I have a friend who is crazy about sport. Now when I say crazy, I mean crazy. He not only follows any sport on T.V but he remembers facts, statistics, and historical moments. He volunteers his time on Sports talk radio and is on the side line for any home game at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Therefore it is only appropriate that his collection has something to do with sporting facts, statistics and historical moments………. thank you Matthew for this opportunity to share this interesting collection.
His collection is displayed in the dining room of their beautiful home. A deal has been struck by his wife, he can have them on display so long as they are colour co-ordinated not in chronological order. Great compromise guys!
Matt started collecting sports annuals in 1981 when he was seven years old. He thinks it was the Springbok Tour that started this infatuation. He has fond memories of going to a little girls birthday party down the road from him, locking himself in the parents bedroom and watching one of the tests on television. Yes that’s the one, when New Zealand won due to Alan Hewson’s penalty five minutes into injury time. Who remembers this stuff? Matt does- doesn’t even need to refer to the annual but just in case, it’s this one below with all the information.
Matt also remembers sobbing his heart out when his dad told him that it wasn’t safe for him to go to the second test game of the Springboks tour. Sensible father. The riots were just the beginning. Planes flying over the field, dropping leaflets, flour and tacks. I took a few photo’s of the pages discussing it, quite a historical moment in rugby’s history.
Matt used to take the cricket sporting annuals to cricket games, run on and get the players autographs. The Basin Reserve was the ground most frequented in his childhood. No wonder his collection is so dear to his heart. A lot of fond memories.
The annuals were birthday and Christmas presents from his parents. Nowadays it’s his wife, Sarah, who tries to find any annual that he may not have. He does have a complete collection of the cricket and rugby, so now he needs golf and horse racing. Sarah finds most of them at second hand book stores or on Trademe.
The annuals were discontinued in mid 1990’s -probably around the same time rugby went professional so Matt thinks. He turns his nose up at the almanacs that are on sale now. “Not the same thing”.