In 1968, these were Europe’s finest players…

LESLIE VERNON was football journalism’s European expert in the 1960s and early 1970s. Information on this gentleman is scarce, but for some reason I assumed he had some sort of link with Hungary. Somebody told me he had come to England in the mid-1950s during the Hungarian uprising. I had an image of this pencil-bearded academic schooled in the football wisdom of Ferenc Puskas, Willie Meisl and assorted Viennese coffee house experts. He could, however, have come from Acton or Hounslow for all I know! Nevertheless, Leslie Vernon provided some insight into football across the English Channel and deep into … Continue reading In 1968, these were Europe’s finest players…

100% Fradi on their way back

Budapest’s most popular club could be on their way back if the first few weeks of the Hungarian football season are any indication. Ferencvaros have a 100% record after nine games and lead the 12-team competition by an astonishing 11 points already. Fradi haven’t won the Hungarian League since 2004, although they did win the Cup in 2015. They also finished runners-up in 2014-15 to Videoton, but the champions are struggling this season and are already 18 points behind Ferencvaros. Fradi’s success this season has stemmed from the firepower of Daniel Bode, who has netted 11 of the club’s 20 … Continue reading 100% Fradi on their way back