Bailey Wright Wright Wright

Few people had heard of Bailey Wright when the Almanac’s own talent scout John Green found him for Ange Postecoglou. Now Bailey will be a key defender on the world stage at Russia 2018. Congrats Bailey, Ange and JG – worth revisiting his prescient article. (2014 Intro – Bailey Wright can now take his place at the Socceroos training camp in Terrigal, but only because Preston North End’s promotion campaign is over, writes Lilywhites’ fan John Green. You may recall John’s visit to Preston and his interview with Bailey White over the Australian summer – Ed]

Almanac (English) Soccer: The Day I Made it to Ipswich

John Green has sent us another terrific travel-soccer piece as he continues to follow Preston North End, the Lilywhites, around England. On this weekend he was in Ipswich, so he can now claim he’s been to Ipswich in Queensland and Ipswich in Suffolk. [Entertaining insight into football and place in England – JTH]

Vale ‘Gentleman’ Joe Marston, an Australian Sporting Pioneer

Readers may not be familiar with the remarkable Joe Marston story. The legendary Australian soccer player died last week. Dennis Gedling tells us why he will be remembered as a great sportsman and a pioneer of soccer in this country.

From Langwarrin to Deepdale: The Bailey Wright Interview

The third episode in John Green’s Preston North End odyssey. It features an interview with Bailey Wright, an impressive young man from Langwarrin making his way in English professional football.

Sometimes they just don’t go in

The injustice; the injustice. John Green gathers loved ones around him as they watch opportunities wasted in the fifth round FA Cup tie between Preston North End and Nottingham Forest.

Mickey stays out of trouble

All the (writing) momentum is with John Green as he continues to follow Preston North End. Another terrific tale as he makes his way to Nottingham and taps into the Lilywhites’ mythology thanks to Mickey in the seat alongside and his brothers behind. [Top stuff – Ed]

Time stretches into the distance

John Green sees Preston North End at home to Coventry. The conversation about the junior system is intriguing. The game finishes in controversy.

The Tractor Boys roll into town

John Green’s trip gets better and better as he takes in a classic against the tractor boys of Ipswich Town.

Running with the Wolves

John Green gets the supporters’ bus from Preston to Wolverhampton to see an away fixture. [Contains references to Slade and Johnny Farnham – Ed]

The Day I Set Out For Ipswich

John Green sets out for the FA Cup tie at Ipswich, winds up at a Blackpool game, and then has a stroke of fortune. More from John Green on tour with Preston North End FC.

The North End of Preston

John Green has gone to England to see the team he fell in love with 30 years ago: Preston North End. This is the story of Preston – with its many interesting historical features – and of their match against Port Vale. [This is the first of a series of reports as John makes his way about the place – Ed]