|About Sports Budget |
See below for the history of this magazine
Excellent weekly newspaper concentrating mostly on football-either short stories or factual reports. First issue January 13th 1923. It is printed on newspaper stock. Printed and published by The Amalgamated Press from the Fleetway House Farringdon Street London. It had 24 pages and sold for 2d.
Amalgamated Press had tried different football formats earlier with Football Favourite (4/9/20-30/4/21) and Sports for Boys (20/10/20-21/4/21) and seemingly came up with the winning and much more long lived Sports Budget.
The main bulk of its stories were dedicated to football, although there were alternatives in the shape of cricket and rugby.
Another AP publication called Football Weekly was incorporated into Sports Budget on 30the January 1937.
This first series ran for 11½ years (595 issues) from 6/1/1923 until 2/3/1935.before the second series started.
I do not know why a it was relaunched as a second series.
The title became The New Sports Budget for two issues, but reverted to Sports Budget with issue 3. Contained long complete stories and serials relating to sport, but towards the end carried more general features and fiction.
Series two didn't run as long as the first series, mainly thanks to the outbreak of WW2 in September 1939. Closing after 4½ years (241 issues) making 836 issues in total.
Not entirely sure of the exact last date but I think around 14th October 1939.According to Comics UK it merged into Detective Weekly at this time. The last issue number 241 carried a Sexton Blake story written by Charles Malcolm presumably to help the transition!.
About Sports Budget.