Who were international football’s world champions in the 60 years before the first World Cup? This illustrated Medium article reveals the Before The World Cup (BTWC) champions.
Ahead of Russia 2018, I wrote a series of four articles on the history of football fans at the World Cup, covering Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950, England 1966 and Italy 1990. All are available to read on Medium: World Cup 1930: “The so-called World’s Association Football Championship” How the first World Cup established soccer as […]
In support of my book Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans, this article for US-based Medium looks at the history of soccer fans, and the irresistible rise of the world’s most popular sport, from the British origins of fandom, through to US adoption and growth. More details about the book can be found here. […]
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.
Written in support of the Messages from the Sea book, this feature explores an archive of 100-plus-year-old messages from the sea, revealing clues to the fate of missing vessels, poignant farewells from stricken sailors, and other mysterious and fascinating tales. Read the story on Medium. Get the book here.
The story of Edward Robinson, the Newcastle Pirate, who sailed with Blackbeard during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early 1700s… »
Russ Routledge is an amateur boxer from Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1984, he spent a week living with Muhammad Ali, the greatest fighter of all time. Russ was down on his luck and far from home, and Ali was attempting to deal with retirement and the onset of Parkinson’s. Read the story of their unlikely friendship in Sports Illustrated’s The Cauldron on Medium.