A Team of John O’Sheas is an online initiative which aspires to promote a higher standard of football journalism. Our philosophy is simple: that the beauty and insurrectionism of the game should be reflected in its commentary. A Team of John O’Sheas currently divides its focus into two main enterprises: a weekly podcast and a website publishing written pieces. In both areas, we aim to ‘answer the questions no one is asking’, attempting to subvert the hackneyed ideas propounded by the mainstream media whilst, at the same time, challenging the issues neglected by the football establishment.
Our greatest achievement is the community we have built. Over the course of the last year, we have managed to knit together a core group of global podcast listeners. We can proudly claim that, every week, there is a small unit of fans in the Federated States of Micronesia joining us to question the continued relevance of the 4-4-2 formation. Beyond this, we regularly engage with listeners in Ireland, Australia, the United States, New Zealand and Colombia. It can be said that the sun never sets on the Team of John O’Shea’s community.
Following the success of the podcast, we have expanded into football writing. The mainstream media is saturated with football content but gives little space for examination of the complex tactical and political points underlying the game. We offer a platform for writers whose voices are not typically marginalised in the established zeitgeist. Our first week was a statement of intent. We published pieces engaging with the role of football in combating sectarianism in Northern Ireland and probing the FA’s draconian cuts to facilities for female footballers.
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