Speaking to the Gatling Gun: An “interview” with George Hilsdon

GAME OF THE PEOPLE has been able to access some archive material from a lesser-known newspaper from the early 20th century. From a series of spotlight articles, we have been able to produce an interview with Chelsea and England centre forward George Hilsdon. It has been written in the modern style as if GOTP had an exclusive interview with the player known as “Gatling-Gun”. The … Continue reading Speaking to the Gatling Gun: An “interview” with George Hilsdon

Footie with Foggy and Sealey

Coaching courses with professional or former professional footballers are commonplace these days, but in the late 1960s, the boys from Benyon County Primary School in South Ockendon had the unique opportunity to benefit from the experience of a couple of hardened pros. At the time, we didn’t realize that both of these players had a bit of history, but leafing through Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly … Continue reading Footie with Foggy and Sealey

Forget JT and Ferdinand, number six Bobby Moore was the man

When I was young, my mother used to threaten me with emotional blackmailing along the lines of “You’ll miss me when I’m gone” in order to get her own way. Naturally, most children, of any age, miss their parents when they’ve shuffled off the mortal coil, but much can be said for the dear departed Bobby Moore, who died 20 years ago. There’s been plenty … Continue reading Forget JT and Ferdinand, number six Bobby Moore was the man

West Ham won the World Cup….now they can win at the Olympics

At long last, the political and logistical wrangling is over and it’s a little clearer; West Ham United are favourities to move to the Olympic Stadium. This will be good news for West Ham and equally positive for the Olympic legacy. Everyone who attended London 2012 will be glad that the site of the capital’s great achievement will be marked in some shape or form. And for West … Continue reading West Ham won the World Cup….now they can win at the Olympics

The Hammers are back….but they will need quality

West Ham United’s Wembley play-off victory takes them back to the Premier Division, but given the Hammers’ recent history and the meal they made of going up, will life be too tough for Sam Allardyce’s men? West Ham are currently short of Premier quality, but they do have a cluster of players with the potential to step up a gear. Kevin Nolan and Rob Green … Continue reading The Hammers are back….but they will need quality