Football Travel Podcast: QPR and Rayo Vallecano

      In this episode we travel down London’s Central Line to Shepherds Bush to talk Queens Park Rangers and get the low down on Madrid’s third club, Rayo Vallecano.   Queens Park Rangers (00:48): We talk to QPRPod co-founder David Fraser about West London club Queens Park Rangers. Why is this wealthy club […]

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Football Travel Podcast Episode Eight

    The History of Scottish Football (00:42): Sports historian Andy Mitchell introduces us to the evolution of football in Scotland. Did a football culture exist in Scotland long before the foundation of http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-episode-four/Sheffield FC in 1857, recognised as the world’s first football club?   Introducing French Football (09:42): Agence France Presse’s Tom Williams introduces us to the […]

Football Travel Podcast: Episode Seven

In this month’s Football Travel Podcast we speak to one of Germany’s most famous clubs – FC St Pauli of Hamburg – and get an introduction to the domestic scene in Portugal from a local football writer:   FC St Pauli, with Martin Drust (00.59): FC St Pauli’s Millerntor Stadium is a stone’s throw from […]

Podcast: 2016 End of Year Review

In the 2016 End of Year Review, I am joined by football blogger Gary Andrews and Claus Bermann from VisitFootball.dk to discuss the good, bad and the ugly of this year’s global football scene. We were all at the Euros, so we scrutinise Wales and England’s performances. Claus explains the problems driving Italian ultras away […]

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Football Travel Podcast: Episode Six

We venture to South London and abroad with Manchester United in this episode of the Football Travel podcast:   Dulwich Hamlet (00:44): There’s a lot going on at Champion Hill, South London, home of Isthmian League Premier Division side Dulwich Hamlet. We catch up with Duncan Hart, chair of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust, to […]

Football Travel Podcast: Episode Five

  We travel to Berlin and Buenos Aires in this episode of the Football Travel podcast:   Talking Bundeliga: We catch up with the guys behind the Berlin-based From Boothferry to Germany blog to understand why the Bundesliga is so popular around the world. We also get the editor’s tip on the best place to […]

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Football Travel Podcast: Episode Four

This month we turn explore the roots of football in England and check out the scene in Finland:   Sheffield FC, the world’s first football club: We speak to Richard Tims, chairman of the world’s first football club, Sheffield FC, about how the club was formed and its future plans.   Football in Finland, with […]

Football Travel Podcast: Episode Three

    We welcome two more great guests to the show this month covering two fascinating topics:   The History of the Ultrà Culture: We talk to football blogger Luca Hodges-Ramon to explore how Italian ultrà culture emerged and was ultimately exported. We look at the fierce regional rivalries in Italy. Luca writes for Beyond […]

Football Travel Podcast: Episode Two

  In this podcast we cover:   Football and Social Media, with Chris Nee (01:08): We get a social media expert’s view on how social media has impacted the sport, and how football clubs are using social media channels to build deeper relationships with fans. Are they doing a good job? What’s next for social media […]

Football Travel Podcast: Episode One

Welcome to the inaugural Outside Write monthly podcast, ‘Football Travel’. In this episode, we meet:   Ben Frost, organiser, REDaction: REDaction is an Arsenal fan group whose mission is to get the crowd rocking at the Emirates Stadium. We discuss some of the initiatives underway.   Claus Bermann, founder, VisitFootball.dk: VisitFootball.dk is a football travel website which enables Danes […]

Book Review: Behind the Curtain

Almost a decade before Jonathan Wilson wrote the brilliant Angels with Dirty Faces, he chronicled his travels in the former Eastern Bloc in Behind the Curtain. It’s a journey involving corruption, state interference and alleged doping. I’ve read it. It’s fascinating. Eastern Europe is finally getting on the radar of Western European travellers. While I’ve […]

Football Travel: Arsenal FC

  The Gunners’ famous Emirates Stadium looks like it came from outer space and landed in red brick Holloway housing. Since moving from its Highbury home, Arsenal has swelled its average attendances, if not its trophy cabinet. Here’s how to visit Arsenal FC. Arsenal is one of England’s most famous clubs, and has not been […]

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Football Travel Blogs to Follow 2017

As editor of this football travel blog I am keen to follow as many likeminded people as possible. Here is a list of great European football travel blogs that are well worth a follow. If you have any recommendations, please add them in the comments box. I am sure I am missing plenty. England It’s […]

Angels with Dirty Faces

Book Review: Angels with Dirty Faces

The story of football in Argentina has finally been told. “Angels with Dirty Faces” by Jonathan Wilson is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the mercurial genius, often intertwined with the violence, of the Argentinian game.   I remember my one trip to Buenos Aires in late 2000. From the freeway, the city’s […]

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How to start a travel blog: Ten-step guide to travel blogging

I’m often asked how to start a travel blog. If you are thinking about setting up your own travel blog then here are my tips based on more than a decade of blogging.   I’ve been blogging for more than a decade. My team won ‘Best Business Blog’ for the company blog I edited way back in […]