Here’s To You, Paul Robinson, Football Loves You More Than You Will Know
The Neutral’s Guide to Falling In Love With… Southampton
In our latest Neutral's Guide we head for the crisp sea air of the south coast, home to what many consider to be the best-run club in the Premier League.
diaspora football clubs
Meet Guru Nanak FC, The Football Club Bridging The Divide Between the Punjab and Gravesend
While one might imagine that there is a significant cultural gulf between India and suburban Kent, Guru Nanak FC have done much to forge a bond between the two. Now a multicultural football club, they have their roots in the local Sikh community.
the legend of golden balls
How David Beckham Became Football’s First Truly Global Brand
Though many players of the nineties and noughties were at least as iconic as Beckham, and several more talented, ‘Golden Balls’ broke the corporate mould like no other. Here’s how he ceased to be a footballer and became a brand instead.
Why Are People So Obsessed With New Football Kits?
Despite the fact that kit launches are little more than PR stunts and the strips themselves are increasingly generic, the circus which surrounds the arrival of new kits still thrives. Why are we still interested?
the transfer window
The Semi-Definitive Guide To Transfer Window Cliches
From ‘swoops’ and ‘raids’ to summer war chests, here’s a concise summary of all the bollocks football fans will have to hear this transfer window.
the geordie latino
The Cult: Nobby Solano
Almost two decades after he first arrived in England, Nobby Solano remains beloved of Newcastle fans and trumpet aficionados everywhere.
top flight tinnies
When Manchester United and Liverpool Launched Their Own Lagers, and Failed
While it may seem implausible now, some of the biggest clubs in England once attempted to brand their own tinnies. Accused of encouraging hooliganism and drunkenness, they were forced to back down.
Charting Marc Overmars’ Unlikely Comeback Four Years After Bowing Out at Barca
Overmars was forced to retire in 2004 owing to a nagging knee injury, and for many his time as a player ends there. Often forgotten, however, is his unexpected swansong in the Dutch second tier.
The Enduring Significance of Walter Tull To English Football
As well as serving with distinction in the First World War, Tull was one of the first black footballers to grace the top tier of English football. Though his life was cut short, his legacy is alive and well.
diaspora football clubs
Introducing Sporting Khalsa, a Club With Deep Roots and Big Ambitions
Once almost entirely Asian in composition, Sporting Khalsa’s players are now drawn from a far wider demographic. Despite the changes, their original identity as a diaspora club endures.
the valley party
Remembering When Charlton Fans Took On The Labour Party and Won
In 1990, the predominantly Labour council in Greenwich rejected planning permission for Charlton’s home ground to be rebuilt. This led to the formation of The Valley Party, who launched a spectacular fightback.