Tuesday, 3 February 2009

...and there is no new thing under the sun. [Ecclesiastes 1:9]

Those who read this magazine every month regularly will know that the editor is always eager to find topics for us to write on which will keenly interest his multitude of boy readers.

It is no easy task for him to do this, winter after winter, for there can surely be hardly a single point of Soccer football which has not been written about and explained time after time by writers bad and good, by critics and advisers excellent and poor, skilful and ignorant. ... I seldom see such ignorance displayed as is shown in many papers with respect to Association football topics ...[especially by] armchair theorists or simply professional journalists.

From "A word to Boy-Captains" by Jos. W. Bache (Captain of England's Eleven and Aston Villa F.C.), in Young England: An Illustrated Magazine for Boys (1916).


Martinus Scriblerus said...

That's a keeper.

ginkers said...

Many a true word is said in a vest. Or something like that...