Rome Diaries, a match I will never forget

In the autumn of 2016 I travelled to Rome under the guise of a foreign language teacher. However, unbeknown to my family and friends, my main motivation for moving to the Italian capital was to be that little bit closer to my footballing hero, Francesco Totti. The date was Sunday 11th September 2016 and the […]

An article paying tribute to Gianluigi Buffon, A goalkeeping perfectionist

Shortly after breaking another Serie A goalkeeping record Gianluigi Buffon wrote an open letter to the ‘goal’ he has safeguarded for almost twenty years. Fortunately the multilingual James Horncastle was on hand to translate the letter, and in doing so, he revealed to myself and many other non-Italian speakers Buffon’s virtuosity. Here’s Buffon’s letter in […]

An article paying tribute to Francesco Totti

Football in Italy is a religion and its home is Rome. This, much to the dismay of Lazio fans, makes Francesco Totti a God amongst men. The Italian is one of the finest players of his generation, which makes his loyalty to Roma all the more remarkable. Serie A is something of a Lazarus pit […]

How the toffs at Stamford Bridge can be forced back into their armchairs

Just over twenty years ago the landscape of football completely changed. Sky had bought the required freedoms to televise live Premiership matches, leaving satellite TV in its wake. The result was a domineering culture of English football, with arrogant presenters and loud advertising. The propaganda is just as strong now as it was back then, […]

The best a man can get, why we need more beards in the Premier League

With movember fast approaching it’s time to assess the best facial fluff the world of football has to offer. For far too long the integrity of our sport has been jeopardised by over-glamourised show ponies who hit the deck upon the slightest of touches. This year’s rugby World Cup has further highlighted the issue of […]