Newton Heath take offence: Victorian football’s libel sensation

Journalists often criticise players, managers and clubs, but in the 1890s Newton Heath (now Manchester United) sued the Birmingham Gazette for libel. The case set a precedent that is still relevant today. This article for When Saturday Comes tells the story. It is taken for granted that in these pages and elsewhere football writers can […]

Footballers’ Desert Island Discs

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Desert Island Discs, this article for When Saturday Comes looks at how footballers have often embarrassed themselves on being asked to choose their musical favourites for the national institution. “In 1982, with Desert Island Discs more than 40 years old, Trevor Brooking became only the third footballer to appear […]