Revisiting Danny Baker’s Sunday League football TV show The Game, featuring hungover players and forgotten boots, potato-patch pitches and taped-up goal-nets, half-time cigarettes and full-time cans of lager, and plenty of swearing, plus at least one ball that ends up under a passing London bus.
The date was Saturday 17 April 1937, the match was Scotland versus England at Hampden Park, Glasgow. It was the first all-ticket international. The official attendance was 149,407. Written for The Blizzard, this is the story of Britain’s biggest-ever football crowd.
Britain may not have invented football, but it did knock it into shape – drawing up rules, forming clubs, organising competitions, and sending the association version out into the world via travelling migrants who became football missionaries. A review of Keith Baker’s book Fathers of Football.