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1986 World Cup: One-Man-Team or Forgotten Heroes?

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Written kindly for TFHB - James Ferrier takes a closer look at the 1986 World Cup and the success of Argentina's often forgotten achievers.

The 1986 World Cup in Mexico, for any Briton, is remembered for two things; the hand of God and ‘that run’ by Diego Maradona. It is probably highlighted most by anyone in England for the fact it knocked the country out of the tournament, but looking into the Argentina team it is rare to name a single player from that squad I can recall apart from a certain Maradona. Did he win Argentina the World Cup single-handed or has, because of what he did, his brilliance been put on a pedestal?


So let's look closer at the Argentinian squad from 1986. Seven players played outside of South America for their respective clubs with the fifteen others remaining inside the South American nation. In 1986 it was very unlikely that the British football fans had heard of, or knew much about those Argentinian players that were not plying their trade in Europe. T…

Women's Football: A Victorian Disgrace?

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It's been almost a solid two months since we lasted posted on here but we are back for 2015 and ready to produce a number of articles to hopefully intrigue and enlighten!

Since starting The Football History Boys with Gareth in February 2013, women's football is perhaps the one topic which has surprised us with just how much history it has. Originally it seemed a pastime restricted to the last thirty years but further research in university and on our own opened up a door into one of the most inspiring and profound subjects within football's seemingly endless history. Likewise, alongside the history of the women's game, the era in which I have found the most interesting was surprisingly that before 1900 - the game's infancy. We have studied men's football under the reign of Victoria so now it's time to explore just where women fitted into nineteenth-century sport. 

Victorian England is famous for a number of things - Dickens, Queen Victoria and Empire are jus…

The Forgotten Achievers: Ipswich Town 2000/2001

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Attracting the top players, the top managers and the top money, the English top flight is widely accepted as the best league in the world. Over the years, a Premier League winners medal has been a must have on any world class player’s mantelpiece. We must understand however, that whilst we all want our team to stand on top of the pile, this is not realistic in the slightest. 


Over the past fifteen years, only four teams have won the title: Manchester United (eight), Chelsea (three), Arsenal (two) and Manchester City (two). This is not uncommon amongst the top leagues across the world, with the Spanish and Italian titles being won in the same time period by only five clubs each. After all, in lower leagues the winner is promoted. In the top flight, there is nowhere for the victor to go but to come back next year and prove their dominance once again.

Such is the dominance of certain clubs in the Premiership, even a top five finish is practically out of reach for most sides. In the past …