The Inside Left

  • A Thankless Task: The Life Of A Journeyman Coach

    WORDS: DAVID FARRELL

    In his newly released autobiography, David Farrell offers a rare insight into the day-to-day existence and the burning ambition of a journeyman footballer and coach. In an extract from the book, he reveals how he was forced to face reality when the strain of coaching took its toll and the football work dried up

    Morton v Dundee

  • Saturday: A London Film School Short

    WRITER/DIRECTOR: DAVID ANDERSON

    When Sam, a non-league footballer in his mid-30s, is told that he’s going to be phased out of the team in favour of the next generation, it forces him to re-assess his priorities in life. But will he be able to resist the pull back to the game he loves?

    Saturday - Sam Ward

  • The Journey’s End

    WORDS: SAM PARKIN

    What goes through the mind of a journeyman professional when he decides to call time on his playing career? Former Ipswich, Swindon and St Mirren striker Sam Parkin recalls the moment when he realised it was time to hang up his football boots and how he coped in the months that followed…

  • The Win That Healed Irish Football

    WORDS: SEAN DUFFY

    Thursday’s momentous victory over Germany at Lansdowne Road was not only Ireland’s first victory over a higher-ranked team since 2007, it was also the night that Irish football rediscovered its identity after years of indecisiveness, and Roy Keane has been at the centre of events throughout…

  • Willi Steffen: English Football’s First Swiss Import

    WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

    As England prepare to host Switzerland in a Euro 2016 qualifier tonight, we remember Willi Steffen, the fighter pilot from Bern who became the first Swiss footballer to play in England when he joined Chelsea in May 1946 and left six months later with a black eye and a famous new friend…

    Willi Steffen
    Image: Press Association Images

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