Raith Rovers Football Song

Raith Rovers Football Song

I love finding old songs and poetry printed in newspapers from the late 19th and early 20th century. There’s something particularly innocent and fun about them. They are the sort of thing that would be seen as embarrassing by many modern day football supporters. I think they’re delightful. This one was written about Raith Rovers, published in the Fife Free […]

A Football Ballad: The Wellingboro Cup

A Football Ballad: The Wellingboro Cup

Confusing Victorian newspaper reports make it difficult to know if the Wellingborough Cup was a real cup competition or merely a name for the games that took place between Reading and Swindon in the late 19th Century. This poem was published in the Reading Observer on the 5th December 1896 and details Reading’s 2-0 victory over Swindon Town at Elm […]