In this issue


Editor’s Note – Jonathan Wilson
Jonathan Wilson’s Editor’s Note from Issue One

Fortunes of War

Stars of David – James Montague
The astonishing story of Israel’s first national team

The Collaborator – Philippe Auclair
The treacherous life and traitor’s death of Alexandre Villaplane, France’s first World Cup captain


Dennis Bergkamp – David Winner
Dennis Bergkamp talks about his greatest goals, the nature of genius and the importance of predicting the future


Revie-Nixon – Dominic Sandbrook
How ignominious exits overshadow the successes of a US president and a Leeds United manager

Mind of Peace – Anthony Clavane
David Peace discusses the inspiration behind The Damned Utd and why he won’t apologise to John Giles

44 Days, Later – Lawrence Donegan
Why Jock Stein lasted no longer than Brian Clough at Elland Road


The First Bilardista – Jonathan Wilson
How Victorio Spinetto pioneered pragmatism in Argentinian football

The Brain in Spain – Sid Lowe
Juanma Lillo, mentor to Pep Guardiola, explains his thinking on clubs, coaching and why society is sick

Grass Roots

Duels on the Nile – Paul Myers
A report from Sudan on the second championship for Africans playing their football at home

An Exile at Home – Scott Anthony
Vassilis Hatzipanagis, Greece’s greatest player, explains why he never played a competitive game for his country

Port in a Storm – Ben Lyttleton
The extraordinary success of the academy at Le Havre

Marsh Attacks – Simon Hooper
How a Sunday League team gives London’s Romanians a sense of identity

Denmark ’92

Once Upon a Time… – Dave Farrar
The fairy story of Denmark’s 1992 European Championship campaign


The Sum of Their Parts – Gunnar Persson
The rise and fall of Motala and its football team

When the Kites Weren’t Black – Dileep Premachandran
The lost legacy of Indian football

Man and Boy – David Ashton
Fathers, sons and the grumbling terraces of industrial Scotland


The Pillars of the Earth – Simon Kuper
Could it be that the Premier League boom has only just begun?

What’s the Point of Football Writing? – Tim Vickery
There’s more to it than getting up late, isn’t there? Isn’t there?

Worlds Apart – Kieron O’Connor
When Iker Casillas raised the World Cup trophy in Johannesburg’s Soccer City last July, everyone congratulated Spain on…

Football Manager

The Ballad of Bobby Manager: My Autobiography – Iain Macintosh
When somebody takes their game of Football Manager just a little too seriously…

Greatest Games

Manchester United 2 Real Madrid 3 – Rob Smyth
Champions League quarter-final second leg, Old Trafford, Manchester, 19 April 2000

Eight Bells

Pre-War Scottish Legends – Scott Murray
A selection of eight of the early stars of the game in Scotland

Issue One


First published in June 2011, Issue One is now out of stock. There are currently no plans to reprint but you can still access it in digital form. It contains 22 articles in 11 sections, including: Dominic Sandbrook examining how the ignominious exits of a US president and Leeds United manager overshadow their successes; Sid Lowe in conversation with Pep Guardiola’s mentor, Juanma Lillo; and Dave Farrar on the fairy story of Denmark’s 1992 European Championship campaign.