"Following on from your old football-inspired albums question, Iron Maiden's Somewhere in Time has reference to West Ham beating Arsenal 7-3 on the album cover," begins Paul Baker. "Barring the SFA using the iconic Robin Friday at Cardiff image, the Wedding Present's George Best at Manchester United one and Mogwai's Zidane soundtrack (Real Madrid), have any other football teams been referenced on CD album covers?" A fine question, Paul, and one that has brought the most comprehensive and least digressive answer from Paul White. We don't know if our correspondent has been riffling through the album racks in Noord-Holland, but he's uncovered a gem with this. The artistic collaboration between FC Volendam and Radio Veronica resulted in this love child in 1973, the same year that "The Other Orange" became the first Eerste Divisie side to tie up a sponsorship deal – with the offshore pirate radio station Veronica. They put a large V on their shirts that season, claiming to get around … [Read more...] about Which football teams have been referenced on album covers?
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“I have a question!” exclaimed Edward Brown last week. “With Norwich needing a mighty 17-goal swing to avoid relegation in their final game (and results to go their way, of course), what has been the greatest escape by a club on the last day of the season thanks to a reverse of their goal difference? Surely no team has overcome anything more than a five-goal deficit on the final day to send another team down?” Norwich, you may have noticed, did not manage a 17-goal swing or, indeed, even a victory on the final day, so the Canaries will be playing Championship football next season. When it comes to the greatest deficits overturned, however, there are several notable instances and a few astonishing non-relegation-related final day turnarounds. First though to a final-day Houdini act from the Bundesliga in 1998-99. Here’s Rob Smyth in his Joy of Six: great escapes to explain: With four games to go, a deficit of four points seemingly made Frankfurt, er, dead … [Read more...] about The greatest final-day football turnarounds
"With all the talk of Arsenal's terribly 'long' wait for a trophy (almost nine years), spare a thought for Rochdale," writes Peter Hughes. "In their 107 year history they are yet to win a trophy. This could change at the weekend if results go their way [They didn't – Knowledge Ed]. Can any other team top this?" Before we look into this, here's Malcolm Warburton with some important clarifications: "Rochdale won the Lancashire Combination in 1910-11 and 1911-12. On the first occasion they finished seven points ahead of reserve teams from Everton, Bolton Wanderers, Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers, but these all left, together with nine other reserve teams, to become founder members of the Central League. The second time they won by six points from St Helens Recreation before themselves joining the Central League, which at that time was a sort of Greg Dyke-style mixture of reserve and first teams. But when Third Division North was founded in 1921 all the first team members became … [Read more...] about Have there been any teams who have never won a single thing?
(CNN)Dave Kelly can still recall the time he glimpsed the biggest pack of pasta he had ever seen. Standing inside a community center in the UK city of Liverpool, Kelly just stood and stared at the packet. Curious about the line of people coming out of the center close to Anfield, home of Liverpool soccer club, Kelly pulled over and asked what was going on. He was told it was a line to use the food bank. Inside, he began to talk to those who had set up the stock room. Dave Kelly (L) and former Everton player Graham Stuart collect donations outside Goodison Park. "I'd never seen anything like it -- it was the biggest bag of pasta I had seen in my life," Kelly told CNN. Read More "To say the shelves were bare was an understatement. The only things left were the pasta and six tins of tuna the food bank was going to have to divide equally so everyone got something. "I knew then we had to do something." Kelly left a changed man and embarked on what he describes as "drastic … [Read more...] about Football and food banks: How UK soccer fans are helping tackle society’s ‘gaping wound’
“German football magazine 11Freunde asked for ‘two further football players beside the ever-present George Best’ to find on the cover of Oasis’s Definitely Maybe. I’m only able to spot Rodney Marsh – is there another?” asks Ulrich Stolze. This is the problem with MP3s: you can’t consult them when you need to answer obscure questions for weekly internet-based football columns. We did find the front cover, but despite studying it so hard that our visual acuity went down by 22.24%, we could only find the aforementioned Best and Marsh. Thankfully, Graham Randall prefers the tangible to the digital. “On the inside cover of the vinyl version, Liam is reading a newspaper,” says Graham. “On the back page is Leicester’s Steve Walsh celebrating his winner in the 1994 play-off final against Derby.” Walsh completes an unlikely trinity. There is a photograph of Best on the windowsill and another of Marsh by the … [Read more...] about Which football players appear on the cover of Definitely Maybe?