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Sat 27 May 2023
Past event

Image courtesy Stanchion Books

Join Stanchion Books and South London Gallery Bookshop for the London Football Book Market celebrating the wealth of independent football publishing that is transforming the way we see and speak about the beautiful game.

An exciting mix of publishers, authors, illustrators and other football brands will be present selling books, magazines, fanzines, photobooks, shirts, prints and other merchandise.

The event is free entry all day, open to all ages. Our advance tickets are fully booked, but we are welcoming walk-ins on the day.


There will be a pop-up exhibition curated by Football Beyond Borders, an educational charity that uses the power of football to reengage young people in education and develop key Social Emotional Learning skills to change the lives of young people. The exhibition is called Squad Goals, which aims to develop Relationship Skills, Self Awareness and Social Awareness, with the equal goal of forming a positive group dynamic as an FBB ‘Squad.’

Book signings

Book signings with Eve Ainsworth and Dev Bajwa will take place throughout the day.

The conversation with Calum Jacobs and Christian Adofo has unfortunately been cancelled.

Conversation – 5pm

Ashley Hickson-Lovence will be discussing his book Your Show, his stirring novel about Uriah Rennie, the Premier League’s first black match official published by Faber.

Food and drink

South London Louie, the gallery’s café will be open and Queer Brewing will be selling beer and other non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day.

The timings for the day are as follows:

11:00 – doors open
12:00 – Book signing – Eve Ainsworth
13:30 – Book signing – Dev Bhajwa
15:00 – Book signing – Ian Plenderleith
17:00 – Event – Ashley Hickson-Lovence
18:00 – doors close

Alongside Stanchion Books, confirmed stallholders are:

Conker Editions
Deptford Ravens
Eighteen86/Poison Lasagna
Football Editions
Football is Everywhere
Halcyon Publishing
Legends Publishing
Lower Block
Marcus Marritt
Ockley Books
Rhian Well
Rosanna Frith-Salem
Spread Salaam
Terrace Edition
The Blizzard
The Gooner
The Graphic Bomb
The Movement
The Mighty Delta
When Saturday Comes

The South London Gallery Bookshop will also be open, where you will find a curated selection of books, magazines, artists’ editions, stationery and gifts.


  • The London Football Book Market will be located in the Clore Studio, inside the South London Gallery. The gallery and the studio are both wheelchair accessible.
  • The Orozco Garden features a series of steps and seating, and is partly accessible.
  • You can view full details on access on the South London Gallery website.
  • The first hour of the London Football Book Market will be a ‘quiet hour’, where the volume of the music is low and capacity in the room is capped to ensure the space is accessible. After 12PM the space may become busy and loud.
  • If you have any access requirements and would like to attend outside the quiet hour, please email