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 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.
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.
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).
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.