This is the website of the author and football journalist, Gary Thacker.
Currently living in Spain, Gary writes and talks about football across a number of platforms. This website is a catalogue of his written work dating from July 2014 to date, and details other media where he has featured.
Gary has published two books and regularly writes for select magazines and websites including ‘These Football Times’ – where he is a member of the Senior Management Team – and ‘The Football Pink’. and has also had work featured on The Guardian Sports Network. In 2017, he was shortlisted for the Football Supporters’ Federation ‘Blogger of the Year Award’.
He has featured on BBC Radio and talkSPORT, along with a number of podcasts. He has own series on ‘These Football Times’ as part of ‘The Lob’ series of podcasts. It’s called ‘The Political Football’ and examines the differing ways in which football and politics are intertwined throughout the world.
Current projects include his first dip into fiction as he works on a novel centred around friendship, intrigue and ‘the beautiful game’ in Spain. Completion is currently planned for 2021, but inevitably other work demands may intervene.
Summary of work.
“Cheers, Tears & Jeers – A History of England and the World Cup” (Published April 2018).
Winning the World Cup in 1966 was the high watermark in the history of the England national football team. Both before and after The Day, however, the Three Lions have a chequered history in the world’s biggest footballing event. This book seeks to chart a path through that history, stopping for contemplation at various points on the way. It’s a journey full of highs and lows, with memories both golden and tarnished, and an occasional dip into some iconic games and events where England weren’t involved. Completed ahead of the World Cup Finals of 2018, the book offers an account of the story up until that event. What shaped England’s fare in Russia? Opinions will vary, but perhaps a review of the history up until that time may give an indication as to why it turned out as it did. It’s a tale of smiles and frowns, of joys and sorrow, and indeed of Cheers, Tears and Jeers. It’s the history of England and the World Cup.
“I Don’t Even Smoke! – A brief history of life, love and football through blue-tinted glasses. Oh yes, and a cigar.” (Published January 2016).
Football has always been a strong element in my life. From very early days, right through six decades of being in love with the beautiful game, it has touched the most important moments for me. Of life and of love. For me, football is not just the background music though. It’s a strident theme tune; at one and the same time both alluring and demanding, strident and compelling. It’s that song you can’t get out of your head, not least because you don’t want to. If you’re looking for a real-life read about life, love and football, please forgive me for recommending this book to you. It’s at sometimes sad, at others funny – at least I hope so! – but always honest. As a Chelsea fan, I freely acknowledge its leaning towards the blue, but that’s just because my experiences are tinted with that colour. Chelsea fans would probably be able to identify with most of the events and emotions I experienced, but even if you’re attached to another club, I’m sure you’ll feel an empathy with the way the ‘beautiful game’ paints pictures in your life.
- BBC Radio WM
- The Guardian
- These Football Times
- The Open Veins of Football
- The Football Pink
- Row Z
- Pundit Feed.
- Footy Analyst
- Box-to-Box Football
- In Bed with Maradona
- The Football Blogging Awards
- Grumpy Old Fan
- Sport Lobster
- The Aspirer
- Touchline Banter
- The Offside Rule Podcast
- TIBS News
- Inside Spanish Football
- These Football Times magazine
- The Football Pink magazine
- Alexandra Park FC Newsletter
- When Skies are Grey – Everton fanzine.
- These Football Times – The Lob
- These Football Times – The Political Football
- The Football Pink
- Low Level Futbol
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