Category Archives: Football history

The similarities between football and bingo jargon

The jargon of bingo and football is, of course, very different, nevertheless, there are some considerable similarities. Both games are stupendously popular and just about everybody knows their most popular phrases. Whether it's playing a friendly game with your friends or playing for money both football and bingo are hugely popular worldwide, so much so they have developed their own etiquette and rules, variety of different tournaments as well as their own language and phrases. Now there may not be…
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Five divisions of 20 – Football League restructure proposal resurfaces

The Football League has released proposals that could see the domestic professional league system re-organised into five divisions of 20 teams from the start of the 2019-20 season. As if to prove there’s nothing new in the game, the same proposal was put forward back in the sixties and, half a century later, could the 100-club structure suffer the same fate? The 21st century version carries the title of a ‘Whole Game Solution’. It was in 1959 that Football League…
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5 football manager appointments that came as a big surprise

Taking on the role of manager of a top flight football club is a precarious task to say the least. Even the most respected managers can get it wrong, while the incompetent can be sacked in the blink of an eye. While some managers seem to have what it takes to turn a team around and keep it successful, here's 5 football manager appointments that came as a big surprise to both fans and pundits alike. 1. Paolo di Canio…
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Teams that won with huge goal margins

It was once said that football is a game of two halves. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and sometimes one team simply takes an absolute hammering at the hands of the opposition. Here, we will take a look at five of the biggest winning goal margins in football. Brazil 1-7 Germany, 8th July, 2014 In what was one of the most spectacular one-sided games in football history, 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts Brazil welcomed eventual winners Germany to…
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How technology has changed the face of football today

We now experience televised sport, and football in particular, in a matrix of graphical wizardry. Sky, BT Sports, BBC, and even Setanta introduced so many nuances to the Beautiful Game, aided and abetted by pitch-side fans armed with smartphones, that the thought of just one, grainy camera at games, a la Kenneth Wolstenholme introducing Match of the Day way back when, seems totally alien. by Alex Jones Even international games at footballing outposts are now delivered in HD (and soon…
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Ebenezer Cobb Morley – one Hull of a story

I have always thought of Hull as the centre of the football universe and now it turns out that this assumption was correct all along. Hull can rightly claim to be the birthplace of the modern game. This is all thanks to one man, Ebenezer Cobb Morley, who has never had his achievements properly recognised, given that he made a vital contribution to establishing the game of association football. Morley was born, bred and educated in Hull and, although he…
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Ronaldo: The Brazilian One

Few players in the world have had an impact on the football pitch quite like Ronaldo. He burst onto the scene in 1993 and for over 15 years frightened the life out of defenses across the globe, showing them a clean set of heals and his trademark R9 boots. Born in Rio in 1976, football was never going to be far from the striker’s mind, playing on the famous beaches that the likes of Zico, Romario, and Carlos Alberto Torres…
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