A Once Upon A Time True Story – Part 2

The rooster strutted towards the fence and began to eye Neri up and down. He was not too sure of what to make of this donkey. Of course, he had seen many of his kind before, but this one had a special air about him. There was not only a certain sense of determination that…

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British Football Fans Flood the Empty Spain!

Last Friday, 31st May, I decided to flee Madrid and go off to the España Vacia – the Empty Spain, as the uninhabitated areas of Spain are known. And Grado del Pico, my adopted village, certainly falls into that category as it has a population of twelve people registered on the census. The reason for…

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A Once Upon a Time True Story

This is the strange but true story about a cock, a donkey and a football. What could the three possibly have in common? Read on and you will soon surprise yourself at the connection. As most entertaining stories start, so does this one with, once upon a time in Grado del Pico, there was a…

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Women Are On The Ball

When I wrote the first draft of my book, The Verb To Be of Football and included an article using the going to tense relating to women in the future making their mark in football, I was laughed at and scorned by a number of males. However, five years on women’s football are never out…

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Ada Herberger, Suffragette and Footballer

Ada Herberger has become the sufragette of the 21st century. Who is this brave young woman who is prepared to sacrifice her career for the rest of her sex? Ada Hegerberg is a Norwegian striker and currently plays for Lyon. She is considered to be Norway’s best footballer. Yet the nation’s top player will be…

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One Footballer More, One Killer Less

The City of Victoria in Mexico is one of the most dangerous cities in the world. To counteract violence, FC Correcaminos, a second division club, launched a project in July 2018 called Ambassadors for Peace. It was created to keep children and adults away from violence and its premise is one footballer more, one killer less….

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The Champions of Christian Values

Once again the Clericus Cup has come around. It kicked off on the 30th March falling in Lent as is the tradition. This year, 16 teams with a total of 359 players from 67 nationalities are participating in this life experience for priests. The long awaited moment finallly arrived  when the cleric hung up their…

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Silent Heroes of Football – Part 3

Saturnino Navazo, along with eighty thousand other POWs survived the harsh and brutal treatment thrashed out by the SS. Despite the callousness of the guards, there seemed to be some sort of soft spot in those hardened hearts. And that soft spot was for football and moreover for the Spanish midfielder’s dexterity and deftness ….

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Silent Heroes of Football – Part 2

Saturnino Navazo’s boots took him across the Pyrenees to Toulouse, France, to seek exile. Unfortunately, he went from the frying pan into the fire! escaping the horrors of one war to end up enrolling in the French Armada to fight the Nazis. In 1940, he was captured and taken to the most notorious of all…

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Money Makes the Ball Go Round!

Once again, women’s football hit the headlines world wide on Sunday, 17th March.  Once again, it was in Spain, where the Wanda Metropolitano welcomed 60.739 spectators to the match between Atlético and Barça. The attedance was higher than that recorded almost a century ago when 53,000 spectators turned out for the encounter between Kick Kerr’s…

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