“I could see the nuclear power plant and the smoke rising above the ruins.” 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 the story in issue 303 of FourFourTwo and on the FourFourTwo website, and listen on the FourFourTwo podcast
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.
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).
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.
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.