the black arrow
Remembering Gil Heron, The First Black Footballer To Play For Celtic
Nicknamed ‘The Black Arrow’ by his fans, Heron made a significant cultural impression on Scotland. That has been somewhat overshadowed by the exploits of his son, Gil Scott.
festive goalfests and boxing day batterings
Remembering the Greatest Boxing Day in the History of English Football
With Boxing Day one of the most important dates in the domestic football calendar, we expect it to produce some serious entertainment. In 1963, expectations were exceeded by an absurd margin.
Penance For The Prince: Remembering Naseem Hamed’s One, Humbling Defeat
While nobody could deny that Prince Naseem had style, he was also a man of monumental hubris. That finally came back to bite him when he fought Marco Antonio Barrera in 2001.
one world war and one european cup
Liverpool and The Liberation Of Rome: Remembering Bob Paisley’s Italian Campaigns
When Liverpool won the 1977 European Cup final in Rome, Bob Paisley had been there before. That was just over 30 years previous, when he rode into the city on the back of a tank.
turn 6 on lap 48
Collision and Collusion: The Story of the 1997 Formula 1 Title Decider
The deciding race in a finely balanced title battle, the 1997 European Grand Prix was packed with high drama and claims of collusion. Almost 20 years on, it ranks as a controversial classic.
The Battle Of Britain: Remembering Lennox Lewis’ Epic Clash With Frank Bruno
In October 1993, Lennox Lewis fought Frank Bruno in a clash of British boxing titans at Cardiff Arms Park. It was a fight swirling with undercurrents of race and identity, and remains a classic to this day.
Between Life and Death: Remembering Boxer Michael Watson's Fightback From the Abyss
It is 25 years since Michael Watson fought Chris Eubank at White Hart Lane. The injuries Watson suffered that night changed him forever, but, a quarter of a century on, the extent of his recovery continues to defy expectations.
politics and the copa del rey
Royalist, Republican, Socialist, Fascist: The Chequered History of the Copa del Rey
Since its inception in 1903, the Copa del Rey has been treated like a political football. Over the decades, it has been appropriated by everyone and anyone who has ruled over Spain.
sports aviation diasters
Tragedy in the Skies: The Fateful Final Journey of FC Pakhtakor Tashkent
In August 1979 FC Pakhtakor Tashkent's first-team squad perished in a mid-air collision. The crash was a tragic accident, but there is an inevitable whiff of Communist Party cover-up about the events that day.
the boy who saved the olympic movement
“There Will Be Only One Nation”: The Boy Who Defined The Olympic Finale
Just before the closing ceremony of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the International Olympic Committee received an anonymous letter. Its contents would change the Olympics for good.
Sex and Gender in Hitler's Shadow: Dora Ratjen and the 1936 Olympics
Ahead of the 1936 Olympics, Dora Ratjen was one of Nazi Germany's great medal hopes. She failed to live up to her Olympic billing, and soon found her gender and identity under devastating scrutiny.
the self-appointed special one
Jose Mourinho’s Opening Gambits, 2004–2016
When Mourinho arrived at Chelsea, his first moves in the transfer market were magnificent. Now at Manchester United, he seems to have adopted a similar strategy.