Skip to main content

The Football History Boys Win Major National Award!

Ben (left) & Gareth (right) receive their 'Best New Blog' award!
The Football History Boys were founded in February 2013 in Gareth's bedroom of our University house in Swansea. We first set out to compile a list of the top 50 players of all time but this grew to 100, 150 and 200 before we settled on the "Top 250" shortlist. Our website then developed into us making the most of our history degrees and combining it with our love of football, The Football History Boys as we know it were born!

One of our aims became to receive a nomination for the Football Blogging Awards, something that honoured casual football writing from across the globe. It was an event that much like our site had grown from almost nothing into a major national award each year and we were privileged to receive our nomination for "Best New Football Blog" in October 2014. With our website now raking up views of over 200,000 we just wanted to say thank you for the votes and support over the past 20 months!

TFHB's name up in lights!
Ben and Gareth headed up to the Manchester National Football Museum on Thursday 13 November 2014 to the award ceremony joined by some prestigious company such as The Sport Bible, Redmen TV, Arsenal Fan TV,  My Old Man Said, Sam Tighe and Anfield HQ. Our table had some esteemed company with Paddy Power, Addicted to Spurs and Grand Old Team

We want to send a big congratulations to Anfield HQ who won the award for 'Best New Blog' as voted for by the public. However when it came down to the judges vote we are delighted to say TFHB were victorious and the independent panel decided we offered something differed to the other websites out there. This was an incredible achievement for us, particularly because of the niche nature of our site so we just wish to say a big, big "thank you" to those of you who voted for us!

We just would love you to connect with us if you haven't yet so please head over to our Twitter: @TFHBs@GJ_Thomas and @Benny_J and our Facebook. Keep reading our pieces, keep sending us your ideas and remember, "Like Football? Love its history!"!

With FBA's host and Sky Sports News' Kate Riley!

Popular posts from this blog

Ardiles and Villa: Footballing émigrés | @RichEvansWriter

Military events in the South Atlantic – even at a distance of 8000 miles – had a profound impact on a celebrated pair of international footballers in the 1980s.  @RichEvansWriter  takes up the story: Ossie Ardiles & Ricardo Villa at Tottenham Hotspur When one thinks of footballers and war, images of khaki-clad figures of yesteryear tend to spring to mind – the kind of ‘moustached archaic faces’ that Philip Larkin details in his poem MCMXIV. However, footballers do not have to be participants to be affected by conflict. Indeed, as with any civilians, they may well be unwitting victims with no stake in political events beyond their control.  In certain instances, football risks turning into an extension of the battleground – where players, subject to barbarous words and threats, become targets of abuse. Such was the case in 1982 with Ricardo Villa and Ossie Ardiles – then both of Tottenham Hotspur – whose fates (at least in the short term) were determined by events unfolding on the o

The Crest Dissected - AS Roma

It’s been a good while since I’ve done a Crest Dissected but after a bit of a summer break and time at the BBC ( Cardiff and Swansea pieces) it’s time to get back down to TFHB writing! So following FC Barcelona , PSG , AS Monaco  and US Women’s Soccer this week I’m going to take a look at AS Roma and their intriguing history.  In the summer of 1927 an Italian Fascist, Italo Foschi , was behind the merger of three older Italian Football Championships clubs all based in Rome, Alba-Audace , Roman and Fortitudo . The purpose of the move was to compete with the well established clubs, especially in the Northern cities but Lazio were not behind the move meaning the Derby della Capitale rivalry was there from the beginning and Associazone Sportiva Roma was born. AS Roma immediately endeared themselves to the masses by taking on the capital’s colours, red and yellow, something Lazio did not consider as they favoured the greek myth of Olimpia and the colour blue. Romulus an

Football By Decade: 1960s

Following the immense changes to football in the 1950s, the subsequent decade was sure to reap the benefits of alterations to style, tactics and appreciation. The 1960s is when the game went truly global, of course towards the latter half of the previous ten years  the European Cup had been introduced by UEFA, only to be completely dominated by Real Madrid, winning the tournament 5 times in a row. However, as we will see the 1960s brought a wider change in world culture and a social revolution effecting even football, a sport which often sees itself as exempt from global issues. Firstly we are to look at British football. English sport at least had been dramatically and even brutally forced to rethink its entire ethos after the 1950s which had highlighted a long-term outdated nature to tactics and methods of play. We at the Football History Boys have not been short on explaining this - the 6-3 drubbing by Hungary in 1953 and embarrassing early World Cup exits in 1950 and 1958