Outside Write http://outsidewrite.co.uk Football Travel, Culture and History Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:15:33 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://i0.wp.com/outsidewrite.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cropped-OW-fav.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Outside Write http://outsidewrite.co.uk 32 32 122538044 Football Travel Podcast: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-football-war-revolution-middle-east/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-football-war-revolution-middle-east/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:22:40 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2418   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 […]

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Football Travel: Charlton Athletic http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-charlton-athletic/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-charlton-athletic/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:46:10 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2411 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 Park […]

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Home kits are integral to the brand. Why do teams ditch them? http://outsidewrite.co.uk/home-kits-integral-brand-teams-ditch/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/home-kits-integral-brand-teams-ditch/#comments Sun, 03 Dec 2017 08:57:25 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2402 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, but […]

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Guest Post: The Ghost Stands http://outsidewrite.co.uk/guest-post-ghost-stands/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/guest-post-ghost-stands/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:29:42 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2394   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 […]

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Football Travel Podcast: The History of Football Fandom http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-history-football-fandom/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-history-football-fandom/#respond Sat, 25 Nov 2017 09:14:01 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2382 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 […]

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Book Review: When Friday Comes http://outsidewrite.co.uk/book-review-friday-comes/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/book-review-friday-comes/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:12:50 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2373 The Middle East is obsessed with football. While the wealth of Qatar and Dubai has attracted players at the tail end of their careers, not to mention the Qatar World Cup in 2022, this region is not all about opulence. Writer James Montague chronicles his travels around the Arab and Jewish world in When Friday […]

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Football Travel Podcast: The Roots of AC Milan and Australian Groundhopping http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-roots-ac-milan-australian-groundhopping/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-roots-ac-milan-australian-groundhopping/#respond Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:10:16 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2364 This week we discover the Nottingham roots of one of the world’s greatest clubs, AC Milan, plus we take a look at how ‘soccer’ is competing for attention against the more established football codes in Australia. The Roots of AC Milan (00:51): We talk to author Robert Nieri and LeftLion, the team behind The Lord […]

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Book Review: The Death and Life of Australian Soccer http://outsidewrite.co.uk/book-review-death-life-australian-soccer/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/book-review-death-life-australian-soccer/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:56:44 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2355 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 […]

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Football’s symbiotic relationship with Spanish regional identity http://outsidewrite.co.uk/footballs-symbiotic-relationship-spanish-regional-identity/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/footballs-symbiotic-relationship-spanish-regional-identity/#respond Tue, 10 Oct 2017 05:38:05 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2347 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 […]

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Non-League: Tooting & Mitcham United http://outsidewrite.co.uk/non-league-tooting-mitcham-united/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/non-league-tooting-mitcham-united/#respond Sun, 08 Oct 2017 10:10:08 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2336 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 […]

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Enter the Dragon: An Englishman’s tale of following Wales http://outsidewrite.co.uk/enter-dragon-englishmans-tale-following-wales/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/enter-dragon-englishmans-tale-following-wales/#respond Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:50:07 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2330 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 […]

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Football Travel Podcast: The Jewish Community in English Football plus the Merseyside Derby http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-jewish-community-english-football-plus-merseyside-derby/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-jewish-community-english-football-plus-merseyside-derby/#respond Sun, 01 Oct 2017 07:05:38 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2322 The Jewish Community in English Football (01:03): We talk to Anthony Clavane, author of Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? to discuss the role of Jews in English football, particularly their association with Tottenham Hotspur. The History of the Merseyside Derby (11:55): Football writer Peter Thornton, film maker and board member of the Lancashire Football […]

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Football in Bangkok: Port FC http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-bangkok-port-fc/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-bangkok-port-fc/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:51:14 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2310 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 […]

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Football Travel Podcast: Spain’s First Football Club and Groundhopping in Italy http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-spains-first-football-club-groundhopping-italy/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/football-travel-podcast-spains-first-football-club-groundhopping-italy/#respond Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:05:22 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2307   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 […]

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Book Review: Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? http://outsidewrite.co.uk/book-review-does-your-rabbi-know-youre-here/ http://outsidewrite.co.uk/book-review-does-your-rabbi-know-youre-here/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:39:16 +0000 http://outsidewrite.co.uk/?p=2287 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 […]

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