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.
“I could see the nuclear power plant and the smoke rising above the ruins.” In April 1986, FC Stroitel Pripyat and captain Valentin Litvin were preparing for a cup semi-final when Chernobyl’s No.4 nuclear reactor exploded. Read the story in issue 303 of FourFourTwo and on the FourFourTwo website, and listen on the FourFourTwo podcast
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.
From a Blood-Red Sea is the incredible true story of US sailor Daniel Collins, who was shipwrecked and then attacked by pirates during his first – and last – voyage as a merchant seaman, in the winter of 1824.
Islington Corinthians may not be a famous name, but these footballing Phileas Foggs left their mark on history with an extraordinary 1930s round-the-world jaunt involving leopards, cocaine, cobras, crocodiles, and a bullet-strewn carry-on up the Khyber. The Islington Corinthians were travelling through the Khyber Pass when their bus slammed to a halt and their guide […]
The true story of the investigative journalist and mermaid hunter who helped create the rules of soccer. Arthur Pember titillated Victorian New York with his muckraking journalism, but before that he was the first president of the Football Association who set out the Laws of the Game. Read at Howler.
I wrote a piece about Edward Robinson, the Newcastle Pirate, for issue #6 of Northern Correspondent, a print magazine for the North East of England described by the Guardian as “a New Yorker for Newcastle”. Edward Robinson left Newcastle in the early 1700s, when the old stone-arched Tyne Bridge still spanned the great river. Known […]