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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Dr. Chesapeake Marchpane

Dr. Chesapeake Marchpane

“I have devoted myself for many years to the researches that have led me to conclude that, magic in its wilder or more primary forms having fled from a world dominated by the hegemony of a false science, it has taken refuge in football, which, due to its proximity to the spirit of the people, has long proved a natural receptacle for the most ancient forms of folk magic.

“My researches into this matter having made me the target of numberless unknown enemies, I now roam the earth, eluding my dark pursuers, forever in search of the truth.”

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