Author Archive for Max Rushden


Me, my dad and Spurs: what happened next (spoiler alert – not good) | Max Rushden

I flew back from Madrid to watch the Champions League final on TV, but other travel plans went awry. See you next seasonI recently wrote an article explaining how I’d given up my Champions League final ticket to watch the game with my dad. He gave me a…


Cold, hungry and home late – not quite how I envisaged Nations League stint | Max Rushden

Two long nights in Portugal gave me a new-found respect for pitchside reporters and an extra-time craving for a bananaIt’s the 90th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo, on a hat?trick, cuts inside his man and whacks it in the corner of the net to seal Portgual’s…


Why I gave away my Champions League final ticket to watch it with dad | Max Rushden

I will be in Madrid on the morning of Spurs v Liverpool but will see the all-English European Cup final at home on my sofaOn Saturday I will wake up in Madrid. A few hours later when Spurs walk out to play Liverpool in the Champions League final in the…


It’s 2070 and after 52 years of hurt can young England repeat 2018 glory? | Max Rushden

Sir James Corden, aged 92, presents the Late Late Show and asks Jamie Vardy and Kieran Trippier the vital questions about England’s World Cup triumph in RussiaThe World Cup is well under way. Podcasting daily is taking its toll. Being knocked off the t…


Football Weekly: Leicester’s late leap to safety continues

The podders react to Leicester’s win at Burnley and the rest of the results at the top and bottom of the Premier League. Plus, Watford promoted, Tranmere relegated, and the latest from the Women’s Super League Continue reading…


The joys of 11-a-side amateur football (minus the finger up my bottom)

Too often the discussion about grassroots is around unearthing the next England star but it should also encompass all levels and all ages. Eleven-a-side amateur football has been one of most rewarding experiences of my life Continue reading…


Supporting Cambridge United is like an EastEnders marriage without the death

I will enjoy Friday’s game against Manchester United because supporting Cambridge is not always easy. Once we even hired Claude Le Roy to try to get us up League Two. Who does that?

My dad would always take a book to the Abbey. Cambridge United games aren’t always that interesting. And the half-time entertainment of a man dressed as a moose and some kids kicking a ball into a giant washing machine just didn’t do it for him. He happened to be sitting near the press box for the FA Cup quarter-final against Crystal Palace in 1990 and, as a result, I have a signed copy of Plato’s Republic on my bookshelf. Plato wasn’t there but the inside cover reads: “Dear Max, all the best, Trevor Brooking”.

I guess bringing up Greek philosophers this early doesn’t do a lot to dispel the myth that everything in Cambridge is intellectual. And I guarantee when Match of the Day starts , there’ll be some mention of Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking or some other chap in a gown and a pointy hat, followed by a pun about whether Louis van Gaal can pass the Cambridge examination. They’ll punt the FA Cup down the river, focus in on King’s College chapel and then cut to a portable building outside the Abbey Stadium. I’ll be in the main stand with my dad, as I was for the first time in 1986 when we scraped a 2-2 draw with Exeter City.

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