Before finally taking the plunge and setting up FTF in 2019, it was an idea that had been bubbling away at the back of my mind for a long time. I’m an avid foodie, a lover of discovering new places and – though I wasn’t always aware of it – a groundhopper since the age of nine.
For anyone who might not know, a groundhopper makes a life’s obsession out of visiting as many football stadiums as possible. There are some out there who have managed to tick off hundreds upon hundreds of them. My own personal tally, at the time of writing this, is a significantly more modest 119.
When I moved to London from Scotland in 2007, I’d already visited all but three of the 42 grounds making up Scotland’s top four divisions. Since then, I’ve been to matches all over England, plus grounds in Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.
But FTF isn’t just about my groundhopping. It’s an attempt to combine three passions that I know lots of others also share. If anyone stumbling upon this site leaves it feeling peckish, inspired to plan a holiday or just plain desperate to visit a crumbling non-league football ground, I’ll know it’s done its job.
I’m a writer, editor and occasional illustrator who has worked on loads of books, magazines and websites. My writing has appeared in When Saturday Comes, Total Football, Match, Sunday Mail, Artists & Illustrators Magazine, TV Hits and lots of others I’ve possibly forgotten about. I’ve authored two children’s books for Tate Publishing, and as an editor I’ve worked with everyone from Copa90 and ChrisMD to Lego and The Beano.
I grew up in Perth, Scotland, where I was a St Johnstone season ticket holder for many years and also created the Saints fanzine Blue Heaven. Since decamping down south, I’ve discovered a love of English non-league football and you’ll often find me at the matches of my adopted local team, Dulwich Hamlet.
To find out more about my work, check out my portfolio site here.
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