The Magazine

An Italian Lesson
Autumn 1994. I arrived in Padua, a small town in the north eastern corner of Italy and about a 20-minute train journey from Venice. I was a 21 year-old student of Italian and had never heard of the place -...
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A One-Club Man: Paul Nicholls
For anyone who has driven along Chester Road on a weekend morning over the past 20 years, through the bushes and railings that give you a split second’s glance at the home of Helsby Football Club, the chances are, you will have seen him. Situated...
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The Decaying Dream Factories
There is something reassuringly shite about Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park; reassuring in the sense that it’s old and decrepit but that’s ok because, let’s be honest, modern grounds are miserable and spirit-crushing and have an annoying smugness in the way they always offer...
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Football, Life and Death
Leicester, Feb 27th, 2017. A sombre man leads a funeral procession past the football ground. Inside the hearse is a coffin. As he passes through the crowds gathering for the Leicester-Liverpool game, fans snap merrily on their mobile phones. A closer...
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