Moving The Goalposts

So… goalposts. They’re an absolutely integral part of the game, but you don’t really hear that much about them, do you? Before every World Cup, there’ll be a debate about the balls that they’re using. How much lighter they are than before, what colour they are, how long it’ll be before they just give up and start using beach balls, and so on. There is, you’ll be amazed (but doubtlessly delighted, as I was ) to learn, a book about dugouts. On goalposts, though, nothing. Well, there was a book of photographs brought out a few years ago, but it was a collection of artistically rendered pictures of posts in unusual places. Apart from that, and the occasional article on how goals should be increased to such a size that goalkeepers will require a stepladder to get anywhere near a shot towards the top corner, nothing. So, in the spirit of trying to fill another little hole in the internet’s rich tapestry (and without, hopefully, coming across as being too much of a geek), here we go again. First, a little history. Goalposts are almost, but not quite, as old as the game itself. There was, perhaps unsurprisingly, no uniformity in size until the FA wrote the first set of rules in 1863 (very little is said on the matter, but their decision to set the width of the...

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