Premier League Managers 2015-16

This gem of an image comes courtesy of our friends at Nowhere FC – a collage of the managers in charge of this season's twenty Premier League combantants from their playing days. A few (Sparky, Koeman) had slightly more illustrious playing careers than others (Wenger, Rogers) but as can be seen, most had fantastic haircuts at the very least. Surprisingly too, whoever put it together even managed to find a photo of Jose Mourinho about to take part in what we can only assume is the one and only time he actually played the game himself. Which makes his managerial career that much more impressive really...


Football Kits of the 90's

A subject close to our hearts, naturally Alec Leach's reflection on the bygone era of shirts over on Highsnobiety struck a chord with us. While we would disagree that the sheer mentalness of many kits of the era go overlooked – the likes of Hull and Wolves' 1992 monstrosities for example, are pretty well documented at this point – it is interesting though how even back then, supporters complained about how garish they were, and yet they still sold – just like today. Sigh…

Above though is one of our favourite beasts of era as worn by the legendary Razor Ruddock. Liverpool's Third kit was hastily produced just in time for their 1993 Boxing Day fixture away to Sheffield United. Naturally, their Home strip that season was the traditional red, and their Away was white, both of which clashed with the white and red stripes of the Blades. So at the insistence of the FA, Adidas had to hurriedly come up with a third alternative which they only used twice that season. So few times that it wasn't made available for sale to the public until next season when it was used again and worn slightly more regularly.

While a beautifully ugly shirt in itself – it'd be lovely if it didn't have the jacquard pattern so typical of the time – it's those little nuances of history that spark the nostalgia and get our inner football geek going.


San Siro

Over the weekend Nowness released this lovely look at the home of AC Milan and Internazionale by filmmaker Yuri Ancarani. While not your typical vignette on football, the hypnotic architectural short is an insightful look at one of the great cathedrals of the game. One that beautifully captures a parallel sense of the pseudo-religious devotion to it that so many of us share.


Another (strange) Chapter in North American Soccer History

When it comes to soccer's long and illustrious history of obscure and outré professional leagues in North America, the star-studded NASL of the 1970s typically springs to mind. It's the curious story of the Major Indoor Soccer League of the 1980s and 90s that recently piqued the interest of Joe Swide though. The former G.F.C. columnist penned a great article documenting both the history of the MISL and the great fan(s) cum archivists who are keeping the game's bizarre history here alive.

Read it over at VICE Sports


Newswire: Gastown F.C. narrowly edged a top of the table encounter against GN Sporting Club at a rainy Newton Athletic on Friday evening. GFC took a fortuitous first half lead thanks to a Maddux free kick which found it's way through the area and bounced into the top corner. Buoyed by their luck, Gastown began the second period quickly and soon doubled their advantage through Bart. The two-goal cushion proved more curse than gift though as GFC sat back on the lead and were under pressure for the remainder of the match. GN pulled one back to set up a nervy finale, but a string of good saves from man-of-the-match Ostridge prevented a leveller. Salvador killed the game for the Ironmen when he headed in a third in the dying minutes.

MLS Next

Today Major League Soccer took a step into the future with the release of a new league crest. The new identity sheds the familiar boot and ball imagery which has featured on the leagues logo for the past twenty years, for a refreshingly effective crest. The wordmark being combined with the subtleties of the sport and the league's main pillars: Club, Country, Community, make for a perfectly simple design, though we're not sold on the slash starting outside the shield. Unique to the league though is the fact that each club has been given their own version of the crest – in their respective club colours – which will be used on the sleeves of their shirts. While there are a few which inevitably look quite similar,  Vancouver, New York City and Kansas City for example, it's a lovely understated detail from a design standpoint. With the significant growth of the sport in North America in the past 4-5 years, the new crest is a nice change which is another positive step forward for a league looking to establish itself on a global stage.

Read more about the re-brand here.


The Feeling - Brazil 2014 x Adidas

Missing the World Cup? So are we. To tide you over until the football season starts anew, here is a brilliant animation celebrating some of the best moments of the tournament in Brazil. Sure, it may not be as awesome as the Richard Swarbrick work (Messi v Getafe or Henman v Gustafsson) which it blatantly mimics and the music is godawful, but if you've not seen his work before this might be a chance to introduce yourself to it! Enjoy.


A call to arms, well legs really.

As the sun beats down on our slightly overweight, post-Pemberton poisoned corpses, it has dawned upon us that August long weekend is nearly upon us. To most, Auggy Long symbolizes a weekend of lake-filled fun. To GFC though, it's that special time of the year when we dust off the Total 90s, polish the Preds and tape up the holes in our Kings. As everyone laments the dwindling of Summer, we rejoice in finally getting to work on that beach body with a healthy dose of pre-season training. If like us, you've spent the last two months on the couch watching as Ron Vlaar and Benedikt Hoewedes played their way into your heart but are now looking to trade Cheetos for Catenaccio, we want to hear from you.

As Vancouver's 31st (estimated) most illustrious amateur footballing family is on the hunt for the next Rickie Lambert, as Gastown has a penchant for molding raw talent into beetroot canners. Following last season's heartbreakingly narrow relegation from the First Division of Vancouver's Metro Soccer League, The Iron are looking to bolster their ranks with committed, competent and sociable footballers.

We're based out of Andy Livingstone during the season and train twice a week. We'll be starting Pre-season the week of August 4th and so if you're looking to get back into competitive football, make some more friends, or if you're new to the city and need football to survive then send us an email - we look forward to hearing from you!

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