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The missing chapter in the history of football

Monday 16th March 2020

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Meet football historian and journalist Jonathan Wilson & discover how the golden age of Hungarian football shaped the modern game

Fifteen years in the research and writing, The Names Heard Long Ago, the new book from bestselling football historian Jonathan Wilson reveals the missing piece of the jigsaw; the forgotten story in football’s history, lost in war, in revolution, in death and tragedy.

Join us on March 16 at 7.30 when Jonathan will be here to talk about the book, and the meticulous piecing together of a story whose origin was in the unlikely location of  the Budapest coffeehouses of the early twentieth century, and which led to the Mighty Magyars beat England 6-3 at Wembley, a result that echoes through the history of football.

A year earlier, this Hungarian team had won Olympic gold. A year later, they lost agonisingly in the final of a World Cup that they dominated. This is the beginning, middle and end of Hungarian football in the popular imagination.


Only, how come the ideas from this team spread around the world? Why do Hungarian managers spring up in Italy, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, across Europe and the Americas, bringing their secrets with them? And what are the incredible stories they have to tell, of escaping the Nazis and the Soviet communists?

This is a brilliant opportunity to meet and put questions to one of the world’s leading football writers and analysts. Entry is free but booking is essential via or 0207 431 3770