The Football Hypnotist17 January 2020-Celebrity hypnotist Romark claimed to have helped football clubs win cup ties, gain promotion and avoid relegation, and to have placed a bizarre curse on Manchester City manager Malcolm Allison. Read the true story of the football hypnotist in issue 395 of When Saturday Comes.
The Ruhleben Football Association16 December 2019-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.
The Football War22 October 2019-When Honduras faced El Salvador in a 1969 World Cup qualifier, more than just a sport was at stake. The match that sparked the brutal "Football War" in issue 306 / December 2019 of FourFourTwo magazine and on episode 21 of the FourFourTwo podcast.
The killing of Tommy Ball2 October 2019-The tragic tale of Aston Villa’s rising star, the only Football League player to have been murdered. Read the story in issue 305 / November 2019 of FourFourTwo.
Football’s first websites: meet the internet pioneers14 February 2019-The Premier League wasn’t the only shiny new innovation piped into UK homes in 1992. Dial-up internet also arrived that year, allowing fans to access football via the web – starting off with Ipswich, and some biscuits… Met the internet pioneers who created football’s first websites in the March 2019 issue of FourFourTwo.
Oh, I say! The history of football commentators19 November 2018-The stories of Teddy Wakelam and George Allison, football’s first radio and television commentators. One was the Arsenal manager, and one possibly invented the phrase “back to square one”… Read the story in issue 294 of FourFourTwo magazine.
The kidnapping of Jimmy Hill15 October 2018-In February 1964, one of football's biggest personalities, Coventry City manager Jimmy Hill, was kidnapped and held to ransom. But all was not what it seemed. Read the article in the November 2018 issue of FourFourTwo.
The alternative history of set-pieces15 October 2018-The humble beginnings of free-kicks, corners, throw-ins and penalties, and the season when corners were inadvertently written out of the rules. Read the article in the November 2018 issue of FourFourTwo.
Direct action: Newcastle fans vs Mike Ashley15 October 2018-Mike Ashley’s reign at Newcastle has involved rising debts, falling revenue and poor on-pitch performances, so the fans are fighting back. Read the article in issue 380 of When Saturday Comes.
The man who invented football cards7 September 2018-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.