Lockdown longreads18 March 2020-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. The man who walked his life away How George Wilson, a shoemaker from Newcastle upon Tyne, became an unlikely champion in the bizarre 19th-century sport of pedestrianism […]
The bet that ruined a career6 March 2020-Sheffield Wednesday and Everton talisman Tony Kay was tipped to captain England at the 1966 World Cup finals until a betting scandal derailed his career. Read the story in the April 2020 issue of FourFourTwo magazine.
The Football Hypnotist17 January 2020-Celebrity hypnotist Romark claimed to have helped football clubs win cup ties, gain promotion and avoid relegation, and to have placed a bizarre curse on Manchester City manager Malcolm Allison. Read the true story of the football hypnotist in issue 395 of When Saturday Comes.
The Ruhleben Football Association16 December 2019-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.
The Football War22 October 2019-When Honduras faced El Salvador in a 1969 World Cup qualifier, more than just a sport was at stake. The match that sparked the brutal "Football War" in issue 306 / December 2019 of FourFourTwo magazine and on episode 21 of the FourFourTwo podcast.
The killing of Tommy Ball2 October 2019-The tragic tale of Aston Villa’s rising star, the only Football League player to have been murdered. Read the story in issue 305 / November 2019 of FourFourTwo.
Football’s first websites: meet the internet pioneers14 February 2019-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.
Oh, I say! The history of football commentators19 November 2018-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.