Anton Rippon was born in the Midlands during the Second World War. Anton has worked as a newspaper journalist and feature writer – his work has appeared in The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the Sunday Telegraph and FourFourTwo – and he is the author of some 30 books. Other recent books of Anton's include Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: Football (David & Charles, 2012), Gunther Pluschow: Airman, Escaper and Explorer (Pen & Sword Military, 2009) and Gas Masks for Goal Posts: Football in Britain during the Second World War (The History Press, 2007). For over 20 years he was a publisher with Breedon Books, the sports and history book publishing company he founded in 1982 and ran until he sold it in 2003 in order to resume his own writing career. Anton is a member of the Sports Journalists' Association of Great Britain, the Football Writers' Association, and the International Society of Olympic Historians.