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Dodgeball

Story location: Home / Blog / tv /
16/Jan/2009

We were watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and they were in the gym in school playing dodgeball. I can't believe that people actually played dodgeball in schools - that schools encouraged games where the aim was to hit people with objects.

Dodgeball seems only one step above Deathsquare, which was a game from my youth. This was never an official game but one played on the school field during break time. The play area was roughly 5 yards square. The aim was to kick a tennis ball from one person to the next. If you kicked the ball out of the square, or the ball went between your legs, you had to get out of the square as fast as possible. Anyone could kick you until you left the square. As soon as you'd left the square, it was safe to return and the game would continue.

As far as I know, no-one has made a film about Deathsquare. I don't even know whether it's still played in schools any more.



The Ashes

Story location: Home / bits-n-bobs /
13/Sep/2005

England have won the Ashes. The last time this happened, in 1987, Coventry won the FA Cup. The world has changed a lot since then.

Other 1987 trivia:

  • Highest grossing films included: Three Men and a Baby, Fatal Attraction, Good Morning Vietnam
  • Johnny Logan won Eurovision with the song Hold Me Now
  • Best selling single was Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up


A list of English Football League clubs

Story location: Home / bits-n-bobs /
03/May/2003

Update: 19th April 2008. Corrected or updated some of the entries. Removed some duplicates.

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Team Name Venue Nickname
Arsenal Football Club was: Arsenal Stadium (Highbury). Since 2006, Emirates Stadium, Holloway. The Gunners
Aston Villa Football Club Villa Park The Villans
Birmingham City FC St Andrews The Blues
Blackburn Rovers FC Ewood Park Rovers, Blue and Whites
Bolton Wanderers FC Reebok Stadium The Trotters
Charlton Athletic FC The Valley The Addicks
Chelsea Football Club Stamford Bridge The Pensioners, The Blues
Everton Football Club Goodison Park The Toffees
Fulham FC Craven Cottage The Cottagers, The Whites
Leeds United FC Elland Road United, The Peacocks
Liverpool FC Anfield The Reds
Manchester City FC Maine Road until 2003. Now City of Manchester Stadium The Blues
Manchester United Football Club Old Trafford The Red Devils
Middlesbrough Football Club Riverside Stadium The Boro
Newcastle United St.James' Park The Magpies or The Toon
Southampton Football Club St Mary's Stadium The Saints
Sunderland Football Club Stadium Of Light The Black Cats, The Mackems
Tottenham Hotspur FC White Hart Lane Spurs
West Bromwich Albion FC The Hawthorns Albion, The Baggies
West Ham United Boleyn Ground (known as Upton Park) The Hammers or Irons
Bradford City Football Club Formerly Valley Parade, name depends on current sponsor. The Bantams
Brighton & Hove Albion FC Withdean Stadium The Seagulls, The Albion
Burnley FC Turf Moor The Clarets
Coventry City FC Highfield Road until 2004. Now Ricoh Arena The Sky Blues
Crystal Palace FC Selhurst Park The Eagles
Derby County Football Club Pride Park Stadium The Rams
Gillingham FC Priestfield Stadium The Gills
Grimsby Town FC Blundell Park The Mariners
Ipswich Town FC Portman Road Blues or Tractor Boys
Leicester City Walkers Stadium The Foxes
Millwall FC The New Den The Lions
Norwich City FC Carrow Road The Canaries
Nottingham Forest FC City Ground The Reds
Portsmouth FC Fratton Park Pompey
Preston North End FC Deepdale The Lilywhites
Reading FC Madejski Stadium The Royals
Rotherham United Millmoor The Millers
Sheffield United Football Club Bramall Lane The Blades
Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough The Owls
Stoke City FC Britannia Stadium The Potters
Walsall FC Bescot Stadium (Banks's Stadium) The Saddlers
Tranmere Rovers FC Prenton Park Rovers
Watford Football Club Vicarage Road The Hornets
Wimbledon (until 2003 - see Milton Keynes Dons) Selhurst Park The Dons
Milton Keynes Dons (formerly Wimbledon) stadium:mk The Dons
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC Molineux Stadium Wolves
Barnsley FC Oakwell The Tykes
Blackpool FC Bloomfield Road Seasiders
AFC Bournemouth Fitness First Stadium The Cherries
Brentford FC Griffin Park The Bees
Bristol City FC Ashton Gate The Robins
Cardiff City FC Ninian Park The Bluebirds
Cheltenham Town FC Whaddon Road The Robins
Chesterfield FC Recreation Ground The Spireites or Blues
Colchester United FC Layer Road The U's
Crewe Alexandra FC Gresty Road The Railwaymen
Huddersfield Town FC Galpharm (formerly Alfred McAlpine) Stadium The Terriers
Luton Town FC Kenilworth Road The Hatters
Mansfield Town FC Field Mill The Stags
Northampton Town FC Sixfields Stadium The Cobblers
Notts County FC Meadow Lane The Magpies
Oldham Athletic FC Boundary Park The Latics
Peterborough United FC London Road The Posh
Plymouth Argyle FC Home Park The Pilgrims
Port Vale FC Vale Park The Valiants
Queens Park Rangers FC Loftus Road Stadium The Hoops
Stockport County FC Edgeley Park The Hatters
Swindon Town FC County Ground The Robins
Tranmere Rovers FC Prenton Park Rovers
Swansea City FC Vetch Field until 2005, then Liberty Stadium The Swans, The Jacks
Wigan Athletic FC JJB Stadium Latics
Wycombe Wanderers FC Adams Park The Chairboys, The Blues
Boston United FC York Street The Pilgrims
Bristol Rovers FC Memorial Stadium The Pirates, The Gas
Bury FC Gigg Lane The Shakers
Cambridge United FC Abbey Stadium The U's
Darlington FC originally Feethams,now Balfour Webnet Darlington Arena (from 2003) The Quakers
Exeter City FC St James' Park The Grecians
Hartlepool United FC Victoria Park The Pool
Hull City FC Kingston Communications Stadium The Tigers
Kidderminster Harriers FC Aggborough Stadium Harriers
Leyton Orient FC Matchroom Stadium, Brisbane Road. Formerly known as Leyton Stadium. The O's
Lincoln City FC Sincil Bank The Imps
Macclesfield Town FC Moss Rose The Silkmen
Oxford United FC Kassam Stadium The U's, The Yellows.
Rochdale FC Spotland The Dale
Rushden And Diamonds FC Nene Park Diamonds
Scunthorpe United FC Glanford Park The Iron
Shrewsbury Town FC originally Gay Meadow, from 2007: New Meadow. The Shrews
Southend United FC Roots Hall The Shrimpers, The Seasiders
Torquay United FC Plainmoor The Gulls
Wrexham FC Racecourse Ground The Robins or Red Dragons
York City FC Bootham Crescent (currently known as KitKat Crescent) The Minstermen