Game of the People is edited by Neil Jensen, an experienced corporate and football writer.

In his long 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 spent 40 years in the City of London, including 26 years with a leading German investment bank as Editorial Director.

Neil has worked as a freelance 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 by Pitch Publishing.

A Chelsea supporter since the 1967 FA Cup final, Neil considers he is a “portfolio fan” and follows the fortunes of Inter Milan, Bohemians 1905 Prague, Atlético Madrid, Toronto, MTK Budapest and Ajax. His all-time favourite footballers are Peter Osgood, Colin Bell and Johann Cruyff.

Neil’s favourite authors are William Boyd, Ernest Hemingway, Beryl Bainbridge and Christopher Isherwood. He also admires writers David Goldblatt, Jonathan Wilson, Simon Kuper and David Conn.

Neil’s work has recently been published by the following: TIFO, The Blizzard, Off the Pitch, Brand Finance, Soccerex, The New European, Football Weekends.

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: neilfredrikjensen@gmail.com

Telephone: 0044 798 498 2034

Twitter: @GameofthePeople

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    1. Hi, me and my friend recently started a YouTube channel. It’s a sports and comedy style channel, and we’re trying to find ways to get seen and noticed. I was wondering if there was any way to get a shout out or for you to help us in any way possible. Any help would be truly appreciated. Looking forward to hearing back from you


  1. With the change of fortunes in recent months for League One side Peterborough United I was wondering if you would consider writing a GotP article at some stage in the near future on both Peterborough and their manager Graham Westley. Peterborough’s Chairman Darragh MacAnthony seems quite a character as well.

  2. Neil, re your article None League paper April 3rd . Have you heard of the world most famous Non league club . Bishop Auckland . 10 times winners of the amateur cup including a hat trick in the mid fifties . A world record attendance of for any cup tie of 190,000 , in 1954 . More column inches in the football annuals of ANY British club , and you have never heard of them . Best wishes Keith Belton.

    1. There are others who would also claim to be on such a list…wasn’t meant to be definitive, but certainly thought provoking. Crook Town were also in the same category…Enfield etc. ask 100 people you’d get 100 answers! I said “current” knowing that historically, there are some strong contenders…Bishops among them.

      1. If Crook Town, then Ilford too. We beat them at Roker Park in the FAAC Semi-Final, 1958, on the way to Wembley. We also had a famed rivalry with Bishop Auckland (recently revisited in contacts between the two clubs). Their Amateur Cup record was quite staggering but we got the better of them several times -First occasion, Leopold Cup in Belgium 1911..We also toured Spain with the Bishops in 1923, playing (and drawing with )the mighty Barcelona -sorry, Ilford drew with Barca, Bishop Auckland lost!
        I mention this as your visit to us (vs Kempston Rovers) a while back was a bit doom and gloom. We don’t need telling how far from grace Ilford FC has fallen… But do come again. We are shortly to host a lottery-funded Exhibition linked to the Club’s heritage -and there are plans afoot to get the Club back in the Ryman League (incidentally 17th was far from our best recent position as suggested by you. In 2005 we won League and cup double).

        Kind regards, Michael Foley
        IFC Vice President/Historian

      2. I wish you well. But surely, your double win was at a lower level? Anyway, I hope to see you back somewhere where you’d like to be! Great old name of London/Essex football. Best wishes.

  3. May have played against you in years gone by. I turned out for Polytechnic in the Southern Amateur League in the mid 80s, working my way down from the sixth team to the nineth and including the vets even though I was in my 20s. Always enjoyed playing away at the banks: great facilities and grub!

    1. I packed up in 1978 – bad neck injury and persistent groin strains. My heyday was between 1975 and 1977 – when I was young and lithe! But you’re right about the facilities and grub! Thanks for the comment.

  4. Being a regular visitor to Berlin over the last 30 years I was more than a little interested in your recent article in the Non-League paper ‘ Re-visiting an Eastern block gem ‘
    As well as seeing Hertha Berlin play I’m also a follower of Tennis Borussia Berlin who play at the Momsenstadion in the Oberliga, the 5th. tier, 1 below the Regional Lge. .
    It costs me 6 euros ( old fogey rate ! ).
    I also follow Spadau 06 who now play in the Landesliga ( 7th. tier ) having gained promotion from the Bezirkliga last season, that costs me the princely sum of 2.50 euros, a real bargain , at their homely Ziegelhof Stadium on the banks of the Havel River.

    1. Interesting stuff, Dave – thanks for your comment. I was quite taken aback at eur 18, but it was kind of explained to me that the cost of playing at the stadium was the reason. Neveretheless, it was worth it! I shall have to check out Tennis Borrusia and Spandau 06! Thanks again.

  5. Thanks for encouraging words. Ilford won the Ryman Div 2 League and Cup Double in 2005.
    We then found ourselves in a re-structured Div 1 (with a lot of Lge 2 teams) and a season later were switched to the Southern League -1st time since 1895- before a further restructure delivered us back to the Ryman. An awful period then took hold, one from which only now do we have serious hopes of putting behind us.

  6. Hey there GOTP!

    I came across your blog as a recommended source for football info, nice page! I wanted to share a video that might be of interest to your readers. It’s about the players and fans rituals before the game… It was shot in Munich in November last year and features Xabi Alonso, Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, Arturo Vidal, Joshua Kimmich and Jerome Boateng, as well as the legendary Oliver Kahn. It’s cinematic and hopefully stirs the emotions of any football fan.

    Hope you like and would be very grateful if you could share!



  7. Has taken some time to get round to this.We met at the Red Lion Histon,2/3
    Years ago.
    The sudden emergence is a result of 2 factors:-
    1) I sold the said venue in June after 23 years and as a result,
    2) I am learning to use this piece of equipment.I genuinely had never
    used a computer..
    Proves that not all business cards get thrown in the bin. The Histon Mariner
    website whilst a self-indulgent diary,does purport to raise the flag for real
    For good reasons not yet started on this season,material has been produced,
    I hope you don’t mind us raising the profile of gameofthepeople in our
    UTM. (Up The Mariners)

  8. Really looking forward to the Book Neil – Tales Of The Town – A Century and a Half of Association Football in Hitchin. Well done on such a mammoth accomplishment.

  9. Really enjoy the focus on the national teams and sides from central Europe. This blog, the Blizzard and parts of World Soccer show what is possible in football journalism. Any chance of a piece on Czechoslovakia 62 team and also Yugoslavia in the mid 70’s?

  10. Hi Neil. I just “met” you this morning when i accidentally discovered GOTP. To summarise what i feel about your work, i can say that i spent a total of 3/4 hours across some 10 different articles. Non-League and Asian Markets were my favorite. Congratulations for GOTP! You have a new fan in Portugal!

      1. Neil, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading several chapters of your latest publication Mittel. Congratulations on another fine piece of journalism. I have been educated, through your book, in many aspects of the European game, both past and present. I particularly enjoyed the opening chapter on the Austrian Footballer Josef Bican. What a story. I also reflected on the final chapter regarding the England v Germany game in 1935 and how football can bring nations together at a time of growing political unrest and conflict. So much detail, facts and your own personal recollections. Thanks Neil.

  11. ‘Perception: Non-league football’s success story of the mid-to-late 1970s, laying foundation of Billericay Town.’

    Please tell me this is a joke – Billericay as ‘non-League football’s success story of the mid-to-late 1970s’! You can’t think of any other clubs that would fit the bill more? Oh dear.

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