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Interview with Simon Inglis Now Available

footballgroundsofbritain Interview with Simon Inglis Now AvailableMany of you may not know who Simon Inglis is, but you’ll definitely remember his name after you listen to the latest episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, just released yesterday.

Inglis is best known for his famous book, The Football Grounds of England and Wales, which was an exhaustive review from the mid 80s of each of the 92 stadiums in the top four divisions. Before Inglis, no one had really taken time to capture the grittiness and history of the stadiums. Every nook and cranny of the grounds was explored and detailed beautifully in his opus.

His timing couldn’t have been better. The book was published in 1985 prior to the Taylor Report, so his accounts of the stadiums were frozen in time as he described the banks of terracing, pre-WW2 stands and unique characteristics (although many of the grounds were in a sorry state). After the Taylor Report was issued, football stadiums in Britain were never the same. Terracing was removed and all-seater stadiums became the norm, increasing the safety of spectators but reducing the atmosphere at the same time.

But Inglis is more than a football stadium expert. He’s a storyteller and an expert speaker who unravels many of the mysteries of football (and sport) for us to enjoy. To me, his finest book is Engineering Archie, which tells the story of Archibald Leitch, the greatest football stadium architect of all time. But that’s another story for another time.

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About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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One Response to Interview with Simon Inglis Now Available

  1. Doug Rose says:

    Hello,
    I corresponded with Simon Inglis a long time ago and wondered if you had either a postal or e-mail address for him? He was very interested in what I was doing and I now have it on my website and would like to tell him. See my website and click the link to The Ultimate Football League Table. Thanks.

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