The unsolved murder of railway stationmaster George Wilson in 1911 is one of the UK’s most enduring true crime mysteries. Read the four-part story, covering the murder, the investigation, the suspects, and the crime scene, at Medium.
Ten long (or medium-length) reads to help pass the time during self-isolation. From sports history to the golden age of piracy, all free to read. Enjoy and take care. The man who walked his life away How George Wilson, a shoemaker from Newcastle upon Tyne, became an unlikely champion in the bizarre 19th-century sport of pedestrianism […]
In 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War, several of Britain’s greatest footballers were interned in a brutal prison camp at Ruhleben, near Berlin. My new book tells the true story of how the prisoners used the game of football to survive, and how some of them used it to escape.
How George Wilson became an unlikely champion in the bizarre 19th-century sport of pedestrianism – from the confines of a prison yard. Read on Deadspin.
A dispute has arisen over which club can claim Notts County’s lost record as the oldest Football League club. Read in When Saturday Comes.
In 1870, two MPs played in a “Great International” between England and Scotland that has been omitted from the record books but can be considered the first proper international football match. Read the full story in issue 3 of NPLH. https://twitter.com/NPLHMAG/status/1073220298495983616?s=20
The story of Victorian eccentric John Baines, the self-styled Football Card King, written for When Saturday Comes magazine. Read the full story in issue 379 of When Saturday Comes.