History of Back Page Football

Back Page Football was founded and launched in the summer of 2009 to provide a platform for writers and to create high quality football writing.

The blog is the brainchild of Kevin Coleman, an Irish-based student with a interest in football writing who wanted to create a home for his and other people’s work. Kevin began working with Australian-based journalist Neil Sherwin to create and promote the blog, and we have steered BPF to great success five years later. Neil has dedicated thousands of hours to the blog, editing countless articles in an often thankless task. Without his time and dedication, the blog would cease.

BPF was developed and designed by Ollie Kavanagh, whom without his input we wouldn’t be here today and we are eternally grateful for the time and effort he put in to building the site.

In 2014, Charles Pulling joined the editorial and has added a new dimension, working hard to bring new writers and their ideas on board.

From the beginning, the goal of the blog has been to provide a platform for football fans to write about the beautiful game from a place where their work would be seen and read my many. Simultaneously, we strive to provide the very best football content we can from as many angles as possible.

The site is an open platform for anybody with an opinion or an interest in writing. We have an ever strengthening team of columnists who write for the site, and we welcome new writers all the time; be they budding journalists or people who simple enjoy writing about football.

We cover and have covered a wide range of areas in football. The Premier League, unsurprisingly, is one that we give great focus on. We cover Italian football passionately, while the Spanish league gets dedicated attention too. We’ve published countless amounts of coverage from the Bundesliga, French football, the MLS, Irish football matters at home and abroad, Scotland and more obscure regions such as the A-League, Eastern Europe, Africa and South America.

Away from world football coverage, we’ve published many different features and series. The Top 50 Players in the World feature, which in now in its sixth year, a regularly updated series of articles on up-and-coming football players, interviews with established and new football blogs, a series recollecting some of the greatest moments in the game, and countless more.

Without doubt, the largest regular feature on the blog is our podcast, Hold The Back Page. The podcast began in 2010 with Irish football journalist Ciarán O’ Raghailligh behind the microphone. After a brief hiatus, the podcast returned under the guidance of Setanta Sports’ Tom Fox, and most recently co-editor Neil.

Neil has now stepped into the presenter’s chair and is joined by journalists Ger McCarthy and Paul Little, as well as occasional guests who provide great insight on their specialist subject.

The blog’s first look and feel overhaul appeared in early 2011, when we unveiled the current setup as designed and built by Ollie.

Although the blog had remained completely without advertising in its early years, we agreed a very successful sponsorship deal with Setanta Sports in 2011 which introduced some advertising onto the website along with their help with regards social media and the HTBP podcast.

This was followed in 2013 by a similar deal with betting company seaniemac.com and we hope to have another big name on board in the future.

Feel free to drop us an email any time on editor@backpagefootball.com.


Awards / nominations
  • Irish Web Awards 2016 – Finalist (Sports Website, Sports News Website, Best Podcasting), Semi Finalist (Most Beautiful Site)
  • Irish Web Awards 2015 – Finalist (Best Sports Site, Best Daily Web Only Publication), Semi Finalist (Best Podcast Series, Most Beautiful)
  • Irish Web Awards 2014 – Finalist (Best Sports Site), nominated (Best Daily Web Only Publication, Most Beautiful Website in Ireland)
  • Football Supporters Federation Awards 2013 – Finalist (Independent Website of the Year)
  • European Football Blog Awards 2013 – Winner (Best Original Content)
  • Irish Web Awards 2013 – Finalist (Best Sports Site, Best Independent Podcaster)
  • Blog Awards Ireland 2013 – Finalist (Best Sport / Recreation Blog)
  • Irish Web Awards 2012 – Finalist (Best Sports Site, Best Web Only Publication)
  • Irish Blog Awards 2011 – Finalist (Best Sport and Recreation Blog)
  • Irish Blog Awards 2010 – Finalist (Best Sport and Recreation Blog)