Motorcycle football

Motorcycle football

Motorcycle football is an odd beast. As a sport it has emerged and disappeared in many different countries across the world to differing degrees of success. In the early 1930s Wembley was used as a venue for an England vs Germany motorcycle football clash. The German side faced Watford Motor-cycle club and featured riders who specialised in “hill climbing” and “road racing”. The Germans continued their tour of England playing […]

Cabbage football in Chesterfield

Cabbage football in Chesterfield

Steve Bruce has made the news once more for an interesting football oddity. After the re-discovery of the excellent Steve Barnes novels he penned during his time at Huddesfield Town, his reign at Aston Villa was effectively ended when a cabbage was thrown toward him from the crowd. This isn’t the first time cabbage has played a controversial role in football. In 1928 a group of miners from the north-East […]

How sportswear manufacturers advertised in 1891

How sportswear manufacturers advertised in 1891

For all the changes in football, one thing has remained constant throughout the 150 years of its history. The advertisements for football goods have remained a source of great interest. The adverts from the 19th Century displayed below have some fantastic descriptions. The recent World Cup balls such as the Tango, Telstar and Jabulani evoke certain memories, but what of the 19th Century footballs, the “Special Club”, “Football King”, “Centre-Half” […]

Dogs at the football

Dogs at the football

One of the greatest accounts on twitter is @nonleaguedogs. The pure simplicity of pictures of dogs against a backdrop of grassroots football is irresistible. However, it’s not just modern social media that’s abuzz with interest in dogs at football games. There are many forgotten stories of pups at games and we present those to you here. The beautifully presented images of the dog below are of Pompey the footballing dog […]

19th Century football advertisements

19th Century football advertisements

Reading through old copies of late 19th Century copies of Athletic News is an interesting hobby. It has unearthed some excellent adverts meant to attract football clubs and players into buying their wares. William Shillock of Birmingham advertised his sporting goods in the Athletic News in 1899. Only four years earlier it was from his shop window in Newtown Road that the FA Cup was stolen. It was on display […]

Edgar Kail’s wedding cake

Edgar Kail’s wedding cake

Edgar Kail is a name that’s perhaps not that¬†familiar to many football fans. However, to Dulwich Hamlet fans he is a legend whose name is often still sung at Champion Hill. Kail was one of the final great amateur footballers. He was the last footballer at an amateur club to be selected by England when he appeared three times for his country on a continental tour of Europe. He even […]

1945 – Albert Osakwe, Oxford University captain

1945 – Albert Osakwe, Oxford University captain

In the first half of the 20th Century it was a rare for black footballers to play professionally in England, so it was a surprise to me when I came across Albert Osakwe, who captained the Oxford University side against Cambridge University at Dulwich Hamlet in 1945. University sport in England has never really hit the heights that it has in the United States. The only event that even comes […]

Football in Top Hats: The intervarsity rag at Cambridge 1946

Football in Top Hats: The intervarsity rag at Cambridge 1946

I’ve recently spent some time trawling through some old newspapers, and whilst doing so came across some lovely photos of an inter-varsity football match between Oxford and Cambridge universities. These sorts of “crazy” charity football matches were quite commonplace in the early and mid 20th Century, often featuring people dressed as policemen, clowns, (or even in some cases, women). I’ve included the pictures below as well as the text below. […]