The Grand National & Aintree 1970-79

Welcome to the latest website from the Grand National anorak which celebrates the Nationals of my childhood. The Nationals of the Seventies. For me this was an age of innocence, a time when the National could be enjoyed for what it was - the greatest steeplechase in the world. Considering how we now often watch the race in a state of almost paranoia I sometimes find myself remembering how it used to be. The racecourse may have been on its last legs but in those days everyone loved the National and there was not an animal rights activist in sight. Oh happy days..... the Grand Nationals of the Seventies have a special place in my heart.                                                                         


John Cottrell & Marcus Armytage - A-Z of the Grand National  (Highdown 2008)

Paul Davies : The Complete Record Issue 59 - The MIldmay Couse 1953-2011 (Aug 2011)

Stewart Peters : The Grand National - The History of the Aintree spectacular (Tempus Publishing 2005)

John Pinfold : An Aintree Dynasty - The Tophams and the Grand National (Trafford Publishing 2006)

John Pinfold : Gallant Sport - The Authentic History of Liverpool and the Grand National (Portway Press 1999)

Various Sporting Chronicles, Chaseforms and racecards 

Chris  - June 2012 


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