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LFFW | London Fields: Football in the Capital
Sat 20 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Steve Tongue's Turf Wars: A History of London Football inspired this special panel event on football in London. Steve will be joined on the panel by Phillipe Auclair and chair, Mina Rzouki. They will discuss the city's rich and vibrant footballing history, from the standout non-league sides that rose to the professional ranks, to the biggest names with their enduring presence in the Premier League. As this year's season comes to a close, the panel will ask, what next for the capital's clubs after thus tumultuous and exciting season?
Few cities in the world have as many professional football clubs as London. It was in the English capital that the Football Association - the first of its kind anywhere - was founded in 1863 and that the FA Cup, the world's most famous domestic cup competition, was born.
After the North and Midlands dominated the first forty-odd years of league football, three clubs in particular - Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea - began to challenge them and eventually succeeded, joining West Ham United as trophy winners not only at home but in Europe.
Between those four clubs, and more than a dozen other professional clubs past and present, grew the turf wars that are the bedrock of the great rivalries and derbies across England's most vibrant football city.
Philippe Auclair (@PhilippeAuclair) has been a correspondent with France Football for nearly two decades, and is a prolific freelance journalist, most notably for SFR Sport and contributing to The Blizzard and 8by8. He is the author of the award-winning Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King and the bestselling author of Thierry Henry: Lonely at the Top. He lives in London.
Steve Tongue (@was born in Walthamstow and brought up at Leyton Orient and he saw his first match in 1957. After a spell on the Waltham Forest Guardian, he became football correspondent of LBC Radio. Spells with the London Daily News, Sunday Correspondent, BBC Radio, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday followed. He's covered nine World Cups, nine Euro Championships and two Olympic Games; he is the author of World Football, David Beckham: Fifty Defining Fixtures and Turf Wars: A History of London Football, which inspired this event.
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The event will be chaired by Mina Rzouki (@ She is a European football expert who covers the Italian, Spanish and German leagues. She analyses Serie A action on BT Sport, rounding up European football news on CNN and TRT World and writes for ESPN, Football Italia and more. She is also a frequent contributor to BBC 5 Live's World Football Phone-in Show and BBC Sportsworld debate panel.
About the festival:
- Events will consist of approximately 45 minutes of discussion between panelists, with 30 minutes audience Q&A
- Events subject to change
- The events take place in the basement of Waterstones Tottenham Court Road. There is a lift that serves the basement and there is an accessible, gender-neutral toilet located on all three floors of the shop. If you have any further questions on accessibility, please do not hesitate to contact us - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Seating is unreserved, but for those with hearing/sight impairment, seats can be reserved at the front of the room - please contact email@example.com to arrange
- There is a fully licensed bar and cafe that is open during the course of the event
- Authors will be available to sign copies after the event, though this cannot be guaranteed. If you cannot come to the event, but still wish to purchase a signed copy, please call Waterstones Tottenham Court Road on 02074361886 to organise. You will be required to pay for the book prior to the event and, again, signed copies cannot be guaranteed.