Tigers boosted by returning players
23 November ~ Today's visitors Tottenham Hotspur have long endured a reputation as a talented team who are too often a soft touch. Meanwhile, hosts Hull City are hearing whispers that they might be surprise contenders for that unwanted tag. This might be symptomatic of the short-term way in which modern football is assessed. For several seasons, City have been characterised by their work ethic and tactical discipline. One under-committed performance at Burnley last time out should not undermine that reputation.
22 November ~ Arsenal host Manchester United this evening and both teams will be slightly disappointed with their starts to the season, lying in sixth and seventh respectively. In August 1970 the two clubs met at Highbury early in the season, with a 4-0 win for the home side moving them up to third, while United remained second-bottom. John Radford scored a hat-trick (he achieved his highest goal tally that season, 21) while future Arsenal manager George Graham got the fourth. Arsenal remained unbeaten at home all season as they won the title by one point from Leeds, their first since 1953. United, whose team contained Nobby Stiles, George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, finished eighth.
19 November ~ The creators of Delhi Dynamos’ badge have ambitiously produced a three-way optical illusion. Bridge Too Far Design, the company responsible for the image, have a reputation in India for designs that, while ambitious, often fail to communicate meaning in the most direct manner. Read more
The Helsinki Olympic Stadium is the largest ground in Finland, with a capacity of 42,062, and home to their national team.
16 November ~ Runners-up the previous season, Sunderland stayed at the top and took the title, their sixth, by eight points from Derby. Seven of the team at Brentford were Scots. Two of the English players who scored in the 5-1 win, striker Bobby Gurney and inside forward Raich Carter, ended up with 31 goals each out of the team's total of 109. Sunderland's goalkeeper, 22-year-old Jimmy Thorpe, was to die of head injuries sustained in a league match against Chelsea in February 1936.
Taken by Sergey Novikov
15 November ~ Since 2009, Russian photographer Sergey Novikov has been documenting amateur sports in his home country. This has resulted in an extensive photo library of Russian grassroots grounds, each of which displays the “place of the stadium in the urban infrastructure”. In the Tver region stadiums are often surrounded by concrete tower blocks, while Murmansk’s pitches are normally artificial because of its polar location. Throughout the country churches are also situated next to stadiums, with both considered key elements of Russian towns. This example is from Kurganinsk in Krasnodar. You can see more of Sergey’s photos here.
December issue available in shops and online
The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.
- Ticket prices: fact and fiction
- The Battle of Highbury
- Chelsea's lost generation
- Paul Gascoigne at Radcliffe Borough
- Dulwich Hamlet: a model club?
- Premier League looks abroad
13 November ~ There are lots of lovely sides, but only one can really claim to be "everyone's second favourite team". By Tim Bradford.
12 November ~ A crowd of 18,936 at Turf Moor watch visitors West Ham come away with a 3-1 win and leave Burnley still looking for their first victory of the season. Photos by Colin McPherson.
£5 off to WSC readers
WSC contributor Simon Inglis has launched the latest book in his Played in Britain series. Played in London charts the spaces, buildings and sports that have shaped London’s cultural and urban landscape for centuries. Beautifully illustrated with original photographs and detailed maps, the book is based on over ten years of in-depth research. There is an extensive chapter on football and even if your team isn’t based in the capital you’ve probably watched them there.
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