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 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). He is currently working on his fifth book, Those very nearly men, which will be published in 2022.
A Chelsea supporter since the 1967 FA Cup final, Neil considers he is a “portfolio fan” and also follows the fortunes of Hitchin Town, Fulham, Saint-Etienne, Inter Milan, Bohemians 1905 Prague, Atlético Madrid, RB Leipzig, Ferencvaros, Ajax, Boca Juniors and FC København. 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 work includes: TIFO Football – Video scripts on football and the financial crisis, Manchester United, Sheffield, the Copa Libertadores, European Super League and the Coronavirus; The Blizzard – Article on Chelsea v Liverpool; Off the Pitch – Football business articles (latest: How recession proof are Premier League clubs?); Brand Finance – Football 50 report and Football Annual 2019; Soccerex – Football Finance 100; New European – articles on European football (latest : AC and Inter Milan); Football Weekends – Regular columnist.
Some of the publications, Neil has written for include: The New European; The Daily Mail; The Sunday Express; Today; 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 Local Sportsman; 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; Compass (Editor); Forum (Deputy Editor) Flow (Co-Editor); The Review (CISI).
You can contact Neil here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 0044 798 498 2034