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Football Travel: Brighton & Hove Albion

Please share: Brighton is one of the classic British seaside locations, so a weekend in Sussex by the sea is a must. We visit a team now back in top flight football. Brighton & Hove Albion is a true phoenix club. At the time of writing the Seagulls are back in the top flight for […]

AFC Wimbledon action

Football Travel: AFC Wimbledon

Please share:The second incarnation of a football club from Wimbledon, South West London, is steadily gathering momentum. Outside Write popped down to Kingsmeadow to watch AFC Wimbledon and see how things are taking shape. Going to watch AFC Wimbledon at the ground it shares with non-league Kingstonian is like going back in time. A hand-written, […]

Non-League: Bromley FC

Please share:Bromley FC, from the leafiest reaches of South East London, is on something of an all-time high. We went down to check it out. Town meets country in the London Borough of Bromley. The former Kent market town has long been absorbed by ruthless London expansionism but retains plenty of green spaces despite the encroachment of […]

Could the A-League’s future hinge on the new season?

Please share:In a country of several competing football codes, Australia’s growing appetite for ‘soccer’ could be hindered by off-the-field problems, as guest writer Gary Andrews explains. As the Australian Hyundai A -League kicks off its new season this week, the competition is as bullish as you’d expect a fast-growing sport to be. But behind the […]

Lewes FC Dripping Pan

Non-League Focus (Video): Lewes FC’s Future Plans

Please share:We visit Lewes FC in the Ryman Premier League to see the impact of its fan ownership model. Earlier this year I became aware of Lewes FC’s fan ownership model, snapped up an ownership share myself and interviewed the club about the structure. I popped down to see The Rooks take on Tonbridge Angels […]

Book Review: Eibar the Brave

Please share:Have you heard of Eibar, the latest David and Goliath story to emerge from Spain? The tiny club’s first season in La Liga has been chronicled and it makes for fascinating reading.   Every so often Spain throws up stories of small clubs punching above their weight and hitting the big time. Think of […]

Football Travel: West Ham United

Please share:This season is West Ham’s last at the famous Boleyn Ground before the Hammers head off to pastures new in the Olympic Stadium. We head east to make our first and last trip to Upton Park before London loses another iconic football ground.   The District Line train seems to limp to Upton Park, […]

Football Travel: Gillingham FC

Please share:We visit Gillingham FC in England’s third tier and discover an old fashioned, traditional ground with a friendly atmosphere.  The county of Kent in southeast England is the alleged birthplace of cricket, but when it comes to football its contribution is small with just one league club – Gillingham FC – to its name. […]

Non-League: Wealdstone FC

Please share:Follow my blog with Bloglovin Gary Andrews ventures to Ruislip to visit Wealdstone FC in the FA Cup, a club that has produced some of football’s strongest characters. It’s two hours before kick-off at Wealdstone’s first round FA Cup tie against Colchester United and there’s a mild panic on Twitter: Not only is there a […]

Benfica fans

Football Travel: Benfica

Please share:Lisbon’s ‘Eagles’ are one of European football’s biggest names. Despite no longer competing for top honours, a pilgrimage to the Estadio da Luz is a must for any football traveller.   Historically, it’s one of Europe’s most successful clubs. Benfica – or Sport Lisboa e Benfica (SLB) to use its full name – also […]

Losing My Religion: On Becoming Club Agnostic

Please share:“Who do you support?” is the often the conversation icebreaker, but for me it’s increasingly difficult to answer. Football fandom is meant to be a life-long commitment, so what happens when you fall out of love with your club? I sought out views from both sides of the debate.   There’s a football club […]

A21 Derby

Non-League: The A21 Derby

Please share:On first impression, Tunbridge Wells v Sevenoaks Town sounds like the most gentile fixture in English football. We went down to check out the surprisingly feisty ‘A21 Derby’ for ourselves. Outside Write’s first match of the 2015/16 season was at the Culverden Stadium, nestled in woods on the fringe of Royal Tunbridge Wells. This […]

Retro Gaming: The Kick Off 2 World Cup

Please share:Fans of retro football computer games will probably look back fondly on the Kick Off series as the moment when the digital interpretation of the beautiful game came of age. In November the Kick Off 2 World Cup is happening in Dublin, Ireland, and Outside Write will be there. We quizzed the organisers about the […]

Book Review: Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters

Please share:Daniel Gray celebrates his thirtieth birthday by touring England’s footballing hinterland and has-been post-industrial giants. The result is a wonderfully witty tome that will strike a chord for any fans of smaller clubs, and maybe even some of the big ones…   Just what is ‘England’, where can it be found and who defines […]

Book Review: Danish Dynamite

Please share:Growing up in the 1980s I thought Denmark had always been a force in world football. Not so. One golden generation came and went, but it left its mark and got its silverware before Denmark quietly returned to being a tricky away game in tournament qualification. That generation was Danish Dynamite.   I remember […]