Ten long (or medium-length) reads to help pass the time during self-isolation. From sports history to the golden age of piracy, all free to read. Enjoy and take care. NEW: How Four Americans Robbed the Bank of England In Victorian London, a gang of U.S. hustlers attempts a ten-million-dollar heist on the safest bank in the […]
In 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War, several of Britain’s greatest footballers were interned in a brutal prison camp at Ruhleben, near Berlin. My new book tells the true story of how the prisoners used the game of football to survive, and how some of them used it to escape.
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.
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 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 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).