Football has gone soft!

“Bishop Auck H 28” by whitleybayfc is licensed underCC BY-NC 2.0 Football and nostalgia are both intrinsically linked.  As a football fan, you are given unlimited usage of nostalgia and retrospect.  You can don your rose-tinted spectacles, harp on about ‘the good old days’ and how football was better in your day! Football fans loseContinue reading “Football has gone soft!”

A Tribute to the ‘Football Yearbook’

You can buy the latest yearbook here At the start of the season, I finally completed the collection of all 51 editions of the annual ‘Football Yearbook’. The first edition came out in 1970 and offered fans over half a million football stats and facts. Rothmans tobacconists sponsored the first edition and did so upContinue reading “A Tribute to the ‘Football Yearbook’”

A Season to Remember – Newcastle United 1995/96

“Newcastle United FC Training Shirt 1995/1996” bymonverine is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 If there were to be one phrase that summed up Newcastle United’s 1995/96 season , it would definitely be ‘so near and yet so far’.It was undoubtedly their best season in Premier League history and their best season in the top-flight sinceContinue reading “A Season to Remember – Newcastle United 1995/96”

Football and Collecting – A Match made in Heaven!

If you are a football fan, it is almost certain that at one point in your life that you have collected something football-related. It might be collecting football stickers or cards as a youngster with other school friends trading them in the playground. You might also begin to start building a stash of programmes orContinue reading “Football and Collecting – A Match made in Heaven!”

The Strange Case of Ali Dia

“The Dell, May 26th 2001” by Kiloran is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Graeme Souness spent one season as manager of Southampton, taking charge of The Saints in the 1996/97 season.  He came to Southampton having had previous successful spells at Rangers, Liverpool and Galatasaray of Turkey. In his spell at Ibrox, Souness won fourContinue reading “The Strange Case of Ali Dia”

Football on Television in the 90’s

“Des Lynam” by Phil Guest is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Football had never been shown on the television as much as in the 1990’s, so I was very fortunate to be growing up in the ground-breaking era.Up until the early 90’s, fans were limited to Saint & Greavsie and Football Focus on Saturday lunchtimesContinue reading “Football on Television in the 90’s”

Matchday programmes – soon to become a thing of the past?

Whilst football has continued during this pandemic, most clubs have produced an electronic matchday programme. As an avid programme collector, this has got me worried that clubs might continue to do this when we finally get back to ‘normality’. A lot of stadiums have now got electronic turnstiles thus doing away with the amiable turnstileContinue reading “Matchday programmes – soon to become a thing of the past?”

The Mystery of Matt Le Tissier

There was a player who starred in the Premier League during the 90’s and start of the 2000’s who regularly showed amazing skill, flair and was a menace to defenders.He regularly made defenders look daft as they tried desperately to stop him.  He would ping a shot into the top corner of the net fromContinue reading “The Mystery of Matt Le Tissier”

Historic Matches – Charlton Athletic 4 Sunderland 4

“Charlton Athletic” by Ordnance Survey is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The 1998 First Division Play Off Final will go down as one of the most enthralling and entertaining finals of all-time.Charlton Athletic hadn’t played in the new Premier League since it was formed in 1992 and their last season in the top flight wasContinue reading “Historic Matches – Charlton Athletic 4 Sunderland 4”

A Season to Remember: Norwich City 1992/93

“Norwich City Football Ground ‘Carrow Road’” byCaroline Flatt is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 The 1992/93 season was a real milestone season in football history. It was the first season of the Premier League and football changed forever.Sky TV won the rights to show live Premier League matches having outbid ITV. They would broadcast liveContinue reading “A Season to Remember: Norwich City 1992/93”

Hall of Fame No.2 – Johan Cruyff

“Johan Cruyff a Vilanova i la Geltrú” by Premsa Ajuntament de VNG is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Johan Cruyff made his name at Ajax and then established himself at Barcelona, becoming one of the greatest players of his generation in the process.He was one of the Dutch national team to play in Rinus Michel’s ‘TotalContinue reading “Hall of Fame No.2 – Johan Cruyff”

Dai Davies – An Obituary

“Goalkeeper” by erix! is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Dai Davies, the former Welsh international goalkeeper passed away this week at the age of 72.During his 17 years in the game, the Welshman played for Swansea City, Everton, Wrexham, Bangor City and won 52 caps for Wales. Davies joined Everton from Third Division Swansea CityContinue reading “Dai Davies – An Obituary”

Whatever happened to Federico Macheda?

“File:Federico Macheda vs MLS.jpg” by Allison Pasciuto is licensed under CC BY 2.0 5th April 2009, Old Trafford, Manchester 17 year old Italian striker Federico Macheda makes his way onto the pitch after taking the place of Portuguese attacker Nani in the middle of the second half.His Manchester United team mates are finding it difficultContinue reading “Whatever happened to Federico Macheda?”

Historic Matches – Italy 4 West Germany 3 (Mexico ’70)

Italy and West Germany line up before their semi final in 1970. Picture courtesy of CricketSoccer This ‘Historic Match’ was between West Germany and Italy in the 1970 World Cup Semi Final in Mexico. It is known as ‘The Game of the Century’ and is widely considered one of the greatest World Cup matches ofContinue reading “Historic Matches – Italy 4 West Germany 3 (Mexico ’70)”

A Season to Remember: West Ham United 1985/86

West Ham’s goal-machine, Frank McAvennie – Picture from http://www.whufc.com 1985/86 was West Ham United’s most successful league season and their highest ever finish in the top flight. They would have finished as runners up, only to be pipped to second place by Everton in a 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park on the final game ofContinue reading “A Season to Remember: West Ham United 1985/86”

Whatever happened to Carlos Vela?

“Carlos Vela” by wonker is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Carlos Vela burst onto the stage at the Emirates Stadium in a 6-0 victory over Sheffield United in the League Cup back in September 2008.The 19 year old Mexican striker was making his full debut that night and only the Arsenal fans who knew aboutContinue reading “Whatever happened to Carlos Vela?”

Hall of Fame No.1 – Bobby Charlton

“Sir Bobby Charlton” by DFID – UK Department for International Development is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Bobby Charlton had an illustrious career. He won 106 caps for England, lifted the World Cup in 1966 and was the country’s record goalscorer for 45 years.In the 17 years he spent at Manchester United, Charlton won theContinue reading “Hall of Fame No.1 – Bobby Charlton”