The real Escape to Victory

In 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War, several of Britain’s most famous footballers were imprisoned in the brutal Ruhleben internment camp, on the outskirts of Berlin. Surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards, they found freedom in the thing they knew best: football.

 

The birth of the fan

How did we become football fans? Many of us can trace the lineage of our support through our fathers, our grandfathers and so on. But association football has only been around for 150 years. At some point, perhaps six or seven generations ago, our ancestors discovered and embraced the emerging game.

 

The Amazing Archie Goodall

Archie Goodall was a highly-regarded Victorian footballer who later found fame with a bizarre strongman act ‘Walking the Loop’. This is the goal-scoring, opponent-kicking, fan-punching, wife-poisoning, car-crashing, gravity-defying tale of ‘one of the most remarkable personalities football has ever produced’.