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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Nurturing Football’s Homegrown Talent by Lo Cole

Sean Ingle’s column in today’s Guardian tackles the issue of nurturing homegrown footballing talent. In particular, it looks at the talent identification methods employed by clubs and explores how bigger, faster and even older players still end up being favoured. The piece is accompanied by an excellent illustration from Lo Cole. The nurturing of homegrown talent is symbolised by these … Continue reading

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The Binman Chronicles: Special Edition and Comic Book of Neville Southall’s Greatest Saves

Some excellent thinking outside the box in the genre of football autobiographies here. Neville Southall’s book The Binman Chronicles has been given a special edition reprint, featuring a cartoon cover drawn by Will Sliney. If that name rings a bell, he is the Marvel comics artist who produced an Ireland XI mural we featured here (Sliney, not Southall). As well … Continue reading

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JRR Project – illustrations of every shirt worn by Juan Roman Riquelme

Argentine designer and illustrator Damian Allende has produced an homage to one of his nation’s footballing cult heroes. To mark Juan Roman Riquelme’s recent retirement from professional football, Damian undertook the JRR Project: a selection of illustrations covering every shirt that Riquelme wore over the course of his career, from the start of his career with Boca Juniors, through Barcelona, … Continue reading

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Wayne Rooney and others fall for hoax of Man Utd scarf on the Kop

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was among those who fell for a hoax claiming that a United fan had been on the Kop during yesterday’s game. A picture was doing the rounds on social media after the match that appeared to show a United supporter standing with his United scarf aloft while surrounded by Liverpool fans. Rooney passed comment after … Continue reading

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Don’t Talk To Me About Football by Quiet British Accent

We’ve featured the work of Quiet British Accent before, mainly on account of it frequently being excellent. There latest piece of football-inspired art is this ‘Don’t Talk To Me About Football’ print. It’s QBA’s print of the week, which means it is only available until Sunday, 22 March, so you’ll need to get a move on if you want to … Continue reading

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New York City FC scarf by Savile Rogue (as voted by the fans)

New York City are one of the new MLS franchises for the 2015 season. They’ve made headlines so far in their short history by signing David Villa, signing/not signing Frank Lampard and being bankrolled by Manchester City’s owners. Against that backdrop it is easy to forget that there are a group of fans starting from scratch in supporting their team. … Continue reading

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Grimsby Town’s Ollie Palmer by Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson, a 15-year-old Grimsby Town fan, painted a picture of Ollie Palmer, the Mariners’ on-loan striker, scoring on his debut against Barnet in a 3-1 Conference Premier victory on 17 January. Palmer, a 6ft 5in centre forward, has scored four goals in six games since arriving on loan from Mansfield Town. As such, he has created quite an impression … Continue reading

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Map of Europe’s table-topping clubs

This map won’t necessarily be much use for very long, football being football, but it’s quite nice while it lasts. Someone has gone to the trouble of decorating a map of Europe with the crests of the top-of-the-table club in each country being placed within that nation’s borders. The result is a Zenit St Petersburg-dominated view of the continent, but … Continue reading

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Ryan Giggs’ 1999 FA Cup semi-final celebration by Joe Oliver Design

It has understandably been a week for reminiscing about classic Manchester United versus Arsenal FA Cup clashes given that the two sides met in this season’s sixth-round at Old Trafford last night. And when you’re thinking about FA Cup encounters between the Red Devils and the Gunners, Ryan Giggs’ stunning winner in the 1999 semi-final immediately comes to mind. The … Continue reading

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Savile Rogue stars in a crime thriller

Over the years, Savile Rogue scarves have been featured in newspapers, magazines, podcasts and on TV… but this might be a new one. It turns out one of our scarves is the star of a crime fiction thriller. Yes, we’re the neckwear of choice for Joao Zarca, murdered manager of Premier League side London City, in crime writer Philip Kerr’s … Continue reading

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