In an era of mega-bucks TV deals and huge international scouting networks, many players still rise from semi-pro football to the domestic game’s summit. FFT investigates how it remains a path well trodden
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka had some choice words for Gaston Ramirez, after the Boro playmaker handed in a transfer request. Jon Spurling unearths some other footballers who morphed into Charlie Big Potatoes
Permanent deals might not be so hot in January, but short-term ones could be – especially after the Football League scrapped the ‘emergency loan’ window last summer. But how did it all start, and what brought the most controversy?