Published work

To date, has published two e-books. If you enjoy the site, please take a moment to check them out on Amazon and help to keep the blog on the road!

Snow on the Seats – published in June 2018, just ahead of the World Cup, explores the weird and wonderful world of Russian football. Based on almost a decade’s experience of watching the game as a fan, it’s an alternative look at Russian (and Soviet) society through the lens of soccer. Available now for £1.99 from Amazon.

Ancients & Mariners – published in the summer of 2017, and visiting all 43 of the clubs that began the 2016-17 Northern League season. Again, it’s available from Amazon, and now at the bargain price of just 99p!


A selective, intermittently updated list of articles that appeared on other websites and in other publications.


June 2018 – The Set Pieces – A look at how the build-up to the 2018 World Cup changed the footballing culture in Russia

March 2017 – When Saturday Comes – a PDF of an article about Darlington’s homecoming.

Aug. 25, 2016 – Libero – Looking ahead as European football returns to Jenner Park, Barry.

May 19,  2016 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – Billy Charnock’s football odyssey from Bishop Auckland to Imperial Russia.

April 28, 2015 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – Looking ahead to Russia’s Euro 2016 campaign.

Oct. 27, 2015 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – A tale of two cities: how Kazan and Kaliningrad are preparing for the 2018 World Cup.

Dec. 25, 2014 – Libero – A look at the anxious reactions in Russian football as the rouble shed half its value in a hurry over the latter half of 2014.

Ice Hockey

Dec 2016 – Kontinental Hockey League & Panini – stats and text in Russian and English for the KHL 2016-17 sticker album.

Aug. 31, 2016 – British Ice Hockey – The story of how ice hockey came to the Falkland Islands … even though there isn’t any ice.

Aug. 15, 2016 – Kontinental Hockey League – Medvescak Zagreb brings KHL hockey to Cardiff.

Aug. 1, 2016 – International Ice Hockey Federation – Ryan Bahl’s dream of bringing hockey to the Antarctic.

July 20, 2016 – Kontinental Hockey League – The Kazakh hockey lover growing the game in Chile.

Feb. 14, 2016 – International Ice Hockey Federation – Italy’s London-born defender readies for an Olympic showdown against Great Britain.

Jan. 4, 2016 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – How Russia is helping China prepare its hockey team for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Jan. 4, 2016 – IIHF 2017 World Championship – How Paris is gearing up as co-host of the 2017 IIHF Worlds.

May 26, 2015 – International Ice Hockey Federation – Legends of women’s hockey reflect on the growth of the game at the 2-15 IIHF Hall of Fame inductions.

Oct. 11, 2014 – International Ice Hockey Federation – Women’s hockey in Russia enjoys a post-Olympic boom.

Feb. 22, 2014 – International Ice Hockey Federation – Five-time Olympian Jayna Hefford speaks in depth about Canada’s thrilling victory over Team USA in the gold-medal game.

Feb. 20, 2014 – International Ice Hockey Federation – Where it all went wrong for Russia in Sochi.

Other Sports

July 31 – Aug. 15, 2015 – FINA World Championship 2015 – Daily newspaper for the FINA Championships in Kazan (editions to download as PDF files)

July 2, 2015 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – Tolstoy to Yeltsin, a history of Russian tennis.

Oct. 7, 2014 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – A history of Russian motor sport in advance of the first Sochi Grand Prix.

July 23, 2014 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – Golf in Kapotnya, one of Moscow’s grimier suburbs.

April 29, 2014 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – Cricket in Russia looks to expand its boundaries.

Football travel guides (for Libero)

Kazan – plus Rubin club guide.

Moscow – plus CSKA, Dynamo, Lokomotiv, Spartak, Torpedo club guides, Arena Khimki stadium guide.

Ostrava – plus Banik club guide.