Monthly Archive: July 2008

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea 2

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

League football might just be the greatest export of Victorian Britain. It seems scarcely credible that it was a little short of one hundred and twenty years ago that The Football League kicked off...

The Cost Of Living 2

The Cost Of Living

Reading lists of of football attendances records can make for dispiriting reading. After reaching highs in the late 1940s and late 1960s, crowds at English football went into a tailspin that nearly killed the...

Football, Hooliganism & The United States 7

Football, Hooliganism & The United States

For those of us watching from the other side of the Atlantic ocean, Major League Soccer is, to say the very least, an education. English football developed into what it is today as the...

Quiet Optimism 2

Quiet Optimism

Over the last couple of years, we have been less than complimentary about ITV’s football coverage. However, I’m not one to bear a grudge, and I’m now quietly optimistic that it might be set...

Underneath The Archie 1

Underneath The Archie

For the many things that British football has exported across the world – naked greed, hooliganism, you know the sort of thing – but some of them, just some of them, have been worthwhile....

Too Many Captions, Too Little Time 0

Too Many Captions, Too Little Time

Taken from the inside of the toilets of the Premier League’s headquarters, this photograph is so rich with possibility that I couldn’t not post it up here. I always told you that Richard Scudamore...

Seeing The Wood For The Trees 2

Seeing The Wood For The Trees

If you live in the south of England, one of the biggest myths that you grow up with is the one that says that, “All Manchester United supporters are football tourists from Devon, Surrey,...

Laws Of Diminishing Returns 3

Laws Of Diminishing Returns

The casual observer might have thought that the world was at their feet. A not unimpressive mid-table finish and a Wembley win against Torquay United in the FA Trophy coupled with the deep pockets...

A Few Home Truths 2

A Few Home Truths

The trouble with this pre-season that runs for weeks and weeks is that it starts to drag. For those of us with no particular interest in the rumour mill, who are just hoping that...

Game, Sepp & Match 0

Game, Sepp & Match

Sometimes, the question of whether FIFA has any morals or not is so cloudy that the casual reader can scarcely see the hand in front of their face. It is aloready fairly clear that...

Let’s Take A Look At That Again… 4

Let’s Take A Look At That Again…

There are some creations in football that are so commonplace that we seldom stop to think where they came from, but without them, the game would be unrecognisable from the one that we know...

If You’re Clicking Your Heels 2

If You’re Clicking Your Heels

It’s the final year of the Intertoto Cup, the competition that everybody wins (you’ll find some Newcastle United supporters that claim that victory in last year’s tournament was their first major trophy since the...

It’s All In The Head 2

It’s All In The Head

As last season kicked off, Scott Carson must have thought that the world was at his feet. He had come a long way very quickly. He had been spotted in 2002 playing for non-league...

The Tyranny Of Football 10

The Tyranny Of Football

A curious article appeared in “The Guardian” on Saturday, in which the actor, writer and comedian David Mitchell tried to sum up his dislike for football. Reading it back this morning, one cannot help...

A Kewelling Off Period 1

A Kewelling Off Period

It’s unlikely that Leeds United will be playing Galatasaray in the next couple of years or so. An element of racour still exists between the two clubs following serious crowd disturbances surrounding their Champions...