After an incident involving my son heading the ball in a football match and trying to calm the worries of his mother, I read about a study that claims that frequent heading of the ball can cause brain injury…
In 1980, Mossley AFC were set for the biggest day in their history, in the FA Trophy Final versus Dagenham. This article is an attempt to relive the day that Mossley went to Wembley and first appeared on In Bed With Maradona earlier in the week.
I have added links to the documentary footage mentioned in the article.
There is a wonderfully old-fashioned documentary that can be found on the footballing treasure-trove known as YouTube, that shows what looks like a near-empty Wembley stadium hosting the FA Trophy final in 1980.
So dwarfed is the crowd by the giant old stadium, it is hard to believe from the evidence of “Mossley Goes to Wembley” that on 17th May that year, practically the whole population of a pennine mill-town had descended upon the Capital to watch their Northern Premier League champions take on Dagenham.
Just what has happened to football boots over the past few years?
A trip to the sports shop with your son is something a father always enjoys. Passing on sage advice and stories of your own to the next generation – the stuff that parenting is made of.
It can, however, also be another reminder of the passage of time – particularly when it comes to the differences in opinion that occur when trying to nudge your protege towards a slightly more unassuming pair of football shoes.
As a relative latecomer to the world of football blogging (just over a year), one of the very first blogs I was drawn to (largely through reading the Guardian list of top 100 football blogs) was Dispatches from a Football Sofa.
Unfortunately, Greg has recently announced that other things are taking over his life and his spare time and that he is going on an indefinite hiatus.
In his final post (going out with a bang at the Champions League final), Greg stated that the community that he found a few years ago when he began was a very different place today. He thought that a sense of camaraderie between the different bloggers had disappeared, comments being left on his blog were becoming more acerbic and his own posts were becoming less light-hearted and perhaps a little negative.
To counteract this, one of his most recent posts was all about what is great in football, thumbing his nose at the naysayers that proliferate.
For the Europeans amongst us, the football season has either ended, or is about to end. Fear not, though, a summer without football does not have to be a reality, thanks to the wonders of the internet.
Without a standardised world football calendar, there is always something to be found for all fans of the beautiful game, if you take your search online. New horizons are opened and you can align yourself to any team of choice.