Yearly Archives: 2016

Playing Pasts: Football fans crossing the borders during WW1

As promised some time ago, I have written an account in English of the first organised football travelling in Denmark – during WW1. Read the article in Playing Pasts. http://www.playingpasts.co.uk/articles/football/football-fans-crossing-the-borders-during-ww1/   Advertisements

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Valley Parade, Bradford

Of all the horrible stadium disasters, the one that always has haunted me the most is the Bradford City fire in 1985. I remember watching the television news in horror, as they showed how the flames spread in seconds. 56

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Deepdale, Preston North End

Deepdale. The name has a romantic ring to it. Somehow reminiscent of Rivendell from Lord of the Rings. Home of Preston North End since 1875 (although admittedly the first years as a cricket and after that a rugby club), the

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Farewell Boleyn Ground

On Tuesday 10th May, West Ham United played their last ever league match at the Boleyn Ground by Upton Park. Next season they will move to the Olympic Stadium. I didn’t go to that match. But I went four weeks

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From “Pie and Pint” to “Palm trees and Paella” at Priestfield, Gillingham

I must admit that I didn’t really have any great expectations, when I made the ┬átrip to Kent’s only football league club, Gillingham. But being in London on work, I found out that there were two matches on this Tuesday

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Ewood Park, Blackburn

I went to my first match at Ewood Park the day after visiting Carlisle United’s Brunton Park. Comparing the two grounds, you really get a sense of how dramatically English football was transformed around 1990 in the aftermath of Hillsborough.

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The Hawthorns, West Bromwich Albion

When I started following English football, West Bromwich Albion were in the second division. Although they were promoted to the top-tier of English football in 1976, there have been a few ups and downs since then, and they have somehow

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