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The History of Squad Numbers

No matter how much one may try to be cool, it’s hard not to descend to the levels of screaming schoolgirls at a One Direction gig when David Squires acknowledges …

This post had been intended to be about just one thing – a kind-of example of squad numbers in the Football League in the 1-11 days – but further digging brought …

Simon Treanor is somebody we’ve regularly engaged with on social media and we were delighted when he got in touch offering to write a piece based on how he assigned numbers …

Given how ubiquitous permanent squad numbers have become, it’s easy to forget that they are still a relatively new phenomenon in ‘ordinary’, domestic football. After an experiment in the 1993 …

As regular readers of the blog will know, the Netherlands have featured heavily here. The country was at the vanguard of the alphabetical numbering movement, it fielded 1-11 in two consecutive …

We’ve already looked at how different numbering systems developed in Britain, Argentina, Brazil and Eastern Europe, and there is another historically distinct method which, it could be argued, is the …

We do enjoy when clubs ‘tidy up’ their numbers, i.e. the re-assignment of first-teamers with higher numbers. Arsenal giving Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey 7 and 8 respectively for the coming season …

Our last blog post finished with the words, “Wales represent the best best chance of seeing 1-11 on the pitch together in the latter stages”, but we’ll be honest and …

Every so often, we hear phrases about how numbers mean little these days in terms of positions, while articles on the subject will generally focus on egregious offences. We felt …

Three players have played in five different World Cup finals competitions. While Gianluigi Buffon was Italy’s number 22 at France 98, he wore 1 in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. …

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