Penalty clauses: the introduction of football’s penalty kick law

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 […]

Still with us: Gateshead FC

A complicated history and plenty of local rivals have not ended the Heed’s hopes of returning to the Football League. This latest When Saturday Comes “Still with us” feature on former League clubs looks at Gateshead FC, the third incarnation of a club that originated in South Shields. Read the full story in issue 361 […]

Still with us: Gainsborough Trinity

Gainsborough Trinity have always overachieved, despite the best efforts of their local rivals. With a population of around 20,800, lower than the likes of Glossop, Accrington and Fleetwood, Gainsborough is one of the smallest towns to have had a Football League club. Read the full story in issue 351 of When Saturday Comes.

In Black and White book review

The rise and fall of Gretna FC is one of the most fascinating football stories of recent times. After swapping English non-league for the Scottish Third Division in 2002, the border-town club won three successive promotions, reaching the Premier League and a Scottish Cup Final, plus the UEFA Cup qualifying rounds. But, after just six […]

Still with us: Darwen

A piece on Darwen, the smallest town ever represented in football’s top flight, for When Saturday Comes. The current AFC Darwen is a continuation of Darwen FC, founded in the early 1870s, one of the oldest Football League clubs. When Saturday ComesDecember 2015Page 40 Read the full article in the December 2015 issue of When […]