Football Travel Podcast: Spain’s First Football Club and Groundhopping in Italy

  Spain’s first football club (00:47): We catch up with Charlotte Mackay, great-granddaughter of William Alexander Mackay, founder of Spain’s first football club, Real Club Recreativo de Huelva. Charlotte acts as UK ambassador for ‘Recre’ so we discuss how the club was started and grew. For more on this subject, check out our in-depth article […]

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 […]

Spain’s first football club: Recreativo de Huelva

In the spring of 2016, Spain’s oldest club faced extinction. As debts spiralled, fans packed the 21,670-capacity Estadio Nuevo Colombino in both support of the team, and protest against the running of the club. “Recre” – the “Dean” of Spanish football – is now languishing in the third tier. While the club clings to life, […]

Genoa CFC

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 […]

Queens Park FC

Football Travel Podcast: Scottish Football History and France

    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 […]

Sheffield FC

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 […]

Koninklijke HFC

The Pioneers: Koninklijke HFC, the Netherlands’ first football club

In the first of our Pioneers series looking at the earliest football clubs in the major world leagues, I caught up with Koninklijke Haarlemsche Football Club (HFC), the oldest team in the Netherlands.[All images courtesy of Koninklijke HFC]   The Netherlands is one of the “bridesmaids” of world football: three times losing finalists at World […]