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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Watkin’s Folly and the English game

Watkin’s Folly and the English game

In the late 19th Century an industrialist, railwayman and distinguished member of parliament named Sir Edward Watkin proposed the splendid idea of building a structure, most likely that of a tower, in London to rival that of the recently built Eiffel Tower. An eclectic range of sixty-eight designs were submitted to Watkins from across Europe and the world. Submissions included one tower that […]

A very short history of floodlit football

“It is without question that first-class football by floodlight is both spectacular and enthralling. With vision fixed to the pitch that alone is illuminated, there can be no distraction at all to disturb or frustrate attention. There is an accentuated feeling of expectation and excitement, and the speed of the players and of the game itself is, or seems to […]