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.
I haven’t read, or even seen, Hunter Davies’s Postcards from the Edge of Football, but I love looking at old football postcards. I like the thought that underneath all the large public channels of media and culture, the world is being crisscrossed with these incidental private images of the game, carrying greetings, questions, and experiences from one person to another.
Tom Browne, “A Full Back,” c. 1903
Tom Browne, “Head Work,” c. 1903
Tom Browne, “Poor Referee!,” c. 1903
Tom Browne, “Fisting Out the Ball,” c. 1903
Tom Browne, “I’ve Swallowed It,” c. 1903
Tom Browne, “D-D-Don’t Know,” c. 1903
Tom Browne, “After the Ball,” Christmas 1903
Handmade French postcard from 1903
“Half Time,” 1905
“The Hope of His Side,” 1907
“Well Saved!,” 1908
“On the Ball,” early 20th century
“A Good Save,” early 20th century
“A Good Header,” early 20th century
The crowd at Exeter-Bristol City, 1917
Dutch football, 1918. The giant mustachioed man in the center appears not to notice the smaller man fouling him.
Brighton & Hove Albion, commemorative FA Cup lineup card, 1922
The Wasps, Swindon, 1923
The reverse side reads: “D. Jimmy – I’m sure this is you, because of the striped breeches. What ever have you been doing? Have you still a lot of work to do? Ask Alice to put some patches on your jersey before I come and see you again. Cecil.”
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by Brian Phillips · October 26, 2010