Archibald Leitch, Pioneering Stadium Architect

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Please share:Meet the Scotsman who designed some of Britain and Ireland’s most iconic stadiums, yet whose career could so easily have been ended when tragedy struck on his very first job. As football took off in both Scotland and England in the late Victorian era, so the public flocked in ever increasing numbers to football […]

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Great Football Murals: 6:3

Please share:Budapest’s Rumbach Sebestyén street is a narrow thoroughfare in the Hungarian capital’s Jewish quarter. It’s a pretty out-of-the-way place to stumble across a celebration of what is arguably the biggest moment in the country’s sporting history. A mural entitled “6:3” depicts the victory of the Aranycsapat (“Golden Team”) over England at Wembley in November […]

First floodlit football match

Bramall Lane: The Pioneer Stadium

Please share:Home fans and visitors alike may not be aware of the significance of Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane. But a number of football firsts came from this ground, among them the first use of floodlights. Bramall Lane shares the distinction with the Kennington Oval in London as the only arenas in England to have hosted […]

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Football History: The Corinthian-Casuals

Please share:In the seventh tier of the English football league system, you will find one the most significant clubs in the history of the game. This is the story of the Corinthian-Casuals. It’s a clear September night in the suburbs of South London. The mellow golden sun makes silhouettes of the skeletal floodlights of the […]

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Jules Rimet: Father of the World Cup

Please share:The anthem for England fans during the Russia World Cup of 2018 – as it is for most tournaments – was Three Lions, with its famous lines “football’s coming home”. If there were to be a homecoming for the FIFA World Cup Trophy then it would be Theuley-les-Lavoncourt in the Franche-Comté region of eastern […]

Podcast: Reflections on Italia ’90

Please share: We reflect on the iconic Italia ’90 World Cup with Simon Hart, author of World in Motion, The Inside Story of Italia ’90, the Tournament that Changed Football. Hart spoke to more than 100 players, coaches and others who participated in that tournament, including World Cup-winning captain, Lothar Matthaus, Italian top scorer Totò […]

World in Motion by Simon Hart

Book Review: World in Motion by Simon Hart

Please share:English and Irish football fans, in particular, remember Italia ’90 fondly. Gazza’s tears, Nessun Dorma, Totò Schillaci’s wild staring eyes, Milla’s dances and “Caniggiaaaaaa…scores!” From a footballing perspective, Italia ’90 was actually quite bland; the goals-per-game ratio was just 2.21, the lowest ever for the World Cup, and it was littered with diving, ill-discipline […]

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14 stunning Art Deco football stadiums from around the world

Please share:The Arts Décoratifs (Art Deco) style of design and architecture was a distinctive modern movement peaking in the 1920s and 1930s. Fine examples include the Chrysler Building in New York or the Battersea Power Station in London. Many football clubs’ stadiums had already been built by this period, but there were some constructions and […]

Football Travel Podcast: The History of Football Fandom

Please share: In this podcast, we talk exclusively to Paul Brown, the author of Savage Enthusiasm, which chronicles the story of the football fan from the very dawn of association football as a spectator sport. It’s a fascinating interview and it’s interesting to hear how fandom has evolved, reflected social changes, and how similar – […]

Football Travel Podcast: AFC Bournemouth and Northern Ireland

Please share: Coming up in Episode 14… AFC Bournemouth’s future plans (00:46): We sit down with Rob Mitchell, Commercial Director at AFC Bournemouth. The Cherries have established themselves as a comfortable mid-table Premier League team, where does the team go from here? The Story of Northern Irish Football (04.33): Benjamin Roberts is the author of […]

The World’s Oldest Fixture: The Rules Derby

Please share: Two teams gather in the lee of a leafy valley. The men in red and black are Sheffield FC of the Northern Premier League (Division One South) the eighth tier of English football, while the blues are Hallam FC of the ninth tier Northern Counties East League. But this is no ordinary pre-season […]

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Football Travel Podcast: Scottish Football History and France

Please share:    The History of Scottish Football (00:42): Sports historian Andy Mitchell introduces us to the evolution of football in Scotland. Did a football culture exist in Scotland long before the foundation of Sheffield FC in 1857, recognised as the world’s first football club?   Introducing French Football (09:42): Agence France Presse’s Tom Williams introduces us to […]

Football Travel: Gernika Club

Please share:  The Basque market town of Gernika (Guernica) was immortalised in art form by Pablo Picasso after its destruction by aerial bombardment during the Spanish Civil War. It is now a thriving and peaceful town with a struggling third tier football club. We paid homage to both Gernika’s history and football team when we […]