Updated: May 10, 2020
I’m really pleased to have had an article selected for the latest issue of the excellent football quarterly The Blizzard. It’s an appreciation of Arthur Rowe, who managed Spurs to the 1951 League title, and it’s something I hope will help restore Arthur to his rightful place in football history, and also spark interest in a larger project I have in the pipeline. I’ve had some invaluable assistance so far from Arthur’s son Graham and from Fleet Street legend Norman Giller, so I wanted to put my thanks to both on record. The Blizzard issue four is now available to pre-order, and will be published on 5 March. If you don’t know about The Blizzard, read on.
The title is the brainchild of journalist Jonathan Wilson, who says on the magazine’s website that
I’d been frustrated for some time by the constraints of the mainstream media and, in various press-rooms and bars across the world, I’d come to realise I wasn’t the only one who felt journalism as a whole was missing something, that there should be more space for more in-depth pieces, for detailed reportage, history and analysis.
From this frustration came The Blizzard, and in its three issues so far it’s already set a high standard. I’ve been a subscriber from the start, and there has been some superb writing to enjoy. David Winner’s interview with Denis Bergkamp in issue three was just one superb piece that gave the lie to those who claim that writing about the game ‘risks reducing coverage to chalkboards without considering wider issues’. On top of all that, the magazine’s pricing model and honest co-operative payment ethos appeals to my most basic principles, so it’s a winner all round.
The grabs at the top of the page and below set out the magazine’s stall, and I’d urge everyone to subscribe today.