The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.

We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.

Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.

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The Cannon Loud, the Flag So High

Orphan in the Graveyard

In what I can only assume was a perfect storm of reader enthusiasm, rampant cheating, and the fact that I put a huge banner about it at the top of the site, The Run of Play has won both Soccerlens Blog Awards it was nominated for, Best EPL Blog and Best Blog You’ve Never Heard Of. We also picked up the Editor’s Choice Award for Best EPL Blog, which we share with the excellent Sniffing the Touchline.

I want to thank everyone who took the time to vote in the two Reader’s Choice categories. It’s the way you have of not thinking this site is terrible that inspires me almost every day not to forget that I started it. I’d also like to thank Ahmed and all the good people at Soccerlens: were it not for the way you created the awards and then nominated The Run of Play for them, I am genuinely not sure that we would have fared so well.


To my friends and favorite bloggers who were nominees and winners (Tom, Ian, Laurie, Chris, Tim, Chris O, Josh, etc.), congratulations. To my friends and favorite bloggers who were unaccountably left out (SpanglyPrincess, Roswitha), remember that the revolution will not be reckoned in trophies. The revolution will be reckoned in fine statements, muskets, and souls.

Thanks again.

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The Cannon Loud, the Flag So High

by Brian Phillips · February 18, 2008

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