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The TFHB 100 is Back!

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'Who is the greatest footballer of all-time?' is a question which is asked over and over again. We've asked it ourselves twice - in 2014 and 2017. In 2014, Zinedine Zidane came out on top before Lionel Messi took the crown in 2017! With records continually being broken by this generation's greats (Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo), as well as the untimely death of the legendary Diego Maradona - it seems that now is the perfect time to revise our list and see who our followers believe to be the greatest of all-time! The vote will last until February 1st (TFHB's 8th Birthday)! Once the vote has finished, the final 32 names will be drawn in 8 groups of 4 and the voted on our Twitter page @TFHBs in a World Cup format! Simply choose five players who you believe to be the best of all-time:  Loading...  ©The Football History Boys, 2021  

Real Madrid and all that | @DavidCollins29a

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South Wales based football writer David Collins reviews a unique new title, ' Real Madrid and all that',  which chronicles a defining season in one football club’s history. If you share his obsession with all things 1970s, it’s well worth checking out! I have never been much for competitions or games of chance. I don’t play the Lottery, don’t bet on the horses, and can’t really get too animated over fantasy football. I’d rather keep my money in my pocket I guess. Though I do enjoy a quiz. Mastermind, University Challenge, Quiz Night up the pub. Yeah, "I likes a good quiz I do". I particularly enjoy the regular testing of my soccer knowledge offered by the Cardiff City Supporters Trust magazine. It’s a testing exercise with a nice incentive of £50 prize money. I have yet to win the top prize, but have come close once or twice. Usually this brings little more than a metaphoric pat-on-the back though recently I was delighted to pick up a “runners up” prize courtesy of Tr

2020 - Football's Most Important Year?

Well well well...2020. What a mad year. This time last year, few could predict the unprecedented events which would develop as the world went into lockdown. The coronavirus pandemic has swept through nation after nation disrupting all aspects of life. Even football, which often seems untouchable, was shutdown in March. Upon its restart in June, stadiums usually full of tens of thousands of supporters were left deserted as the game struggled to cope. Our first book, Football's Fifty Most Important Moments was released in April, just a month after the UK's first lockdown began. As a result, interviews on various podcasts would consistently ask that if the book were to be released later - would the COVID-19 pandemic be included. Undoubtedly, yes. 2020 will be regarded as one of the game's most pivotal years - but what other years deserve their place in football history?  1857 Six years before the codification of football under the 'association rules', the game was beg

Football Family History: Keeping up with the Joneses

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I've always found it fascinating when someone I know tells me about a famous ancestor. What makes it more impressive is when the historical family member turns out to be someone in football. My Dad loves family history and has spent many hours compiling an extensive family tree stretching back centuries. Despite finding hundreds of relations, we had believed that none were involved in the beautiful game. Perhaps a great deal of the difficulty in finding any meaningful ancestors is due in part to our surname - Jones. With the most common second name in Wales, being sure that an 'ancestry hint' is definitive is difficult to prove. That was until last week when my father let me know about James Alfred Jones.  Admittedly, there is some climbing the tree and navigating some narrow branches before reaching James, but he is a relation, nonetheless. To be precise, he is my great x4 Grandfather Hugh Jones' great nephew. You wouldn't find 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

‘A kick-a-bout with fascists’: The British press, public and Government opinion on the England vs Germany football match played in London in 1935

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‘A kick-a-bout with fascists’: The British press, public and Government opinion on the England vs Germany football match played in London in 1935  Introduction On 4th December 1935, England’s football team played against their German opponents at White Hart Lane. The stadium was packed to the rafters with 60,000 supporters, including 10,000 German fans, cheering on their team. The German side was shown to be inferior on the pitch, with the English side dominating many aspects of the game. Despite a valiant performance from the German goal keeper, H. Jacob, the match ended 3-0 in favour of England after their relentless attacking display resulted in two goals being scored by their centre forward, Camsell, and another goal by Cliff Bastin.[1] The match was regarded as an uneventful affair in some papers with both sides showing great spirit and respect for each other.[2] This fixture, however, was not just a normal international friendly. The implications surrounding this match demonstra