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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


Articles

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Hello. I am a writer called Paul Brown. This is my website. I write books and articles about football, history, true crime and other stuff. I’ve written for for publications including The Guardian, FourFourTwo, Longreads, and The Atavist. I focus on unusual true stories with bold characters and cinematic arcs, and produce original source material for film and television. My work has been set up for development at major movie studios. I’m based in the North East of England. I’ve got a background in business and publishing. I’m a big football (soccer) fan and an avid reader. I’m a member of the Football Writers’ Association. Further information and clippings are available on request.

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