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 be, increased. The flash of bright-coloured jerseys against the bright […]

The five best Danish football songs of all time

England’s World Cup song for the 2014 World Cup is terrible. I don’t think I’m being controversial when I say that. Another uncontroversial statement is this: These are the best five Danish football songs you will ever hear. 1. En for alle, alle for en (1988) En for alle, alle for en is “One for all and all for one” in Danish. Marvellous pop from 1988. Is that Frank Arnesen […]

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 first-leg of the alliteratively named “Arrow Air Anglo-American Cup”.   […]

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 […]

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 & Spain’s group came out on top. This is almost […]

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 have kept up with all the latest reading available and […]

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 […]