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.
BJ: We’re keen to provide insight into niche areas of football that are previously underexplored. There are so many incredible stories out there that have had next to no coverage, and I believe it is our responsibility to cover those as much as possible.
Do you remember what made you first fall in love with football, could you pin point it to a single moment?
BJ: If I could pin it on one moment, it would have to be the day Hull City were promoted to the third tier of English football in 2004. I would have only been five, but I vividly remember running between the lounge at my grandparents’ – where I was frantically flicking through the Teletext, and the kitchen – where my grandad had the commentary of Yeovil vs Hull playing through the radio. The tension and the angst culminating in euphoria when we scored our second goal, I had never experienced anything like it.
Out of everything you have done through Football’s Finest so far, what are you most proud of/what has been your most enjoyable moment?
BJ: Working with so many fantastic contributors and collaborating with Breaking the Lines. There are so many writers and publications that produce extremely high-quality content with relatively little exposure, and it is my goal to continue to work with others in order for everyone to deservedly succeed.
What next for Football’s Finest?
BJ: So far, we have only covered countries within our themes, but we are looking to branch out into more broader concepts in order to expand our content and hopefully the audience as well.
Out of all the football websites, magazines, podcasts, projects out there, what are your personal favourites?
BJ: There are a lot of fantastic projects out there at the minute and it’s exciting to follow their journeys. The ones I follow closest are These Football Times, who are the best at what they do in my opinion. First Time Finish is another I am fond of, their work is extremely underrated. As for podcasts, Ranks FC are incredibly insightful whilst being easy and enjoyable to listen to at the same time. I would recommend all three.
To someone wanting to start up a similar project to yours, what would be your words of advice?
BJ: Just go for it. The hardest part is starting out and you’ll only regret it the more that you delay it.
If someone wanted to collaborate with you at Football’s Finest, how would you suggest they went about it?