It’s a wrap: 2016-17 Groundhopping Review

For us here at Outside Write, season 2016-17 started and finished in Scandinavia. We saw football in six countries and six domestic leagues in England. Not as much as last season, but we’ve been to some leftfield places. Here are our highlights and lowlights. Let us know yours in the comment section. The final whistle […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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Football Travel: El Clásico Rosarino (Rosario, Argentina)

Outside Write contributor Matt McGinn went along to one of the world’s great underrated derbies, El Clásico Rosarino in Argentina’s second city, Rosario. The two teams that compete this colourful and feisty affair are Rosario Central and Newell’s Old Boys.   Rosario was peaceful on the Saturday as it flaunted its credentials as a pleasant […]

Football Travel: Club Atlético Nueva Chicago

  Our man in Buenos Aires, Matt McGinn, sends his latest post from the Argentine capital. This time he’s at second tier Club Atlético Nueva Chicago, from the western suburbs.   Hernán’s aviator sunglasses could not hide his exhaustion as we shook hands beneath the late-morning sun in Mataderos, in the far west of Ciudad […]

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Make time to visit the ‘other’ London football clubs

If you’re from overseas and want to expand your horizons beyond Arsenal, Spurs or Chelsea, then here are some alternatives for your London football weekend. It’s definitely worth exploring the other London football clubs. Home tickets at London’s big three football clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur – can be tough to come by […]

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Left Wing Football Clubs

Sport and politics mix far too often. The allure of football as a political tool has been too strong for many right-wing politicians, but what about those that swam against the tide? We look at the world’s left wing football clubs.. Historically, the political right has seized the popularity of football with both hands: Just […]

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Where Football Meets Culture This magazine is about the football supporter’s experience around the world. If you love football history, and football and politics, Outside Write is for you. We avoid talking on-field matters, we’re about travelling the world, and learning new things from clubs and the people we meet on the way. We hope you will […]