My Return to Norn Iron Matches: Azerbaijan 2-0 Northern Ireland in Baku

This is a break from the usual travel and lifestyle posts on here and I’m glad to be finally writing about watching football again, not just on my own site but I’ve done a load of football articles recently, including on UFWC. Football has played a big part in my travels, it’s a MASSIVE part Read more about My Return to Norn Iron Matches: Azerbaijan 2-0 Northern Ireland in Baku[…]

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Working Wednesdays: Writing for “Arconada…Armstrong!” as a Teenager in Belfast, Northern Ireland

I’ll talk about my first ever job on today’s Working Wednesdays, a job which was unpaid but I got free football fanzines out of it, and I was helping support my country’s international football team. Aged 15, I wrote articles for and helped sell the Northern Ireland football fanzine, Arconada…Armstrong! Named after the ITV commentary Read more about Working Wednesdays: Writing for “Arconada…Armstrong!” as a Teenager in Belfast, Northern Ireland[…]

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Working Wednesdays: Writing for “Happy Days” Football Magazine

I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve also loved football for as long as I can remember. Put the two of them together and it was obvious that I was going to do some football writing at some point. Or in my case, at many points and a LOT of football Read more about Working Wednesdays: Writing for “Happy Days” Football Magazine[…]

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Working Wednesdays: Interview for a Football Book, Green and White Army (The Northern Ireland Fans)

I was driving through Yeovil in England in early 2008 when a call came through from a renowned Northern Irish journalist “Jonny, I’ve been asked to do a few interviews on Northern Ireland football fans for a new book, are you interested?” Straight away it was a “yes” and that was it – I was Read more about Working Wednesdays: Interview for a Football Book, Green and White Army (The Northern Ireland Fans)[…]

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How To Keep Up To Date With Football On Your Travels!!

I was once described as a “football nut” and I’m not sure what that entails, but basically I LOVE football. Ever since I saw Norman Whiteside score for Northern Ireland against Algeria in the 1986 World Cup I have been a football fan. Firstly I played it – at any given moment. At some point Read more about How To Keep Up To Date With Football On Your Travels!![…]

We Are Hong Kong Northern Ireland Supporters Club!

The Hong Kong Northern Ireland Supporters Club was successfully launched on Leap Year Day (Wednesday 29th February 2012) in Mong Kok, Kowloon. Including one member from the Far East NISC, a turn up of 6 on the night, plus 2 randoms saw Hong Kong defeat Taiwan 5-1 at home in a comprehensive friendly victory against Read more about We Are Hong Kong Northern Ireland Supporters Club![…]

Thirsty Thursdays: Finn McCool’s Irish Pub – Quito!

The very words “Finn McCool’s Irish Pub” will linger forever in my own memory and those of 5 other Northern Ireland fans. The reason being that back in 2005 we launched the glamorous and innovative South of England Northern Ireland Supporters Club in a bar of that very name in the seaside town of Weymouth Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Finn McCool’s Irish Pub – Quito![…]

Albania to America (With Belfast In Between) – New Book By Shaun Schofield

The first thing to say here is obviously if you like Northern Irish football then this is a must buy! Shaun Schofield is a crazy football fan, a seasoned traveller, a man with endless passion for life, and most admirably of all: he is a very nice person. I had heard about Shaun Schofield many Read more about Albania to America (With Belfast In Between) – New Book By Shaun Schofield[…]