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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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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Reinventing Refereeing Part 1

The contentious Ajax goal disallowed in Wednesday’s match against Real Madrid in the knockout stage of the Champions, is just one of the reasons why so many fans are against the VAR – Video Assisted Referee. What led to the introduction of this sophisticated piece of technology when soccer has always been very conservative in…

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The Family From Foreign Parts – 3

The days and nights in January in Grado del Pico are cold and bitter. The low temperatures have no mercy on man or beast. And indeed, the elements did not have clemence on the mares that had once belonged to the family from foreign parts. They continued to wander from one frozen field to another…

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The Story of Two Tales in One

Grado del Pico is a peaceful village tucked away in the Sierra de Ayllón. To the visitor, life seems to have stood still there. A place where nothing could ever have happened or ever would. In 2018, there is still no public telephone box, no mobile telephone range, no Internet, and no public transport to Madrid,…

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