The Guardian


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

How to become a sporting journalist

BJ Evans was a pioneer of early football reporting, and his 1946 book How to Become a Sporting Journalist reveals some of his methods, which required binoculars, a bicycle and two carrier pigeons in a basket. Written for When Saturday Comes and also published by The Guardian.

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Posted 12 February 2015

Tour de force

As football clubs head off on their pre-season tours, this article tells the story of Newcastle United’s epic 1949 tour of the US and Canada. It was remarkable for several reasons, most notably because Jackie Milburn scored 31 goals in 31 days, and Newcastle chalked up the biggest win in the club’s history.

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Posted 10 July 2013

Your next box set: John from Cincinnati

‘The end is near,’ says mysterious stranger John in the opening scenes of John from Cincinnati. His words are prophetic, as this under-appreciated show from David Milch (creator of Deadwood and Luck) only lasted 10 episodes. Intended as a replacement for The Sopranos, the ‘surf noir’ drama baffled many…

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Posted 28 September 2012

Your next box set: Boomtown

‘London has got the Thames, Paris has got the Seine, LA has got a concrete drainage ditch.'” That’s our introduction to Boomtown, a city that rises out of the California dust in the opening sequence of this short-lived cop show from Graham Yost (creator of Justified). First aired in 2002, Boomtown is an…

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Posted 15 February 2012

Rebranding of St James’ Park

Piece written for The Guardian on the renaming of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.

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Posted 11 November 2011

How to turn iPhone app ideas into cash

Got an idea for a killer iPhone app? With more than 1bn applications sold since its launch last July, Apple’s iPhone App Store has become one of the fastest-growing tech enterprises in recent history, and gained a reputation as something of a developer’s goldmine.

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Posted 28 May 2009

The ebook format war

It was clear from this week’s London Book Fair that the UK publishing industry is finally ready to embrace ebooks. But before the ebook can really challenge its paper equivalent, the industry has to avert a format war a whole lot more complicated than VHS vs Betamax.

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Posted 23 April 2009