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TFHB Podcast: World Cup Qualification Special

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TFHB are back from an 18 month hiatus to celebrate Wales' qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. We discuss our feelings about Wales' first World Cup qualification in 64 years, our favourite World Cups in our living memory, our iconic World Cup moments and take some of your views too. ... Plus we have some exciting personal news for us both! Check out the podcast in all your usual places: Spotify Apple Anchor Google Castbox Pocket Casts Also make sure you head over ot our Twitter to continue the conversation: @TFHBs . ©The Football History Boys, 2022

‘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

The Group of Death: 1974 - Second Round - Group A

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The prospect of the Group of Death has always been an intriguing part of the World Cup. Here we take a look at 1974 and a clash of 4 significant footballing nations:  1974 World Cup - Second Round - Group A Netherlands (16) Brazil (1) East Germany (7) Argentina (9) The world was a turbulent place in 1974. On 5 March 1946, Winston Churchill had famously declared: ‘From Stettin in the Baltic, to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent [Europe]’ [1]. Churchill’s comments spoke of the division that was approaching for Europe following the Second World War. With the Soviet Union championing the Communist ideology in the East, and Britain, France and even the USA encouraging free market capitalism in the West. No country better displayed this ‘iron curtain’ divide during the ‘Cold War’ than Germany, a nation who had become four and then two, East and West, following the aftermath of the war. In 1974, with tensions still high, and the ‘iron curtain’ firmly