The Crystal Palace crowd potential (A tale of London club catchment area)

The concept of a club’s catchment area will be a well understood idea by any fan of one of the country’s smaller football teams. This understanding will be more acute for fans of clubs which are based in highly populated areas. So the below image of eleven of London’s clubs published in the late 1970s may well be of interest to supporters of capital city teams where arguments rage as […]

Late 1970s proposal for a British Super League

In the late 1970s a company called Marshall Cavendish released a series of football magazines which the avid reader would slip into binders to create their very own football encyclopaedia. One of the articles contained within is a lament about the struggles of the British game and part of the argument for improvements made by the author suggests the introduction of a British Super-League. The author has chosen an interesting […]

Kenny Dalglish in a wheelbarrow, a book review of the SCOOP 1980 annual

Kenny Dalglish in a wheelbarrow, a book review of the SCOOP 1980 annual

In the days before boring football blogs, football fans would get their information from newspapers and magazines. Football annuals would then fill the void as Christmas presents for information hungry youths.¬†One short-lived annual from the early 1980s went under the name of Scoop, and luckily for you the 1980 edition recently came into my possession. KENNY DALGLISH IN A WHEELBARROW Not only does this annual feature a picture of Kenny […]

1987/1988: A review of the season as told by the Panini Football Yearbook

In the late 80s Panini set up a football yearbook to rival the traditional Rothmans Football juggernaut. The 88/89 Panini yearbook is a charming edition that pulls you in during the editorial where it’s scathing of the Tory government, labelling it’s minister of sport as “unimpressive” and is very honest about the state of the game in England. But perhaps the most fascinating section of the book is the diary […]

A medley of links

As you probably weren’t aware Spirit of Mirko took a bit of a break this summer. Watched some cricket, spent time outside and generally ignored the world of football. 1. A fantastic analysis of the Sodje dynasty over at From the Inside Right. 2. A lovely poem about Swansea City’s new signing Wilfried Bony. 3. A match report of an Austria Salzburg game. Worth reading if you can read German, […]

Game 39: We’ve been here before haven’t we?

You might assume that the practice of two English clubs facing one another abroad was a recent invention, something adopted as part of the Premier League’s plan for global domination, however that assumption is far from correct. We haven’t quite reached the point where a Premier League match is hosted abroad, but that can’t be too far away, however friendly matches involving two English clubs are commonplace in the pre-season […]

Premier League: Doing the double over other clubs

If a club wins both the home fixture and the away fixture during a league season then they are said to have “done the double” over that side. In the Premier League during the 2012/2013 season 16 of the 20 sides did the double over a rival. The following lists show the teams that each club in the Premier League managed to do the double against. ==== 10 Manchester United: […]

Brentford vs Wigan Athletic: Freight Rover Trophy Final 1985

Brentford vs Wigan Athletic: Freight Rover Trophy Final 1985

Brentford and Wigan Athletic will make trips to Wembley over the next few weeks for differing reasons. Brentford will be playing in the League One play-off final against Yeovil Town, whilst Wigan Athletic will feature in the first FA Cup Final of their history against Manchester City. Despite these heady days for both clubs it’s not the first time Brentford and Wigan have played at Wembley. They faced one another […]

League One 2012/2013: Players who started the first and last game of the season for their club

The following list shows the players who started the first and last league games for their League clubs in the 2012/2013 season. Stevenage (8) – James Dunne, Luke Freeman, Marcus Haber, Darius Charles, Chris Day, Mark Roberts, David Gray and Bondz N’Gala. Carlisle United (7) – Liam Noble, Brad Potts, Lee Miller, James Trevor Berrett, Danny Livesey, Matthew James Robson and Paul Thirlwell. Crawley Town (7) – Nicky Adams, Josh […]