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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 a bicycle and two carrier pigeons in a basket. His story also involves binoculars, a charabanc, turnips, the Blitz, and the medicinal properties of hot Oxo.

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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