Heart of Football


Whether it’s a 70,000-strong crowd for a Champions League night or a few hundred scattered around some rickety non-league terracing, going to the game is a unique experience. Every time is original. To celebrate that, we will bring you our favourite individual matchday stories from across the globe. Not match reporting; match story-telling.

If you want to tell your story about a memorable, bizarre or just simply euphoric matchday experience, get in touch in the comments or our social media channels.

Click on each underlined account below to read our matchday experiences, then let us know your thoughts, or even better, tell us about yours, on our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Hearts Relegation Battle

Pathetic Fallacy played its part in a wet and windy trip to Edinburgh for Jack Wills. Navigating the Tynecastle steps in Storm Dennis, he tells us about the calamity of errors on the pitch, an angry atmosphere, and pays tribute to McRae’s Battalion.


Andrew McAlister took Heart of Football to one of the world’s most famous stadiums, the legendary Maracanã. An hour long queue, ice cream, popcorn, and a refreshing ‘Antartica’ helped make this an experience of a lifetime.

Montreal Loves Soccer

Torrential rain led Heart of Football Editor Bryan Moore on a bucket list ticking trip to see Montreal Impact take on Orlando City in the MLS, via tasty authentic Poutin and some very confusing handshakes.

Turin & Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

How a copy of Corriere dello Sport guided a helpless, workshy student on a journey through winding Tuscan hillsides and sleepy train rides, to a VIP section alongside a well travelled Italian journalist and a weekend of chaotic calcio. Andrew Flint, Editor in Chief, takes us on an Italian adventure you won’t forget.


Editor Bryan Moore discovers Tigers in a World Cup stadium, a 0.7% stadium attendance, becoming a K-League ‘Ultra’ and receives an interesting invitation from the manager…


Beers and Becherovka, rugby fuelled hangover beans on toast and 2 football matches in one day. Our man Richard Pike guides us through his need for a football fix, even when on holiday in Prague.

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