Revisited

Swan Songs: George Weah at Chelsea

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

A nineties footballing megastar turned up at Stamford Bridge on a cold winter’s night shortly after the turn of the Millennium and immediately headed himself into Chelsea folklore with a winning goal against Spurs. George Weah’s stay in London wasn’t a long one, but he knew how to make an impression…

A Certain Romance: Banstead Athletic And Me

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As a teenager with dreams of becoming a sports writer, I answered an advert in the local paper to cover Banstead Athletic matches and my love of non-league football was born. Even amid the ugliness and emptiness of a local sports ground on a cold midweek evening, there is beauty to be found in our game

Margate v Banstead

Wokingham ’88: Trains, Trophies and Telford

WORDS: NICK JUDD

PHOTOGRAPHY: VINCENT TAYLOR

It was spring 1988 and Wokingham Town were enjoying their greatest-ever season. Regulars to the club’s modest Finchampstead Road ground were daring to dream not just of Wembley but of a historic treble including the Berks and Bucks Cup and promotion to the Conference. They couldn’t, could they?

Finchampstead Road 1

Swan Songs: Matthäus at the MetroStars

WORDS: CHRIS NEE

After establishing himself as one of the all-time great playmakers with Bayern Munich, Inter and the German national team, Lothar Matthäus arrived in New York to much fanfare in 2000, but he departed under the radar a few months later after just 16 largely forgettable games for the MetroStars…

Swan Songs: Larsson At Manchester United

WORDS: WAYNE FARRY

It seemed as though Henrik Larsson’s big league days were over when he departed Barcelona and returned home to Sweden in 2006, but after two seasons with his hometown club Helsingborgs, he fancied one last crack at the big time and he got it with a three-month dream loan at Old Trafford…

Swan Songs: Litmanen In Liverpool

WORDS: RICH NELSON

Jari Litmanen arrived at Anfield after a testing spell at Barcelona had led to the loss of his place and his beloved No.10 shirt, but the all-time great of Finnish football suffered more bad luck in Liverpool, the place he had always dreamed of playing. For many, it is hard not to imagine what might have been…

THIS PICTURE CAN ONLY BE USED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN EDITORIAL FEATURE. NO WEBSITE/INTERNET USE UNLESS SITE IS REGISTERED WITH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PREMIER LEAGUE.  Liverpool's Jari Litmanen celebrates scoring his first goal against Manchester City during the FA Cup Fifth Round match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Scotland 74: A World Cup Story

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

Richard Gordon’s latest book is a celebration of the closest a Scotland side has ever come to progressing from the first stage of a World Cup finals, when their team of superstars somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the dying seconds. Forty years on, it still hurts…

Bremner vs Zaire

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

Roker_Park

Kurt Hamrin: The Little Bird Who Soared

WORDS: EMANUELE GIULIANELLI

From signing for Juventus through a Fiat dealership in Stockholm to nurturing a young Gianni Rivera at AC Milan, via European triumph in the viola of Fiorentina, Kurt Hamrin enjoyed an incredible career. We caught up with the World Cup finalist who must go down as one of Italian football’s greatest imports…

Kurre_Hamrin_1958

The Legend of “Wee” Hughie Gallacher

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

From Airdrie to Newcastle and Chelsea to Derby, Hughie Gallacher was a footballing hero from a bygone age. One of the game’s first truly controversial characters, he lit up the stage for club and country before falling to depression when his playing days were up, but Wee Hughie’s legend lives on…

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