In his 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 the Football Collective and a Freeman of the City of London. He is also a columnist with the Non-League Paper and Football Weekends 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. He has also had four books published, Chelsea FC The first 10 years (1986), The Men from Fishponds Road (1995), Tales of the Town (2017) and Mittel – European Football Stories (2018).
A Chelsea supporter since the 1967 FA Cup final, Neil also follows the fortunes of Hitchin Town, Fulham, Paris St. Germain, Juventus, 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 boy, he would write to Chelsea manager Dave Sexton and recommend players – Colin Bell and Francis Lee were frequently on the shopping list.
As a [limited and frequently feeble] player, Neil defied the theory that two-footed players were a unique species.
His favourite authors are William Boyd, Ernest Hemingway, Beryl Bainbridge and Christopher Isherwood. He also admires football writers David Goldblatt, Jonathan Wilson, Simon Kuper and David Conn.
Neil’s recent clients include: KPMG Football Benchmark, Soccerex, The New European, Dolfin, The Non-League Paper, The Football Finance Group, Brand Finance, Football Weekends, The World Football Summit and Deutsche Bank.
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; CITYAM; 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; Banking Technology; Risk; Flow; The Review.
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Neil has visited the following clubs over the past four years: 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, AGF Aarhus, Frem BK, Brondby, FC Kobenhavn, Lyngby, Vanlose, Helsingor, IFK Gothenburg, Halmstad, AIK Stockholm, FC Zurich, Young Boys Bern, AC Milan, Bohemians of Prague, Sparta Prague, Slavia Prague, Dukla Prague, Viktoria Zizhkov, FC Porto, Urawa Reds, Yokohama Marinos and Juventus. He has also visited 86 of the current Premier and Football League clubs.
Neil Jensen was born a Dane in Thurrock, Essex in 1958. His father – who was a member of the Danish resistance, 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!
Neil can provide the following through his company, Isherwood Editorial:
- Online and print journalism
- Marketing copy
- Ghost-written opinion/thought leadership