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.
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.
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 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.
Despite newspaper attempts to identify the thief, the mystery surrounding the theft of the Jules Rimet trophy from a London display in 1966 remains unsolved. Read the full story in issue 377 of When Saturday Comes.
Which ball was really used in the first World Cup final? An 88-year-old mystery is solved in the latest WSC. Read the full story in WSC 376 or on the WSC website.
More than a decade after their historic 1888-90 season, the Preston North End Invincibles got back together to prove they were still the best. A piece on the Old Invincibles reunion match of 1900 for When Saturday Comes. On an end-of-season Monday in April 1900, the greatest football team there had ever been reunited to […]
In football’s early days matches were mostly watched by curious observers but, as crowds increased, “they won” became “we won”, and the fanatic was born. Read the full story in When Saturday Comes issue 371 and on the WSC website.
Referring to football as “the beautiful game” is a tired cliche but its origins reveal much about how the sport developed and spread around the world. It was used to describe football long before the phrase was popularised in the 1970s by Pele, and Pele most likely borrowed it from Brazil teammate Didi. Read the […]
Penalty kicks generated fierce opposition when they were first introduced to football in the early 1890s, with amateur players of the day outraged at the implication that any good sportsman would commit a deliberate or “professional” foul. They protested by refusing to score or save them. This article for When Saturday Comes looks at the […]