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David Calderhead (left) and Bill Anderson (right), two of the greatest managers for Lincoln City Lincoln City’s unprecedented success in reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals as a non-league team this season has prompted this article on the club’s managers over time. I will consider the careers of three most successful managers in the club’s history: […]


“Surely, soccer’s the American word for football”, is a  view commonly expressed by many followers of the game. But, as we shall see, it is a British English word with a history almost as old as that of ‘association football’, from which it derives. In this article I shall consider the origins of the word […]


Graham Taylor, who has died at the age of 72, was one of the great club managers of the post-war period achieving success with his first three clubs: Lincoln City, Watford and Aston Villa. He later had a three-year spell as manager of the England national team before returning to club management with Wolves, Watford […]


The British Newspaper Archive is a website which makes available digital copies of British newspapers from the archives of the British Library (for a fee) and which has become a very valuable online resource for sports historians, including soccer historians. The content now includes copies of several sporting papers from England: Bell’s Life, Athletic News, […]


This week sees the start of the EFL (or more correctly the Checkatrade) Trophy fixtures. The Football League, in its wisdom, chose to restructure and rebrand from the 2016-17 season with the EFL Trophy being one of the outcomes of that exercise. The competition (formerly the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy) has a new ‘pilot’ format with […]


THE INDIAN TEAM AT THE 1948 OLYMPIC GAMES Football had enjoyed a somewhat long-lived presence in India, having been introduced by the British military in the nineteenth century, with a strong early presence in the colonial capital, Calcutta. The three classic domestic competitions the Durand Cup, the Rovers Cup and the IFA Shield date from […]


Fifty years ago today England won the World Cup for the first and only time in history. Hugh McIlvenny writing in the following day’s Observer quite correctly described it as “The greatest moment in the history of English football.” Unfortunately 1966 has also become English football’s greatest burden. The 1966 tournament had been notorious for […]