A Romanesque Jewel Sitting in Silence

Grado del Pico may be a small, extremely remote and very much underpopulated village nestling in La Sierra de Ayllón, but it boasts, according to the villagers, thee oldest Romanesque church in Segovia. A visit to San Pablo – Saint Paul – in this lonely village, is a trip into silence. Unfortunately, not much of…

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Lessons To Learn from The Women’s World Cup

From 7th June to the 7th July, 24 inspiring teams brought skill, character, passion and equally important, visibility, to female football in the 2019 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Once more, the Stars and Stripes came out on top. It was not easy for them, though there were moments when the EU gave…

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A Once Upon a Time True Story -Part 3

And so Neri was left to wander up and down his field once again. The only company he had was that of the birds flying in the sky. At that very moment, the sun hid behind a cloud and all seemed more dreary than usual. He sadly trotted to the other extreme of his domain…

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Female Football – Neither Unladylike nor Unnatural

Women and football. What did men have against them? Why did the FA ban the sport for women in 1921? It is true that after World War 1, women’s football became as popular as men’s, but is that a justification for outlawing it? Did those in the FA not know that in eighteenth century Inverness,…

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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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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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