England’s World Cup ’66 Triumph

England’s World Cup ’66 Triumph: ‘Glorious bang’ or Just another Saturday Afternoon? [1] Prelude “England … closed their World Cup with a glorious bang that obliterated memories of its grey, negative beginnings” – Hugh McIlvanney [2] It was supposed to be a weekend of collective euphoria, spawning a sense of national pride that brought together… Continue reading England’s World Cup ’66 Triumph

FIFA on Film

Hagiography has been a consummate skill in the sport-writing world, with ghost writers or tame official chroniclers portraying the lives of superstars or characters and celebrities who have illuminated the humdrum lives of we the fans or less blessed followers for whom the sporting champion can represent some vicarious sense of the heroic. There's been… Continue reading FIFA on Film