How George Wilson became an unlikely champion in the bizarre 19th-century sport of pedestrianism - from the confines of a prison yard. Read on Deadspin.
In 1963, the most famous football player on the planet was snatched in South America by a terrorist group who quickly realised they had bitten off more than they could chew. Read in FourFourTwo (PDF).
At the 1930 World Cup, champions Uruguay were presented with a silver goblet instead of the golden Jules Rimet trophy, and the "wrong World Cup" has never been seen since. Read in FourFourTwo (PDF).
Fearless sportswriter George Plimpton wrote about his experiences as an "amateur professional" in numerous top-level sports, including baseball, ice hockey, and - most famously - American football. But he never wrote about his time playing proper football, or soccer, with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Read in FourFourTwo (PDF).
The true story of the investigative journalist and mermaid hunter who helped create the rules of soccer. Arthur Pember titillated Victorian New York with his muckraking journalism, but before that he was the first president of the Football Association who set out the Laws of the Game. Read at Howler.
Russ Routledge is an amateur boxer from Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1984, he spent a week living with Muhammad Ali, the greatest fighter of all time. Russ was down on his luck and far from home, and Ali was attempting to deal with retirement and the onset of Parkinson's. Read the story of their unlikely friendship in Sports Illustrated's The Cauldron on Medium.
Hands Resist Him by Bill Stoneham has created a raft of stories and rumours since being listed on the eBay internet auction site. Is it really a haunted painting? Read in Sunday Herald Magazine.
In April 1986, FC Stroitel Pripyat and captain Valentin Litvin were preparing for a cup semi-final when Chernobyl's No.4 nuclear reactor exploded. Read in issue 303 of FourFourTwo.
Why the replacement of Rafa Benitez with Steve Bruce may be the last straw for Newcastle fans. Read in the September 2019 issue of When Saturday Comes.
An infamous 1977 BBC Panorama documentary about Millwall fans blew the lid off football hooliganism and changed the reputation of football supporters for decades to come. Read the full story in the August 2019 issue of FourFourTwo.
A dispute has arisen over which club can claim Notts County's lost record as the oldest Football League club. Read in When Saturday Comes.
The Premier League wasn’t the only shiny new innovation piped into UK homes in 1992. Dial-up internet also arrived that year, allowing fans to access football via the web – starting off with Ipswich, and some biscuits... Met the internet pioneers who created football's first websites in the March 2019 issue of FourFourTwo.
In 1870, two MPs played in a "Great International" between England and Scotland that has been omitted from the record books but can be considered the first proper international football match. Read the full story in issue 3 of NPLH. https://twitter.com/NPLHMAG/status/1073220298495983616?s=20
The stories of Teddy Wakelam and George Allison, football's first radio and television commentators. One was the Arsenal manager, and one possibly invented the phrase "back to square one"... Read the story in issue 294 of FourFourTwo magazine.