Football in times past
In a more innocent age, football was often all about scanning through the Rothman’s Football Yearbook, poring over the results in your local pink ‘un and sitting in front of the vidiprinter whilst waiting for you Saturday supper. With precious little live football available on television, it was the scores and attendances that would keep you fascinated in the long wait until Match of the Day.
Fast forward twenty years or so and those scores have been in some way replaced by a slew of data and statistics on every single aspect of the game. How has this change taken place and where is all the data coming from?
A time of change
The early nineties saw a great many footballing changes. From the adoption of all-seater stadium to the creation of the premier league. All of a sudden there was an increase in spend within the game at the same time as computing continued to evolve and somewhere deep within CERN, Tim Berners Lee was creating the first web browser that led to the development of the World Wide Web. It was these developments that meant that suddenly, reporters were able to increase the number of statistics gathered and broadcast them almost instantaneously around the planet.