In this issue


Editor’s Note – Jonathan Wilson
Jonathan Wilson’s Editor’s Note from Issue Thirty Five


Rebellion and the Cosmos – Joshua Stephens
How football in New York has become a battleground in the fight against the far right

Leeds Utd v the National Front – Gary Hartley
How fans fought back against the rise of the far right on the Elland Road terraces

The Great Walk-Off – David Owen
Peru beat Austria 4-2 at the 1936 Olympics, but it was the Europeans who went through


The Shadow of the Milestone – Andrew Downie
Remembering the hysteria around Pelé’s hunt for his 1000th goal, 50 years on

The Hardest Man – John Harding
Frank Barson was a tough player, but was he stitched up by the ban that ended his career?

The Singing Winger – Colin Grainger
The Sheffield United forward Colin Grainger on scoring two on his international debut against Brazil


The Yellow Shirts of Doom – Hassanin Mubarak
How political meddling ruined Iraq’s only appearance at a World Cup, in Mexico in 1986

Pianist, Composer, Fan – Simone Pierotti
Dmitri Shostakovich was one of the most influential figures in 20th-century music. He also loved football.
Diminishing Glory – Dan BillinghamThe rise and fall and ongoing re-evaluation of Groclin Dyskobolia

Aligning the Stars – Jon Spurling
It was in 1929-30 that Herbert Chapman’s Arsenal finally came together

The Red Poncho – Timothy Abraham
Mushuc Ruma are a football team, but also a vital symbol of Ecuador’s indigenous people

The Palm Court – Nicholas Blincoe
Israeli football was born on a dusty pitch in Tel Aviv in the 1920s

Journey’s End – Thore Haugstad
How Sven-Göran Eriksson overcame the doubters to lead Lazio to the 1999-2000 scudetto.


The Narcissism of Differences – Paul Hyland
What makes a rivalry, and can a team exist without a rival to define themselves against?

The Rituals of Faith – Edd Norval
The sociological similarities between football and religion

Greatest Game

Roma 4 Inter 5 – Emmet Gates
Serie A, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, 3 May 1999

Eight Bells

Eight Bells – Michael Yokhin
A selection of players called up to their national teams from outside the top flight

Issue Thirty Five


Released in December 2019, Issue 35 contains six sections of articles including: Gary Hartley on how Leeds United fans fought back against the far-right, Andrew Downie on Pele’s 1000th goal and Jon Spurling on how Herbert Chapman’s Arsenal finally came together.