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 […]

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 […]

World Cup 2014 UEFA Qualification – Average Attendances

Despite many English football fans claiming to be disgruntled with their national side, they are the best supported side in Europe. Although England didn’t always fill Wembley Stadium during qualification for the World Cup, they normally got pretty close and come out top of the attendances ladder for Brazil 2014 qualification. Looking at the attendances by group shows that France […]

Willy Meisl’s Soccer Revolution

The quantity of football writing available to the football fan appears to rise exponentially as time passes. Whether it’s humble blogs like this one, publications such as The Blizzard or the increasing number of football books appearing on the shelves of Waterstones, as football fans we’re well provided for. It’s got to the point where it’s pretty much impossible to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Championship: Doing the Double

The following list shows the number of times each club in the Championship won home and away against one of their rivals during the 2012/2013 Championship season. Every single one of the 24 clubs managed to achieve this feat against at least one of their opponents during the season. ==== 7 Cardiff City: Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United, Blackpool, Birmingham […]