While the title races across some of Europe’s top leagues are all but over before the end of January, and the pool of potential winners in national and continental cups begins to narrow, there are still some competitions in football that can’t be predicted before a ball is kicked. Take the FA Vase for example, […]Read More Losing My Favourite Game: ‘Stand and Deliver’ with Peter Dudley
So far this season we’ve heard stories from fans that have supported their clubs since birth, others who’ve adopted a local team after settling away from home, and patriots who’ve proudly followed their nation abroad only to watch on helplessly as they get soundly pumped. We’ve covered matches from the Champions League final and major […]Read More Losing My Favourite Game: ‘It’s Wider Than Yours’ with Tom Neal
“I can’t answer that. Jinxes are real.” A lifetime of supporting Bromley FC has taught writer, ad-man, programme obsessive and Alan Stonebridge superfan Dave Roberts not to take the club’s remarkable start to the season for granted. Top of the National League with just one defeat in fourteen - and that coming after first-choice ‘keeper […]Read More Oh, Bromley: Dave Roberts talks Books, Big Screens and Being Top of the League.
On Friday 23rd August 2019, North West Tonight dedicated their 25 minute slot usually reserved for regional news to the plight of Bury FC. After 134 years in the Football League, two FA Cups and five generations of supporters, the spectre of expulsion loomed large over the club. The programme ended with a montage of supporters […]Read More Where Do We Go From Here: Bury FC, Maidstone United, and The Long Road Back From Ruin.
“This has left a huge void in the community and the wider football area in our region and I feel it really is a tragedy.” Les Hare, former Chairman of North Ferriby United The reaction of their former chairman at the news that, after eighty-five years, North Ferriby United Football Club would be liquidated was […]Read More Riders on the Storm: Assessing the Wreckage of North Ferriby United, and the Hope that Remains.
The best weekend of the season is among us, as the third round of the FA Cup arrives and with it the hopes and dreams of sixty-four teams across England’s top four leagues and beyond. To celebrate this season’s competition, we’re looking back on some of the great cup ties from years gone by. Not […]Read More FA Cup Flashback: To Have and To Havant (2007/08)
“And now Biggins is away! Franks in the middle…Cowler…now Buzaglo! That’s his hat-trick! And that is brilliant stuff by Tim Buzaglo.” Arsenal were unbeaten and top of the First Division, Iron Maiden were Top of the Pops, and Watford manager Javi Gracia was a fresh-faced youngster making his way with Athletic Bilbao’s B-Team the last […]Read More Play Your Cards Right: Woking Look to Summon the Spirit of Buzaglo.
“It’s Thomas who takes it…OH WHAT A GOAL MICKEY THOMAS! He’s done it! The magic little man, at the venerable age of 37, has produced a sensational goal.” Wrexham AFC are hardly rookies when it comes to the FA Cup. Though their most famous moment in the competition came at the Racecourse Ground in 1992, […]Read More No Sweat: Wrexham AFC Prepare for Grudge Match with Newport County
The oldest cup competition in the world begins in earnest this weekend, as eighty teams from Leagues One and Two and beyond meet in the FA Cup First Round Proper. For many, dreams of lucrative cup runs and David v Goliath upsets will have turned to ash by 5pm on Saturday, but for now, seasoned […]Read More FA Cup Flashback: University Challenge (2002/03)
“Football is Music” according to Italian multi-instrumentalist Eros Ramazzotti who, when he isn’t collaborating on genre-bending projects with the likes of Andrea Boccelli, Joe Cocker and Cher, can be found singing compositions of another kind at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium. It’s difficult to disagree with the four-time World Music Award winner when considering the artistry of […]Read More Championship Vinyl: Leek Town, Bands FC, and Football’s Relationship with Music Iconography.