1915: When football seemed unimportant

IT HAS been known down the years as “The Khaki Final”, owing to the vast number of soldiers in military uniform watching the game. While the event is well known, the outcome of the match has been largely overlooked in history. Many people will struggle to name the two finalists: Sheffield United and Chelsea. But this game, coming at the end of the 1914-15 season, … Continue reading 1915: When football seemed unimportant

Football Media Watch: FA Cup blues and reds

WAS this the most expensive set of players to contest the FA Cup final? Quite possibly it was, with the combined market value of the 22 starting players amounting to € 1.2 billion according to CIES Football Observatory. Surely, then, we could expect something better than what was served up at Wembley? With Chelsea adopting a defensive style and United lacking adventure’ “Memorable it was … Continue reading Football Media Watch: FA Cup blues and reds

2016-17: More fantasy needed, please

AFTER an engaging FA Cup final, Game of the People reviews the 2016-17 season and bemoans the lack of the unexpected across European football. Chelsea fans should not begrudge Arsenal their FA Cup. On the balance of play, they deserved to win and the Premier League champions didn’t turn up for the big occasion. There was something fitting about Arsenal denying their London rivals the … Continue reading 2016-17: More fantasy needed, please

A clash of ethos at Wembley

ARSENAL AND CHELSEA face each other at Wembley on an afternoon that will crystallise the different approaches of two fierce London rivals. Arsenal would probably never hire the likes of Jose Mourinho or even Antonio Conte. Chelsea’s current owner would not tolerate the lack of sustained success at the Emirates for the past decade. It is doubtful if the Gunners would stop a game after … Continue reading A clash of ethos at Wembley