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With an archive as vast as the one that we have on this site it can be difficult to find anything, at times, even with a search button at the very top of the page. With that in mind, we’ve taken the decision to push some of those series out into the open, collected together in the same place for the first time for your entertainment. Click on the names below and they should open new pages for each different topic.
A series which was never completed, this was a rundown of the more curious characters who have been involved in the ownership of football clubs in the United Kingdom. That there’s a page for it here is a pointer towards the fact that this series isn’t, despite its lengthy hiatus, quite dead yet.
Whilst it might have been fun to tell the complete story of the European Championships, we went for a slightly different tack in the run up to Euro 2012 with these series of pieces loosely linked to the tournament between 1960 and 2008.
It’s fast becoming a distant memory, but there was a time when the second biggest television broadcaster was a patchwork of regional companies whose football coverage was primarily focused on their local clubs. Match of the Day may have garnered all the plaudits, but ITV was where the true depth of coverage was.
Our occasional cartoonist and podcast producer Edward Carter wrote this series of profiles on the coaches and managers who have shaped the development of the game in the post-war years. He even included artwork to go with each and every one.
We’ve been keeping close tabs on the shenanigans going on at everybody’s favourite world football governing body over the years, with Mark Murphy in particular becoming increasingly frustrated at a body that seems to make three mis-steps for every correct decision it makes.
The Friday Cartoon was our weekly dip into cartooning, all produced by Edward Carter.
This summer, Mark Murphy kept readers up to date with goings on in the GAA Championship, Ireland’s tournaments for Gaelic games.
We’ve lost a lot of football grounds in this country over the last three decades or so, largely crumbling edifices replaced by visions in steel and plate glass. A lot of them may only have been barely fit for purpose, but they’re still missed, as this series on grounds that no longer exist demonstrates.
The commentator has become a central figure in the culture of the game. From Kenneth Wolstenholme’s “They think it’s over” to Martin Tyler’s improvised extension of the name “Aguero”, they’ve been the soundtrack to our lives as supporters and we took the time to celebrate some of them here.
The World Cup finals is one of our most storied tournaments, so we pulled out a tale from each tournament from 1930, each of which show in their own way how football both connects with and is completely separate from the rest of the world.