Manchester Football Writing Festival: Celebrating football writing

The Offside Rule

By Laura Jones.

The music festival season may have come to an end, but football writing’s Glastonbury is about to take to the stage in Manchester. Laura Jones takes a look at the headlining acts.

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England World Cup Squad 1982 album

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The Goldstone Wrap

Here are Brighton’s skipper Steve Foster and their future striker Justin Fashanu in action:


In 1982, both players also turned their talents in the recording studio. With the Albion, Foster had a stab at singing on ‘In Brighton’ / ‘The Goldstone Rap’.

Fozzie also featured in the official England World Cup Squad song: ‘This Time (We’ll Get It Right)’:

Believe it or not, a whole album of songs was released:


As noted by Derek Hammond and Gary Silke in ‘Got Not Got’:

The FA’s resolute refusal to acknowledge disco, punk or even New Romanticism was partly tempered on the ‘This time We’ll Get It Right’ LP, where Justin Fashanu’s frankly astonishing ‘Do It Cos You Like It’ predated the thrust of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Relax’ by at least a year.

Please note: This blog is coming to an end as a daily blog in 10 days time…

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The Painted Streets of Brazil – Nice one Google.

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The 12elfth Man

Google - Brazil Painted Streets

Taking a snapshot of the World Cup emblazoned streets of Brazil and bringing to you wherever you are, Google has utilised street view in a rather beautiful way.

I would urge you to check this out.

You can pick a number of streets from all over the contry. Get stuck in and take a peak. It’s a great sight!

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Similarly, if you like that…you can also take a look inside all the stadiums being used throughout the tournament in the same way. Just head over here for these.

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A Lot Of Balls 1959-62


Beyond The Last Man

A Word From Our SponsorsWe’re no technophobes but will admit that when it comes to buying a new football we do struggle to get our head around the concept of AFMT (Advanced Football Manufacturing Technique). You probably won’t recognise this acronym simply because we’ve just made it up, but we’ll wager that you would quite readily have believed such a thing existed. It’s something of an unfortunate bi-product of the useless, pseudo-science marketing babble that we have become long accustomed to by manufacturers of footballs.

If you told BTLM that the new ball FIFA will use in the 2014 World Cup has inbuilt Wi-Fi, can send notifications to a smartphone detailing its mood, is hand-stitched from unicorn hide by Bolivian pygmies and releases an atomised spray of Calvin Klein Eternity each time you head it, then we would quite probably take you at face value. It’s easy to be taken in by it all.

Perhaps it’s a generational thing but as modern footballs…

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