Footysphere

Nov 09

Bramall Lane - Sheffield Utd
Just found this photo in amongst my albums. It was took from the Bramall Lane Upper Tier, now called the Jessica Ennis Stand and I was sat slap bang in line with the centre spot. A great vantage point though couldn’t say the same for the match. It was shit as is usually the case at Bramall Lane these days.

Bramall Lane - Sheffield Utd

Just found this photo in amongst my albums. It was took from the Bramall Lane Upper Tier, now called the Jessica Ennis Stand and I was sat slap bang in line with the centre spot. A great vantage point though couldn’t say the same for the match. It was shit as is usually the case at Bramall Lane these days.

Nov 08

Fussball-Oberliga der DDR 1971/72

I’m very happy with this my latest purchase which is massive slice of seventies football nostalgia. It’s a DDR-Oberliga pennant that features the club crests of the fourteen teams that made up the DDR-Oberliga (or East German Premier League) for the 1971/72 season. The Oberliga was part of the league structure within the DFV (Deutscher Fussball Verband der DDR or German Football Association of the GDR).

Row by row starting top right we have the logos of ..

Oct 31

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Oct 29

Brazil - Tribute to the World Cup 1970
An *ahem* artistic tribute to the Brazilian stamp that was issued as a tribute to the 1970 World Cup tournament that was held in Mexico.

Brazil - Tribute to the World Cup 1970

An *ahem* artistic tribute to the Brazilian stamp that was issued as a tribute to the 1970 World Cup tournament that was held in Mexico.

FC Carl Zeiss Jena - Centenary Postcard
Check out them floodlights. Beautiful. 
Carl Zeiss Jena three times winners of the DDR-Oberliga and 1981 European Cup Winners Cup (ECWC) runners-up are currently plying their trade in the fourth level of German football with an average attendance a touch over 3500. Back in 1962 the record attendance at the Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld was set when, despite the official capacity being just 16000, approximately 27500 squeezed in to watch a ECWC semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
Some great matchday photos of the stadium taken during a recent game

FC Carl Zeiss Jena - Centenary Postcard

Check out them floodlights. Beautiful.

Carl Zeiss Jena three times winners of the DDR-Oberliga and 1981 European Cup Winners Cup (ECWC) runners-up are currently plying their trade in the fourth level of German football with an average attendance a touch over 3500. Back in 1962 the record attendance at the Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld was set when, despite the official capacity being just 16000, approximately 27500 squeezed in to watch a ECWC semi-final against Atletico Madrid.

Some great matchday photos of the stadium taken during a recent game

Oct 27

Brazil - Centenary of Fluminense 1902-2002
New on Football Philately: The Football Stamps of Brazil - Part 1 World Cups and Pele (via footballphilately)

Brazil - Centenary of Fluminense 1902-2002

New on Football Philately: The Football Stamps of Brazil - Part 1 World Cups and Pele (via footballphilately)

via fcumad “We seem unable to decide whether we are “against modern football” or offering a new alternative in modern football. This flag is nevertheless mint.” 

via fcumad “We seem unable to decide whether we are “against modern football” or offering a new alternative in modern football. This flag is nevertheless mint.” 

Oct 21

Club Alianza Lima of Peru
The Peruvian postal authorities issued a special commemorative stamp in 2001 to celebrate the centenary of Alianza Lima. As part of their centenary celebrations their home ground the Estadio Alianza Lima was renamed the Estadio Alejandro Villanueva in honour of one their most important players.

Club Alianza Lima of Peru

The Peruvian postal authorities issued a special commemorative stamp in 2001 to celebrate the centenary of Alianza Lima. As part of their centenary celebrations their home ground the Estadio Alianza Lima was renamed the Estadio Alejandro Villanueva in honour of one their most important players.

Oct 20

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Oct 12

Bobby Moore - England’s World Cup winning captain immortalised on a British stamp (via football philately)
more British football stamps

Bobby Moore - England’s World Cup winning captain immortalised on a British stamp (via football philately)

Oct 10

Who are the Sleeping Giants of English Football? A definitive answer -

From the footysphere archives: An in-depth analysis of what defines a sleeping giant and which clubs ‘make the grade’. Click through to read more and comment.

Football Flashback: The Anglo-Scottish Cup

Aberdeen v St Johnstone - the first ever Anglo-Scottish Cup fixture 1975   Blackburn Rovers v Hibernian - Anglo-Scottish Cup 1977

"If you’re looking for an omen, then think of Nottingham Forest!"

So said Blackburn Rovers manager Jim Smith in his programme notes as he tried and failed to whip up some excitement about this 77/78 Anglo-Scottish Cup fixture against Hibernian. Alluding to Forest’s 76/77 ‘double’ triumph of gaining promotion into the top flight and winning the Anglo-Scottish Cup he hoped success in this minor tournament may inspire his team to  ’do a Forest’ and win promotion.

Unfortunately for Jim Smith and Blackburn Rovers it didn’t quite work out like that though they did manage a hattrick of rather dubious Anglo-Scottish Cup firsts.

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Oct 01

Bramall Lane home of Sheffield United. Beautiful atmospheric representation of football under floodlights at the home of football. 
EDIT: Artist is Bob Barker & this painting forms part of his Jumpers for Goalposts collection. Please visit his website. You can buy his art here. Thank you @eddiechap & @hollowspy for the artist info.

Bramall Lane home of Sheffield United. Beautiful atmospheric representation of football under floodlights at the home of football.

EDIT: Artist is Bob Barker & this painting forms part of his Jumpers for Goalposts collection. Please visit his website. You can buy his art here. Thank you @eddiechap & @hollowspy for the artist info.

Sep 30

What If: The Debenhams Cup

Nearly three years ago back in December 2010 I wrote a blog post about The Debenhams Cup. Go on click the link to head on over and read all about this fascinating if short-lived competition. It only lasted two seasons in the late seventies but it’s qualifying conditions were interesting and it’s a shame it didn’t continue. 

It was contested by the two teams who progressed the furthest from the first round proper of the FA Cup. Therefore only third and fourth division clubs and non-league survivors of the earlier qualifying rounds were eligible. The original blog post lists those clubs that would have contested the Debenhams Cup had it started in 1947 thirty years before it actually did. A comment on the original post mentioned how interesting it would be to see a list of finalists had the competition continued to the present day.

Compiling this list of Debenhams Cup finalists that never were is something I’ve been meaning to do ever since and after three years I’ve finally got round to it. So click through to reveal the list in all it’s glory.

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Sweden World Cup 1978

Sweden World Cup 1978