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Three years on: My final university project

I posted the above tweet earlier this week sharing the fact it had been exactly three years since I handed in my final university project. Instead of a dissertation, my class also had the option of putting together four articles and an essay totaling 10,000 words. I of course saw this as an opportunity to […]

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Derek Tieku: New Zealand’s Most Valuable Player

What a season it has been for Derek Tieku. The former Crystal Palace man has been a consistent performer since he made the move to New Zealand in 2016 but this season he has become the man every team has tried to stop. New Zealand Premiership Team of the Season – check. New Zealand Premiership […]

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Matthew Briggs: Premier League’s former youngest player on his time in Denmark

It has been nearly a year since Matthew Briggs name was everywhere but this time it was not for the records he had set but for the record of his that had been broken. On 4 May 2019, Briggs’ record as the Premier League youngest player was broken by Harvey Elliot. It had stood for […]

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The List: Every English player currently abroad

It’s been a busy weekend…I’ve put together a spreadsheet of all the English players I can find who are currently playing abroad. View the list here. There’s pages for players in the men’s game, women’s game and also a page for players who are eligible to play for England but might not be strictly considered […]

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Matthew Bondswell: Two years on from his move to RB Leipzig

Happy birthday Matthew Bondswell! The defender turns 18 today so it seems a very appropriate time to take a look at his time in Germany so far, as it approaches two years since he made the move abroad. Back in 2018, there was a lot of talk about Nottingham Forest’s young defender. Bondswell, only 16 […]

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Kyle Bailey: Realising the professional dream abroad

Some players accept that they will not reach a professional level. They may have tried their best to make their dream come true but it never happened. And that’s fine, not everyone can – but have they really tried? Have they really put their all in and committed to making their dream reality? One person […]

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English Abroad FC: Season 1 review

Welcome back to the English Abroad FC Football Manager 2020 experiment. In this post we will fast forward to the end of the first season to see how it went. Quick updates From the end of the first post to this one, there have been a couple of changes. The first was that I added […]

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7 dual-national English abroad wonderkids

Earlier this year when 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna broke into the Borussia Dortmund first team there was a lot of talk about their front three all having been born in England – Reyna, Erling Braut Håland and Jadon Sancho. Of course Sancho is already a senior international and Håland is tied to Norway but Reyna could […]

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Jonny Rowell: The former Hartlepool midfielder on his ten years in Belgium

Jonny Rowell is one of the originals for me. Ever since I have been interested in the subject of English players abroad, the midfielder from Newcastle has been plying his trade overseas so it was great to finally get in contact with him last month. Now 30, Rowell has spent a third of his life […]

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Patro Eisden: The story of the Belgian club, their English-Chinese owner, five English players and links to the Caribbean

What started out as a look into a Belgian third-tier club who had several English players on their books has turned out to be a whole lot more interesting than I first expected. This is the story of an English-Chinese owner, an influx of foreign signings, players going on loan to the Caribbean, former England […]