Football Travel Podcast: China and No to Modern Football

We visit two opposite ends of the modern football landscape in this podcast. First up, we get the lowdown the Chinese Super League (CSL), which is turning heads with its big money approaches for Europe-based stars. Secondly, we hear about the No to Modern Football movement, a Europe-wide fan resistance against common issues such as […]

Football Travel Podcast: Poland and Seville

We venture into Eastern Europe and southern Spain in this episode.   Introduction to Polish Football (00:43): We talk to Chris Lash, editor of the Right Bank Warsaw blog to get an introduction to Poland’s Ekstraklasa league and the national scene. Check out Chris’ top tips for football travellers.   Sevilla, Betis and Andalucia (12.50): […]

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 […]

Queens Park FC

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 […]

Dulwich Hamlet Rabble

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 […]

Sheffield FC

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 […]

Griffin Park Brentford FC

Football Travel: Brentford FC

We hit the leafy West London suburbs to catch a game at lively Griffin Park, home of Brentford FC. The ground will not be here for much longer if all goes to plan for the club’s new stadium, so make the most if it while you can.   You may come across a pub quiz […]

Non-League: Whitehawk FC

  Beneath the towering green banks of the South Downs there is a sloping pitch surrounded by friendly and boisterous fans. We paid a visit to Whitehawk FC in Brighton.   At the very eastern edge of Brighton’s urban crawl under the white chalk downs lies Whitehawk FC of the Vanarama South (sixth tier of […]

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 […]