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002- Neil JensenGame 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.

You can contact Game of the People here: neilfredrikjensen@gmail.com

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, AGF Aarhus, Frem BK, Brondby, FC Kobenhavn, Lyngby, Vanlose, Helsingor, IFK Gothenburg, Halmstad, FC Zurich, Young Boys Bern, AC Milan, Bohemians of Prague and FC Porto.

He has also visited 84 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!

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  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.

    • 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.

      • 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

      • 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!

    • 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.

    • 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!

    Best,

    William

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