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Football Foundation World Cup squad

World Cup fever has gripped the nation once again! To celebrate, weve compiled our ultimate 23-player squad, past and present, who have supported Football Foundation projects and appeared for the Three Lions at a World Cup. Read on to find out who made the cut... 
Steve Tongue was the founder of FOUL magazine, the first football fanzine, and as the football correspondent of Independent Radio News and The Independent on Sunday among others, he covered nine World Cups and nine European Championships. We caught up with him as he prepares for the release of his new book - Lancashire Turf Wars: A Football History.

Q: Where did the idea for Turf Wars come from?
For the London book published two years ago I realised nobody had written a proper history of football in the capital, from the origins of the clubs to the present, with all the different local rivalries and the intrigue of possible mergers, takeovers, ground-shares etc. It was well received so I’ve been working for 18 months on a Lancashire version. In the North-West the main clubs developed much earlier and the area was key to establishing professionalism and the Football League.
Q: What were some of your favourite stories that you discovered researching the books?
A: I hadn’t known that Southport Vulcan were the first side to include a sponsor’s name (as long ago as 1918).  Or that Oldham got into the Football League in 1907 by offering Port Vale £1,000 and two players if they resigned.  It had also never registered that in 1979 Ron Noades bought Milton Keynes City FC with a view to moving Wimbledon there - fully 25 years before they went.
Q: What for you is the stand-out moment that you covered as a journalist?
As an Orient supporter since 1957 it should have been beating Arsenal in the 1978 FA Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge. But Malcolm Macdonald got lucky with a couple of deflected goals in a 3-0 win. 
Q: Are there any career anecdotes you can share with us?
My first overseas trip wasn’t quite as glamorous as imagined. It was Czechoslovakia v England in 1975, the very early days of LBC, who didn’t know much about organising these things. So I travelled with a supporters group, paying £34 for the whole trip, and had to climb into the press box when nobody was looking and borrow a phone. The game was abandoned after half an hour because of fog until the following day so we slept (or tried to) on the floor of the team hotel until they threw us out at 6.30am to prepare breakfast. And later that day, still without a press pass or phone, I saw England lose 2-1. 
Q: It doesn’t have the glamour of the elite game but do you think the grassroots has risen in importance at all in the media’s eye over the years? 
Very much so, as support for selling Wembley and investing the money has illustrated. 
Q: Did you play yourself, and what was your experience of the pitches and changing rooms? 
A: To be fair, in the 1970s there were pitches and facilities at Football League level that weren’t too clever, never mind Wormwood Scrubs. I did experience the other side, however, when the League asked LBC to organise a game at Wembley immediately before the first Freight Rover Trophy final in 1985. I generously allowed George Best to captain our team and walked out in between him and our goalkeeper Pat Jennings, alongside opponents Bobby Moore and Martin Peters from the England All Stars XI. I suspect those lads were as big an attraction as Wigan and Brentford as the crowd was almost 40,000.
Q: Are you still reporting matches?
A: Less often these days, so I have now ordered bargain priced season tickets for both Orient (£199) and local club Charlton (£150), hoping the fixtures don’t clash too often!
As promised, heres our final 23. Click on the relevant image below to find out more about how each person has supported the Football Foundation. You can also head over to our Twitter page to let us know your thoughts on our selection. 
Haverhill Community Sports Association replaced an existing grass pitch with a new full-size artificial grass pitch thanks to a grant of £321,450 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. The site is now by several local grassroots clubs and has become a superb training and competition facility, providing participants with regular use throughout the year. The improvements were unveiled by Culture, Media and Sport Secretary,  Rt Hon Matt Hancock in September 2016.

Earlier this year, Haverhill Community Sports Association were named as one of 43 grassroots football sites across England chosen to pilot an innovative initiative as part of The FAs flagship behavioural campaign, Respect
We are Hiring! We are looking for two individuals to join our Upshot team as well as a Technical Project Manager and a Receptionist. 
Upshot Account and Support Manager – Football Foundation
Upshot Sales Consultant – Football Foundation 
Technical Project Manager – Football Foundation
Receptionist – Football Foundation

Here are a selection of other roles being advertised within the industry:
Club Doctor - Bristol Rovers FC

Community Coach - Reading FC Community Trust
Foundational Session Coaches - West Ham United FC
Bank Academy Physiotherapists & Academy Sports Therapists - Bristol City FC
Last week, a football purists dream was played out in the form of the BBC's World Cup of Kits. After intense twitter voting, Brazils home kit from 1970 was crowned the winner. Some absolute corkers in the list of contenders! 

Image: BBC
They left it late, but Harry Kanes stoppage time header ensured England got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start. Check out this great video from Copa 90 showing some of the best reactions to Kane's goal. 
Image: the Week UK
Hows this for commitment? 78-year-old Bobo Bobowski, known as “The King” of Polish fans, will be attending his 11th (yes, eleventh) World Cup when he flies out to Kazan for Polands first match with Senegal at the Spartak Stadium.
Image: The Guardian
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