Dusty Books and Draconian Officials

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Old football books can give us an insight into attitudes and behavioural norms that have long been abandoned by the game. Ivan Sharpe’s ’40 Years in Football’ gives an outrageous example of the way officials used to deal with dissent in the early twentieth century. Now, it reads like the stuff of satire…

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Falling for Football… Bloody Hell!

WORDS: EVAN BARTLETT

A collection of hazy reminiscences, euphoric moments and gritty tales of the game’s place in our lives, Falling for Football is a rose-tinted nostalgia-fest and it is all the better for it. This selection of stories from 44 well-loved football writers and bloggers will strike a chord with supporters everywhere…

Falling for Football

Why I Support The Irons

WORDS: TOM VICTOR

It hasn’t always been easy supporting West Ham over the past two decades, but amidst the ups and downs at Upton Park there have been more than enough memorable moments and dubious heroes to fill a questionable, claret-tinted version of Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’. No seriously…

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Eight By Eight: Not Your Average Football Mag

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

Their striking design spreads have been doing the rounds on Twitter since they launched issue one last year, and shortly after the launch of issue two, Eight by Eight magazine are beginning to make a name for themselves around the world. I caught up with the team behind America’s latest football publication

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The Lost Boys Of Totti’s Roma

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

They counted Francesco Totti and Gianluigi Buffon as equals and were considered to be the stars of Italian youth football in the early 1990s, but many of AS Roma’s youth league-winning class of 1993 never tasted the fame and fortune of footballing success. A new documentary seeks to find out more…

AS Roma youth players celebrate clinching the Scudetto in 1993

The Kids Are Alright

WORDS: CHRISTOPH WAGNER

Parents screaming from the sidelines have long been an unspoken problem in youth football, but one revolutionary kids’ coach in Germany has suggested three simple rules to combat the problem and his ideas have started to spark interested in the upper echelons of the game’s governing bodies…

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Why You Should Have Heard Of Jamie Paterson

WORDS: STEVE WRIGHT

Nottingham Forest are not short of money by Championship standards, but the latest City Ground sensation is not an expensive signing but a young British striker who announced himself to the nation with an FA Cup hat-trick against West Ham in January and has not stopped scoring since…

Jamie Paterson Nottingham Forest Nottm City Ground

Arthur Hopcraft: The Football Man

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

We are hardly short of football writing nowadays, but sometimes it pays to look back at what our predecessors had to say about the game. In the late 1960s, Arthur Hopcraft found the perfect balance of anecdotes and analysis as he profiled the game’s great characters in The Football Man

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Hardcore Like Kamil Glik

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

The tower under the Maratona, Kamil Glik is an imposing opponent at the heart of the Torino defence at the best of times, but his no-nonsense approach has seen him become the subject of a hip-hop track about his no-nonsense approach and the contrast it paints next to the hair-wax heroes he marks…

Life On Ice Station Zebra

WORDS: MARK BIRAM

Boundary Park has been the scene of some iconic giant-killings down the years, but not too long ago, Oldham Athletic were more than just a lower-league David with an FA Cup slingshot. We asked one loyal Latic to describe his life at the place that club legend Joe Royle called “Ice Station Zebra”

Boundary Park by Diego's Sideburns (via Flickr)

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