The first league scorer 1888 : Kenny Davenport

On 22 November 2016 I was delighted to help unveil in Bolton a plaque to commemorate Kenny Davenport’s achievement in scoring the first ever League goal in 1888. Click on the link to see coverage by Bolton News, Granada TV and our own YouTube video.


Moving the Goalposts

the Shrovetide football game in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Football has changed vastly since medieval times when games featured hundreds of players on fields spanning miles – but not everywhere. Mark Metcalf provides a history lesson from Ashbourne in Derbyshire where shopkeepers are boarding up their windows and doors when they should be selling pancake mix. (Article from the Big Issue March 2017).

Vintage art football prints for sale 




Documentary film on the life of Fred Spiksley and the Birth of Football set to go ahead. 


Charlie Hurley – the greatest centre half the world has ever seen