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.
In February 1964, one of football’s biggest personalities, Coventry City manager Jimmy Hill, was kidnapped and held to ransom. But all was not what it seemed. Read the article in the November 2018 issue of FourFourTwo.
The humble beginnings of free-kicks, corners, throw-ins and penalties, and the season when corners were inadvertently written out of the rules. Read the article in the November 2018 issue of FourFourTwo.
Mike Ashley’s reign at Newcastle has involved rising debts, falling revenue and poor on-pitch performances, so the fans are fighting back. Read the article in issue 380 of When Saturday Comes.
The story of Victorian eccentric John Baines, the self-styled Football Card King, written for When Saturday Comes magazine. Read the full story in issue 379 of When Saturday Comes.
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).
Despite newspaper attempts to identify the thief, the mystery surrounding the theft of the Jules Rimet trophy from a London display in 1966 remains unsolved. Read the full story in issue 377 of When Saturday Comes.
Who were international football’s world champions in the 60 years before the first World Cup? This illustrated Medium article reveals the Before The World Cup (BTWC) champions.
Ahead of Russia 2018, I wrote a series of four articles on the history of football fans at the World Cup, covering Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950, England 1966 and Italy 1990. All are available to read on Medium: World Cup 1930: “The so-called World’s Association Football Championship” How the first World Cup established soccer as […]