The day the world changed…thanks to Roy Peskett

IT WAS the summer of 1968. It had been a dull and somewhat wet season and the school holidays were drawing to a close. The Soviet Union had not yet invaded Czechoslavakia but tension was building in the region. While we played football on the village green, the “Warsaw Five” – USSR, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and East Germany – were meeting in Bratislava, along with … Continue reading The day the world changed…thanks to Roy Peskett

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

Football and abuse: An age-old problem

IN the summer of 1969, I spent a lot of time, along with a friend, cycling to some gravel pits in South Ockendon in Essex. In fact, during the entire school holidays, scarcely a day went past when we didn’t pedal down the dirt track to a very remote site. We just used to sit and throw stones into the water, talk about football and about our … Continue reading Football and abuse: An age-old problem

Stanchion-gate at the Bridge

SEPTEMBER 1970. Chelsea, FA Cup holders, had started the season reasonably well, although not with the swagger of the previous campaign when they were London’s most compelling team. There had been an air of expectation at Stamford Bridge that in 1970-71, the Blues could make a genuine challenge for the Football League Championship. Even the likes of Bobby Charlton, in his Goal column, predicted that … Continue reading Stanchion-gate at the Bridge