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)

The First Girl At School To Get Breasts

WORDS: CHRIS DEARY

The girl was called Helen, not Deborah, but the story of tragic failure went pretty much the same as the Pulp version. Luckily there was a consolation prize, for just as Helen was appointing Jarvis Cocker as my Poet Laureate, Bolton Wanderers were growing breasts too. And they were fucking massive…

Bolton Breasts

The Football Pink: A Review

WORDS: EVAN BARTLETT

With an ever-growing multitude of football writing to choose from, it is not an easy time to launch a new football journal, but that hasn’t stopped The Football Pink from releasing Issue Two of their quarterly collection. We settled down with a cup of tea, an open mind and their latest offering…

The Football Pink

Why You Should Have Heard Of… Graziano Pelle

WORDS: MICHIEL JONGSMA

The handsome Italian striker is setting the Eredivisie alight with Feyenoord, having netted 27 goals in 29 games last season and carried his form into the current campaign. We asked a Dutch admirer to run the rule over the man who might just tempt Serie A’s big guns to give him a second chance…

Graziano Pelle - Robert Hertel (via Flickr)

Why You Should Have Heard Of… Tim Väyrynen

WORDS: RICH NELSON

Having led his club in Finland from the verge of ruin to a second-place league finish, Tim Väyrynen has caught the eye of several clubs in northern Europe. We take a look at the attributes and achievements of the high-scoring FC Honka frontman and ask where the youngster’s future may lie…

Tim Väyrynen

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

WORDS: CHRISTOPH WAGNER

Football is a money machine, you only have to at the figures produced each year by the top clubs in Europe and the rest of the world. But beyond the limelight of the top flight, the situation is very different, with many clubs under threat. In Germany, a group of supporters are campaigning against this trend…

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Anthony Clavane: Football’s Forgotten Tribe

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

We speak to the award-winning author of Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? about the historic significance of football to the British Jewish community, the unique issues faced by Jews in our national game and the London exhibition celebrating this often-overlooked cultural relationship…

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Four Four Jew

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

As the London Jewish Museum prepares to open the doors to its exhibition about the relationship between the British Jewish community and football, we speak to curator Jo Rosenthal about the striking stories and the collective cultural soul searching that we can expect from Four Four Jew…

(smaller hr) Selection of Jewish skullcap) crocheted with the logos of Arsenal, Celtic, Glasgow Rangers, Leyton Orient, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United: Only A Crisis For The Spoilt

WORDS: LUKE SMALLEY

The culture of success planted by Sir Matt Busby and cultivated by Sir Alex Ferguson has set expectations high at Old Trafford, but the recent cries of “crisis” from certain sections of the club’s following have left this Manchester United fan wondering about that old “glory supporter” tag…

Old Trafford

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…

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