Feyenoord: ‘Cause Rotterdam is anywhere

In the 1960s, a geography field trip (if you lived in Thurrock) was a trip to Tilbury docks to look at one of the biggest container ports in Europe. At the time, Tilbury was in competition with Rotterdam, which gave the Essex town a slightly continental element to it. But while Rotterdam was a city with a port, Tilbury was most definitely a dock with a town, in the loosest sense of the world. How Tilbury could ever compete with Rotterdam was a mystery. For a start, Tilbury Football Club played in the Isthmian League at a ramshackle St.Chads ground. … Continue reading Feyenoord: ‘Cause Rotterdam is anywhere

Why is Amsterdam a one-club city?

Game of the People is in Amsterdam these next few days, home of a club that has a much more glorious past than future. Ajax Amsterdam may still be the top club in the Netherlands, by some distance, but on the European stage, we are unlikely to see a Dutch side standing astride the continent as we did in the early 1970s. Ajax attract very good crowds to the impressive Arena, but they have no local rival. The Dutch version of Spain’s “clasico”, “De Klassieker”  is Ajax v Feyenoord . It’s a derby that has attracted hooliganism, fierce rivalry and … Continue reading Why is Amsterdam a one-club city?