Revisited

  • 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 Triumph and Tragedy of “Wee Hughie”

    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…

    Hughie Gallacher at Newcastle

  • “Great Players Never Tell You What They Did”

    WORDS: LAYTH YOUSIF

    Shortly before Scotland met England at Wembley this summer, one of the greatest players in the history of the rivalry passed away. Lawrie Reilly, Hibernian legend, will forever be remembered north of the border for his achievements on the pitch, but the humble hero never told the stories himself…

    Lawrie Reilly

  • Marco van Basten: Prins van Oranje

    WORDS: LAYTH YOUSIF

    The start of the infrequently aired second verse of the Netherlands national anthem runs: “I am a Prince of Orange, fearless, ever free”. They should think about using those lines more frequently, in honour of Marco van Basten, the man whose name has become synonymous with the perfectly struck volley…

    Marco van Basten scored a hat-trick to dismiss England at Euro 88

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