Italian boxer Primo Carnera got namechecked in the 1930s by PG Wodehouse and Sandy Powell. ALWYN TURNER explains why.
PAUL SAFFER on how sport came back with renewed purpose after its suspension in WW2.
As sport returns from its spell on the bench, PAUL SAFFER looks at how it came back after World War I.
Football has been criticised for its response to COVID-19 but PAUL SAFFER finds an echo from a global crisis a century ago.
From Derek Dougan to Gary Lineker, PAUL SAFFER finds plenty of footballers who won’t kick the big issues into the long grass.
PAUL SAFFER delves into a 1950s book for boys & finds more grit than glamour. And some imperialist football.
Long before the 2018 World Cup, a Radio 4 sitcom explored the links between Russia and football, says PAUL SAFFER.
PAUL SAFFER explains how Peter Purves invented modern football at Italia 90.
PAUL SAFFER remembers the last English president of FIFA. Sir Stanley wouldn’t have approved of the modern game.
Ex-footballer George Weah has just been elected president of Liberia – but where are Britain’s sporting politicos? PAUL SAFFER finds a few, but has to dig deep.
Some leftover highlights and lowlights of the last 12 months.
He won Olympic medals, helped create the Commonwealth Games and, er, taught ALWYN TURNER.