A Brief History Of England False Dawns: Part 2

By on Nov 23, 2011 in History, International Football, Latest | 5 comments

Last week, in the wake of England’s heroic (cough) win against Spain at Wembley in what can only be described as the friendly international to end all friendly internationals, we took a look at a few matches from their past in which the national team had managed to pluck a result from somewhere against a decent team, but failed to capitalise upon it. In the...

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Voices Of Football: James Alexander Gordon – Poetry From The Classified Results

By on Nov 2, 2011 in History, Latest | 8 comments

In the twenty-first century, few things are sacred. For many football supporters, traditions are being ripped up at such a dizzying pace that it can feel impossible to keep up with what is current. In some corners of the culture of the game, though, traditions are kept alive and one of the most enduring is that, at five o’clock on a Saturday afternoon, the BBC...

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Voices Of Football: Brian Moore – The Face And Voice Of ITV

By on Oct 31, 2011 in History, Latest | 3 comments

When we look back to try and trace the history of football on the television in Britain, there are several dates that stand out as being of significance. The twenty-second of August 1964, for example, saw the first episode of Match Of The Day, whilst the sixteenth of August 1992 saw Nottingham Forest beat Liverpool in the first live Premier League match on Sky...

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My Favourite Match: Chelsea vs Liverpool, The 1996/97 FA Cup

By on Oct 28, 2011 in English League Football, History, Latest | 1 comment

We briefly started the My Favourite Match season during the summer with my own personal selection of the 1984 European Championship semi-final between France and Portugal. This morning it’s back, with Andrew Harding recalling a 4-2 win which, as a seven year-old, came to define his relationship with the London club. When posed with the question what is my...

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Popplewell, Hillsborough And The Bradford Fire

By on Oct 21, 2011 in History, Latest | 0 comments

“Soccer attracts more hackneyed hyperbole than most sports. We talk about “tragedy” when we mean “disappointment” and “disaster” when we mean “defeat”. When real tragedy and disaster occur, we tend to be stuck for the rights words.” Those words, written by David Lacey of the Guardian a quarter of a century...

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Voices Of Football: Peter Jones – The BBC’s Voice Of Football

By on Oct 18, 2011 in History, Latest | 3 comments

If football has changed almost over the last twenty or thirty years or so, one of the more comforting ways to reach back into the past is to delve into the all too rare BBC radio commentaries of matches from days gone by, and in particular to locate the lush, almost melodic vocal range of Peter Jones. Over a period from 1966 from his sadly premature death in 1990,...

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Voices Of Football: Barry Davies – English Football’s Renaissance Man

By on Oct 11, 2011 in History, Latest | 8 comments

There has long been a strand of anti-intellectualism within football which can occasionally be somewhat distasteful, to say the least. It’s the culture that saw Graeme Le Saux labelled as “gay” because he read a broadsheet newspaper and collected antiques. It’s a culture that keeps professional footballers in a state in artificial infantilism until the end of their...

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