An isolated house near an abandoned railway line is the scene of one of Britain’s most mysterious unsolved murders. Who killed stationmaster George Wilson?

Lintz Green Station and the stationmaster’s house, 2020, Paul Brown
Lintz Green Station and the stationmaster’s house, 2020, Paul Brown
Lintz Green Station and the stationmaster’s house, 2020, Paul Brown

1. A lonely place to die


A mysterious ring of trees in an ancient village is at the center of a haunting series of events involving witchcraft and secret rituals

The Witches’ Circle, story by Paul Brown, photo by P W
The Witches’ Circle, story by Paul Brown, photo by P W
Photo by P W


The Premier League team named after a munitions works struggled to survive after the Woolwich Arsenal exploded

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Officials inspect the damage at Arsenal FC’s Manor Ground, February 1907


Alf Doig was a football trailblazer in Scotland, the US, and Canada, but his greatest adventure was a perilous journey in search of gold

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Was Edward Robinson really a murderous sea-robber, and did he deserve his brutal fate?

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Original artwork by Muharto


The extraordinary true story of the Ruhleben Football Association

Steve Bloomer’s Farewell Match, Ruhleben, 1918, postcard / Paul Brown
Steve Bloomer’s Farewell Match, Ruhleben, 1918, postcard / Paul Brown
Steve Bloomer’s Farewell Match, Ruhleben, 1918, postcard / Paul Brown


Who were football’s world champions in the 60 years before the first World Cup?

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1928 Olympic football final, from Ninth Olympiad Official Report [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


How Italia 90 changed what it meant to be a soccer fan

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Stadio delle Alpi, Turin, Italy, World Cup 1990, via Wikipedia


How the 1966 World Cup helped save English soccer

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World Cup 1966, photo by National Media Museum from UK [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons


The story of soccer’s biggest-ever crowd

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Maracanã Stadium, 1950, by National Archive Collection [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

About

Paul Brown

Writes about sports, history, true adventure. The Guardian, FourFourTwo, Longreads, etc. www.stuffbypaulbrown.com

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