Football Queens & Kings

Chapter 93 – Arundel Hotel, Strand

Following three days of researching the capital, I circle today’s date in my diary: 28 February 1872: Meeting Robert Smith at six o’clock; Football Association AGM.  Tonight is especially cold, as I meander my way through the City of Westminster to the Arundel Hotel, located at the South end of Arundel Street, Strand. Robert Smith … Continue reading Chapter 93 – Arundel Hotel, Strand

Chapter 92 – The London Search

My week commences with meeting George, my architect friend, who has a great knowledge of London. “I have one objective. A large office with adjoining accommodation, close to Kings Cross Station and an address befitting of Thompson & French.” “I like a challenge”, replied George, and we head into the bustling city. At five o’clock, … Continue reading Chapter 92 – The London Search

Chapter 91 – The London Debate

James Hogg and I accompany our new journalist acquaintance, Malcolm Anderson, out of the Surrey Cricket Ground, when there is a shout from behind. We turn around to find Robert and James Smith, the Queens Park brothers, walking towards us.  “Where have you been?”, I ask, “and more importantly, why on earth were you not … Continue reading Chapter 91 – The London Debate

Chapter 89 – England v Scotland

James Hogg and I stand transfixed as the game kicks off. “Which players are missing from Scotland’s ranks?”, I ask the gentleman in front. “Quintin Hogg and Henry Renny-Tailyour sustained severe injuries this week. Gladstone is unavailable.”, replied the man. Muir Mackenzie, Scottish Captain, allows England to play with the wind behind them in the … Continue reading Chapter 89 – England v Scotland

Chapter 88 – Football Match Preview

We board our carriage and head for Kennington Oval via the Vauxhall Bridge. I hand The Morning Post to James Hogg, which contains an excellent match preview, including the names of the ‘English players and Scotchmen of the metropolis’. “Mr W. H. Gladstone M.P.  is most likely to play for Scotland?”, said James. “Yes, he … Continue reading Chapter 88 – Football Match Preview

Chapter 85 – The Dapper Gentleman

Edinburgh Waverley is the beating drum of the city, where the variety of life is fascinating. The difference is clear between people rushing to their work and those slowly taking in the city for the first time. James Hogg arrives. “Good morning.”, I said. The smile on James’ face is ear to ear.  “I have … Continue reading Chapter 85 – The Dapper Gentleman

Chapter 84 – The Edinburgh Office

Edinburgh has been home for a month. After my last meeting with James, where I added additional areas to map in Glasgow, I agreed to base here and support him during February. I sit in my top floor office, which looks out on the Firth of Forth, contemplating our progress. James has successfully established the … Continue reading Chapter 84 – The Edinburgh Office