Articles

The Lost Pirate of Blackbeard’s Golden Age (Medium: True Crime, July 2020)
25 Things We Loved About Mexico 70 (FourFourTwo, July 2020)
Out of the Hotbed: Broadcaster David Taylor’s Untold Stories from North East Football (The Blizzard, Issue 37)
How Four Americans Robbed The Bank of England (Longreads, June 2020)
The Bet That Ruined a Career (FourFourTwo, April 2020)
How Britain’s Best Soccer Players Survived a First World War Prison Camp (Medium: Soccer Stories, March 2020)
The Football Hypnotist (When Saturday Comes, Feb 2020)
George Best And The Soccer Battle Of The Sexes (Deadspin, Dec 2019)
The Football War (FourFourTwo + Podcast, Dec 2019)
The Killing of Tommy Ball (FourFourTwo, Nov 2019)
Football in World War II: The Matches That Boosted Morale (When Saturday Comes, October 2019)
FC Pripyat: The Team That Survived the Chernobyl Disaster (FourFourTwo + Podcast, Sept 2019)
Tyne & Weary: The Last Straw for Newcastle Fans (When Saturday Comes, Sept 2019)
Millwall Panorama: A Good Game of Football, a Good Punch-Up, a Good Piss-Up (FourFourTwo, August 2019)
The Kidnapping of Alfredo Di Stefano (FourFourTwo, July 2019)
The Man Who Walked His Life Away (Deadspin, June 2019)
Harry Trainer: International Footballer and Jewel Thief (The Blizzard + The Guardian + Podcast, June 2019)
Football’s First Websites: Meet the Internet Pioneers (FourFourTwo, March 2019)
Political Players: Serving MPs in Football’s Forgotten First International (NPLH, Issue 3)
Oh, I Say! The History of Football Commentators (FourFourTwo, Dec 2018)
The Kidnapping of Jimmy Hill (FourFourTwo, Nov 2018)
The Alternative History of Set-Pieces (FourFourTwo, Nov 2018)
Direct Action: Newcastle Fans vs Mike Ashley (When Saturday Comes, Nov 2018)
The Man Who Invented Football Cards (When Saturday Comes, Oct 2018)
The Untold Story of the Wrong World Cup (FourFourTwo, Aug 2018)
The Jules Rimet Mystery (When Saturday Comes, Aug 2018)
Before the World Cup: Who Were Football’s Earliest World Champions? (Medium: Soccer Stories, June 2018)
World Cup Stories: Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950, England 1966 and Italy 1990 (Medium: Soccer Stories, June 2018)
And the Football World Champions Are… Sunderland?! (FourFourTwo, June 2018)
Hell for Leather: The 1930 World Cup Ball Mystery (When Saturday Comes, June 2018)
How to Make a Victorian Football (Kickaround, April 2018)
Gonzo Soccer: George Plimpton and the Tampa Bay Rowdies (FourFourTwo, March 2018)
For Old Times’ Sake: The Preston Invincibles Reunion Match (When Saturday Comes, February 2018)
Alf Doig’s Gold Rush: The Scottish Football Pioneer Who Went To Alaska (Nutmeg, Issue 6 + Medium: Soccer Stories)
Johnny and Jimmy: The Contrasting Fortunes of Two Victorian Football Stars (The Blizzard, Dec 2017)
Part of the Club: How Casual Spectators Became Football Fanatics (When Saturday Comes, Dec 2017)
How Did We Become Soccer Fans? The Irresistible Rise of Football (Medium: Soccer Stories, Nov 2017)
Fanspotting: The History of Football Fandom via Fan Tribes (FourFourTwo, Oct 2017)
Coining a Phrase: The Origins of “the Beautiful Game” (When Saturday Comes, Jul 2017)
Penalty Clauses: The Introduction of Football’s Penalty Kick Law (When Saturday Comes, Apr 2017)
When Man United Called Anfield Home / When Outfield Players Go in Goal (FourFourTwo, Mar 2017)
Still With Us: Gateshead FC (When Saturday Comes, Feb 2017)
Pierre Mony: The Footballer Who Got Away With Murder (The Guardian + The Blizzard + Podcast, Dec 2016)
The Last Voyage of Daniel Collins (Medium, Oct 2016)
The Bizarre History of Football Loans (FourFourTwo, Oct 2016)
The Life-And-Death History of the Message in a Bottle (Medium, Oct 2016)
Football Hustlers: British Players in America’s First Pro Soccer League (The Blizzard, Sept 2016)
Football Wikipedia: Meet the Men Who Keep It up to Date (FourFourTwo, Sept 2016)
Islington Corinthians: Football’s First World Tour (FourFourTwo, May 2016)
Arthur Pember: The Mermaid Hunter Who Invented Association Football (Howler, Apr 2016)
Football Chants: The Origins of Fans’ Favourite Songs (FourFourTwo, Mar 2016)
Elephant Football: A Victorian Football Sensation (When Saturday Comes, Feb 2016)
Nick Ross and Harry Chapman: Football Originals (FourFourTwo, Mar 2016)
Czech Mate: Pavel Srnicek Remembered (When Saturday Comes, Feb 2016)
Inside Out: Britain’s First Indoor Football League (The Guardian + When Saturday Comes, Oct 2015)
Screen Test: Danny Baker’s the Game (When Saturday Comes, Sept 2015)
British Football’s Biggest Crowd: Hampden Park, 1937 (The Blizzard, Jun 2015)
Half-Time: A History (FourFourTwo, May 2015)
How to Be a Sporting Journalist in the Early 1900s: Two Carrier Pigeons Required (The Guardian + When Saturday Comes, Mar 2015)
How to Beat the Winter Freeze: Football’s Frozen Pitch Dilemma / Football’s Strange Tech (FourFourTwo, Feb 2015)
1881 and All That: The Lost History of NUFC (Stuff, Dec 2014)
Up There Book Review (When Saturday Comes, Dec 2014)
Away Day Heyday: On the Road With Early NUFC Fans (Stuff, Oct 2014)
History of the Magic Sponge (FourFourTwo, Nov 2014)
Casting the Net: The Invention of the Goal Net (When Saturday Comes, Sept 2014)
The Real Escape to Victory: Football in Ruhleben Prison Camp (FourFourTwo, Sept 2014)
Burgers With Muhammad Ali: A Boxing Fan’s Friendship With the Champ (Medium: The Cauldron, Jul 2014)
A Greasy, Muddy Slope: The History of St James’ Park (Stuff, May 2014)
The Birth of the Fan: The Origins of the Football Supporter (The Blizzard + Podcast, Mar 2014)
The Amazing Archie Goodall: “Nothing So Extraordinary Ever Seen!” (FourFourTwo, Apr 2014)
Sing Your Hearts Out for the Lads: A History of Football Songs (FourFourTwo, Mar 2014)
A Fag at Half-Time: A History of Smoking in Football (FourFourTwo, Feb 2014)
Football on Christmas Day (FourFourTwo, Jan 2014)
Early Doors It All Went Pear-Shaped: Football Idioms (FourFourTwo, Nov 2013)
Football Floodlights: A History (FourFourTwo, Oct 2013)
Post-War Football: The 1946-47 Season (FourFourTwo, Sept, 2013)
Tour De Force: Newcastle’s Epic 1949 US and Canada Tour (The Guardian + When Saturday Comes, Aug 2013)
Football in 1863: What Was the Game Like in the Year It Was Created? (FourFourTwo, June 2013)
FA Founding Fathers: The Men Who Shaped Football (When Saturday Comes, May 2013)
Newton Heath Take Offence: Victorian Football’s Libel Sensation (When Saturday Comes, Feb 2013)
The First Football Columnist: How Early Journalists Helped Shape the Game (The Blizzard, Dec 2012)
The Witches’ Circle (Stuff, Oct 2012)
Your Next Box Set: John From Cincinnati (The Guardian, Sept 2012)
Venezia and the Tornado (IBWM, June 2012)
David Icke: It’s a Tough Game, Son! (Goalkeeper, May 2012)
Newcastle United’s Forgotten Mascot (Stuff, Apr 2012)
Spirit of the Chollima (IBWM, Mar 2012)
Your Next Box Set: Boomtown (The Guardian, Feb 2012)
Rebranding of St James’ Park (The Guardian, Nov 2011)
Jon Stark: Footballer of the Future (Late Tackle, Oct 2011)
Footballers’ Desert Island Discs (When Saturday Comes, Oct 2011)
Got, Got, Got, Need! a History of Football Stickers (FourFourTwo, Sept 2011)
The Greatest Goal I Ever Saw (Sabotage Times + Stuff, May 2011)
Baines Football Cards: The Victorian Panini (IBWM, Apr 2011)
A Short History of Newcastle United’s Black and White Stripes (Stuff, Mar 2011)
Home Ground: A Wander Around Newcastle’s St James’ Park (Stuff, Mar 2011)
Before St James’ Park: The Origins of Newcastle United (Stuff, Feb 2011)
How World in Motion Changed English Football Forever (Stuff, Jun 2010)
Rocketman Hal Graham (Stuff, Oct 2009)
How to Turn iPhone App Ideas Into Cash (The Guardian, May 2009)
The Ebook Format War (The Guardian, Apr 2009)
Online Music and the Beatles Gap (The Guardian, Apr 2009)
The Death of the Download (The Guardian, Jan 2009)
Fringe – TV Show Review (Fortean Times, Nov 2008)
Rocket Man’s Flight of Fancy (The Guardian, Oct 2008)
Black and White Blood (The Times, Sept 2008)
How to Be a Website Flipper (The Guardian, Sept 2008)
The Mystery of Flight 574 (Sunday Herald Magazine, April 2007)
You’re Booked! – World’s Biggest Football Bookshop (FourFourTwo, March 2007)
Beer and Football – Illegal Pub Broadcasts (FourFourTwo, Sept 2006)
A to Z of World Cup Madness (Loaded, Jul 2006)
Some Chickens Are on the Pitch… – Animals (FourFourTwo, Oct 2005)
By Far the Greatest Team the World Has Ever Seen – Unofficial Football World Championships (FourFourTwo, Oct 2004)
Whoops! – Penalties (FourFourTwo, July 2004)
You Don’t Know What You’re Doing – Referees (FourFourTwo, March 2004)
I Don’t Think You Wanted to Do That – Own Goals (FourFourTwo, Feb 2004)
Hands Resist Him – The eBay Haunted Painting (Sunday Herald Magazine, Oct 2003)
You Laugh, You Cry – North East Derby (FourFourTwo, July 2003)
Jetpack Murder Mystery (Jack, July 2003)
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