It was a Victorian football sensation. Five British players were missing, presumed poached by a mysterious agent for a brand new American League of Professional Football (ALPF) – the first professional football league outside of Britain, and soon regarded as “a huge mistake, a fiasco, and a total failure”.
When your club is linked with a player you’ve never heard of, Wikipedia’s 350,000+ football pages are likely to contain all the information you need. But who updates those goal tallies? And more importantly, why? For FourFourTwo, I met the men who keep football Wikipedia bang up to date.
Based on the Messages from the Sea website, a new book collects letters and notes from a lost era of seafaring found floating in bottles and washed up on beaches across the world. I compiled the book and wrote the notes and introduction. It will be published in September 2016.