Editor’s Pick

How Cyril the Swan became the UK’s most notorious mascot

Beginning in the late ’90s, Swansea City’s mascot was accused of all manner of fowl play, from inciting riots and head butting a referee to attacking other mascots and even a rival coach, all while saving the club’s financial fortunes. Then the nine-foot-tall bird became the prime suspect in a serious assault. by Jeff Maysh | …

The day Harry Redknapp put a fan on the field for West Ham

Harry Redknapp once pulled an abusive fan from the crowd and put him on the field for West Ham United. This is the story of Steve Davies. by Jeff Maysh | portraits by John Cairns This feature, from Howler issue 03, later won a poll of Longform readers who selected it as their all-time favorite soccer …

What is American soccer?

Every soccer culture has a defining characteristic. Watching more than 50 hours of USMNT game tape reveals what makes the U.S. men’s national team unique. illustration by Emiliano Ponzi by Matthew Doyle This story from our debut issue (Fall 2012) has become a Howler classic—one of the top two or three stories people mention if they’ve been …