FA Cup Final 1925 – Sheffield United vs Cardiff City

FA Cup Final 1925 – Sheffield United vs Cardiff City

In 1925 the FA Cup Final was between Sheffield United and Cardiff City. The Sheffield Daily Telegraph published a wonderful spread of pictures on Cup Final day. These are those pictures. Not particularly diplomatic from the Sheffield Telegraph, dropping the “United” from Sheffield. You do wonder what Wednesday fans felt of this oversight in 1925.  Running on the spot? Jumping up and down? It’s hard to tell. Part of Cardiff […]

England, Colombia’s El Dorado, Manchester United and the greyhound track.

England, Colombia’s El Dorado, Manchester United and the greyhound track.

When most think about the links between Colombia and England the 98 World Cup game, Tino Asprilla’s spell at Newcastle and Higuita’s scorpion kick are the three things that are likely to come to mind. Those with a more obscure bent may even bring up Colombia’s participation in the Rous Cup during the 1980s. However, before the Chinese millions, before the Premier League era, before the Serie A glory days […]

1930s Football club nickname cartoons by George Green

1930s Football club nickname cartoons by George Green

George Green was a cartoonist with the Liverpool Echo for many years stretching from pre-World War II into the early 1960s. In 1939, just as the second world war was beginning to take hold, he drew a small cartoon of a different football club each Saturday representing their football club nickname. Here are the ones I could find on the excellent British Newspaper Archive. The series continued throughout the 1939/1940 […]

Cardiff City back in blue

Cardiff City back in blue

“Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.” – Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary In 2012 I was a Cardiff City supporter. I was a season ticket holder and made the two hundred and sixty mile round trip for home matches. I don’t mention the distance to paint myself as a […]

How to fix the FA Cup / Does it even need to be fixed?

How to fix the FA Cup / Does it even need to be fixed?

Every year around this time there’s a rush of suggestions and ideas of ways to improve the FA Cup. The three ideas are mentioned below in the tweets are ideas that I’ve seen more than once and I can understand where the thoughts originate from. They come with the best intentions. https://twitter.com/mixedknuts/status/551752503147388928 Of the three ideas this is probably the one I’d be least concerned about. However, the joy of […]

Premier League 2013/2014 – a graphical review

The BBC website produces match reports for all of the games every single Premier League side plays during the season. From Premier League and FA Cup, to Champions League to League Cup ties the BBC reports on them all. I thought it would be interesting to compile all of these reports for each of the twenty Premier League sides, and to produce word-clouds for each side. If a particular word […]

B Teams – we might not get lucky next time

I was going to write something about B Teams, but after writing a few sentences I realised just how ridiculous the idea was and gave up. I can’t help but think Shoot were rubbing their hands in glee thinking they’d be able to stretch their pre-season “Team Ladders” editions over three issues. Anyway, I just thought I’d add a few words of warning about the whole scheme. The sad truth […]

Manchester United to unveil a player/manager?

When the announcement was made earlier this week that David Moyes would lose his job at Manchester United, and that Ryan Giggs would potentially take charge as a player/manager, my mind instantly turned to an old photo of Bryan Robson. For many, this wouldn’t be the automatic thought, but I’ve always absolutely loved staged press photos of footballers (you can see more at the marvellous http://awkwardfootballphotoshoots.tumblr.com/) and this one is probably […]

Hull City vs Tampa Bay Rowdies

In the height of the North American Soccer League tours by British clubs to the States in the summer were common. What perhaps wasn’t so common was an American side travelling to the UK to play a fixture. This is exactly what Tampa Bay Rowdies (coached by Rodney Marsh) did in 1984 when they travelled to Hull to play the first-leg of the alliteratively named “Arrow Air Anglo-American Cup”.   […]