soccertronix: "no TV organization is interested in what the fans want but without the shouting and movement of the people football is nothing. the history of football lies in passion. and it will always be like this. without the passion football is dead: only 11 men on a field kicking a ball around. basically complete bullshit. it’s the supporters who make football something important."
One to remind ourselves every time we see a Tv football match in a near empty stadium and then want to visit another channel
Oh how we love retro football art. Styled somewhere between Futurismo and Boy’s Own Annual? You get the idea, big socks and old leather footballs on the attack. More of this stuff, original artwork for sale and cheaper framed prints. Covers most of the big English clubs, and Serie A. http://www.bwsportsart.com
When staying in Chioggia get yourself to that football ground. Clodinese in Serie D at the Aldo e Dino Ballarin stadium. The famous brothers played for Il Grande Torino and were born in Chioggia.
Trento 1921 calcio. When in town get yourself to that football ground to Stadio Bermasco. Nay bad for lower league soccer.
Captured in oils a scene from Fratton Park in 1924. Portsmouth v Manchester United 1-1 Division 2. It’s in the National Football Museum and attributed to N.Elsford. Can’t find anymore info but there was a noted Portsmouth painter Norman Elford 1931-2007. Not quite his style or his subject but he did paint local scenes from the past. Portsmouth had just won the Division 3 South and United went on to promotion coming runners up.
The original Wembley back in 1893. The tower was never completed and any remains are under the pitch of the modern stadium. but The gardens were laid out and so was a football ground. First game was a friendly between Old Westminsters v Swifts Saturday 14th October 1893. Lots of Old Westminsters fixtures that year including being beaten by Luton Town 0-1 in the FA Cup 2nd round Saturday 4th November 1893. Edward Watkin, the last of the railway kings was the promoter of Wembley Park and you can still go to the Metropolitan Railway tube station with that name.
Recruitment poster circa 1915. Been to a few WW1 exhibitions recently and the class divisions are very overt.
Three weeks of Tv football. It’s a festival of inane commentary, meaningless punditry and some great goals.
Every World Cup needs a wall chart. Bets placed, in the sweep, snacks and beer to buy
Closing down run down sports shop. Great hand painted signs. Everything comes to an end