) it tells the story of how Sheffield United and Chelsea reached the 1915 FA Final amidst the chaos of a world at war.
"When, on April 24th 1915, Sheffield United captain George Utley lifted the FA Cup, it brought to a close one of the most controversial football seasons in history. The same day, thousands of allied troops were killed or injured in a German poison gas attack near Ypres.
On this day, the 26th October, in 1955, two simultaneous floodlit firsts took place, the first time in British football history that two such games had been played on the same day. So perhaps it’s fitting given my fascination with floodlit football that we recap a few floodlit firsts of British football.
Here’s a selection of programme covers from landmark games in the club’s history. First up we have the the game against Scotland’s oldest club that was played on 24th October 1957 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the club. Then in 1977 came the club’s finest modern-day moment. A visit to Wembley to play in the FA Vase final. Manchester Utd provided the opposition for the 125th anniversary game whilst Inter Milan, who including World Cup winner Marco Materazzi and a certain Marco Balotelli in their line-up, made the trip to Sheffield to play in the 150th anniversary game.
32 Programmes by Dave Roberts - The Next Chapter Programme 33
I’ve recently finished reading what for me is most definitely the football book of the year. 32 Programmes by Dave Roberts is a fascinating & evocative tale of love, life and obsession. When the author relocates to the USA, his wife informs him that they can only take what is ‘absolutely essential’. Packing his collection of 1000+ (1,134 to be precise - football fans are sticklers for statistics) football programmes he is aghast to be informed that the programmes do not fall into that category. He must whittle down his treasured archive to just 32 programmes, the amount that will fit into a paperback sized plastic container.
I am honoured to say that the author of this wonderful book has agreed to write one more chapter for the book, on the programme that almost made it .. but not quite. Over to Dave as he takes up the tale of programme 33 ..
Did Sheffield United play the first game at the Estadio Azteca?
I am currently doing some research for an article about Sheffield United overseas tours. As I was flicking through an old Blades matchday programme from the 1966/67 season I came across an article about the Sheffield United tour of Mexico and South America that club undertook at the end of the 1965/66 season. This snippet of information caught my eye ..
More top tumblr blogs about football. Since I compiled Top 25 Tumblr Blogs about Football there’s been something of an explosion in the number of football-themed blogs on tumblr. So here’s a bit of an update with links to those that I think are worthy of a wider audience. Again as with my previous post this is a personal list and doesn’t claim to be definitive. Indeed there are probably some great football tumblr blogs out there that I’m yet to come across. Ordered alphabetically here are more football tumblr blogs that have caught my eye ..
Following on from the success of last years Non League Day it will again take place this season and is all set for 3rd September 2011. Here’s a round up of non league fixtures taking place in and around the South Yorkshire area on the day. For info on fixtures throughout England and to find your nearest club head on over to the Non League Day website.
Yes, that’s right. Our stadium, currently named the Exacta Stadium, bisects the England/Wales border. The main stand and offices are all in Cheshire, England, whilst the pitch and the other stands are in Flintshire, Wales. It’s the only stadium in the world to be in two countries, but luckily you don’t need to take your passport to the turnstiles.
The footysphere iPhone app is here! Thanks to a wonderful service by bloapp you can now get footysphere on your iPhone. All the latest togga tumbles and soccer snips served up lickety-split no matter where you may be .. for free .. WAHEY!
Here’s how to do it. First up dear readers download the app from ..
The first foreign sport came to Town’s Shay stadium in 1949, when in exchange for a share of the gate receipts, Halifax Town allowed tenancy for the speedway outfit Halifax Dukes. The speedway went on to beat the football in popularity during the ’70s. The Dukes eventually left in 1986 after skirmishes with Halifax Town for the nearby Odsal Stadium, home of the Rugby League side Bradford Bulls, before going pop in 1997.
The users of deviantART have created some fabulous football images. The player below showcases those I have added to my favourites. If you see any image that you wanna take a closer look at simply click on it within the player and it’s item page will open up on deviantART. If you wish you can then show your appreciation to the artists by faving it or leaving a nice comment.
We’re on fire with the five fun facts feature. They’re coming thick and fast. After a brief sojourn into continental Europe we’re back in blighty to focus on one of London’s less well known clubs. Mark of 9-men introduces us to his team Dagenham & Redbridge FC.
He can cook too! According to the 1958/59 edition of Charles Buchan’s Soccer Gift Book, Tommy Docherty owned a cafe in Preston and had something of a reputation for cooking up the best Cornish pasties in the area.
He was still with Preston North End at the time this photo was taken but signed for Arsenal soon after.