Football Travel Podcast: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East

  In this episode, we talk to James Montague, author of When Friday Comes: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East, about his travels in the region. He’s seen the politics of the Israeli domestic scene and how Palestine uses football to raise awareness on the international stage. He’s seen the damaging affect the […]

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 […]

Football Travel Podcast: The History of Football Fandom

In this podcast, we talk exclusively to Paul Brown, the author of Savage Enthusiasm, which chronicles the story of the football fan from the very dawn of association football as a spectator sport. It’s a fascinating interview and it’s interesting to hear how fandom has evolved, reflected social changes, and how similar – and different […]

Football’s symbiotic relationship with Spanish regional identity

As the 2017 Catalan independence referendum highlighted, Spain is a country of countries. Franco may be long dead, but his long and divisive shadow is still cast across the 17 autonomous regions of Spain. In many ways, the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) is still being played but with a ball, not guns. In 1997 after […]

Enter the Dragon: An Englishman’s tale of following Wales

West Ham fan Andy Crisp moved to Cardiff some years ago. At Euro 2016, he even travelled to Lille to watch that quarter-final with the Welsh fans. This is his story… Everyone knows that changing the team you support – or, to give it its more common name, glory hunting – is the ultimate supporter’s […]

Football in Bangkok: Port FC

In this guest post, our friend James of the From Boothferry to Germany blog discusses his favourite team in Thailand from his travels in the country. Everyone should indulge themselves with Thailand at some point. It is a country of fun and beauty and more fun, and to western appetites, the Thai culture of convenience […]

Non-League: Leyton Orient

After 112 years of league football, Leyton Orient of East London dropped down into the National League. A stone’s throw from the London (Olympic) Stadium, the new home of West Ham, a trip to Orient offers a more authentic experience than a match in the top flight. At the time of writing, Leyton Orient is […]

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 […]

Bill Shankly

The Bill Shankly Show: End of An Era?

In this guest post, Sam Riding looks back on then Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s appearance on the Bill Shankly Show in the mid-70s, a turbulent time for English football and Britain economically. When the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson appeared on the Bill Shankly Show in 1975, was it merely two men approaching the end […]

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 […]

Top ‘Groundhopping’ Instagram accounts to follow

For fans of stadia, floodlights and paraphernalia, there’s nothing quite like Instagram to widen your footballing horizons. Below are a few of our favourite accounts to follow. Hashtags to check out include #Groundhopping #FloodlightFriday #NoPyroNoParty #awaydays and, from the eponymous Facebook group, #TheChickenBaltiChronicles. Not forgetting #NonLeagueDogs… If you’re not already following Outside Write, get on […]

Stadio San Siro black and white

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 […]

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 […]

Opinion: Seven reasons to get behind Non-League Day

As fans become continually discontented with the sterility and cost of football in the top tiers, so the appeal of non-league football has grown. Here are just seven reasons you should get into non-league football. In 2010, the idea of ‘Non-League Day’ came to founder James Doe as a social media experiment aimed at getting […]