Feb 26
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Soccer and the arts are fields that rarely combine successfully. On the literary side Arthur Conan Doyle and Albert Camus are often cited as examples of writers who had played soccer, but Conan Doyle’s links with football in Portsmouth were fleeting and Camus contracted tuberculosis as a teenager thus ending his sporting ambitions. The actor Sean Connery, who won an Academy Award in 1988 for Best Supporting Actor, played soccer but only in the Scottish Junior (semi-professional) game with Bonnyrigg Rose in the early 1950s when he was known as Tom Connery. 

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Feb 19
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Lincoln City’s unprecedented success in reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals as a non-league team this season has prompted this article on the club’s managers over time. I will consider the careers of three most successful managers in the club’s history: David Calderhead, Bill Anderson and Graham Taylor, followed by a brief resume of the current management team of Danny and Nicky Cowley and where they might fit into this history. Two other managers, Colin Murphy and Keith Alexander, deserve an honourable mention on this context, although neither quite achieved the heights reached by Calderhead, Anderson and Taylor.

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Feb 13
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“Surely, soccer’s the American word for football”, is a view commonly expressed by many followers of the game. But, as we shall see, it is a British English word with a history almost as old as that of ‘association football’, from which it derives. In this article I shall consider the origins of the word ‘soccer’ and when it came into use.

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