I had always considered that executive or private boxes at soccer grounds were a product of the 1980s and 1990s, a period when ostentatious luxury came into fashion, but in fact this was not so. I recently came across an article detailing the use of executive boxes in the mid-1960s and this inspired me to look into this in more detail.
We know relatively little about how football was played before the offside law changed in 1925 following which English football switched to the WM formation and the stopper centre half. The chief raiders were the wingers, while the centre forward became a tall, powerful figure pressing up against the centre half and needed to be strong in the air to head home the high crosses that came in from the flanks. This extract from an article from Alf Common (of record transfer fee fame) appeared in a book title ‘How to play soccer’, part of the Spalding’s Athletic Library, which was published in 1906.
An article on the Wales Online website for Thursday 5 May suggests that West Ham’s anthem ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’ “might have been stolen” from Swansea Town fans. Swansea fans had been singing ‘Bubbles’ at matches in the early 1920s, and, apparently, West Ham fans were impressed when they heard this at a series of FA Cup ties between the clubs in January 1922, subsequently adopting it themselves.