For old times’ sake: The Preston Invincibles reunion match

More than a decade after their historic 1888-90 season, the Preston North End Invincibles got back together to prove they were still the best. A piece on the Old Invincibles reunion match of 1900 for When Saturday Comes. On an end-of-season Monday in April 1900, the greatest football team there had ever been reunited to […]

BBC Radio 4 – Making History: festive football

Broadcast on Boxing Day, this Christmas-themed episode of BBC Radio 4’s Making History programme featured a look at festive football. I spoke to Helen Castor about the tradition of playing football on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, in support of my book Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans. You can listen to the programme […]

Alf Doig’s gold rush: the Scottish football pioneer who went to Alaska

The story of Alf Doig, a footballing pioneer from Arbroath who went to Alaska looking for gold, written for Scottish football periodical Nutmeg. Alf set off for Alaska at the beginning of April 1914. Players and officials, plus a party of “fans and fanettes”, gathered at the home of manager Jim Ross to see him […]

Fanspotting: the history of football fandom via fan tribes

This feature for FourFourTwo charts the history of football fandom via fan tribes, from ancient spectators to internet megafans, via gentlemen pioneers, scarf-swinging rattlers, horrible hooligans, fanzine enthusiasts, football hipsters and more. The feature is linked to my book, Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans. From ancient Roman fanboys to stat-wielding internet snobs, FFT […]