Newswire: Gastown FC continued their strong start to the season with a win on Friday, giving them seven points from a possible nine. Taking on a youthful America FC side, Gastown took a first half lead through Meredith who anticipated a pass from the back perfectly before thumping in at the near post. The 2nd half saw GFC ring the changes including bringing on Oakes who made an immediate impact by whipping in a dangerous cross that was handled six yards out. Meredith made it a brace from the spot before making way for Samba star Srour. GFC were awarded a second penalty when yet another Oakes delivery was handled in the area. With Meredith off, Parrott claimed spot kick duties and calmly slotted in to make it 3-0. America scored an equalizer with 15 minutes to play which set up a finish that was a bit more frantic than Gastown would've liked, but it was too little too late for America who were condemned to their third loss of the season.

The Great One

Seeing Mathieu Flamini score a peach of a volley and watching Arsenal supporters being absolute nobs at White Hart Lane yesterday was all well and good. As a Canadian club though, our favourite moment of the match came before a ball had been kicked. Perhaps influenced by one of Canada's best sporting exports and Spurs supporter Steve Nash, Tottenham invited another living legend, Wayne Gretzky, to be their guest of honour. Tottenham legend Ledley King presented The Great One with a custom shirt with his iconic number 99 on the back, complete with his name spelled wrong. It's the kind of thing we'd expect from a North American sports franchise, which makes the blunder so perfect.


Newswire: Matchday Two of the VMSL season saw Gastown FC battle Vancuouver United at a rain-soaked Hillcrest Park on Saturday afternoon. Despite seeing more of the ball and looking a bit more likely to score GFC went into the break level at 0-0. Allen-Symmons was a constant nuisance and could have had a hat-trick on another day if he hadn't forgotten his finishing boots, but did put the visitors in front with his second of the campaign to go up 1-0. United equalized almost immediately however to set-up a squeaky bum finish. A late corner to Gastown saw a header cross the line in a goalmouth scramble for what looked to be a last minute winner for The Iron. It was disallowed by the referee though as he seemed to be the only one on the pitch who didn't see it cross the line before being hooked out of the goal with a past-last-ditch clearance that wound up being the last kick of the game. Despite their protests and without Hawkeye to prove it, Gastown were left feeling a bit "England 2010ish" as they rued their missed chances earlier in the game after it ended all square at 1-1.

The All Blacks

While we prefer our footballs to be round, we do love our sports and so have been enjoying a bit of the ovoid variety thanks to the Rugby World Cup which has just kicked off. There's been some great early story lines thanks to Japan's massive upset over South Africa and the injury woes of Wales for example it's the fabled The All Blacks that've piqued our interest. It started with this great article in The Guardian leading up to the tournament with explored why they're very likely the most dominant team in any sport ever. Then came the fantastic Beats by Dre advert featuring All Black captain Richie McCaw. Equal parts inspiring and motivating, it builds on the success of last summer's FIFA World Cup version from the headphone giants. Possibly what's made us think the most traitorous thoughts though is when New Zealand finally lined up against Argentina in literally all black down to the studs. In the current climate of obnoxiously coloured fluorescent boots, to see the whole team in black-out colourways line up for the Haka made our aesthetic-centric minds more than a bit jealous. While it's likely a directive that's come from Adidas, it's a genius one and looks amazing anyways. Force of Black indeed.

Watch the ad, and swoon for/see the boots below.

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Newswire: Gastown F.C. kicked off the 2015-16 season with a come from behind victory over GFC United Lions on Saturday. On a blistering late-summer afternoon, Gastown started the quickest with summer signing Oakes slipping in a low cross for Meredith – returning from a season-long loan spell with Saltaire – to stroke in. The men in black could've gone up 3-0 but couldn't convert a string of first half chances and were made to pay as they went into the break 2-1 down after some clinical finishing from the Lions. Determined to start the season with a win though, Gastown were much improved in the 2nd half and equalized through Jameson who had a peach of a game down the right. The winner came 20 minutes from time by Allen-Symmons who made amends for a horrible miss earlier by smashing a dipping shot into the top corner to make it 3-2.

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.

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