Blue book chronicles glory years

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

It's well written, it's full of great pictures, and it's a must-have for Winnipeg Blue Bomber fans.

The Winnipeg Football Club conducted the official book launch yesterday of Blue & Gold: 75 Years of Blue Bomber Glory, a 159-page hardcover publication that takes an entertaining and detailed look at Blue Bomber football since the team's inception in 1930.

"It's extremely special," Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer said. "There's franchises that are envious of having that long a history and that type of a relationship with your fans and a community."

The book, which is published by Winnipeg-based Great Plains Publications, is on sale for $39.95 plus GST at local book stores and at the Bomber Store.

It will also be sold at kiosks throughout Canad Inns Stadium on Oct. 10 when the Bombers host the B.C. Lions.

The book is a collaboration between the WFC, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Alumni Association and Great Plains Publications, which is donating all royalties from the book's sales to the football club.

"These are die-hard fans, so we're looking forward to lots of sales with Christmas coming up as well," Great Plains publisher Gregg Shilliday said.

Bob Irving, CJOB sports director and voice of the Bombers, edited the book, which features contributions from himself and many other local media members, including The Sun's own Paul Friesen and Jim Bender.

"It was great fun," Irving said of his work on the project. "... When you're forced to dig back into the history and all the tradition and all the great moments and great teams and great players, it reminds you of what a special place this team has in the history of this city and the Canadian Football League.

"It was just a total labour of love."

Great Plains has printed 6,000 copies of the book, and 3,000 have already been spoken for.

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