An article on the Exeter City website caught my eye yesterday and got me scrabbling through the numerous shoe boxes in which I keep my collection of football programmes looking for my copy of Exeter City’s centenary brochure of 2004. As you can see they played a Brazil Masters XI, what a coup by Exeter City to get this team, including the likes of Careca, Dunga and Jorginho and officially sanctioned by the CBF, to travel over from Brazil especially for this game. Marvellous stuff, but why? Why would the greatest football nation on the planet take time to put an all-star team together and send them to play a lower-league English football club?
“Football is a sport made from spontaneity and discernment, luxury and freedom, and one that, I believe, is part of our most primitive genome, like dance. But football should also be a type of dance. A dose of peace.”—Sócrates Brasileiro - Preface to Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life
Heads up folks. I’ve relaunched my Football Philately blog. As a little taster of how fabulous and fantastic football stamps can be see the image above of one of my favourites. Issued by Brazil in 1950 to commemorate the 4th World Cup it shows an image of the awesome Maracana Stadium. Good eh.
“There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.”—Mahatma Ghandi (via lawrence-weathers)
Got Not Got: The A-Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures and Pleasures
As you would expect from a blog like ours, that likes to look at the retro side of football, we love any new football books that focus on the nostalgic elements of the beautiful game. Got Not Got is one of those books, it’s a beauty. An absolute must-have for all you nostalgia junkies out there. It’s a memory-filled journey back into the 60s, 70s & 80s when football was .. well .. better.
Better than it is now anyway, with it’s all-seater stadiums where you have to sit down and shut up .. except that is when the goal music plays. Then you have to stand up for a bit and do some stupid half-arsed ‘victory dance’ dreamt up by a knobhead from the Soccer AM studios.
Here’s some nice Manchester United trivia for you. What was Alex Ferguson’s one and only appearance for the United first team? The programme cover above is a rather large clue. During the mid-season tour of Bermuda at the back end of 1987 Fergie came on as a second half substitute in the game against Somerset Cricket Club. Now you know.
Work is well under way constructing Rotherham United’s new community stadium. Local company Ellrod Site Services must be congratulated on their use of social media to provide updates on the construction of the stadium. They’re tweeting regular photos of the site and looking through their twitter gallery it’s fascinating see the stadium rise from the ground.
Happy Birthday Accra Hearts of Oak SC - Established 11-11-11
Founded 11 November 1911 Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club are Ghana’s oldest exisiting football club. The club motto is ‘Never say Die’ and the official club website has these profound words to say on the matter ..
"The motto “NEVER SAY DIE” reflects the art, science and reality that the Oak tree is very strong and tough in the forest and thus able to survive all kinds of weather conditions. Yes, as a human institution, the founding fathers were very much aware that there would be good and bad times at one stage or the other due to mortal failures, shortcomings and differences in opinion. They however never compromised on the spirit of love and unity that bonded them together to be able to ride the storms of life."