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Philip O'Rourke

Philip O Rourke is a Dublin-based journalist and author of Forgotten Football Clubs, 50 Clubs Around the World. He appears on the Forgotten Football Clubs podcast and, in his spare time, travels around Europe to different football stadiums, trying to watch as many different clubs as he can.

Articles: 38


Football hooligans. Are they a misinterpreted group of people, or are they a menace to society and the footballing world? Well, without delving into their lifestyle and seeing why they…
After last season's Treble victory, English football's dominant force Manchester City are undoubtedly the world's best at the moment, and while their success has stemmed from their spending power, it's…
It seems the whole world is behind the effort to make sure everything we do is sustainable for future generations. Every bit of energy we use is being accounted for,…
The Nou Mestalla, the potential future home of La Liga club Valencia CF, is one of the longest ongoing yet ambitious stadium construction projects in world football. Construction began, remarkably,…
Newcastle United are on the up as a football club. On the field, they are mixing it up with the heavyweights of football, finishing in the top four of the…
Manchester is one of the world's most famous footballing cities. It is one of only two cities to be home to two European Cup winners in Manchester United (1968, 1999…
There are some football atmospheres renowned across the world for their intensity, colour and noise. Here, Football Ground Guide picks out 12 incredible atmospheres that any football fan must hope to witness…
Looking for details on the Aberdeen new stadium? Look no further, we've got you covered in this article. The club has been given the green light to start plans to…
Celtic fans in Rome are hoping to see their side secure their first win this season's UEFA Champions League group stages. The Scottish champions face Lazio in Group E on Tuesday…
Newcastle United fans travel to Paris in late November to see their side take on PSG at the Parc des Princes (Tuesday 28 November). The fixture could decide if the…
The EFL Trophy has long been a crucial piece of silverware for League One and League Two clubs in England, offering them a rare chance of glory. While the lower…
Many Manchester United fans will be keen to see the new Sir Bobby Charlton mural near Old Trafford, which was unveiled on Tuesday 14 November, the day after the English…
The World Cup final is probably the world's most anticipated sporting event, with a record viewership of 1.5 billion people watching the 2022 FIFA World Cup final globally. The quadrennial…
On Sunday 12 November, Bohemians FC take on St. Patrick's Athletic in the FAI Cup final. The FAI Cup is the Republic of Ireland’s biggest domestic football cup, starting way…
One of the most famous football films, Green Street Hooligans is a 2005 movie about British football hooliganism. Nearly two decades on from its release, how does it stand up to…
The Stadio Olimpico is located in the Italian capital, Rome, and is home to two Serie A clubs, Roma and Lazio. It wasn’t officially opened until 17 May 1953, despite…
You'll Never Walk Alone is probably the most famous song aired in football stadiums around the world. For years, it has been a song that evokes emotion and togetherness among…
Liverpool fans in Toulouse know their side can secure their passage into the UEFA Europa League knockout stages with a fourth consecutive victory in the competition. Jurgen Klopp's side take…
Celtic take on Atletico Madrid on Tuesday 7 November at the Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid in a game that the Scottish champions must win to have any chance of progressing…
Newcastle United fans will be looking forward to their second European trip this season when they travel to play German giants Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday…
Birmingham, or the second city of England as it is known, is a hotbed of football clubs that play from the Premier League downwards in the English football pyramid. Not…
Scotland's amazing run of form in Group A of the UEFA 2024 European Qualifiers means Steve Clarke's side can qualify with just one point in their away fixture in Spain.…
There are pros and cons to everything in life, and the ownership model of a football club is no different. With the football world becoming increasingly populated by money-orientated, business-like…
To football fans worldwide, stadiums are seen as places of worship and spiritual homes in which people travel from far and wide to watch their favourite football teams and players…
After a winning start in Group A, West Ham fans will feel confident ahead of their first UEFA Europa League away trip since the 2021/22 semi-final, where they were defeated…
Seven years have passed since Arsenal FC's last away fixture in the UEFA Champions League, Europe's most prestigious club competition. It's no surprise, then, that there has been a scramble…
Manchester City's dominance on the field, with their Treble-winning season in 2023, has seen increasing demand for tickets at the Etihad to see star names like Erling Haaland and Kevin…
For the first time in their 122-year history, Brighton and Hove Albion are in Europe. It's a momentous season for Seagulls fans, whose side's flowing football has drawn the admiration of…
England fans travel up north of the border to watch their country take on the old enemy, Scotland, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the oldest international fixture, at Hampden…
Aston Villa fans are looking forward to their first European adventure since their Europa League campaign back in the 2010/11 season. The former European Cup champions, who won the ultimate…