Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Soccer Mad Boffins in successful Swiss research visit!

Soccer Mad Boffins (Alex and Kevin) recently visited the International Olympic Committee, FIFA and the International Centre for Sports Studies (at the University of Neuch√Ętel) in Switzerland.  This was a very successful visit and findings will be used to inform our forthcoming book on the 1966 FIFA World Cup, to be published by Routledge in 2016.  It will be released 29th July, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the famous final in which England lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy. Kevin noted that 'we were able to access an unparalleled selection of resources' on this trip while Alex commented that 'our book promises to be the most deeply researched business/management history of the 1966 FIFA World Cup published to date. We hope that it will be received enthusiastically by historians, business management, and sports academics aliike. Back of the net!.'

Monday, 19 October 2015

Contribution to the website of Montrose FC

Soccer Mad Boffin Dr Alex Gillett has contributed an article about his Grandfather, footballer Giles 'Gil' Gillett, to the website of Scottish club Montrose FC.

After national service with the BAOR (British Army of the Rhine) Giles played professionally in the late 1940s/early 1950s, initially with English team Middlesbrough before transferring back to his native Scotland where he spent two seasons with Leith Athletic before signing for Montrose.

Included on the website are digitized archival documents including a copy of Giles' Montrose contract and player registration, as well as a match programme (Montrose vs Heart of Midlothian FC) and photographs, all of which may be of interest to people researching Scottish or post- WW2 football

The article can be found by clicking here.