Game of the People is edited by Neil Jensen, an experienced corporate and football writer published in more than 40 publications worldwide. In his professional career, Neil has been a magazine editor, website editor, speechwriter, advertising copy writer and ghost writer. He is a member of the Football Writers’ Association and a Freeman of the City of London. He is also a columnist with the Non-League Paper and Chief Executive Officer of creative agency Isherwood Editorial.
Neil has also worked for the BBC and SKY Sports over the years and has interviewed some of the big names in British and European football. Neil has also had two books published, Chelsea FC The first 10 years (1986) and The Men from Fishponds Road (1995). In 2016, his 150-year history of Hitchin Town, Tales of the Town, will be published.
A Chelsea supporter since the 1967 FA Cup final, Neil also follows Hitchin Town of the Southern League, Paris St. Germain, Inter Milan, Ferencvaros, RB Leipzig and Randers FC. His all-time favourite footballers are Peter Osgood, Colin Bell, Johann Cruyff, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and (by reputation only) Ferenc Puskas and Matthias Sindelar.
As a [limited and frequently feeble] player, Neil played for NatWest Bank and now defunct Catford Wanderers in the Southern Amateur League. He defied the theory that two-footed players were a unique species.
Neil’s favourite authors are Evelyn Waugh, William Boyd, E.M. Forster, Ernest Hemingway and J.B. Priestley. He also admires football writers David Goldblatt, Jonathan Wilson, Brian Glanville, Simon Kuper and Jimmy Burns.
Some of the publications, Neil has written for include:
The New European; The Daily Mail; The Sunday Express; The Mail on Sunday; The Times; Time Out; World Soccer; Club Europe; Football Europe; Shoot; Match; The Footballer; The Birmingham Mail; Western Mail; Eastern Daily Press; East Anglian Times; The Hitchin Comet; The Stevenage Mercury; The Advertiser; Beds on Sunday; Herts on Sunday; The Rough Guides; European Football Yearbook; The Non-League Paper; The Bucks Herald; Football Weekends; Football Pink; Women in Banking; The British-German Chamber of Commerce; Infrastructure Investor magazine; Global Technology; Risk; Flow.
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Neil has visited the following Continental European football clubs: Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord, Anderlecht, Union St. Gilloise, Bordeaux, Paris St. Germain, Ferencvaros, Vasas Budapest, Rapid Vienna, Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona, Hamburg, Hannover, FC Berlin Dynamo, Frem BK, Brondby, FC Kobenhavn, Vanlose, Helsingor, IFK Gothenburg, Halmstad, FC Zurich, Young Boys Bern, AC Milan, Bohemians of Prague and Lyngby.
He has also visited 81 of the current Premier and Football League clubs.
Neil Jensen was born a Dane in Thurrock, Essex in 1958. His father – who escaped the Nazis in WW2 – was Danish, his mother English. He mislaid his Danish birthright at the age of 22. He is the father of two sons, one of whom has no liking for football. He has high hopes that his Anglo-Japanese grandson, Haruki, will become a staunch supporter of Urawa Reds in Japan!