Introducing is a feature looking at a handpicked selection of magazines, fanzines, websites, blogs, teams, projects and individuals who produce great quality content on football and football culture.
I first approached Ninad, and then Tom. I came across their works and I saw that they had a similar writing style and similar interests. Over the next few months through a series of meetings and lots of discussions we came up with the concept of the website. Tom had the idea for the name, Ninad came up with the concept of our header and together we also designed the logo. It was a lot of planning and building the website took time.
Then came the hard part of finding contacts. Thankfully, we somehow managed to launch with a pretty big exclusive as we were able to talk to Alphonso Davies’ agent and former coaches for the first in our Inside Story series right after the Champions League final. How we managed that I still have no idea! The sequence of events to be able to talk to Nick Huoseh and get his number still gives me a buzz.
BB:For me it wasn’t a single moment, rather I fell in love with the ball. As a kid I didn’t really watch football games, however I loved to play the game. From about age 5 or 6 all I did every minute of everyday was play football, in school, in my back-garden with my brother and my football team. Having the ball at my feet or chasing it still gives me this rush that I can’t really find the words to explain.
NB:My first memory of watching football on the telly is the World Cup in South Africa and watching Siphiwe Tshabalala score for his country was one of the most beautiful moments for me as a fan.
TU:2006 FA Cup Final. I’m not a Liverpool fan, but the drama of that game, and Gerrard’s incredible late goal set my heart and football passion alight.
BB: Hopefully we continue to grow. We are excited to bring on a new Features Writer in George Hartley who is a really talented writer and podcaster. We recently launched a podcast, and we will be bringing out a very special set of prints in the coming weeks too so keep an eye out for that.
TU: Continuing our trajectory to becoming a widely respected football site. We have launched a podcast to widen our reach and content, and to really stake a foothold as a publication people are excited by,
BB: Like Tom said, send us a DM or email us. I would give one advice we have had a few submissions where writers don’t really check out the content on our website and pitch us content that doesn’t adhere to our mission. So I’d recommend taking a scroll through our website to see what we are about before pitching anything.
BB: I would say have a clear goal and a vision and try to be unique because it’s a hard industry and there are already so many great projects. I would also say do not get discouraged by that either. Because football is a game of perspectives and I think everyone’s perspective is different and people will want to hear your voice and you can always find an audience who will resonate with what you do, especially in today’s age of social media.
TU: Don’t think about it as you’ll talk yourself out of it! I spent months umming and ahhing about setting up my own blog, and without it, I wouldn’t be a part of First Time Finish!