The Scoop Inter City Superleague

Published in issue #3 of Late Tackle. (A version also appeared on Sabotage Times.) Forget about fantasy football, in the late 1970s there was only one imaginary soccer competition worth bothering with – the Scoop Inter City Superleague. Not only did the football comic league pitch Britain’s best footballers (Kenny Dalglish, Bob Latchford, Trevor Francis…) […]

Rebranding of St James’ Park

Piece written for The Guardian on the renaming of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park. “It was all going so well. Perhaps too well, with hindsight. The announcement that Newcastle United’s ground, St James’ Park, is to be renamed the Sports Direct Arena has shattered the fragile truce between the football club’s supporters and its owner, […]

The ten best fictional goalkeepers

List piece for Goalkeeper Magazine presenting ten of the best fictional goalkeepers from books, comics, films and TV shows. “Esteemed sportswriter Brian Glanville’s Goalkeepers Are Different was published in 1972 by Puffin and aimed at younger readers, but it’s a must-read for goalkeepers of all ages. The book tracks the progress of young keeper Ronnie […]

Jon Stark: footballer of the future

Published in issue 2 of Late Tackle magazine. Tevez, Eto’o and Gyan are among the latest breed of players to be tarred with the ‘football mercenary’ brush. But they have nothing on this 1970s Scoop comic superstar. Jon Stark arrived on the football scene in the late 1970s, a prolific striker who played for numerous […]

Footballers’ Desert Island Discs

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Desert Island Discs, this article for When Saturday Comes looks at how footballers have often embarrassed themselves on being asked to choose their musical favourites for the national institution. “In 1982, with Desert Island Discs more than 40 years old, Trevor Brooking became only the third footballer to appear […]