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

The Journey’s End

WORDS: SAM PARKIN

What goes through the mind of a journeyman professional when he decides to call time on his playing career? Former Ipswich, Swindon and St Mirren striker Sam Parkin recalls the moment when he realised it was time to hang up his football boots and how he coped in the months that followed…

The Day of the Magic Cat

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As Italy prepare to face Norway tonight, we look back at the moment when a fingertip save spared the Azzurri from World Cup humiliation and denied the Norwegians a shot at unlikely glory. This is the story of Aldo Olivieri, who survived emergency surgery on his skull to inspire Italy to glory in 1938…

The Win That Healed Irish Football

WORDS: SEAN DUFFY

Thursday’s momentous victory over Germany at Lansdowne Road was not only Ireland’s first victory over a higher-ranked team since 2007, it was also the night that Irish football rediscovered its identity after years of indecisiveness, and Roy Keane has been at the centre of events throughout…

Willi Steffen: English Football’s First Swiss Import

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As England prepare to host Switzerland in a Euro 2016 qualifier tonight, we remember Willi Steffen, the fighter pilot from Bern who became the first Swiss footballer to play in England when he joined Chelsea in May 1946 and left six months later with a black eye and a famous new friend…

Willi Steffen
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