. Cricket autobiography.

Red Leather Silver Fern

VG G+ DW has some surface soiling and chipping to edges $15 C/C. Reed 1965 first edition hard cover, 227pp + plates. New Zealand cricket team tour of India, Pakistan and England in 1965. [Item# 391 SPORT]

CAIRNS Ray  Tales From the East The History of the East Christchurch-Shirley Cricket Club 1905-1980
VG $30 C/B stapled wrappers, 112pp illustrated [# 1072 competitive sport]

CARMAN A H   The Shell Cricket Almanac of New Zealand 1969
VG+ $20 C/B Sporting Publications 1969 soft cover, 183pp. [#1133 competitive sport]
CHESTER R H & N A C McMillan
Men In Black, complete edition 1903-1982

VG VG sunned spine of DW. $15 D/for international orders please email for a quote. Moa publications 1983 revised and updated edition, large quarto hard cover, 440pp. New Zealand Rugby Football All Black's history. Weighs about 2kg packaged. ISBN 090857018X [Item# 443 SPORT]

CLARKE Don & Pat Booth
The Boot


$10 C/B [Item# 40 SP]

Reed 1966 rpt hardcover, 194pp + plates. 1960s All Black rugby football legend.

CLARKE Don & Pat Booth
The Boot

VG- name to paste down, bumped corners.

$10 C/B [Item# 41 SP]

Reed 1966 first edition hardcover, 194pp + plates. 1960s All Black rugby football legend.

Enterprise and Agony
50 Years of Counties Rugby

Manukau Counties rugby football club history from 1955-2005.
Manukau Counties RFC

VG softback, There is a signature to the first (title) page but I cannot read the name.
$30 B/C
Paul Cochrane 2005, 283pp.
[#3144 ]

COE Sebastian with David Miller  
Running Free

British medium distance runner, broke three records in 41 days in 1979, and the mile record twice in nine days. Sporting biography. ISBN0283988576

VG paperback
$10 A/A
NEL 1982, 191 pp+ plates.[PB1438 competitive sport, running, athletics ]

COOPER Winston 
Once a Southern Man...
The history of the Southern Rugby Football Club 1884-1984.
cover image of Once a Southern Man... The history of the Southern Rugby Football Club 1884-1984. for sale in New Zealand

A centennial history of the club.
With stories, statistics, biographies and photos.
Rugby, Dunedin, otago, sport

VG softback
$30 C/B
Southern Rugby Football Club 1984, 208 pp.
[#3685 ]

DOMINY Eric  Teach Yourself Self-Defence
VG $5 C/A English Universities Press 1957 first edition hard cover 12mo, 191pp, illustrated. Author was a Black Belt and British International representative. Self defence technique based on Karate, includes defence against weapons. [# 804 comp sports]

DOMINY Eric  Karate
VG $7 B/A Teach Yourself Books 1971 hard cover 12mo, 192pp, illustrated. Author was a Black Belt and British International representative. Karate technique, includes defence against weapons. [# 805 comp sports]
The Australians in England 1961

VG VG- price clipped DW rubbed and with some light chipping to corners and spine ends, name to fep. $15 C/C Robert Hale 1961 first edition hard cover, 180pp + plates. Australian cricket tour of England. [Item# 394 SPORT]

FRY C. B.   Cricket (Batmanship) The National Library of Sports and Pastimes edited by White and Ryle
VG- dust soiled closed page edges, foxing to prelims $10 C/C Eveleigh Nash 1920 reprint, cloth, 253pp + plates and adverts. [#2093 sports cricket]
The Great Decade of New Zealand Racing 1970-1980

VG VG DW shows some ageing.

$15 C/C [SP 22]

Collins 1983 first edition hardcover, 350pp + plates. Thoroughbred horse racing, covers the Gallopers and the Sires. ISBN 0002165694


The PGA The official history of the Professional Golfers Association of America


$25 C/D [SP 2]

Crowell 1975 FIRST EDITION hardcover viii 559pp B&W photos throughout, survey from the very beginning of golf, right up to 1975, ISBN 0690009194

Hadlee (signed copy)

VG VG signed by both authors to title page, bottom edge of boards rubbed.

$35 C/C [SP 15]

Reed 1981 first edition hardcover, xii 195pp + plates. Joint biography of Richard Hadlee , one of New Zealand's greatest bowlers. ISBN0589013475

Golden Years of New Zealand Golf

VG VG- small edge tears to DW

$20 C/C [SP 14]

W&T 1967 first edition cloth, 154pp + plates. Foreword by Bryan Silk. Former NZ Open and amateur champion. History of New Zealand golf in the thirties and forties.

KNOW THE GAME series  Amatuer Boxing hard cover with original wraps bound in
VG very minimal water mark to bottom edge of a few pages $8 B/B Educational Productions Ltd 1952 first edition, green cloth boards, plain endpapers followed by complete booklet, 40pp [# 1633 competitve sport ]

KNOW THE GAME series  Lawn Tennis hard cover with original wraps bound in
VG minor foxing $8 B/B Educational Productions Ltd 1953 revised edition, green cloth boards, plain endpapers followed by complete booklet, 40pp [# 1636 competitve sport ]

KNOW THE GAME series  Swimming hard cover with original wraps bound in
VG $8 B/B Educational Productions Ltd 1951 second edition, green cloth boards, plain endpapers followed by complete booklet, 32pp [# 1634 competitve sport ]

KNOW THE GAME series  Table Tennis hard cover with original wraps bound in
VG minor foxing $8 B/B Educational Productions Ltd 1952 first reprint, green cloth boards, plain endpapers followed by complete booklet, 32 +iv pp adverts [# 1635 competitve sport ]

LACY Mark de, with Peter BELLISS 
Think and Play Better Bowls

Mark de Lacy and double world champion Peter Belliss reveal why bowls is almost entirely a mind game; and then they tell you how to develop your mind so that you can't help but win. In a clear, no-nonsense style, this book shows how you can harness the power of your mind to win at bowls.

VG hardback with VG dust jacket
$35 C/C
Reliance Sports 1992, 200pp
[#3122 ]

November Gold, New Zealand's Quest for the Melbourne Cup

VG sunned spine to DW.

$20 C/C [SP 20]

Moa 1986 first edition hardcover,vii 242pp + plates. Equestrian thoroughbred horse racing. ISBN 0908570031

LONG Walter  Sumo a pocket guide
VG $7 A/A Tuttle 1993 soft cover, 125pp ISBN 0804815941 [# 806 comp sports]

LYDIARD Arthur and Garth GILMOUR 
Run to the Top

Lydiard describes his training regime, which contributed to the sucesses of Peter Snell (gold in the 800 m) and Murray Halberg (gold in the 5000 m.) in the Rome Olympics of 1960.
Athletics, track and field, running

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with some edge wear. Free endpaper has top corner clipped.
$40 C/C
Reed 1963 second impression, 182pp + plates.
[#3109 ]

The Complete Who's Who of Test Cricketers, revised edition

VG VG with plastic sleeve

$20 C/- [SP 6]

Orbis 1983 hardcover, large thick 4to, 487pp, illustrated b&w photos. ISBN 0856134872 cricket reference biographies

McCARTHY Winston 
The All Blacks on Trek Again
The complete story of the 1949 New Zealand Rugby team in South Africa
 The All Blacks on Trek Again

In depth account of the All Blacks tour of South Africa in 1949. McCarthy was the Official Broadcaster with the team. Play by play accounts of the matches as well as other highlights of the tour in general.

G+ softback with some wear or edge chipping to paper wrapper. Some minor foxing.
$35 C/B
Reed 1950, 222pp + plates.
[#3295 ]

MCCARTHY Winston   Round the world with the All Blacks 1953-54
VG-light wear to covers $30 B/C Sporting Publications 1954 first edition, 166pp + plates stapled into decorated card wrappers. The NZ tour to the British Isles, France, Canada and America. [#2147 competitive sports]

Iceman, the Michael Jones Story.
cover image of Iceman, the Michael Jones Story for sale in New Zealand

Scarce first edition biography of a great All Black Michael Jones (1987-1998), who was nicknamed 'the Iceman' because of the number of icepacks he needed for injuries.
all blacks, nzrfu,

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with an original label signifying it is a signed copy, as usual it is slightly sunned to the spine.
Signed by Michael Jones, and has a small rubber name and address stamp at top corner.
$35 C/C
Rugby Press 1994 first edition, 268pp.
[#3658 ]

McLEAN, DALTON, ROBERTSON and BEAUMONT  Two Sides of the Argument All Blacks v. Lions '83
VG G DW worn to edges, tape repaired tear to rear wrapper $10 C/B Hutchinson 1983 first edition hard cover, 174pp + plates ISBN 091545005 [#680 comp sport]

McLEAN Terry  Winter of Discontent The 1977 Lions in New Zealand
VG VG- sunned spine to DW, small nick top edge, book clean. $ C/B Reed 1977 first edition hard cover, 211pp + plates. All Blacks vs Lions rugby in 1977 season. ISBN 0589010883 [# 643 sport]

McNEISH James 
Lovelock, a novel
cover image of Lovelock, a novel by James McNeish

The story of Jack Lovelock who won the 1500 metres at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. He was a Rhodes Scholar and a research doctor in New York where he mysteriously fell in front of a train and was killed.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket . Small gift inscription to top edge of front free end paper.
$20 C/C
Hodder 1986 first edition, 399pp.
[#3348 ]

Cricket from the Grandstand

VG VG- price clipped DW has splits at joint ends, light rubbing and soiling, name to paste down. $8 C/B Oldbourne 1959 second impression hard cover, 165pp + plates. Former player's commentary on the contemporary game. [Item# 392 SPORT]

MOURIE Graham and Ron Palenski  Graham Mourie, Captain an autobiography
VG VG slightly sunned DW $10 C/C Moa 1982 first edition hard cover, 285pp illustrated in B&W throughout. All Black rugby great. ISBN 0908570511 [# 642 sport]
MOYES A G (Johnnie)
With the West Indies in Australia 1951-52, a critical study of the Tour

VG- rubbed edges, aged paper stock.

$15 C/B [SP 17]

Angus & Robertson 1952 first edition cloth, 180pp + plates. Foreword by Don Bradman. Cricket.

With the West Indies in Australia 1960-1961

VG G+ name to fep, rear flap of DW removed, rubbed and soiled DW. $15 C/B The Sportsman's Book Club 1963 hard cover, 196pp + plates. A critical study of the West Indies Cricket tour of Australia. [Item# 390 SPORT]

With the M.C.C. in Australia 1962-3

VG G+ price clipped DW rubebd to edges and with large split along top of lower joint with a resulting flap at head of spine, name to fep. $15 C/C Angus & Robertson 1963 first edition hard cover, 200pp + plates. A critical study of the cricket tour. [Item# 393 SPORT]

MURDOCH Peter  Seventy Five Years of Golf on the Hill Richmond Hill Golf Club 1910-1975
VG $10 B/A 1975 stapled wrappers, 24pp, illustrated. [#1164 competitive sport]

Provincial Giants

A record of the most notable seasons from the great Provincial Rugby Football teams. Each province is treated to an examination of its most memorable year.

VG+ softback
$30 B/C
Celebrity Books 2006, 272pp. [#2913 new zealand, competitive sport, rugby ]

NEELY Don  100 Summers The History of Wellington Cricket
VG+ VG+ $30 C/C Moa 1975 first edition 4to pictorial boards, 229pp [# 943 comp sport]

NEWTON Albert 
Fundamentals of Lawn Bowls

The ability to play a game well is one thing; the ability to pass on the skill to a lesser player is another. Albert Newton, the author of this book, has the capacity, in an unusual degree, to do both. As winner of the Australian Singles Championship in 1957-8, the South Australian Masters Singles in 1962, and other high-ranking events, his position as a player is unquestioned, and as a coach and teacher his services are constantly in demand.
All the important aspects of the game are dealt with here: equipment, the different shots, the play of the various members of the team, tactics and other factors which make bowls one of the most skilful and fascinating of pastimes.
Written in simple language and illustrated with photographs, line drawings and diagrams, The Fundamentals of Lawn Bowls is an invaluable guide to all bowlers who wish to improve their game.

VG hardback in G+ dust jacket with minor handling wear.
$10 C/C
Angus & Robertson 1974 revised edition, 124pp.
[#3123 ]

NICOL C W   Moving Zen Karate as a Way to Gentleness
VG- sits flat when opened $20 B/B Crompton 1985 soft cover, 151pp, illustrated by Munehiro Ikeda. ISBN 0981764515 [# 802 comp sport]
POTTER Alex & DUTHEN Georges
The Rise of French Rugby

VG VG- DW slightly faded, soiled and worn at edges.

$10 C/B [SP 23]

Reed 1961 first edition hardcover, 218pp + plates.

PRICE Maxwell  Springboks in the Lion's Den 1960-1961 Springbok tour of England
VG hardback with VG- jacket with large chip from top of DW with loss of the 'ng' from Springboks, smaller edge chips, book a little handling soiled $15 C/C Reed 1961 first edition hard cover, 225pp+ plates. [#1185 competitive sport]

PURDY C J S   Chess World Vol 1 No 4 April 1, 1946
VG bookseller stamp to cover, and first page, split at head of spine $10 B/A pp 49-72 in stapled wrappers. [# 748 compsport]

PURDY C J S   Chess World Vol 1 No 6 June 1, 1946
VG bookseller stamp to first page $10 B/A pp97-120 in stapled wrappers. [# 749 compsport]
Test Cricket Cavalcade 1877-1946

VG- cloth rubbed to corners, foxed edges.

$15 C/B [SP 19]

Edward Arnold 1947 first edition cloth, xiii 278pp + colour double frontis and plates.

SALTER Barry and John Bliss 
The A to Zen of Lawn Bowls
The Definitive Guide to Lawn Bowls for Every Player

More people play lawn bowls in Australia than any other nation on earth, and this is the first book on bowling with something for everyone - from the raw beginner to those who are familiar with the game but would like to know more, right through to the experts who want the secrets of truly good bowling.
This book is presented to you in three sections. The first section, 'Beginners', is written for the person who may have spent an idle half-hour hanging over the fence at the local bowling club, wondering just what was going on there. You may even have thought that this was a game only for the elderly or retired person; however, this book will soon show you otherwise. The second section, entitled 'Bowlers', is for the person who has already discovered this great game of ours and wishes to learn more about it and improve their skills and approach to the game. The third section, 'The Bowler's Mind', is where all the real secrets about good bowling are and shows you that this is a game for the thinker, not the ham-fisted.

VG softback
$45 B/B
MacMillan 1997, 194pp.
[#3124 ]

The Canterbury Rugby History 1879-1979
cover image of The Canterbury Rugby History 1879-1979

Centennial publication of the C.R.F.U. recording the history of the club. Chronological history plus records and staistics.

VG softback
$30 C/B
Canterbury Rugby Football Union 1979, 144pp.
[#3387 ]

SCOTT Tom & COUSINS Geoffrey
Golf for the Not So Young

VG G DW faded, tears tape repaired on verso, complete but faulty. Book light foxing to closed edges. Intends to help golfers over 45 keep up their game by altering their style.

$15 C/C [SP 13]

Peter Davies 1960 first edition cloth, 208pp + plates. Foreword by Gene Sarazin.

SKILTON W E   Not Out...75, 1905-1980 Official History of the Christchurch Suburban Cricket Association
G+ sunned wrappers, cup ring to cover $15 B/B Christchurch Suburban Cricket Association 1980, softcover 160pp illustrated. [# 1071 competitive sport]

foreword by Steve Sumner
Canterbury Soccer 1903-2003

A century of football (soccer) in Canterbury province.

VG softback
$30 B/B
Mainland Soccer 2003, 112pp. [#2927 / 3318 canterbury, competitive sport ]

Champion Blokes
cover image of Champion Blokes, 44 Great New Zealand sportsmen then and now for sale in New Zealand

Biographies of 44 great New Zealand sportsmen then and now, from a variety of disciplines including jiu-jitsu, wrestling, wood chopping etc.
sport, new zealand, biography, history

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with light wear with splits to corners, minor mottling to cloth spine.
$20 C/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1964 first edition cloth, 230pp+plates.
[#3980 ]

SNELL Peter & Garth GILMOUR 
No Bugles, No Drums

Autobiography by Peter Snell, Olympic and Commonwealth Games Middle Distance runner, winning gold and breaking World Records. A prominent athlete in the 1960s, Snell was coached by Arthur Lydiard. Co-authored by Garth Gilmour.
Athletics, track and field, running

VG hardback in G+ dust jacket with a few edge tears and a chip missing from top of rear panel.
$25 C/C
Minerva 1965 first edition and impression, 240pp.
[#3108 ]

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with faint vertical crease to the front.
$35 C/C
Minerva 1965 first edition and impression, 240pp.
[#4124 ]

Shield Fever
The Ranfurly Shield History of Otago and Southland
cover image of Shield Fever The Ranfurly Shield History of Otago and Southland for sale in New Zealand

Souvenir publication for th 1950 Ranfurly Shield challenge.
Includes history of the NZRFU from 1875, cartoons by 'Hen', humour, and advertising from various Otago and Southland firms etc.
Colour front and rear covers.
nzrfu, sport, cartoon, souvenir, memorabilia

VG- softback, stapled, minor age or wear.
$30 B/B
Evening Star Company 1950 First Edition, 56pp.
[#3860 ]

SUGGS Louise editor
Golf for Women

VG G+ DW short edge tears at folds, light wear and chipping

$15 C/C [SP 12]

Muller 1961 first edition cloth, 192pp, illustrated with photographs. Forewrod by Tommy Armour. Seven women golfers give advice.

SWAN Arthur C

The Leopard History of Ranfurly Shield Rugby

VG minor browning rear cover

$10 B/$5 international [SP 5]

Leopard 1967 FIRST EDITION stapled wraps 96pp 1904-1966

SWAN A C  The New Zealand Rugby Football Union 1892-1967 VG VG DW worn at ends and corners, name to front fold in flap $20 C/C NZRFU / Reed 1967 first edition hardcover, 277pp + plates [# 678 comp sport]

SWAN A C  History of New Zealand Rugby Football Volume 2, 1946 to 1957
VG VG DW under plastic sleeve, tape rust to DW flaps and end papers, $25 C/D W&T 1958 first edition hardcover, 528pp + plates, heavy book [# 679 comp sport]

SWAN Arthur C  They Played for New Zealand volume 3 A Detailed record of each Rugby Union All Black from 1884 to 1972
G light rubbing, cancelled stamp to title, cataloguing marks to verso $8 A/B NZRFU 1973 soft cover, 166pp. [# 1016 competitve sport]
Colin Meads, All Black

VG VG light dust soiling to DW

$15 C/C [SP 11]

Collins 1974 first edition hardcover, 256pp + plates. Biography of the great rugby All Black.

VEYSEY Alex  Ebony & Ivory SIGNED COPY The Stu Wilson, Bernie Fraser Story, signed by Wilson & Fraser
VG VG short tear at tail of upper joint of DW, $15 C/C Moa 1984 first edition hard cover, 272pp illustrated throughout in B&W plus colour plates. Written by Veysey from consultation with Wilson and Fraser, signed at head of title page "Best Wishes Dave, from, Bernie Fraser, Stu Wilson" ISBN 0908570783 Two Famous All Blacks tell all. [# 641 sport]

National Cricket N.Z.C.C.

A handbook for cricketers, with photographs of techniques. First page has a memorial by W. A. Hadlee, to cricketers killed during the (Second) World War. Has period advertising throughout.

VG softback
$15 C/A
Canterbury Cricket Association, undated (about 1950), 60pp [#2704 new zealand sport cricket ]

WHEATLEY P Owen & Bryan G Reid   History of the Sanders Cup 1921-1946
The history of a New Zealand yachting competition.

VG sunned spine, small name to fep, one small pen notation to race results at rear. National Printing Co 1945 first edition, cloth, 262pp + plates. $35 C/B [#2488 nautical yachting sailing]

WISDEN Cricketers' Almanack ( 120th edition )
cover image of WISDEN Cricketers' Almanack 120th edition for sale in New Zealand

Cricket statistics etc.
cricket, almanac, reference, essays

G+ softback, cup ring to cover, curled bottom corners.
$10 A/C
MacDonald / Queen Anne Press 1983 limp cover 1331pp.
[PB1569 ]

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