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.
The Beginning of Manchester United's Brave Fight Back
The caption reads: Shattered by the terrible air disaster in Munich in which so many fine players died, Manchester United began their gallant fight back to greatness by beating Sheffield Wednesday in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. The picture shows Billy Foulkes, the United captain, shaking hands with Wednesday’s Albert Quixall.
Image taken from the 1958/59 edition of Charles Buchan’s Soccer Gift Book
Another installment in our continuing Five Fun Facts feature and for the first time (but not the last) we focus on a European side. We cross the channel with Andrew Gibney of the Gib Football Show for a lean lowdown on the French 2010/11 double winners Lille OSC.
As the English football season nears it’s end we here at footysphere are humbled and honoured to be short-listed in the 2010/11 EPL Awards for best football blog of the year.
Our tumblr compadres over at A Football Report are also nominated along with other denizens and luminaries from the football blogging community. For sure we are not worthy and when we found out about our nomination we were truly gobsmacked.
Of course if our lovely followers here on tumblr want to cast a vote for footysphere then by all means please do, all votes will be much appreciated. But we ask that you take some time to check out all the other nominees too, there are some really excellent football blogs deserving of a vote or two.
As well as the best blog there are thirty other categories where you can vote for the best managers, best footballers, podcasts, tweeters and more ..
The Youdan Cup - The World's First Football Trophy
On Monday 2nd May Hallam FC will play Sheffield FC in a special fixture to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the World’s oldest inter-club football fixture. This is as good a time as any to have a bit of a look back into the history of the Countrymen, as Hallam are known, and revisit the occasion of what is probably still their finest hour; their triumph in the World’s very first football tournament.
In 1867 a Sheffield theatre owner by the name of Thomas Youdan offered up a cup and some prize money so that local clubs could play what turned out to be the World’s first competitive cup-tie fixtures. Previously all games had been challenge matches with nothing at stake bar local pride and maybe a few pennies as a side bet. Twelve Sheffield clubs accepted the invitation to take part. Though the oldest amongst them Sheffield FC declined having decided earlier in 1867 to forsake the local game and play only games against teams from outside Sheffield in an effort to popularise the game on a national level. This isolationist policy, with the exception of two games against Sheffield Gymnasium in 1870, lasted until 1887.
It’s been reported that Sheffield FC, the World’s first football club, are planning to auction an archive of historical documents that include a pamphlet containing the original handwritten rules of 1858. Auctioneers estimate that the archive could fetch in excess of one million pounds. Money that club chairman Richard Tims says is essential to ensure the future of the club.