Great Reputations: Pegasus – the New Elizabethans

POST-WAR Britain, a land of austerity, near-bankruptcy and rationing. Football was enjoying a boom in attendances, brylcreem proliferated the dressing rooms and players enjoyed a Woodbine at the final whistle. It was a golden age for the game in terms of the star names that captivated their audience: Matthews, Finney, Lofthouse, Mannion and so on and so forth. It was also a flourishing time for … Continue reading Great Reputations: Pegasus – the New Elizabethans

The Non-League 100: The London Caledonians

MOST PEOPLE associate the strict amateur code with clubs like Corinthian and Casuals, but there were a host of other clubs who lived by the ideals and philosophies that gave birth to leagues like the Isthmian, Athenian and Spartan Leagues. One such club provided a haven for Scots based in the south of England – the London Caledonians. The club dated back to 1886 and … Continue reading The Non-League 100: The London Caledonians

Bruce Spavins: A reminder of a gentler, more sporting era

SATURDAY APRIL 13 1963. Sutton United had just trounced Hitchin Town 4-0 in the semi-final of the FA Amateur Cup. As the victors walked off, the vanquished stood and applauded their opponents. Bruce Spavins, Hitchin’s skipper, led his team in acknowledging Sutton’ achievement. It was a different age, and Bruce Spavins epitomised the ideals of the age – the Corinthian spirit if you like. Spavins … Continue reading Bruce Spavins: A reminder of a gentler, more sporting era

For the love of the game….looking ahead to the AFA Senior Cup semi-finals

It’s easy to assume that money is the driving force at all levels of football. We all know about the Premier and its riches and the foolhardy elements within non-league football that pay players three figure sums to play in front of 150 people every week. We’ve long said goodbye to the FA Amateur Cup, the result of brown envelopes in boots during the 1960s … Continue reading For the love of the game….looking ahead to the AFA Senior Cup semi-finals