It’s the second round of the FA Cup this weekend, and forty teams across the bottom two tiers of the Football League and beyond are looking to earn their place in the hat for a potential glamour tie against English football’s big boys. To celebrate this season’s competition, we’re looking back on some of the […]Read More FA Cup Flashback: Judge Drury & Institutioners (2008/09)
“And the Crazy Gang have beaten The Culture Club!” A lot of water has passed through the River Brent since Wimbledon pulled off the biggest shock Wembley Stadium had ever seen by beating the all-conquering Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final. Sixteen years after Vinnie Jones’ reducer, Lawrie Sanchez’s header and Dave Beasant’s famous […]Read More Heaven N17: Haringey Borough Preparing for Friday Night Lights.
“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.
“I think we’re capable of beating anybody when we’re on the top of our game. I don’t think we were on top of our game today, so that’s good because there’s room to grow and improve.” Eddie Howe’s comments after Bournemouth’ last outing before the international break spoke volumes about the high standard the Cherries […]Read More Cherry-Coloured Fun: How AFC Bournemouth Are Becoming a Finishing School for Young British Talent.
History was made this week as F91 Dudelange became the first team from Luxembourg to compete in the group stage of the Europa League since the competition’s rebrand in 2009. Not only a momentous occasion for the small town on the French border, it also heralds the latest chapter in one of European football’s most […]Read More Pass The Duchy: F91 Dudelange and The Rise of Football in Luxembourg.
“A man with new ideas is a madman, until his ideas triumph.” Marcelo Bielsa In a summer that was low on intrigue in the transfer market and devoid of any kind of meaningful drama in the top tier of English football, Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment as Leeds United manager came as a bolt from the blue. […]Read More I Am The Resurrection: How Marcelo Bielsa Has Woken a Sleeping Giant.
The bold message displayed on the back of Clapton Community FC’s away shirt for the 2018/19 season is as poignant as it is timely. ‘No Parasan’ was the rallying cry used by anti-fascist fighters during the Spanish Civil War, a conflict that saw 175,000 Republicans killed in action. Clapton’s kit, which garnered international press coverage […]Read More They Shall Not Pass: Community, Equality and Anti-Fascism at Clapton CFC.