• Defying Expectations

    Eagerly awaited the printing of this memoir and had pre-ordered with Amazon months back. A story of vision and persistence. Phil Rawlins embarks on a pilgrimage from Stoke in the UK to Austin to Orlando Any person with aspirations, regardless of sport to build a professional sports franchise should use this as a blueprint. One common thread throughout the trials and tribulations is Phil's unwavering commitment to the communities his team's played in. Read more on Phil under 'People' on this blog.

  • Podcast - This Soccer Life

    I'm in the early stages of developing a Podcast called 'This Soccer Life'. Episodes will be 30 minutes in length and consist of conversations with people who were witness to or even perhaps personally played a part in memorable Soccer moments. No doubt we will tackle current issues rife in the game and may even be so bold as to critique a few matches. If you have or know of anyone with a story to tell and share then please drop me a line and will consider. Stay tuned for timing of first episode.

  • Shoe Dog

    In this memorable narrative, Phil Knight the co-founder and driving force behind 'The Swoosh' shares his trials, tribulations and ultimate success. This is a must read for anyone in or out of the sports industry. A real page turner that delves into the fortitude, vision and pure luck that is needed. Relationships do count and we learn that to reach the summit you cannot be risk adverse and afraid to fail. Push the envelope while surrounding yourself with inspirational, driven and loyal individuals.

@richnightoregon | richardpnightingale@gmail.com

I've been kicking a ball around, watching Soccer since the dawn of time. My earliest memories of watching Soccer are standing on the terrace next to my Dad at Molineux (Wolverhmpton Wanderers) in the days of the old English First Division. Games were almost always played on a Saturday at 3pm. Wolves were more than a decent team in those days and played in the UEFA Cup. Wednesday nights watching some of the best teams and talent from across Europe. There was limited TV coverage of Soccer back then, no highlight shows and that perhaps made it more special. You had to be there in person or get it from a ' Witness ', usually a mate at school the next day. Radio was the primary source for coverage back then and to this day I still listen to the English Premier League on BBC Sports '5 Live'. Chris Waddle and David Pleat are my favorite voices. Working in the Soccer business for the last twenty plus years I've been priveledged to attend all the big events from World Cups, FA Cup Finals and European Championships. Traveled the world watching Soccer; met and spilt beers with the biggest names in the game. Listened to  their stories, helped them write a few and shared some great experiences. The blog certainly will be 'heavy' with Soccer content but don't be surprised to see me veer down some different paths to explore and comment on different topics that have caught my attention such as films, music and everyday culture. Will do my very best to upload fresh content on a regular basis but know that I may go 'dark' due to work commitments. The opinions expressed are my own personal ones. Hope you enjoy the posts, please share and should you wish to send me an email, my contact info is above.  

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