Time for a little shameless self-promotion, because today is rather an exciting day for me.
Yes, we are on the eve of two elections and a referendum. Yes, Northern Ireland is ninety years old to the day. Yes, it’s Rory McIlroy’s birthday. All landmark events - but none quite so compelling for me personally as the publication of my first article in FourFourTwo magazine.
Let me explain. I grew up as a football mad kid on a diet of football magazines. You could map my development by these changing titles. From Roy of the Rovers I graduated to Shoot magazine, sneering at those who preferred its rival Match, which I considered far too lightweight.
Shoot was gradually supplanted by the edgier content of 90 Minutes, as I approached my teenage years. During adolescence I experimented with fanzine inspired monthly When Saturday Comes and the statto’s bible, World Soccer, but I was more often immersed in the glossy pages of FourFourTwo.
You can see the significance I’m sure.
Anyway the article is a four page feature on Northern Ireland fans’ trip to Serbia. The game was played in Belgrade, behind closed doors but with just over 200 away supporters in attendance.
June's issue is available now.