tell your story walking


Besides write about writing about football, I’m going to further impress upon your patience with another keen interest – location-based storytelling. I’m working on some research around it, because I did a wee bit a couple of years ago. But really its because the use of words and images and sound and puzzles in mostly […]

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Match Fixer – not a football novel.


Read at a time stories when Sepp Blatter feared entering the US in case the FBI collared him, Match-Fixer, Neil Humphreys’ 2009 novel offered a sharp reminder of the potential power of sports fiction. You could argue, it’s become sharper still as we watch el diablo Blatter crouch, wait for his moment to withdraw his resignation, and pounce on […]

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there’s loneliness in long distance swimming, but there’s a bit more to it than that…


A guy I know and deeply love (he ain’t heavy…) has joined the ranks of those who find solace in the open waters and swimming in places in temperatures most people find rationally challenging. And he’s been writing about it: the shivers, the equipment, the mental undertakings. He also bangs his faux leather drum about his paleo […]

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what football is really about…


It’s been coming for a while, but now the season’s over I have a chance to make a clean break. I’ve increasingly found myself consciously decoupling from EPL football. The new deal will see a sickening $5.1bn spewed all over the EPL at a time when the last eight teams in the Champions League are worth enough […]

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Who doesnae love a Yarn?


When people say, “if you love stories, you’ll love Yarn (or whatever event or object they’re punting)” you can usually smell the reek of shite off the words as they exit the speaker’s mouth. In this case, I have to say it’s true. Yarn is lovable. No shite, or at least its kept to a bare […]

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brisbane ROARS on the radio


On Friday 5 September, Geoff Woolcock of The Footy Almanac, Nicholas Turner from the Match Day Burger and I were on ABC 612 for an hour with Kelly Higgins-Devine talking about football. Well, we were talking about sports writing from a fan’s perspective, but I talked about football. A lot. Aye, that’s right. I was on […]

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