World Cup 1958: Team of the tournament

The history of journalists picking a team of a tournament goes back a long way. The 1958 World Cup in Sweden was no different with a gaggle of journos picking their best 11 from the competition.

Unsurprisingly there are a lot of Brazilians in the starting XI, along with the excellent Raymond Kopa and a few Swedes (they made the final). What’s perhaps startling when you look at the team is that there are five forwards, yet no place is found for Just Fontaine who scored a staggering 13 goals at these finals. What more does a man have to do to make the team?

Despite their being four British teams at the tournament, Harry Gregg of Northern Ireland is the only Brit to make the final XI.



Against Modern Football

There’s a seemingly ever growing campaign against the issues and excesses of modern football. This is most popularly seen through the excellent magazine, though the banner of “Against Modern Football” is a wide While it’s unlikely we’ll all agree with every single case made against ‘modern’ football, it’s hard not to feel sympathy with many of the arguments made.

While we think that being against modern football is a new thing, this article from 1902’s Burnley Express illustrates that being against modern football, isn’t very…. well… modern at all.


The article decries the lack of local players within the clubs competing in the recent FA Cup Final. While the influx of foreigners is a relatively new thing in the Football League (it was effectively banned until 1978), teams like Accrington fielded teams made up entirely of Scotsmen in the 1950s.

One thing for sure, modern football is never going away, and neither is being against it. #amf

Article: British Newspaper Archive: Burnley Gazette, Wedenesday April 20th 1902.


13 times Bovril was advertised in UK regional newspapers

Bovril is a staple in most football grounds in the United Kingdom. It’s a meat (specifically beef) based drink that’s packed full of salt. It’s a fantastic way to keep yourself warm in those dark, dank February evenings as your side loses to Risborough Reserves in a Floodlit Cup tie. It has a long history in the UK, and its adverts were ubiquitous in newspapers before the second world war (and even after it). Here are some we’ve dug out from the excellent “British Newspaper Archive”.

Many of the claims made in the adverts are difficult to corroborate or verify. One thing’s for certain whilst we still attend football matches, there will always be space for Bovril. After all mummy says so.