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Devil in the Detail: Football Map

Posted by Phil Skegg on

Devil in the Detail is our new series of blog posts, designed to give you a glimpse behind the velvet curtain into Dorothy's studio. The posts will attempt to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about our work, provide an insight into our design process and reveal some of the hidden details waiting to be discovered in our information rich designs.

Our Football Map is packed full of references to the beautiful game, featuring over 500 iconic people and places associated with the sport including much loved grounds, legendary players and memorable commentators.

Here we reveal the four footballing greats we sneaked onto the map who were remembered more for what they did off the pitch than what they did on it.

 

Stan Bowles b. 24th December 1948

Stan Bowles, half genius, half clown, full time chancer. His play-making off the pitch more than matched than those on the pitch; drinking, betting, skirting with the criminal underworld (including a brief liaison with The Quality Street Gang) but his biggest achievement was bedding as many females as he could, whether they were single or not.

On the pitch he could turn the defence inside out (if he hadn’t frequented the pub the night before), off the pitch he could turn the opposite sex inside out. A stint on BBC’s Superstars saw him beaten by Formula 1’s James Hunt at running and then nearly accidentally shooting himself in the foot at the target range. He still holds the record with the lowest points (all seven of them) recorded, even beating dart supremo Jocky Wilson to the title. He was last seen being chased down the street by the husband of his latest conquest. 

 

Nobby Stiles b. 18 May 1942

Nobby Stiles, what he lacked in looks (and front teeth) he made up for in pure grit and determination. Partly responsible for England’s 1966 World Cup win and firm favorite at Old Trafford, Stiles is one of only three Englishmen along side Bobby Charlton and Ralph Coates to sport a comb-over and represent his country.

 

 Jimmy Hill b. 22 July 1928 - d. 19 December 2015

Jimmy Hill, best known for being presenter (and pundit) for over 600 appearances on Match Of The Day throughout the 1980’s, had a football career that spanned both player and manager over 20 years. But what really made Jimmy stand out (apart from his inappropriate remarks on MOTD) was his incredible chin, a spectacle that put Brucie’s in the shade.

 

Peter Storey b. 7 September 1945

Probably football’s most colourful, yet unchampioned character is Peter Storey. His list of offences sound like a series of the Sweeney (it was a wonder that he didn’t get a guest appearance). The honours he achieved throughout his football career at Arsenal & England are over-shadowed by his illustrious criminal record which included running a brothel, counterfeiting, car theft and importing illegal pornography. What a guy...

Dorothy's Football Map is available to buy here.


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