Category Soccer

A story of a soccer team

I’ve been a Manchester United supporter ever since they beat Blackpool 4-2 to win the FA Cup at Wembley in 1948.  Twenty years later – on Wednesday 29th May 1968 – I was on tenterhooks as I listened to another game at Wembley.  This one was the European Cup Final between Manchester United and the […]

Who has taken our Cup?

It was in London on Sunday 20th March 1966 that it was realised that the Football’s World Cup was missing – assumed stolen. It had been on exhibition at Central Hall in Westminster, London. The £30,000 solid gold Jules Rimet trophy disappeared while a church service was taking place in another part of the building. […]

The aftermath of the past is recalled in a challenge of the present.

The Munich crash had claimed the lives of eight United players – and two more were maimed so badly that they never played again.  Matt Busby – the team’s master and leader – was hovering between life and death in a German hospital so Jimmy Murphy, his assistant manager, took control.   He needed to find […]

The great ‘Smog’ settles in

It’s Saturday morning 6th December 1952 and the London Smog is so dense that residents in some parts of the city could not see their own feet as they walked!  The heart of London was paralyzed – you couldn’t see to walk and transport was at a stand-still.  Boat traffic on the Thames came to […]

The great ‘Smog’ settles in

This is an error caused by my carelessness.  The story will appear in early December  

Passports; Candlemas; a wind of change; a electric railway; the pips, Manchester United Munich air crash; a farmer’s wife

Monday 1st February 1915: British Passports had gone on general issue at the start of the First World War but proved to be subject to fraudulent use so, on this day, 1st February 1915, it became obligatory by law to include a photograph on the document. The passport was a one-page document folded into eight, […]