IBWM: The First Two Years

I’m pleased to be included as a contributor in the brand new book from In Bed With Maradona, IBWM: The First Two Years, which has just been released. Edited by David Hartrick and published by Ockley Books, it’s a sumptuous collection of some of the best writing and artwork from the excellent football website. What […]

Venezia and the tornado

An article published at In Bed With Maradona explaining how FBC Unione Venezia’s plans for a return to Italy’s professional leagues were disrupted by storm damage to their unique ground. Unione Venezia were preparing for a return to professional football when the tornado struck. Venezia’s ground, the Stadio Pierluigi Penzo, is a jewel of Italian […]

The first football video game

Published in issue 4 of Late Tackle. Each new instalment of FIFA and PES, EA Sports’ and Konami’s respective football video game franchises, brings much talk of “player impact engines”, “updated facial representations” and “true-to-life active AI”. Whatever that actually means, there’s no doubt both games are thoroughly impressive technological achievements, presenting frighteningly realistic football […]

Spirit of the Chollima

I wrote a piece for In Bed With Maradona about how North Korea won Asian Cup qualification, and hearts and minds, at the AFC Challenge Cup. There is a mythical creature in Korean legend named the Chollima, which roughly translates as ‘thousand-mile horse’. It’s a winged beast – a Korean Pegasus – strong, swift and […]

The ten strangest goalkeeper injuries

An article on the dangers of being a goalkeeper, for Goalkeeper magazine. “Has there ever been a less fortunate goalkeeper than Chic Brodie, popularly known as ‘Unlucky Chic, the One-Man Natural Disaster’? The former Brentford keeper survived having a Second World War hand grenade lobbed at him by a Millwall fan in 1965, and was […]

The Victorian goalkeeper

An article for Goalkeeper Magazine about the origin of the goalkeeper in Victorian times, it also profiles some of the best Victorian keepers. It’s difficult to imagine football without goalkeepers, but in football’s formative years the position didn’t exist. In the mid-19th century, before association football had been codified, there were numerous variations and sets […]