Outside Write is a blog dedicated to football travel, culture and history. In this podcast we discuss travel tips for watching football abroad, discuss football history, sociology and review books.
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My guest is Stu Carrington, whose book 'Blowing the Whistle' covers the psychology of football refereeing. We discuss the data behind the influence of the crowd, of managers' mind games, and VAR...
My guest is football writer Nige Tassell, whose latest book 'The Hard Yards' looks at a unique season in the Championship. It's England's second tier and the fifth most-attended league in the world.
My guest is Steven Scragg, whose new book builds on his previous two about European football's leading club competitions of recent decades. This time, we're discussing the European Cup. Its origins, its evolution, its key figures and stories.
My guest is Richard McBrearty from the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park. We're discussing his research into early Glasgow football, the key role of Queen's Park FC in the growth of the game, and how Irish community clubs emerged
The Away Leg is a new book containing 11 stories from top football journalists collated by Steve Menary and James Montague. We discuss Iran v USA at France '98, Iceland at Euro 2016, the time Arsenal's women's team became champions of Europe, and much more...
I welcome Tim Hartley back onto the podcast to discuss his new book, 'The World At Your Feet', in which he searches for the soul of football. In the second half, we get Tim's tips for groundhopping in his native Wales.
My guest is Matt Spiro, whose book looks at French football in the 20 years between the country's two World Cup triumphs in 1998 and 2018. It was quite some ride in that time!
Anthony Russell runs the Instagram account @DDRProgrammes, where he shows off his fascinating collection of match day programmes from former East Germany
Peter Miles has been to thousands of grounds worldwide and has a new book out dedicated entirely to the photography of floodlights. Peter discusses the world's most photographic football stadiums here - plus how to catch that perfect #floodlightfriday...
I am joined by Danny Lewis, author of new book on West Ham's last match at its beloved Upton Park/Boleyn Ground stadium. We discuss the club's move to the London Stadium.
Paul Hatt from the website FootballBookReviews.com joins me to discuss the best football writing. How influential was Fever Pitch in making football writing more respectable? Which are the 'must-haves' for your shelf? We look at history, auto/biography and political football books.
My guest is James Dixon, whose new book 'The Fix' looks at the formation of the Champions League. This is timely, given the recent collapse of the proposed European Super League at the time of recording.
George Tsitsonis has written a book about Greece's epic 2004 Euro win. How did it come about and is the team given the respect it deserves?
My guest is Gary Thacker, author of a book about the long and often tumultuous history of Dutch football.
David Hartrick is the author of a new book on Bobby Robson's time as England manager (1982-90). It's a tumultuous decade for English football that ends with something of a silver lining.
I've got a book out! It's a country-by-country guide to how football started in each major footballing country from the very first kick up to the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. Here's an overview...
I'm joined by Liam Bambridge who, like me, was a keen groundhopper in Spain in the 1990s and still returns there today. We do a compare and contrast, majoring on Real Zaragoza, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, as well as some clubs that were great in the 1990s but have sunk down the leagues.
I am joined by Sivan John, who blogs and podcasts about Malaysian football. We discuss the major clubs, ultra culture and the popularity of Malaysian-owned clubs.
We get a whistle-stop groundhopping guide to Swiss football from Craig King, who writes about the Swiss game. We look at the top clubs, some smaller club groundhopping experiences, the national side and the role of Roy Hodgson in the Swiss revival, plus a bit of history, too.
Andrew Lawn is the author of a new book on the history and evolution of football songs and chants. He joins me on the podcast to discuss his findings and what football songs tell us about wider society and culture.
I am joined by Adam Brandon, who lives in Santiago de Chile and has more than a decade's experience examining Chile's football scene. We discuss the groundhopping scene, football under Pinochet, and the recent national team success.
Antony Sutton blogs about Indonesian football. You may know him as @JakartaCasual on Twitter and Instagram. We discuss the country's incredible fan culture
Mark Waldon is the author of a new book on the football club and fan culture of London. We discuss the great traditional grounds, like Fulham's Craven Cottage, right up to the three brand new grounds at Spurs, Brentford and AFC Wimbledon. We look at the big rivalries, too - Arsenal v Spurs, West Ham v Millwall, and Chelsea v Spurs…
My guest is Chris Hylland, who has a book out called 'Tears at the Bombonera', which covers his groundhopping adventures in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia and Brazil.
My guest is Ralph Hannah, who runs a podcast called Guaraní Vision, which covers football in the South American country of Paraguay. He tells us about the footballing culture and groundhopping experience in the country.
We explore the groundhopping route less-traveled with author Tim Hartley. He's been to North Korea, West Africa, Lebanon and a host of other places and share his experience with us.
My guests are Rob MacDonald and Adam Bushby from Halcyon Publishing, who have a really interesting book out on football's nearly teams. Those who should maybe have won something then fell agonisingly short - think Netherlands in 1974 or Newcastle United in 1996...
I'm joined by Dr Pete Watson, an expert on Latin American politics and football, to discuss the role of football in the politics of South American dictatorships between 1950s-1980s.
UK listeners of a certain age will remember the Football Italia show on Channel 4 in the 1990s and early 2000s. Jonathan Grade started out as a runner on the show from its inception and gradually rose through the ranks. He has now written a book about his decade with the show.
My guest is Kevin Simpson, author of 'Soccer Under the Swastika', which examines the experience of football in Nazi-occupied areas during World War II.
My guest is Llew Walker, who's written a new biography of Andrew Watson, the world's first black international footballer. Watson played for Queen's Park, captained Scotland, and also turned out for Corinthian FC.
Karan Tejwani is the author of a new book chronicling the progress of RB Leipzig. We also look at the Red Bull company's other football franchises around the world.
Stephen Hurrell blogs about the tabletop football game, Subbuteo. We discuss the past, present and future of the game. How did this family business with figures painted by housewives at home grow into a global business?
I am joined by Michael Wagg, who's written a book tracing the fortunes of the 14 clubs that made up the final East German DDR Oberliga in the early 1990s.
I'm joined by Belinda Scarlett from the National Football Museum in Manchester. The museum is gearing up for a big exhibition on the women's game next year. In this podcast, we major on the Dick, Kerr Ladies, who were drawing 50,000+ crowds in the early 1920s before the FA banned women's football from FA-affiliated grounds.…
My guest is Natxo Parra, co-author of 'St. Pauli: Another Football is Possible'. We look back at how Hamburg's FC St. Pauli became known as a 'cult club'. When did the fan activism start and how does this ethos survive in a commercial era?
We're joined by Bob Holmes, author of 'Shanks, Yanks and Jürgen' to discuss the life of Bill Shankly, one of the greatest managers of all time. Bob chart his life from a small mining town in Ayrshire to the creator of the modern Liverpool FC.
We're joined by Dr. Kevin Moore, the former CEO of the National Football Museum. His book 'What You Think You Know About Football is Wrong' seeks to debunk some popularly-held myths, and we talk through some of them here. We also discuss his former role at the National Football Museum and some of its more popular artifacts.…
Journalist and author Jon Driscoll joins us on the podcast to discuss his new book on fifty footballers that changed the game. We discuss some familiar names, and some not-so-familiar names from the 1870s to the modern day.
Our guest is Michael Cole, an Early Stage Researcher on the FATIGUE Project, based at the University of Tartu, Estonia and a Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right. His research interests include the relationship between football and far-right politics in Central and Eastern Europe, and the use of football as a politica…
We speak to Croatian journalist Juraj Vrdoljak about the historical significance of Hajduk Split. Did you know the club was a big part of anti-Nazi resistance in World War II and helped introduce ultrà culture into Europe?
Just what is CONIFA and what are its aims? We talk to James Hendicott, whose new book chronicles the organisation's journey.
We welcome Rich Hall, founder of Italian football site The Gentleman Ultra, back onto the site to discuss the past, present and future of the team he supports, Internazionale di Milano (Inter Milan).
We look back at Trinidad & Tobago's incredible journey to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany with Gene De Gourville, who's written a book on the subject.
We're joined by Devon Rowcliffe, whose new book 'Who Ate All the Squid' looks at South Korea's football story.
We're joined again by Matt McGinn whose new book looks at the emergence of Icelandic football in recent years.
Our guest is Connor Parry, who visited the Hamburg Derby - Hamburger SV versus FC Sankt Pauli - in early 2020. It's a fiery encounter in the 2.Bundesliga, the second tier of German football. We look at the matchday experience and discuss the histories of both clubs.
We're joined by Jamie Ralph who runs an English-language fan feed and blog focussed on Newell's Old Boys from Rosario, Argentina. We discuss the club's intense rivalry with cross-city rivals, Rosario Central.
Bill Hern and David Gleave are the authors of a new book 'Football's Black Pioneers' exploring the first black players to represent all the 92 football clubs in the English football league. Bill and David have some fascinating stories to recount after speaking to a number of former players and pioneers' family.…
We have a double-header as two of the contributors to a new book on Spanish and Portuguese football - 'Iberia Chronicles' - join us on the podcast. Nathan Motz discusses Portugal's golden generation and Kristofer McCormack tells us the history of the Copa del Rey