Welcome back to Losing My Favourite Game, the feature that invites football fans to travel back in time to the worst days of their lives and relive them in detail for our reading pleasure. This week we’re absolutely delighted to be joined by Matt Abbot. Poet, educator, activist, and performer, Matt took his one-man show Two Little […]Read More Losing My Favourite Game: ‘White Flags’ with Matt Abbott
“You look at Under-16s or Under-17s and it’s absolutely riddled with foreign players. What chance does that give to young English players? It gives them virtually no chance.” Paul Scholes, speaking to the Daily Mail in 2015 It has become a staple of football quizzes in Britain. ‘How many non-British or Irish players started in […]Read More The Kids Are Coming: What’s Behind The Resurgence of English Youth Prospects in the Premier League?
Some defeats are instantly forgettable, others we’re able to scrunch up and file away in the deepest recesses of our memory, never to be seen again until they’re coaxed out of us by a therapist during a mid-life crisis. Some catch us cold at 11:30 on a Tuesday night as we drift off to sleep, […]Read More Losing My Favourite Game: ‘A Pain in the Gas’ with Sarah Ponsford.
On Friday 23rd August 2019, North West Tonight dedicated their 25 minute slot usually reserved for regional news to the plight of Bury FC. After 134 years in the Football League, two FA Cups and five generations of supporters, the spectre of expulsion loomed large over the club. The programme ended with a montage of supporters […]Read More Where Do We Go From Here: Bury FC, Maidstone United, and The Long Road Back From Ruin.
According to the misattributed Winston Churchill quote, “History is written by the victors”, but coming from a man who claimed he was “strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilised tribes”, it’s fair to say old Winnie wasn’t always on the money. Flying in the face of convention, Losing My Favourite Game returns to provide the […]Read More Losing My Favourite Game: ‘Sutch Great Heights’ with Paddy from 90s Football.
I was ten years old the first time I heard racist abuse at a football match. Sitting next to my Dad in a half-empty stand on a bright sunny day, the fare being served up in front of us was typical of the Unibond League in the mid-90s. Conventional wisdom said that application was valued […]Read More Enough is Enough: The New Wave of Racism in English Football Must Be Confronted.
Welcome back to Losing My Favourite Game, the feature that takes all the joy from the experience of football fandom, casts it to one side, and zones in on the pain, anguish and suffering instead. Every week this season, we’ll be publishing stories from a host of voices across the world of football and beyond, with each […]Read More Losing My Favourite Game: ‘And The Drought Goes On’ with Jasmine Baba