Mar 28
Posted by Ian Nannestad

The 1883 FA Cup final is rightly recognised as a significant moment in the history of soccer, for it represents the event which changed the culture of the game. Prior to this the old boys’ teams based in the south of England had been dominant but the victory of Blackburn Olympic over Old Etonians changed the game for ever. Arising from this, new methods of training, styles of play and playing formations emerged as well as a new breed of fanatical spectator. The upper class amateur spirit epitomised by the public school old boy teams was replaced by a much more hard-headed and business like northern culture which placed winning and, particularly, ‘pot hunting’ to the fore.

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Aug 25
Posted by Ian Nannestad

Football kits were originally designed with practical objectives in mind, indeed the very earliest ‘kits’ from the 1860s and 1870s generally consisted of the same clothes that were worn for cricket with teams distinguished by different colour caps, belts and occasionally badges, scarves or sashes. As early as 1863, for example, the Lincoln Football Club wore a badge of the Lindum heraldic arms which were to be “in the proper colours.” Examples of the team captain wearing a star or symbol on their chest to make them a target of the opposition can even be found.

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Jul 24
Posted by Ian Nannestad

The subject of the songs sung by fans in the pre-1939 era is both fascinating and under researched. We know that fans both sang and chanted during matches occasionally.

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