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Articles by Paul Simpson

11 December 2019
When Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson decided to hold the 1970 general election during the World Cup, he was concerned what effect England's performance could have. Then, four days before the vote, the Three Lions were knocked out...
Pepe 1958
19 June 2019
On the anniversary of his first World Cup goal, we look back at how the Seleção's boy king conquered the world in Sweden – but only after some pre-tournament guff from within his own country's ranks
Longest FA Cup third round
4 January 2019
Paul Simpson relives the Arctic anarchy of 1962/63, when the winter weather played havoc with the football fixtures
9 November 2018
They’re the games we pick out on fixtures day, and keep us engaged throughout entire seasons. But why do we really care that much? Paul Simpson explains…
8 December 2016
Had FourFourTwo been around (presumably under a different name) 50 years ago, who would have been in the FFT100? FFT’s launch editor Paul Simpson wonders... 
29 July 2016
It's a team ingrained in memory, but was it always destined to be that way? Fifty years on from that Wembley triumph, Paul Simpson explains how chance moulded Sir Alf Ramsey's legends of '66
13 November 2015
The early history of English football’s home was anything but promising, reports Paul Simpson.
13 November 2015
Third in our list, the former Empire Stadium that went from near-bankruptcy to being the Venue of Legends. Paul Simpson gets Wembley fever...
26 March 2015
Former FourFourTwo Editor turned Champions chief Paul Simpson reflects on the Baltic nation determined to make its mark on Europe...
23 January 2015
Clubs whose winter buys don't work out won't be allowed to forget them – but, writes Paul Simpson, are there actually any differences with the summer deals that don't work out?