As the 1980s embraced synth pop and synthetic fashion, several clubs in the Football League took it upon themselves to install artificial playing surfaces at their stadiums so as not to be left out of this synthetic revolution. The hip-hop DJs of the time perfected the art of spinning plastic on the decks, but the football stadiums couldn’t quite make a success of installing plastic on the deck. That said – Queens Park Rangers’, Loftus Road; Boundary Park Oldham; Deepdale, home to Preston North End; and Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road; became icons of 80s football culture, and are still recalled whenever a team is seen playing on a plastic pitch. The drawbacks of plastic pitches Read more..
As the Rugby Union World Cup is being forced upon Freeview viewers due to the fact that there is nothing else on TV, we thought we would take a look at some of the various codes of football, and list them in order. With the AFL finals also under way, the Super League and NRL seasons approaching the play offs, the NFL season just starting, and the Gaelic Football all Ireland finals later in the month – we thought this was as good a time as any to make a list. Association Football – We have to put this first as it is the main subject matter of this website. Rugby League – One of the most Read more..
Soccer is an English word. A shortened version of Association Football – the name given to the sport when it was first separated from it’s early footballing brothers. The term was thought to have originally been coined by a posh bloke at Oxford University, who thought it better to refer to these football based sports using short names such as ‘rugger’ and ‘soccer’, in the same way they referred to a five pound note as a ‘fiver’. This shortening of the word ‘association’ is often mistakenly seen as an Americanism, seeing as they have their own popular version of ‘football’ which we Brits imaginatively refer to as American Football. They separate their most popular code Read more..