NEW: Lockdown longreads
“I could see the nuclear power plant and the smoke rising above the ruins.” In April 1986, FC Stroitel Pripyat and captain Valentin Litvin were preparing for a cup semi-final when Chernobyl’s No.4 nuclear reactor exploded. Read the story in issue 303 of FourFourTwo and on the FourFourTwo website, and listen on the FourFourTwo podcast
“The Jewel Thief” is the story of Harry Trainer, the Wrexham and Wales international footballer with a remarkable criminal record. Read in issue 33 of The Blizzard and on The Guardian website. Listen on The Blizzard podcast.
A France international, a champion cyclist, a gun and a deadly affair. This is the true story of Pierre Mony, the footballer who got away with murder, written for issue twenty-three of The Blizzard, also published in The Guardian, and featured on The Blizzard podcast.
The true story of the investigative journalist and mermaid hunter who helped create the rules of soccer. Arthur Pember titillated Victorian New York with his muckraking journalism, but before that he was the first president of the Football Association who set out the Laws of the Game. Read at Howler.
Russ Routledge is an amateur boxer from Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1984, he spent a week living with Muhammad Ali, the greatest fighter of all time. Russ was down on his luck and far from home, and Ali was attempting to deal with retirement and the onset of Parkinson’s. Read the story of their unlikely friendship in Sports Illustrated’s The Cauldron on Medium.
The Last Voyage of Daniel Collins
The Lost Pirate of Blackbeard’s Golden Age
Letters and Notes from a Lost Era Found in Bottles