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Ones to Watch

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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Interviews

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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News

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 […]

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Video Games

English Abroad FC: A Football Manager experiment #1

What would happen if some of the best English players abroad were all signed by one club and chucked into League One? Okay that is probably never going to happen but thanks to Football Manager 2020, we can simulate what would happen if some crazed owner decided to make this reality. Using the FM Editor, […]

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Interviews

Steven Johnson Fikula: The former Oxford United man on his spell near the Arctic Circle in Norway

It may have only been a couple of months that Steven Johnson Fikula got to spend in Norway but he still recalls it as a positive experience. The defender started his career with Mansfield Town and was part of the under-18 side which won a third successive EFL Youth Alliance North-east Division title in the […]

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Interviews

Pat Suraci: Heading to Belgium at the age of 18

Former Southampton youngster Pat Suraci was just 18 when he headed to Belgium to join second-tier side Lommel United. The attacking midfielder spent the 2016/17 season on the continent before returning to England where he has since played for non-league sides Gosport Borough (pictured above), Bognor Regis Town, Weymouth and Blackfield & Langley. His stint […]

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Interviews

Tom Holmes: The Reading defender getting to grips with the unique league system on loan in Belgium

It’s been a season of ups and downs for Tom Holmes. He’s had his first taste of regular first team football in a new country but also suffered a serious facial injury at the start of the year. What he does know for sure is that his side now have five cup finals as they […]

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Interviews

Caleb Richards: Living in Tampa was some of the best months of my life

When Norwich City announced a partnership with USL Championship side Tampa Bay Rowdies at the end of January 2019, it came with the promise of players from the Canaries’s academy making the temporary switch across the Atlantic to gain competitive experience. Less than a week later, that promise came true as it was agreed for […]

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Player of the Month

Vote for your English player abroad for February 2020

After Stephy Mavididi won January’s award with a 41% share of 200 votes, we’re back again for February. Here’s this month’s nominees. VOTE HERE Remarkable to think this is now Matt Derbyshire’s fourth season in Cyprus, which is longer than he spent at Nottingham Forest or Rotherham United, but he is showing no signs of […]

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Interviews

Macaulay Gillesphey: Playing under Robbie Fowler in Australia

The term rock at the back is used a lot in football but it’s difficult to use any other expression when it comes to describing Macaulay Gillesphey’s time at Brisbane Roar so far. The 24-year-old defender has started every one of the Roar’s matches this season, missing just 50 minutes of league action. Having started […]