Just before football became the beast it is today, Nick Hornby narrated a documentary for BBC Two called “The Ball is Round“.
In it various famous and non-famous talking heads explained why they watch soccer – sadly, it didn’t kill the myth that “soccer” is an Americanism – and also flashed on screen the speakers’ first matches.
As an aside, mine was Bury 0-0 Swindon Town in Division Four 27 years ago.
One the arguments for the game’s popularity given was “a lot of people watch football because a lot of people watch football.” How then to explain the continued existence of clubs like Amersham Town.
Formed in 1890 they’ve yet to win anything of note but still carve out a niche for themselves in the splendid surroundings of Spratley’s Meadow – one of the most hidden football grounds you will ever fail to find. It does have a nice club house to reward you should you make it though.
Set of photos here.
* EDIT: Actually not – 20 was the official gate