History

So Much To Answer For: The Anatomy Of The Manchester Derby

By on Apr 11, 2011 in English League Football, History, Latest | 1 comment

As everybody is doubtless already aware, Manchester City and Manchester United face each other at Wembley for the first time this weekend, in the first of two FA Cup semi-finals. To mark this, we are running a week’s worth of articles about football in the city of Manchester, kicking off with an overview of a city rivalry that has intensified in recent years....

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Friday essay: Contextualising Rooneygate

Friday essay: Contextualising Rooneygate

By on Apr 8, 2011 in Art, English League Football, History | 0 comments

Dotmund has two mottos that he lives by. The first of them pertains largely to pork pies and needn’t detain us any further here. The second is that there’s an historical precedent for virtually anything that ever happens if you just look hard enough. This could be the wisest thing he’s ever thought, although that’s not a particularly high...

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Steve Bull: Happy Birthday To The Tipton Skin

By on Mar 28, 2011 in History, Latest | 0 comments

Sometimes, a birthday or anniversary can come along that makes you feel very old, or very young. Confirmation this morning that today is the forty-sixth birthday of the former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Steve Bull managed both of the above, simultaneously. A lot has changed over the last twenty years, not least of which is a greater appreciation of the finer...

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The Friday Essay: Crows

The Friday Essay: Crows

By on Mar 25, 2011 in Art, History | 0 comments

With the game up in arms about what John Terry did with his pants off several years ago and how this affects his ability to play Association Football, you’d probably be expecting a bitingly topical Friday Essay. And you won’t be disappointed*, as Dotmund looks at that perennial hot potato: crows. If you’re looking at this on the mobile version of...

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Cafe Calcio On Twohundredpercent: Football Impressionism And The Psychology Of Wimbledon

By on Mar 18, 2011 in History, Latest | 1 comment

Cafe Calcio is back on London’s Resonance FM this evening at nine o’clock, and you can join Chris Dixon, David Stubbs and Chris Roberts live this evening by clicking here. Alternatively, should you wish to catch the repeat of it, this will be on tomorrow (Saturday) morning at eleven o’clock. Should you be unable to make either of these dates, you...

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Craig Levein and Graeme Hogg: a classic punch-up

By on Feb 18, 2011 in History, Latest, Scottish Football | 5 comments

This week’s spat between Joe Jordan and Rino Gattuso prompted the usual sanctimonious outpourings about the disgraceful behaviour of footballers, as well as the usual counter-responses from fans that actually we really enjoy the occasional on-pitch contretemps. Both opinions have more or less reached the point of cliche, but like many cliches, both have some...

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Six Of The Best: Football Commentators, Part Two

By on Feb 13, 2011 in History, Latest | 3 comments

On Friday afternoon, we brought you the first part of our mini-series paying tribute our top six football commentators, and today it’s time for the second three. Again, we would like to take the opportunity to point out that this top six is not in any particular order – merely that it was a pleasure to spend our Saturday afternoons, Saturday evenings,...

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Six Of The Best: Football Commentators, Part One

By on Feb 11, 2011 in History, Latest | 6 comments

It often seems as if football commentators are more divisive that than they perhaps they should be. We, as supporters, allow our hackles to rise whenever they open their mouths, yet what they do is extraordinarily difficult. Perhaps the point is that they make it look easy, leading us to believe that it is easy. With this in mind, coupled with the fact that...

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