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Monday, 17 March 2014


Toto Schillachi - never scored in the Premier League. Rubbish. 

Magic Spongers and Campo Retro have come together to offer all Magic Spongers fans around the world a fantastic opportunity to win a retro shirt with any name and number on the back.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Falling for Football IV: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Football

Yeah I thought my piece on inverted wingers was mint too actually

The second part of our mammoth list of contributors is below. What a lovely and talented bloody bunch they are and all. Give them a follow, check out their websites, never read a newspaper for your football fix ever again.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Falling for Football III: Revenge of the Sith, or something


Introducing the first 22 of 44 brilliant contributors to Falling for Football. Found a piece you really love? Want to read some more football-related wordery from the author of a piece you can't forget? Well you can find them all here. Lucky you.

Thanks to all our contributors. The personal touches you applied to your pieces and the effort you all put in has made the book what it is.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Falling for Football II: Fall Harder

A 'delightful book'

Another day, another extract from Falling for Football - and this time it's a bit we've actually written. Many thanks if you've already bought the book, told your friends, or tweeted about it - it's much appreciated. We officially launched on March 10th and the book is available in paperback at www.ockleybooks.co.uk and electronically at http://amzn.to/1i2yDOx. And if that doesn't tempt you, here's the introduction to the book:

It’s easy to talk of high water marks. It’s arguably more difficult to encapsulate what made a period of time so special.

When we decided to stop merely ranting about football in one of London’s many watering holes (usually a Sammy Smith’s) and commit fingers to keyboards in 2010, little did we know what a fantastic journey we were about to embark upon.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Falling For Football

The best book you'll buy today

First things first, we have a book out. We’ve been writing this blog now for just under 4 years and the book has been in the pipeline for around 3 of those years. There really is something beautiful about seeing a plan finally come to fruition. So without further ado, and with a heartfelt thank you to all of those who have contributed, inspired and encouraged, here is the foreword to Falling For Football: The teams that shaped our obsession by Brian PhillipsAvailable here from today (official launch March 10). 

And if that’s not enough to whet the appetite, you’re obviously not hungry enough.

Friday, 7 February 2014

True Football Stories, Part 6: Championship Manager

When art doesn't imitate life in the slightest

Herculean achievements, long forgotten, make for perhaps the best stories. Here's Sam Macrory with an almost unbelievable tale...

The name of the manager wasn’t important. It wasn’t important when he was appointed. It was never a concern during his long reign in charge. And not once after he had gone did anyone take the time to rifle through an index to discover more about him. All that mattered was he had been the manager. The boss. The undisputed man in charge. The star signings, the manual-redefining formations and, of course, the endless trophies. They were halycon days. His days.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

True Football Stories, Part 5: Stanley Bagshaw

This story DEFINITELY did happen

Everyone loves an unlikely adventure don't they. A caper. We welcome back semi-regular Dan Forman with one such remarkable story of a young lad from Huddersgate. 

When the editors first approached me about this series some time before the last World Cup, I had the idea of writing about a prodigious young boy who so mastered tactics and the transfer market on Championship Manager that he got a break at a professional club in the ultimate Moneyball-style experiment. But then Andre Villas Boas happened.