Islington Corinthians: football’s first world tour

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 […]

Arthur Pember: the mermaid hunter who invented association football

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.

Homesick pirate: the story of Edward Robinson

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 […]