Inside out

In the winter of 1905, an American entrepreneur launched an eccentric scheme to create Britain’s first indoor football league. Based at London’s Olympia, the scheme was opposed by the FA and ended in disaster for its protagonists. Written for When Saturday Comes and also published by The Guardian.

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Posted 29 September 2015

The Lost Pirate of Blackbeard’s Golden Age

Edward Robinson lived a life of high adventure alongside history’s most infamous pirates. But was he really a murderous sea-robber, and did he deserve his brutal fate? This extract from my ebook Sins Dyed In Blood: In Search of the Newcastle Pirate was published in Expost Magazine at Medium.

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Posted 30 April 2015

All With Smiling Faces

A wander through Newcastle’s early history to discover how the club came to mean so much to so many. Covering the first 30 years, from its foundation as Stanley FC in 1881 to the triumphant FA Cup win in 1910, the book visits the grounds, meets the players, mingles with the fans, and relives the matches that made Newcastle United.

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Posted 29 September 2014

Still with us: Darwen

The town of Darwen in east Lancashire hosts one of the oldest surviving former Football League clubs, with the current AFC Darwen a continuation of the original Darwen FC, founded in the early 1870s. It’s the smallest town ever represented in the top division, and it also holds some unwanted records.

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Posted 23 November 2015