THE LATEST edition of the yearbook that has forever been known as the “Rothmans” has reached its 50thanniversary, but how long will the doorstop of football data be around? The last two books have been backed by the tabloid newspaper, The Sun – an unlikely partner but nevertheless a welcome one. In 2018, it was revealed that the publication was in danger of ending, just two years off its 50th. The Sun stepped in, but the lack of appetite from the previous sponsors underlined that the times had changed and like many over items we once took for granted, consumer behaviour and technology had almost made the football “bible” redundant. It’s understandable that the unwieldy 1,000-page handbook might no longer be so crucial to…