Jon Spurling is a history and politics teacher in his day job, but has written articles and interviewed footballers for numerous publications at home and abroad over the last 25 years. He is a long-time contributor to FourFourTwo and has authored seven books, including the best-selling Highbury: The Story of Arsenal in N5, and Get It On: How The '70s Rocked Football was published in March 2022.
FIFA World Cup A Haitian hero, an unlikely Italian and a teenage Irishman going one better than Pele - all this and more on Jon Spurling’s list of players whose World Cup displays made them stars
Lists Jon Spurling picks six Wenger traits we'll all get misty-eyed over when the Frenchman leaves north London after almost 22 years this summer
Lists Maurizio Sarri and Kepa Arizzabalaga's tiff has dominated headlines this week – but this is just the latest in a long line of disagreements. Jon Spurling on more instances of the top man and his stars really not getting along...
Arsenal From misfiring strikers to hapless centre-backs: Jon Spurling on the transfers that Arsenal fans would really rather forget
Lists Jon Spurling selects a handful of players who showed dissent without barking at a referee
Lists At least Leicester's Riyad Mahrez never went to these lengths – Jon Spurling on the players who did a runner, featuring errant texts and rotters in the reserves
Lists Jon Spurling takes a look at those who really didn't enjoy conceding – or in some cases, scoring...
Arsenal From a determined new approach to getting deals over the line and the end of underachievers, Jon Spurling on the lessons to take from a busy winter
Arsenal Jon Spurling explains why Arsene Wenger’s men should embrace Thursday nights and go all out for victory in Europe's secondary competition this term
FFT 100 Greatest Held in wonder by Charlton, Beckenbauer and Puskas, the Blond Arrow rampaged his way around South America and Spain to make history with Real Madrid
FFT 100 Greatest The German bestrode European football like an elegant colossus, redefining what a defender could do and winning it all for club and country
FFT 100 Greatest Inter’s controversial, goalscoring superstar led Italy to World Cup glory in 1934 and 1938
FFT 100 Greatest Tireless running and thundering shooting prowess from the man who brought glory to Man United and England
Jon Spurling picks out some of football's most memorable reveals, including one that had Fergie frothing with fury
Sheffield United Sure, Leyton Orient finished their 3pm kick-off at 6:50pm on Saturday – but they got there in the end. Jon Spurling recalls the strange tales of games that didn't get that far for all manner of reasons
Football supporters overreacting? Hard as that notion is to believe, some supporters' actions have proved somewhat overzealous down the years
FA Cup Over the years, the final four have served up some fascinating and memorable encounters. Jon Spurling recalls the cream of the crop
Arsene Wenger has dismissed suggestions of first-team assistant Boro Primorac leaving as "fake news" – already a buzzword of 2017 thanks to a certain White House incumbent. But as Jon Spurling discovers, mistruths in the game were being reported long before Donald Trump got up in grills. Sad!
FA Cup Swansea, Sheffield Wednesday, Tottenham and Rochdale are all playing again for a place in the quarter-finals this midweek. Jon Spurling rummaged through the archives to find some ripsnorting repeats
Lists It's often said that the Premier League's the place to be, but the following footballers would probably disagree
FFTWATN Can you remember who was part of Arsene Wenger’s first great Gunners side? Dig in to find out more about them
Manchester United The latest in our ever-popular series looks back at Sir Alex’s FA Cup victors, who opened the floodgates for over two decades of glory