For as long as there’s been football, there has been great football writing. Geoffrey Green (non-fiction) and Robin Jenkins (fiction) and Brian Glanville (both) and Hugh McIlvanney (the man who described George Best’s feet as being as sensitive as a pickpocket’s hands) to name a few of my favourites. Jonathan Wilson, a modern contemporary, is […]Read more "Finding good football writing"
As well as playing and training for Chelsea (for the vast majority of his career), Manchester City (one season), and New York City (The US arm of Man City’s operations (we have Melbourne City in Aus)) and of course all his work with the England, Frank Lampard has penned a series of football novels for […]Read more "The Magic of fiction and Frank Lampard"
Aye, its been a while. But I’ve been reading and working and gardening and its time to get back to the writing. The project I had intended to work on this year, brisbaneroars, the Brisbane Roar collective narrative history was cut short. Initially I was going to blame a shortage of steam or time for […]Read more "Football fiction – a return to the blogs intent"
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 […]Read more "brisbane ROARS on the radio"
Posted a new football blogpost today. Most of it is about the Brisbane Roar’s last three games. Thinking about the games and how disheartening football can be – The Hope that Kills Us – made me realise the light at the end of the tunnel can have silver in it, but the shadows can stay […]Read more "How did Darth Vader know what Luke Skywalker got for Christmas?"
I’ve committed myself to writing about the 2012 European Championships on a daily basis. How hard can it be? There’s only work, a young family and the games start at 2 and 5am or there abouts. I try and sleep between the games or if its shite, I’ll have a wee snooze. Problem is there’s […]Read more "Getting ti r e d e r"
Scottish football referees are sponsored by Specsavers, the nations most popular opticians. It’s brilliant. Owning the problem of their short-sightedness is clever, humorous and lucrative. Recently though an SPL referee, having owned up to lying about his reversal of a fair decision to his supervisor and the affected Club (who asked for clarification about said […]Read more "the wonderful world of Scottish football"
Winter’s done, the wee yin’s football’s done. It’s grand final time on the telly. For a wee moment it felt like the doors werenae just closed to keep the cool, conditioned air in. So the end of season party in the park was awesome. The kids had a kickabout and we had cakes with green […]Read more "end of"
It’s the end of season break up barbie this saturday. Snags and bread and cakes and flasks of tea in the park. The wee yin’s first football season will be over. The final whistle blown (add other rubbish, cliched sporting analogies as you see fit). I’ll write the end of season report in its wake. […]Read more "a moment of hair twirling"
The last two game reports have gone missing because I was marking papers. It was a massive effort last week. And then this week I got smashed with the flu. The matches, the first poorly and the second extravagantly good, seem to be sitting on the opposite end of my see saw. The away match […]Read more "A bad loss and a big win"