Craig with Football writer, Tom Palmer


What has poetry got to do with football? What does it take to write a good football poem? Two teams use their favourite football words (score, goal, striker, etc) to create a poem. The more football words you use, the more goals you score. This is a fun workshop with a competitive edge! Craig is the BBC RaW Football Stories Co-ordinator and has held football writing events at Manchester United, Arsenal, Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton.



Craig has held countless football writing workshops in many football clubs across the country. In 2005/6 he was the BBC RAW Football Stories Co-Ordinator which meant meeting people and getting their football stories down on paper. Craig has worked on football stories with Everton FC, Manchester United, Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, Scunthorpe FC, Bolton Wanderers, Barrow Bluebirds FC, Leeds United, Liverpool FC, Stockport County, Hartlepool United, Norwich City, Bristol City, Northampton Town, Huddersfield Town, Hull FC and Reading.   Phew...


Young student in footie hat reading poetry

Craig was the poet-in-residence for the groundbreaking Sheffield United Matchmaker Arts project. This involved working alongside the football club and the local community, getting people to share their own unique football experiences. The outcome of the project was a very successful exhibition. The exhibition was held at Bramhall Lane football ground throughout February 2008.


Craig worked alongside Tameside Libraries motivating and encouraging young people to read football books and to write their own football poems. It was a blast!!!

That Poetry Bloke musing with students over poets


Craig edited the BBC RAW book FOOTBALL HEAVEN that was produced by the BBC and Sheffield and Hallamshire FA. The book was a celebration of football and features real life stories about the passions and frustrations of the beautiful game.


Craig has visited and performed his poems at many football club study centres including Sheffield United, Bolton Wanderers FC, Stockport County, Leeds United, Scunthorpe United FC, Lincoln City FC, Nottingham Forest and Boston United. The sessions are always a lot of fun and get young people thinking about books, reading and poems.

That Poetry Bloke giving thumbs up at Sheffield United

"I've seen many sessions by many authors, poets and storytellers but I've never seen any sessions that evoked such a positive response from children, fantastic!!"

Anne Burns - School Library Service, Bolton