At last, a fairy tale I can believe in

Regular followers of Scottish football will be familiar with the media’s hankering for a true “fairy tale story”. Once upon a time, in the early 2000s, it was Livingston’s rise through the leagues that had pundits reaching for the Hans Christian Andersen references. A few years later, it was Gretna’s turn to “live the dream”. As it turned out, both clubs were spending money they … Continue reading At last, a fairy tale I can believe in

Croydon v Athletic Newham

These, as everyone keeps telling us, are unprecedented times. Amid the stranger knock-on effects of 2020’s ‘new normal’, we’ve had wild deer wandering the shopping streets of Glasgow, the Government buying everyone a cut-price Nando’s, and even some scattered cases of men washing their hands after visiting the loo. And here’s another one to add to the list: Croydon FC moving into a 16,000-seater stadium. … Continue reading Croydon v Athletic Newham

Peckham Town v Borden Village

Time drags when you’re hiding from a pandemic, and after six long months of staying indoors, hoarding loo roll and watching every single episode of Come Dine With Me, I was gagging for a goal-fest. So, this 0-0 draw wasn’t quite what I had in mind. Still, if there’s one place that’s guaranteed to re-kindle a passion for groundhopping, it’s Peckham Town’s gleefully named Menace … Continue reading Peckham Town v Borden Village

Dartford v Dulwich Hamlet

It’s impossible not to be impressed by Princes Park, Dartford’s home ground. The place might be small, with a capacity of just over 4,000, but pound for pound it’s arguably one of the best grounds in the country. It’s painstakingly eco-friendly in its design, with grass on the roof, a sunken pitch, solar-powered loos and its own water recycling system. It has its own golf … Continue reading Dartford v Dulwich Hamlet

Barely Managing

I used to read books on my train journey to work. That felt valuable to me. Like I was doing something worthwhile with some otherwise-dead time. Recently though, my commute has been consumed by something else. Something on my phone. Something that threatens to devour my time, my thoughts, and possibly my sanity. That thing, as if you don’t already know, is Football Manager. It’s … Continue reading Barely Managing

AFC Croydon Athletic v Lordswood

AFC Croydon Athletic are a relatively local team for me. I live just under five miles from their ground, the Mayfield Stadium, and for some reason I felt like getting a bit of exercise so decided to make the journey on foot. Couldn’t do any harm, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. On my groundhopping travels I’ve journeyed to stadiums all over Britain and abroad, but … Continue reading AFC Croydon Athletic v Lordswood