Football Travel Podcast: FC St.Pauli and Portugal

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 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: Dulwich Hamlet and Manchester United Away

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: Bundesliga and Argentina

  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 catch […]

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Football Travel Podcast: The World’s First Football Club and Finland

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: The History of the Ultrà Movement and

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 the Field […]

Football Travel Podcast: Arsenal, Denmark and Non-League Football

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, is a football travel website which enables Danes […]

Guest Post: The Ghost Stands

  In his debut post for Outside Write, Oliver Sidwell examines the efforts fans are making across England to bring the atmosphere back to football in an era of all-seater stadiums. Saturday, 3pm. Bristol City are lead out of the tunnel by captain defensive centre-half “Bailey Wright Wright Wright!” The teams are read out, the handshakes are […]

Book Review: The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

Sydney-based football writer Gary Andrews casts his eye over Joe Gorman’s assessment of soccer Down Under in The Death and Life of Australian Soccer. Does Australia have a soccer culture? The casual international observer may readily associate the green and gold with triumphs in rugby union and cricket while sports fans Down Under would as […]

Non-League: Tooting & Mitcham United

In the leafy South London suburbs, there’s a friendly club with a cracking ground and food to match. We popped along to Tooting & Mitcham United FC of the Isthmian Premier League, England’s seventh tier. London’s suburbs are awash with non-league clubs in cosy places, a legacy of the city’s expansion to swallow up formerly […]

Book Review: Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?

The story of England’s Jewish community’s contribution to the national game was crying out to be told, and Anthony Clavane tells it brilliantly in Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? While Jewish players may have been in short supply in English football history, in the boardroom, in particular, England’s Jewish community has made a huge […]

The World’s Oldest Fixture: The Rules Derby

Two teams gather in the lee of a leafy valley. The men in red and black are Sheffield FC of the Northern Premier League (Division One South) the eighth tier of English football, while the blues are Hallam FC of the ninth tier Northern Counties East League. But this is no ordinary pre-season friendly between […]

Review: The Art of the Football Shirt

We pop down to London’s Brick Lane to see The Art of the Football Shirt by author Neal Heard. It really is a treasure trove for any retro football shirt geek… If you’re in or around London on July 26-27, 2017, get to Brick Lane and The Art of the Football Shirt. The show is […]

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Genoa CFC and the English Roots of Calcio

The sea has long shaped the port of Genoa’s destiny. From here, local navigator Christopher Columbus set out to seek sponsorship from the Spanish crown to find a new sea route to India. It’s also where Giuseppe Garibaldi set sail on his famous Expedition of the Thousand, a key moment in the Risorgimento. In the […]