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The Ruhleben Football Association

The Ruhleben Football Association

How Steve Bloomer’s Footballers Survived a First World War Prison Camp

“The real Escape to Victory.”
– Sports Journalists’ Association

Savage Enthusiasm

Savage Enthusiasm

A History of Football Fans

“An impeccably sourced primer on what has happened to fans down the ages” – When Saturday Comes

The Rocketbelt Caper

The Rocketbelt Caper

A True Tale of Invention, Obsession and Murder

“A delight to read. Genuinely stranger than fiction.”
– Popular Science UK


Articles

How Four Americans Robbed the Bank of England

How Four Americans Robbed the Bank of England

In Victorian London, a gang of U.S. hustlers attempts a ten-million-dollar heist on the safest bank in the world. Can the detective who inspired Sherlock Holmes catch them?
LONGREADS

How Britain’s Best Soccer Players Survived a First World War Prison Camp

How Britain’s Best Soccer Players Survived a First World War Prison Camp

The extraordinary true story of Steve Bloomer and the Ruhleben Football Association – a tale of sport and survival behind barbed-wire fences.
MEDIUM: SOCCER STORIES

The Man Who Walked His Life Away

The Man Who Walked His Life Away

George Wilson was well-known as a perambulator, a peregrinator, and a master of “leg-ology.” He was a celebrated competitive walker and a champion in the bizarre sport of pedestrianism.
DEADSPIN

FC Pripyat: The Football Team that Survived the Chernobyl Disaster

FC Stroitel Pripyat captain Valentin Litvin was preparing for a cup semi-final when Chernobyl’s No.4 nuclear reactor exploded: “I could see the smoke rising above the ruins.”
FOURFOURTWO + PODCAST

Harry Trainer: International Footballer and Jewel Thief

Harry Trainer was a “crack centre-forward” with a big future for Wales and Wrexham but he could not resist stealing jewellery, cockerels and hens.
GUARDIAN + BLIZZARD + PODCAST

Burgers With Muhammad Ali

The unlikely friendship between a down-on-his-luck boxing fan and the greatest boxer of all time.
MEDIUM: THE CAULDRON

The Last Voyage of Daniel Collins

The true story of how a U.S. mariner survived a shipwreck, a pirate attack and an epic journey home.
MEDIUM + KINDLE

Pierre Mony

Pierre Mony: The Footballer Who Got Away With Murder

A true crime tale featuring a France international, a champion cyclist, a gun, and a deadly affair. 
GUARDIAN + BLIZZARD + PODCAST

George Best and the Soccer Battle of the Sexes

Fifty years ago, Eva Haraldsted played soccer against George Best as captain of a women’s team called Blinkers United. 
DEADSPIN

Arthur Pember

The Mermaid Hunter Who Invented Association Football

Arthur Pember titillated Victorian New York as an investigative journalist but before that, he was the first president of England’s Football Association.
HOWLER

The Life-and-Death History of the Message in a Bottle

100-year-old messages from the sea reveal clues to the fate of missing vessels, and poignant farewells from stricken sailors.
MEDIUM

The Lost Pirate of Blackbeard’s Golden Age

Was Edward Robinson, “the Newcastle Pirate” who sailed with some of the Golden Age of Piracy’s most infamous figures, really a murderous sea-robber?
MEDIUM: TRUE CRIME + KINDLE


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