If there was disruption on the field, there was confusion elsewhere. The League management committee proposed to extend future seasons to the end of May, and devised a relegation system that defied mathematical analysis but was ultimately abandoned. The government, pressed by the Wolfenden Committee on Sport to create a Sports Development Council with an annual budget of £5m, ignored the proposal and instead appointed as minister of sport Lord Hailsham (Quintin Hogg), who spent most of his time shooting or fishing. His assistant was Sir Patrick Renison, who may have performed splendid service as governor of British Honduras, British Guiana and Kenya, but knew next to nothing of sport, admitting: "I'll be starting from scratch." Nothing new there. … [Read more...] about 1963: When football in Britain froze for nearly 10 weeks
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If we were playing Mallett's Mallet, chances are you'd respond to "short goalkeepers" with "Jorge Campos" (or, if not, get biffed on the bonce). It's been suggested that Campos was as short as 5ft 6in, but most sources put him at 5ft 8in – either way, he didn't loom large in the penalty area, but he more than made up for any lack of height with his fashion sense (all goalkeepers should be asked to design their own shirts, please) and athleticism. Campos was always charging off his line, and even if he had committed himself going the wrong way, he often managed to wriggle back in to position to snaffle the ball away from the toes of attackers. Mexico have also had Oscar Pérez in goal, measuring 5ft 7in and known as the Rabbit for his leporidine agility. … [Read more...] about Which player has moved most in his career without a transfer fee paid?
However, Tom Solan might have the winner. “In the Arsenal v Manchester United game from 22 August 1999,” he writes of one of the first matches the Guardian ever did with minute-by-minute commentary: “Raimond van der Gouw got injured right at the end of injury time when he was kicked in the face by an Arsenal player. After a long delay while he was treated by the physios (where the Sky Sports clock reached more than 100 minutes, an unbelievably exciting moment in my house) the Dutchman was replaced by Nick Culkin for his United debut. As soon as Culkin took the resulting free-kick, the referee blew the full-time whistle, meaning the young goalkeeper’s debut was over after little more than a second. He never played for United again.” You can catch the cameo at the end of this clip. Culkin went on to play for QPR, Radcliffe Borough, Prescot Cables and FC United of Manchester as well as working in garden maintenance. … [Read more...] about The Manchester United playing career that lasted a matter of seconds
“From the moment my dad first took me to watch City from the terrace at Carrow Road in 1973, my earliest ambition was to play for the club I loved. But the next best thing is to become chairman of Norwich City and do what I can off the pitch to help City succeed on the pitch. … [Read more...] about Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls named new chairman of Norwich City
'Footballers are global role models, and our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS and other key workers in fighting the effects of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, in any way we can. Kyle’s actions in this matter have directly contravened these efforts. … [Read more...] about Manchester City star Kyle Walker ‘hosted sex party with two escorts while on coronavirus lockdown’ a day before urging supporters to stay at home