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Mental Health and Football

Mental Health and Football

One in four of us will experience a mental health illness this year. In a rapidly changing world the one thing we appear not to have conquered is improving the nation’s mental health. I grew up in a household over shadowed by the spectre of depression. In the 1970s and 80s it was very much a secret to be hidden, a ghost to be exorcised, a topic not open for discussion. There were many happy times but, in hindsight, society’s detrimental view of the illness made it a whole lot harder to deal with. Decades have passed and admittedly there...

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The Psychology of Football Nostalgia

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The Psychology of Football Nostalgia

The Psychology of Football Nostalgia We’ve all witnessed the rise of retro in football over the past few years. Whether it be a match-worn shirt or a replica retro piece, the proliferation of vintage charity shop finds or the effect of historical kits on the designs of new ones, there is no denying the influence nostalgia is having on the football apparel we’re wearing right now. The beautifully minimalist, commemorative FA Cup shirt released by Chelsea recently sold out within 24 hours and when @The_Kitsman recently polled his Twitter followers on their shirt purchasing rationale, when it wasn't the team they...

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Political Football

Political Football

Political Football by Andrew Godsell  We are used to the term political football being bandied about, usually to describe an issue that is a source of long-running contention between different political parties. Now that we are in a General Election campaign, as the Labour reds and Conservative blues battle for national power, it is a good time to look at the football affiliations of some prominent politicians – without getting bogged down in any heavy debate. It looks certain that either the Labour or Tory teams will take the title. Meanwhile the Scottish National Party, with their yellow emblem, battle...

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Changing Lives Through Football

Changing Lives Through Football

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child we take a look at some of the football inspired initiatives raising the aspirations of children

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The World's First Football Club

The World's First Football Club

On the 24th October 1857 the world's first football club, Sheffield F.C. was created. The two founding members, William Prest and Nathanial Crestwick, team-mates at the local cricket club, were looking to stay fit during the winter months and football proved the perfect pursuit. Arsenal was founded 15 years later in 1886, with Manchester United created in 1878. Sheffield F.C. joined the Football Association in 1863, but remained an amateur side when the FA allowed professional football in 1885. They reached the F.A. Cup quarter finals in 1874, 1876 and 1878 and were Football Association Amateur Cup Winners 1904  Since...

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