The case against is strong. Hurst scored a hat-trick, England won the World Cup, I wasn’t born for another 13 years. But still my brain tells me that it should have been Greaves. Such is the irrational mind of a football fan. And it might seem quite the leap to get from Wembley 1966 to Manchester City’s Champions League ban, from Alf to Sheikh Mansour – but it helps me sympathise with the section of City fans who genuinely believe that there is a Uefa conspiracy against them. … [Read more...] about From Greaves in ’66 to Manchester City, many football fans live in alternate reality
In 1959, the year after the Munich disaster, at the age of 10, I cycled from my home in Timperley to Harry Gregg’s house in Sale in order to try to get his autograph. When I knocked at the door his wife invited me in as Harry hadn’t got back from training. I was devastated to learn from your obituary (18 February) that she must have died a year or so later. … [Read more...] about Fond memories of football circa 1959
“Our app aims to connect and bridge global fans of sports teams,” is how Alexandre Dreyfus explains it. He’s a crypto enthusiast, former poker entrepreneur and the man behind Socios.com. “99.9% of fans, especially fans of big teams, are not in the stadium,” he says. “Because of globalisation and digitalisation there are now hundreds of millions of fans elsewhere in the world. We feel there’s a gap of engagement with these supporters. … [Read more...] about Token gesture: why football wants fans to board the crypto-express
Nestled between the Rock and an airport runway, a football team are making history in Gibraltar. This time it is not the national side conceding an exorbitant number of goals (124 at the last count in four and a half years) or Lincoln Red Imps beating Celtic in the Champions League. It did not even happen on the artificial pitch of the iconic national ground, Victoria Stadium. Instead, Premier Division Gibraltar United have crept into the spotlight by becoming the world’s first football team to introduce cryptocurrency. … [Read more...] about Cryptocurrency and football: the future or too volatile to be trusted?
Were you always a goalkeeper as a youngster?"We all dream and like to play outside and run backwards and forwards. All the kids play all around the pitch when you are six or seven, but when I decided to take it more seriously, yes, I've always been a goalkeeper." … [Read more...] about Pepe Reina: Aston Villa goalkeeper’s footballing firsts