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.


My heritage work with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) 2016 – 2020

My work on behalf of the PFA to erect a plaque honouring John Aston Junior 

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]

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

Mark’s interview for Granada News 2 August 2013

My work with disabled fans at Manchester United

My work in Blackpool for the Professional Footballers’ Association to honour Frank Swift and Jimmy Armfield

Millwall fans and the Bradley Lowery Foundation

Martin Cooper, Charlie Metcalf & Chris Prete

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

All-Weather Pitch health risks

If You Know Your History

Sunderland : formed 25/09/1880

The Sunderland Echo of 27 September 1880 announces that teachers have formed a football club two days earlier on 25 September 1880.  The teachers’ association was a trade union and this makes Sunderland the only senior football club to have been formed by a trade union.  When the teachers were unable to get sufficient teachers to play the game they widened out their search and formed Sunderland Association Football Club on 16 October 1880.

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Why Crystal Palace’s claim to be oldest League club is false