Football Travel: Charlton Athletic

Please share:Want a decent game of football within 20 minutes of central London without breaking the bank? Time to go into The Valley. I’ve a soft spot for Charlton Athletic. The first match I ever went to in the autumn of 1986 was an ‘Addicks’ match while the team was exiled at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst […]

Home kits are integral to the brand. Why do teams ditch them?

Please share:As Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri described feeling “hurt” that both teams wore their away kits in his side’s Serie A title clash with Juventus, I believe it’s time teams went back to basics when it comes to change strips. Imagine the great Serie A clashes of the mid-80s between Maradona’s Napoli and Platini’s Juventus, […]

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

Please share: 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 […]

Football City Guide: Nottingham

Please share:With a two-time European champion, England’s oldest professional football team and an attractive Test cricket ground, Nottingham is something of a sporting mecca. It’s also a very pleasant city, worthy of a football weekend. With his arms aloft and eyes glued to the middle distance towards Nottingham’s city hall, Brian Clough’s legacy is set […]

Queens Park FC

Football Travel Podcast: Scottish Football History and France

Please share:    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 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 […]

Stadio San Siro black and white

How to start a travel blog: Ten-step guide to travel blogging

Please share: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 […]

Football Travel: Club Atlético Nueva Chicago

Please share:  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 […]

Huracan stadium

Football Travel: Club Atlético Huracán

Please share:Outside Write contributor Matt McGinn continues his tour around Argentina’s football clubs. In his latest dispatch from Buenos Aires, Matt visits Huracán.   Before leaving for Argentina, I attended an event organised by the Manchester Football Writing Festival. Jonathan Wilson, smoothly compered by Rory Smith, discussed his recently-published history of Argentinian football, Angels with […]

Opinion: Seven reasons to get behind Non-League Day

Please share: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 […]

Fan Stories: Experiencing the ‘New Firm Derby’, Copenhagen

Please share:Following on from our recent local’s guide to the Copenhagen Derby, in this guest post, Paul Drury-Bradey gives you his first-hand account of the FC Copenhagen v Brondby derby from 17 April.   Sunday evening saw the latest installment in the biggest football rivalry in Scandinavia – The New Firm Derby. The game sees […]

The Copenhagen Derby

Please share:The Copenhagen Derby: Brøndby IF and FC København are by far biggest clubs in Denmark and once again their rivalry will come to a test, as the two clubs will play out one league match and two semi-finals in the cup during April 2016. The Copenhagen Derby always provides drama, great atmosphere and high […]

Stade du Ray

Retrospective: Le Stade du Ray, Nice

Please share:The French city of Nice has a new and suitably glamorous arena for Euro 2016, but until 2013 the home for the city’s Ligue 1 side was the old school Stade du Ray. We take a look back at another of football’s lost grounds. The famous French Riviera city of Nice will host four […]

The Joy of Retro: Why is nostalgia so appealing?

Please share:I have a terrible soft spot for old football shirts, specifically those of the 1970s-90s. As I recently turned 40 I have to ask myself if there’s deeper meaning in this. What is the allure of retro?   There is power in the past. Vintage gear is a hipster craze, the chiptune movement creates […]

Football Travel: Real Betis

Please share:Real Betis from Seville’s southern suburbs offers a lively experience. I went down to the Benito Villamarín stadium to witness a club where optimism outstrips expectation. A couple of miles south of Seville’s historical centre off a grey arterial road you will find the concrete hulk of the Estadio Benito Villamarín. It might not […]

Football Travel: Sevilla FC

Please share:Seville, Spain – the city of Carmen and the home of Flamenco – also boasts two football clubs. The more successful one – particularly in recent years – is Sevilla FC. I went along to the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán to experience it for myself.   The fortunes of Seville’s two main football clubs – Sevilla […]