Graphic designer’s huge Liverpool FC programme book nominated for award

Graphic designer’s huge Liverpool FC programme book nominated for award

by Henry James (May 2022)

A GRAPHIC designer from Ormskirk is one of the people behind a new book about Liverpool FC’s match programmes which has been nominated for the prestigious Sports Book Awards 2022.

Andrew Cothliff’s business, ABC Design and Communications was commissioned to design the book called Liverpool Football Programmes, The Definitive Collector's Guide.

The book’s author, Andy Marsden, is one of the world’s leading Liverpool FC matchday programme collectors.

The book has been shortlisted as one of eight nominees in the Illustrated Book of the Year category, at the Sports Book Awards 2022.

It is an epic piece of work charting the history of the club, through reproduction of the matchday programmes.

This huge coffee table book, which runs to nearly 1,000 pages, takes a journey through the post war history of the club through the matchday programmes, from the tragedies and the heroics – and the strangest season of all, in which Liverpool, reigning champions of Europe, were crowned champions of England and champions of the world.

For Andrew, a life-long Reds fan, it was a huge undertaking, with 6,800 images he designed the book during the pandemic.

Andrew said: “I was shocked when the book was nominated as one of the eight titles from throughout the world. The event is considered to be the Oscars for sports books.

“The book was originally going to be 400 pages long, but by the time we finished it had doubled to 900 pages.

“The book is one of the positive stories to come out of the pandemic. We thought a fitting way to finish the book was when Liverpool won their first top flight league title in 30 years.”

Andrew has worked for a wide range of clients in the UK and overseas, including marketing agencies, trade associations, local councils, the NHS, National Trust, universities, ports, and airports. And his design has been used by some of the world’s most successful brands.

This is the first international accolade for his work.

The book is possibly the biggest LFC book ever produced, and is available from the author at and from bookshops.

All profits from the book are being donated to the LFC Foundation, the official charity of Liverpool FC.

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