Valley, Floyd Road, My Only Desire

As I write these words Charlton Athletic are 0-2 down at Dagenham & Redbridge in League One. Ten years ago – almost to the day – we played Dagenham & Redbridge in the third round of the FA Cup. It was the season I was writing my book Many Miles: A Season...

The Little Building On The Corner

This morning I saw a picture on the internet of Grove Park Library. I’m sure you wouldn’t know it; it’s a little local library in the London Borough of Lewisham where I grew up. I’d not seen it for years until this morning – we moved away from Grove Park when I...

Sing When You're Women

So, Andy Gray has been fired as a result of his remarks about the assistant referee Sian Massey when he thought the microphones were off during this week’s Premiership match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool. As things stand Richard Keys is still in a job...

A poetic interlude

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He Was Just A Boy – For Armistice Day

Ninety-two years ago last Thursday, on November 4th 1918, Private Edward Connelly of the 10th Battalion Queen’s West Surrey Regiment was killed in Flanders. He was barely nineteen years old. A week after his death the Armistice was signed and the ‘war to end all wars’...