England

When Luton won the League Cup, then dropped out of the league

This day in football history (RobbieG1/Flickr) On 5 April 2009, Luton Town won the Football League Trophy in extra time over Scunthorpe, capping a run of last-gasp heroics for the Hatters in the tournament. The run of good fortune did not extend elsewhere, however, as Luton Town finished the season at the bottom of the English …

When Charlton Athletic angered their fans with an April Fools’ Day prank

This day in football history On 1 April 2002, Charlton Athletic pulled an April Fools’ Day prank that tricked hundreds of supporters. In the program for that day’s contest against Arsenal, the club included a full-page announcement stating that they had received complaints about the sword featured in their current crest, which some people found inappropriately …

Where have all the hard men gone?

How soccer somehow became less beautiful when its ugliest players disappeared by Kevin Alexander You knew them by the way they tackled: human cannonballs barreling through legs like they were duckpins. You knew them by the way they looked: hulking beasts with close-shorn haircuts, like bouncers on the midfield line deciding when to snap the …

Jamie Vardy can’t stop beating himself up

Someone needs to protect Jamie Vardy from himself Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score the second goal in England’s 2–0 win over Lithuania on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean he was entirely happy with his performance. At one point, he headbutted the ground—and this was after he had already scored. This is far from …

The Lansdowne Road riot

This day in football history On 15 February 1995, a riot erupted at a friendly between Ireland and England in Dublin. A subsequent report laid the blame on English supporters and Irish authorities. The supporters in question were members of Combat 18, an English neo-Nazi white supremacist group with a history of violence including football hooliganism. …

When Liverpool suffered their worst cup defeat

This day in football history (Worcester City/Twitter) On 15 January 1959, Southern League side Worcester City staged one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history by beating Liverpool 2–1 at St. George’s Lane in the third round. At the time, Liverpool were atop the Second Division table, three levels above non-league strugglers Worcester City. City, …

Southampton teach Liverpool a lesson about social media karma

The Saints get retribution for Liverpool’s Twitter flippancy (Southampton/Twitter) In the lead up to the first leg of their EFL Cup semifinal against Southampton, Liverpool Tweeted a bit of promotional artwork. Take a look: At first glance, it appears to be nothing more than a nice change of pace to the usual stream of promotional …