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.
A New Formation: How Black Footballers Shaped The Modern Game, by Calum Jacobs, takes a closer look at the likes of Ian Wright and Hope Powell among others
FA Cup FA Cup replays are widely regarded as dull affairs and an unnecessary extra game in the calendar, but over the years there have been some incredible fixtures
FIFA World Cup Sure, Qatar aren't great… but how do they compare against? West Germany’s filthy crew, England’s fake gold and the team that conceded 10 goals in one game?
Premier League Jon Spurling dishes the dirt on more than 50 years of classics between the Gunners and Reds
Lists Andros Townsend cheesed off Cristiano Ronaldo with a "Siu" celebration - but the joy of finding the net can soon turn to despair, as Jon Spurling recalls
Lists Harry Kane hasn't reported to training - but at least Nuno knows where he is. Unlike this lot...
Forget a warm welcome - signing for a new club often involves scorched clothes, inappropriate swearing and toilet brushes...
Ron Atkinson's Manchester United set off like a train – but went badly off the rails as their bitter rivals steamed past them. Jon Spurling blows the dust off the history books
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
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...
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 From Argentina's most decorated player having an Indian summer at the King Power to Swansea's Spanish revelation, Jon Spurling discusses 10 of the most fleeting talents from footballing folklore
Lists Neymar is apparently trying to choose his next club as he desperately seeks an exit from PSG. Jon Spurling unearths some other footballers who morphed into Charlie Big Potatoes
Arsene Wenger As the fastidious Frenchman brings down the curtain on his game-changing Gunners tenure, FFT presents his most intriguing episodes in north London
UEFA Champions League Tottenham and Liverpool will face off in this year's Champions League final, while Arsenal and Chelsea could yet replicate that in the Europa. Phwoar indeed: history suggests there could be fireworks...
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
FIFA World Cup Greedy players, managers under fire and the ultimate basket case squad – Jon Spurling on when World Cup teams tore themselves apart off the pitch
Arsenal On Friday, it's been a decade since the first competitive game in the Gunners' shiny arena. Jon Spurling looks back at some of the most momentous matches
Top 10 Feeling the pinch? Don't worry, writes Jon Spurling, history suggests you don't always need to raid the sofa cracks to break even. Or on second thoughts...
David Rocastle On this day in 2001, the former England midfielder passed away after losing his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. 19 years on, Jon Spurling explains why 'Rocky' remains such an iconic figure for Gunners everywhere
Lists No Alisson, no problem? As Liverpool face a stretch without their first-choice keeper, fans can take heart that players called upon as replacements sometimes turn out to be just fine
Arsenal Jon Spurling earmarks strikers, steel and injury prevention as areas for improvement for Arsene Wenger...