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» April 26, 2011

by Juliet Jacques Portman Road, 19 March 2000. George Burley’s Ipswich Town side, desperate to avoid the First Division play-offs having lost three successive semi-finals, faced Norwich City in a […]

» March 28, 2011

umanity is the keystone that holds nations and men together. When that collapses, the whole structure crumbles. This is as true of baseball teams as any other pursuit in life. […]

» January 28, 2011

I usually try and avoid writing in the first person, but for this there isn’t any option. This is a break-up song; it needs the self-indulgence of the all-feeling “I”. […]

» January 21, 2011

To have missed seeing the 1958 World Cup through the tragic accident of being born twenty-five years too late is one thing. But to not feature, having played regularly for […]

» January 2, 2011

1966 was, of course, the finest achievement of English football; a win so feted and mythologised that it has hung over the England team for the following forty-four years (and […]

» November 27, 2010

There is a strange idea of loyalty among football fans, akin to that found in the general populace during times of war. It is the loyalty of the perpetually embattled, […]

» November 5, 2010

Billy Meredith is intimately bound up with the early history of football in Manchester. He inspired both Manchester clubs to their first honours – first City’s FA Cup win in […]

» September 17, 2010

Lining up next to the garlanded and feted John Charles in the centre of the All-time Wales defence, one might think that Fred Keenor would be a touch overshadowed. Not […]

» August 28, 2010

When attempting to evaluate a player that you’ve never seen, and where video footage is sketchy, you’re relying on those who came before you. Statistics can only help you so […]

» August 27, 2010

Neville Southall won his first cap for Wales in 1985, keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland. He won his last – a record 92nd – […]