History

European Championship Stories: 1988 – Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold

By on Mar 8, 2012 in History, International Football, Latest | 0 comments

There can be few things more tiresome in international football than war analogies. Sometimes, however, they are inescapable and this can be no more true than in the case of European nations which once pitched up against each other on battlefields, only to find themselves facing off against their former allies or rivals for decades afterwards. In the case of the...

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Fifty Years Ago: How Accrington Stanley Fell From The Football League

By on Mar 8, 2012 in English League Football, History, Latest | 0 comments

It is probably fair to say that 2012 hasn’t been the greatest year for British football clubs so far, financially speaking at least. Rangers, Portsmouth, Darlington and Port Vale all languish in administration and it is possible that others will join them. The language of the discussion of these clubs carries many tropes that are easily identifiable, but there...

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European Championship Stories: 1984 – Le Veritable Roi Michel

By on Feb 28, 2012 in History, International Football, Latest | 1 comment

They’ve been playing for one hundred and nineteen minutes on this balmy Mediterranean evening at le Stade Velodrome in Marseille and nothing, so far, has been able to separate the two teams. France, who sailed through the group stages of the 1984 European Championships, have surprisingly met their match in Portugal, who, prior to this summer, have not reached...

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European Championship Stories: 1976 – The Birth Of The Penalty Shoot-Out

By on Feb 16, 2012 in History, International Football, Latest | 1 comment

It has been suggested more than once that the inner beauty of football is to be found in its mixture of simplicity and complexity. For the game to get under your skin in the first place isn’t difficult but, for all the analysis of tactics and formations which seems occasionally to dominate all other discussion of matches in themselves, football remains...

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The New Town Effect: Brutalism & Abrasive Personalities At Crawley And Stevenage

By on Jan 31, 2012 in English League Football, History, Latest | 10 comments

If the draw for the Fifth Round of this year’s FA Cup was notable for anything in particular, what really stood out was the presence of two clubs for whom an appearance at this stage of the competition would been inconceivable just a couple of decades ago. Last weekend, both Crawley Town and Stevenage chalked up notable wins in the Fourth Round of the...

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European Championship Stories: 1964 – A Battle Of Ideologies

By on Jan 31, 2012 in History, International Football, Latest | 0 comments

If the early history of the European Championships can be seen as explicitly wrapped up in the politics of the time, then Spain’s victory on home ground in 1964 European Nations Cup could be regarded as one of international football’s ultimate flashes in the pan. This was a victory that was simultaneously the last gasp of one of the greatest club sides...

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The Despicable Kelvin McKenzie

By on Dec 10, 2011 in English League Football, History, Latest | 3 comments

The road to redemption from Hillsborough has been a lengthy and painful for many, many people. Hundreds of people lost family members or friends on that day in April 1989, and the feeling that the establishment was closing ranks in order to cover up the truth behind what exactly happened to result in the deaths of ninety-six innocent people has been a bitter pill...

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