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.
The kidnapping of Jimmy Hill15 October 2018-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.
The alternative history of set-pieces15 October 2018-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.
Direct action: Newcastle fans vs Mike Ashley15 October 2018-Mike Ashley’s reign at Newcastle has involved rising debts, falling revenue and poor on-pitch performances, so the fans are fighting back. Read the article in issue 380 of When Saturday Comes.
The man who invented football cards7 September 2018-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.
World Cup stories: Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950, England 1966 and Italy 199030 May 2018-Ahead of Russia 2018, I wrote a series of four articles on the history of football fans at the World Cup, covering Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950, England 1966 and Italy 1990. All are available to read on Medium: World Cup 1930: “The so-called World’s Association Football Championship” How the first World Cup established soccer as […]