Unofficial Football World Champions traces football’s alternative championships from the very first international match in 1872, involving legendary teams and footballing minnows, classic finals and forgotten friendlies, celebrated players and unsung heroes.
Feature written ahead of the previous World Cup in 2006. A is for Armageddon Argentinean keeper Carlos Roa saved penalties from Paul Ince and David Batty to knock England out of the 1998 World Cup. But the teetotal vegetarian, nicknamed “the Lettuce”, quit football after the tournament in anticipation of an impending Armageddon, announcing that […]
World In Motion by New Order, some say EnglandNewOrder, is indisputably the best football record ever made. You can keep your Three Lions, and your Back Home, and your All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit. It is the best football record ever made because: a) It’s by one of England’s […]
List of football features written for FourFourTwo magazine prior to the launch of this website: You’re booked! – world’s biggest football bookshop (March 2007) Beer and football – illegal pub broadcasts (Sept 2006) Some chickens are on the pitch… – animals (Oct 2005) By far the greatest team the world has ever seen – unofficial […]
Things have been rather busy at Newcastle United. Five weeks into the football season and it’s already impossible to summarise the goings-on at St James’ Park without the result resembling something like War and Peace – in terms of length and theme. Mercifully, a summary is unnecessary, given the blanket media coverage the whole sorry […]
Balls is an eclectic collection of amazing true stories from the world of football, revealing the bizarre and hilarious reality behind the beautiful game.
Black and White Army is an account of life as a fanatical football supporter, framed by the ups and downs of a memorable season for Newcastle United FC.