Category: History

Football In The Regions: London – The Big Match

With a plethora of television channels just a click of the remote control away, it can feel difficult to be able to remember a time when, in media terms, we didn’t get what we want, when we want it. Anybody over the age of forty, however, will readily be able to remember a time when there were three television channels on the United Kingdom, none of which began showing programmes until half past nine in the morning and all of which closed down for the day not long after midnight. Football has mirrored the world of media in this...

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Floodlights: The Full, Uncensored Truth

If there is something about truly great inventions that marks them out from the rest, it’s that they drift so seamlessly into our lives that we cannot what the world might be like without them. In football, the scope for this sort of blending together can be pronounced. The game is only barely recognisable from that which was played at the end of the nineteenth century, but that is not technology. That’s the evolution of a sport. In terms of technology, one invention above all others has become so perfectly into our world that it has Floodlightscome to feel...

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Parking The Coach: Liverpool & The Anfield Boot Room

For more than a quarter of the Twentieth Century, English football was dominated by a new way of thinking. A Socialist revolution that inspired dedication, simplicity and some of the most breathtakingly brilliant, instinctive and organic football that Europe had ever seen. This side were not halted by changes in playing staff, nor managerial switches. On four occasions the reins would change hands without so much as a blip or interruption to their accumulation of titles, accolades and awards. It was a system so holistic, so deceptively simple and enduring, that every rival club studiously ignored it with flying...

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Design Classics: The Adidas Tango

With the start of another football season comes another rash of new ball designs by various sporting manufacturers. Adhering to the apparent viewpoint that all publicity actually is good publicity, Nike have elected this season to go for a rather unlovely design called the Ordem V, which they have wrapped in different colours for La Liga, Serie A and the Premier League, with La Liga’s being in orange and yellow, Serie A’s in orange and purple, and the Premier League’s being at least an improvement upon last season’s quite monumentally dreadful luminous yellow, blue, purple and white, although it...

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A Brief History of Goalkeepers’ Gloves

In theory, a big part of the appeal of football as a game is its simplicity. All you really need to play is a ball (or something that can stand in for a ball) and, where possible, something that can be used as a goal. One doesn’t have to look very far, however, before the paraphernalia of football becomes apparent. Boots, Shin-pads. And for the goalkeepers amongst us, perhaps most significantly, there are gloves. There is, perhaps, a conversation to be held over the extent to which goalkeepers should even be allowed to wear gloves, if it could be...

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