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.
A lot of people asked to see more of these, so here’s a second batch, extending a bit later into the twentieth century.
Little boy with football, c. 1910s
Wembley Stadium, 1925
Little boy with footballer toy, 1930s. Do they still make toys like this?
Football Illustrated, “A Throw-In,” c. 1940
Football Illustrated, “A Touch Line,” c. 1940
Football Illustrated, “Centre Forward,” c. 1940
Football Illustrated, “Ball Control,” c. 1940
Illustration of a soccer game played at Iowa’s Camp Algona, which held 10,000 German prisoners of war during WWII.
Molly Brett, “Fairy Games: Football.” Over to you, Jim Rome.
“Thanksgiving.” Okay, this is probably American football, but I’d like to believe that the turkey seemed like a hard tackler and the kid shrieked and picked up the ball.
Either this goalkeeper is way out of his net, or this volleyball game is being played on the wrong surface.
Bob Marley juggling
Buckingham Palace guards defend a free kick.
German football cows. Can you find the ball?
U.S. Women’s National Team photographed by Annie Leibovitz, 1996
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by Brian Phillips · October 28, 2010