The Magazine

A One-Club Man: Paul Nicholls
For anyone who has driven along Chester Road on a weekend morning over the past 20 years, through the bushes and railings that give you a split second’s glance at the home of Helsby Football Club, the chances are, you will have seen him. Situated...
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The Decaying Dream Factories
There is something reassuringly shite about Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park; reassuring in the sense that it’s old and decrepit but that’s ok because, let’s be honest, modern grounds are miserable and spirit-crushing and have an annoying smugness in the way they always offer...
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Football, Life and Death
Leicester, Feb 27th, 2017. A sombre man leads a funeral procession past the football ground. Inside the hearse is a coffin. As he passes through the crowds gathering for the Leicester-Liverpool game, fans snap merrily on their mobile phones. A closer...
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The Shot Not Heard Round the World
I was a schoolboy in the summer of 1998, and I knew nothing of Paraguay. Who did? As would have been the case for many children, that summer's World Cup served as my introduction to this exotic new location. It was a...
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The Little Club That Dreamed Big
Pistoia, is a medium-sized town in the heart of Tuscany. It is the summer of 1980 and after 50 years the local football team (Unione Sportiva Pistoiese) has just been promoted again to the top league, Serie A. For a...
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