The Olympiastadion is an iconic stadium. In 1936, it became a symbol of Nazi power when it hosted the Berlin Olympics, opened by Adolf Hitler. Today, the stadium is home to Hertha BSC. In February 2023, we visited Berlin to take in a Bundesliga match and learn some more about the history of the city. Saturday 11th February As our… Read More »For the love of the Game #3 (Part 3) – Die Alte Dame (The Old Lady), Hertha BSC
Diary of a Sports Reporter
I’m sat up in bed while I write tonight. It’s just a couple of days before we fly from Gatwick on Saturday morning and things have gone very wrong indeed. One of the group, Sharpy, has royally fucked up. His passport only has a couple of months to run before it expires and he’s discovered that he needs at least… Read More »For the love of the Game #3 (Part 2) – The Olympiastadion, Hertha BSC
It’s been a good few months since I’ve written a ‘For the love of the Game’ article, and I can’t wait to get to it. I’m at work, on a break, and being fuelled by instant coffee. February has arrived at last. This is the month that I’m off to Berlin. I planned to visit the Olympiastadion a long time… Read More »For the love of the Game #3 (Part 1) – The Olympiastadion, Hertha BSC
My first visit to Brighton Racecourse for an afternoon race meeting is delightful and further proof that you don’t need a card full of Group 1 and Listed Races to put on a great day’s racing. I reflect on a fine afternoon by the seaside.
What else was I going to do on a blisteringly hot evening in early July? After my day job had finished, I headed up to Surrey for my first visit to one of the UK’s most iconic tracks: Epsom, the home of The Derby.
What else was I going to do on a sweltering afternoon in late June? After my day job had finished, and I’d sprinted to my car like a driver at the start of the Le Mans 24-hour race, I hurried home. There, I collected my eldest daughter before heading up to Newbury racecourse for an interview with an apprentice jockey that I used to teach in secondary school.
I fire off an email to Newbury racecourse and within a couple of hours, I’ve arranged a seat in the press room. This is my first-time reporting at the races, and I am beyond excited.