Nottingham Forest’s ‘Miracle Men’ Collection

WORDS AND ILLUSTRATIONS: STEVE GULBIS

Inspired by Jonny Owen’s fantastic movie ‘I Believe in Miracles’ and Daniel Taylor’s brilliant book of the same name, football artist Steve Gulbis has designed a colourful collection of postcards and prints commemorating the Nottingham Forest ‘Miracle Men’ and it is simply magnificent…

NFFC European Cup winners

My Five: Back-Post Plunderers

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Some footballers are blessed with good judgement and a huge leap. They arrive in the right place, at the right time, and pick the right defender to isolate. They are the last men in the world an opposition fan wants to see attacking the far stick from a deep cross. We pay tribute to the back-post plunderers…

Photo Essay: Matchday at Kingstonian

PHOTOGRAPHY: MATT O’SHEA
WORDS: RUPERT CANE

Going behind the scenes at a non-league ground on a matchday is an uplifting experience. Every week, thousands of people up and down the country dedicate their time and love to ensure that their local club brings joy to the community. We visited Kingstonian last month to see it for ourselves…

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Swan Songs: Dugarry at Birmingham

WORDS: JAMES DALE

Mavericks stand out, but players so clearly head and shoulders above their team-mates can single-handedly change a club’s fortunes. Christophe Dugarry may not have enjoyed prolonged success at Birmingham City but his goals and grace may well have kept them in the Premier League in 2003…

The Empoli Hero Sent To His Death At Mauthausen

WORDS: PAOLO BRUSCHI

Carlo Castellani was Empoli’s record goalscorer for almost a century and gives his name to the club’s stadium, but his story is a tragic one. With the Second World War nearly over, he was rounded up and deported along with 100 anti-fascists as part of a desperate last stand by the occupying Nazis…

Debut

My Five: Foreign Football League Stars of the Nineties

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As the Premier League began to attract increasing numbers of overseas stars in the nineties, the lower leagues remained a largely uncosmopolitan environment, so when a Dutch international, a former Juventus winger and a trio of Spanish ‘amigos’ showed up it tended to grab our attention. We remember five of our favourite Football League foreigners from those heady days…

The Other Legendary Shankly

WORDS: ADAM POWLEY AND ROBERT GILLAN

Bill Shankly is one of the most famous football managers of all-time but he also had four brothers, all of whom played the game professionally. In an excerpt from ‘Shankly’s Village’, a new book about the history and astonishing footballing pedigree of his home town Glenbuck, Adam Powley and Robert Gillan tell the story of Bob Shankly, a managerial legend in his own right…

Soccer - Dundee Manager Bill Shankly watches player Ian Ure sign for Arsenal - 1963

The Heyday Of The Football Annual

INTERVIEW BY DOMINIC BLISS

A new book celebrating the traditional football annual has been released just in time for Christmas and it really is as good as it looks. Co-author Ian Preece emerged from the dusty archives to tell us a bit more about what we can expect to find in the pages of this majestic hardback book…

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A Thankless Task: The Life Of A Journeyman Coach

WORDS: DAVID FARRELL

In his newly released autobiography, David Farrell offers a rare insight into the day-to-day existence and the burning ambition of a journeyman footballer and coach. In an extract from the book, he reveals how he was forced to face reality when the strain of coaching took its toll and the football work dried up

Morton v Dundee

Saturday: A London Film School Short

WRITER/DIRECTOR: DAVID ANDERSON

When Sam, a non-league footballer in his mid-30s, is told that he’s going to be phased out of the team in favour of the next generation, it forces him to re-assess his priorities in life. But will he be able to resist the pull back to the game he loves?

Saturday - Sam Ward

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