The Lazy Listicle: 10 iconic European Stadiums

WHEN I was a kid, I used to read the International Football Book, a strange tome that was edited by the man who went on to form Charisma Records. In the back of the book, there was a list of all the major international teams’ records for the year, listing their line-ups in a chart that indicated each player’s position – G, RB, LB and so on. It also listed the venues of their games and it was from this book that my interest in overseas football and geography started. I was fascinated by stories of how Austria had played … Continue reading The Lazy Listicle: 10 iconic European Stadiums

Beneath the floorboards…a poignant reminder of Munich ‘58

OLD STAN was a Manchester United supporter dating back to the second world war. He had seen United at Maine Road when football resumed and, like many others, threw his cap in the air at Wembley in 1948 as Matt Busby’s team won the FA Cup. He had been thrilled by the Best-Law-Charlton era at Old Trafford and he wept as United won the European Cup in 1968. The modern era had given him little. Stunned by relegation, the Tommy Docherty team of 1975-77 went close to earning the right to look the teams of the 1950s and 1960s in … Continue reading Beneath the floorboards…a poignant reminder of Munich ‘58