Arsenal v Bristol City, 1976

In the record-breaking summer temperatures of 1976, the Football League resumed on 21 August. Arsenal v Bristol City was one of the most intriguing fixtures on the opening day of the 1976-77 season, the Bristol club’s first game in the top division for 65 years, with manager Alan Dicks having built a successful side around…

By Paul W August 21, 2018 0

Brazil v Italy, 1982 World Cup

This classic encounter was a re-match of the 1970 final, in which Brazil, inspired by Pele in his last international, swept aside the Italians and were acclaimed as the greatest team the world had seen. That claim can still be defended today, but had the 1982 Brazilians won the trophy, it would be a close…

By Paul W July 28, 2018 0

1966 World Cup (Background and Preparations)

In August 1960, only ten years since first entering the FIFA World Cup – a competition initially dismissed by the FA, which refused invitations to enter the first three tournaments in the 1930s – England was chosen to host the 1966 World Cup Finals, ahead of Spain and West Germany. A then-record 70 nations entered…

By Paul W July 14, 2018 2

The FA Cup (Second Half)

The credibility of the competition was undermined in 2000 by the Football Association’s decision to encourage holders Manchester United to withdraw from the FA Cup – they opted to take part in the inaugural World Club Championship in Brazil which, it was believed, would help England’s ill-fated 2006 World Cup bid. Then-United manager Alex Ferguson…

By Paul W June 30, 2018 0

World Cup – The Kirov Stadium

As for so many global sporting events, a number of shiny new stadia have been constructed at huge expense in time for this summer’s World Cup, showcasing the wealth of ‘new Russia’. The $1 billion Krestovsky Stadium, or Zenit Arena (after St Petersburg’s top club) is reputedly the most expensive of all, opened in 2017…

By Paul W June 16, 2018 2

ConIFA World Football Cup 2018

There is a World Cup taking place in England this summer, without a complimentary Rolex changing hands or a generous donation to an offshore bank account in sight. The Confederation of Independent Football Associations is the governing body for non-FIFA-affiliated Associations – allowing diasporas, ethnic groups, regions and stateless peoples to take part in international…

By Paul W May 31, 2018 3

FA Cup (The First Half)

The 2018 FA Cup Final took place last weekend, with Chelsea beating Manchester United in a tedious match between familiar opponents. Chelsea (who had won a single Cup, in 1970, before 1992) have now reached 10 Finals since the Premier League began, winning 7; Manchester United have appeared in 9 and won 5 of those.…

By Paul W May 27, 2018 0