Nostalgia

The righteous, wonderful world of Football Picture Story Monthly

The righteous, wonderful world of Football Picture Story Monthly 0

There’s an entire generation of supporters now who have never heard of Football Picture Story Monthly.  That’s sad.  Football-related entertainment may have grown exponentially over the last two decades but, between 1986 and 2003, FPSM was an important building block in a fan’s education. I was never into comic books.  Some of my friends were(…)

Mourning the decline of circular red cards

Mourning the decline of circular red cards 1

Rules change in football.  Over time, the game grudgingly updates itself and adapts to the world in which it exists.  Not quickly or efficiently, but it does at least try to stay within an arm’s length of modernity. We lost the back-pass in the 1992, 1995 saw the introduction of a frivolous third substitute and,(…)

Peter Schmeichel: Goalkeeper for the ages

Peter Schmeichel: Goalkeeper for the ages 0

A whole generation of football fans experienced what it’s like to feel old earlier this season.  During the opening day game between Leicester City and Everton, the ball broke to Sylvain Distin in the home penalty-box and the French defender was denied by a brilliant, smothering save from Kasper Schmeichel. Of course, Aiden McGeady arched(…)

Remembering Georgi Kinkladze & what he was in English football

Remembering Georgi Kinkladze & what he was in English football 2

Talk to a lot of Manchester City fans and they will tell you that David Silva is the finest player to ever play for their club.  It’s wholly understandable: not only is the gifted little Spaniard an endlessly watchable footballer, but he’s been a key component in City’s rise to the top of English football.(…)

Revisiting Paolo Di Canio’s scissor-kick for West Ham

Revisiting Paolo Di Canio’s scissor-kick for West Ham 0

This goal doesn’t get talked about enough. If Paolo Di Canio had done this for Liverpool, Arsenal or Manchester United, nobody would have ever stopped talking about it.  But, because it didn’t occur in a marquee game with clearly defined consequences, it doesn’t quite resonate as it should. Everyone has their own favourite ‘type’ of(…)

Real Madrid in England: The Fernando Redondo moment 0

Real Madrid play in England again tonight, heading to Anfield for a game which could well decide Liverpool’s Champions League future. Los Blancos are not a rare sight on these shores and in recent years UEFA’s elite club competition has pitted them against both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and, again, Liverpool. Whenever they do show up,(…)

Tottenham, 2009/10 and the personal value of that night at The Etihad

Tottenham, 2009/10 and the personal value of that night at The Etihad 2

A couple of days ago, this site published an article which awoke some considerable misery in Tottenham’s fanbase.  The side’s 2012 visit to The Etihad was a harrowing experience that left some with wounds which are seemingly yet to heal. So here’s the penance for that piece: Something more uplifting… The great seasons of your(…)

Tottenham, 2012, and that strange day at The Etihad

Tottenham, 2012, and that strange day at The Etihad 5

22nd January 2012.  At the turn of the last decade, Tottenham were enjoying a wonderful renaissance and White Hart Lane was home to some of the best football in the country.  Champions League football had been secured in 2009/10 and enjoyed in 2010/11 and by January of 2012 the side looked to be on course(…)

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