Brian James, the man who built a road to Wembley

IT ALMOST went unnoticed in July, but Brian James, a respected journalist with the Mail and Sunday Times, passed away at the age of 87. A lot of people will not be familiar with James, but anyone who has been captivated by the road to Wembley stadium, or has followed competitions like the FA Cup and FA Vase from beginning to end, owes a little to … Continue reading Brian James, the man who built a road to Wembley

Football Read Review: Dissecting the football fan experience

SAVAGE ENTHUSIASM by Paul Brown is another take on the history of football fans and how they got to where they stand, or rather sit, today. People like Dr. Desmond Morris, a trailblazer in this genre, and James Walvin have contributed major works on the social relevance of the game, but Paul Brown provides an accessible – arguably the most readable – and enjoyable chronicle … Continue reading Football Read Review: Dissecting the football fan experience

Je suis prétentieux : The fascination of foreign media

  THOSE of us who like to venture abroad to watch the beautiful game will be aware of the difference in the way football is chronicled by the media in France, Germany, Italy and other countries. There’s something quite fascinating about a foreign football newspaper and although coverage in Britain has improved dramatically since the miserable 1980s when you struggled to even find a team … Continue reading Je suis prétentieux : The fascination of foreign media

Commanding the airwaves – a guide for non-league clubs

TODAY’S non-league club has many options when communicating with its supporters, its sponsors and the greater community. Things have changed substantially since the days when the local newspaper and the match programme were the only outlets. But the new paradigm delivers many more opportunities for the small non-league club. Here’s some ideas based on 20 years’ experience as a non-league press officer and a corporate … Continue reading Commanding the airwaves – a guide for non-league clubs