Another new feature to this blog (due to a suggestion from an interested reader) is collection of articles from World Soccer Magazine from 1960s onwards from excellent writers Eric Batty, Brian Glanville plus others.
Eric Batty and Brian Glanville will be permanent fixtures, however, other articles from Leslie Vernon, Keir Radnedge, Eric Weil , etc. will also be included.
Each Eric Batty section will include his famous yearly World XI section that was ever present until 1992, prior to his passing in 1994.
I. Eric Batty
WS Magazine Issue: September 1962
Article Title(s): ‘World’s Number 2 Country?’ and ‘Question: Quo Vadis
-Two articles from the same issue one dealing with
Czechoslovakia National team who had just finished runners-up in
that year’s World Cup and another one discussing problems facing soccer
WS Magazine Issue: July 1978
Article Title(s): ‘No Great Sides…No Surprise’
-Eric Batty’s Analysis of the 1978 World Cup
WS Magazine Issue: December 1960
Article Title(s): ‘The Eleven Best?’
-The very first World XI selection.
II. Brian Glanville
WS Magazine Issue: August 1978
Article Title(s): ‘Worst World Cup!’ and ‘World Cup Reflections’
-Two articles in the same issue dealing with analysis of the 1978 World Cup, the second article in from his regulr ‘The Brian Glanville’ Column in the magazine.
WS Magazine Issue: August 1979
Article Title(s): ‘Where do England stand?’ plus ‘The Brian Glanville Column’
-The state of the English national team and his regular column
WS Magazine Issue: May 1979
Article Title(s): ‘Greaves Confesses’ plus ‘The Brian Glanville Column’
-An analysis of Jimmy Greaves’ autobiography and his regular
III. Other Writers:
a) Leslie Vernon
WS Magazine Issue: October 1979
Article Title(s): ‘Idealist in charge of our national squad’
-Leslie Vernon interviewing England Manager Ron Greenwood
b) Ken Montgomery
WS Magazine Issue: September 1961
Article Title(s): ‘The Big Exodus
-About Scottish players leaving the Scottish league to join the English
b) Kenneth Wolstenholme
WS Magazine Issue: January 1962
Article Title(s): ‘Brazil to retain their World Title?’-Pre-World Cup Prediction and Analysis
Other Writers’ Columns-Part 1