My name is Steve Hall. I am a Brit who lives in Spain and who loves football.
In June 2017 I shall start out to cycle from Kirkenes on the Norwegian/Russian border to visit all the clubs in the top three divisions of Norwegian football.Yes, that’s some 5000 kms and 100 nights. The intention is to get 5000 signatures on one football shirt!
Already people are offering to support me and, very importantly, I have been promised the support of all the guys at The Shirt project. Thanks, guys! See more details here
In 2010 I cycled to all the 92 football league clubs in England and Wales. I set off in May and finished on 23 September 2010. I was met with almost universal kindness, hospitality and friendship. The 2016 trip will be more complex in many ways. I shall have tougher cycling conditions, much longer between stops and in a country where I do not know the language or have nearly so many contacts ….and I will be six years older!
Please check through the site to learn more about the project, the people involved and how you can also help and get involved.
A Thousand Miles
The third edition of my novel, ‘A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE’ is now on sale-in paperback and Kindle. For those of you who don’t know, this is the new version, with some minor changes to the story including a new ending, a new cover and new genre!
The promo video is for fun as well as for promotional purposes-the moment this is no longer fun it is time to stop. Creativity is for pleasure not for pain so I’m attempting to enjoy the trip, every step of the way, even the sleepless nights! The video is accompanied by the track ‘I just want to make love to you’ by the great Etta James, the theme is, ‘Nothing comes between me and a good book’!This will be my theme in general to promote the book, fun, quirky but with the message that most avid readers will understand; when you are fully immersed in a good story, the world around you disappears…
The novel is available to purchase on the following links below and more to come.
The link below is to my blog where you will find the novel synopsis plus an article explaining why I’m on the THIRD edition of my book! As well as reviews, info and articles with extracts from other potential novels of mine.
“A Thousand Miles from Nowhere”, a novel by Saffron Mello Castro
How the story began…
I’ve lived in Spain on/off since 1986 when I first moved out with my family. I’ve lived in many different ‘pueblos’ up and down the north Costa Blanca and am currently living near Denia with my youngest daughter. I’ve always loved creative writing and from a young age would spend my time writing short stories. As an adult I continued writing for myself and finally found the courage to send some articles to a local paper, which were subsequently published. I also enjoyed writing a blog and some angst poetry. I began writing more seriously around five years ago after trying my hand at some Erotica after reading an article on the benefits of being a writer of this particular genre (given the current climate of acceptable naughtiness E.G ‘5o shades’ I’m considering continuing some of the stories I discarded!) This led me into my novel as I began writing about my experiences in life: I could not stop writing and found it to be a hugely cathartic experience.
A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE is fundamentally an alternative love story:
A journey of experimentation and sexual awakening set in Spain in the late eighties/ early nineties at a time when the whole ‘New Age travellers’ scene was well and truly alive: Told in the first person, an account of the protagonist’s feelings, experiences and adventures as she leaves the UK on a journey of self-discovery. In an attempt to blot out all memories of the person who had such a profound and at times, damaging effect on her life, she finds herself drawn to other men to numb the pain. She embarks on a series of affairs and relationships, some of which invariably end in tears and others that potentially place her life in danger. Despite her intentions to ‘find herself’ and some direction in life, she’s drawn to some less salubrious characters, as well as certain mind altering substances that do little to clarify her thought patterns, adding more confusion to an already confused mind. The story is in part based on my own real life experiences, as well as those of others I’ve known, with a large portion of imagination thrown in of course…
The story veers from light-hearted, amusing reading to moments of deeper introspection, darkness and intense hedonism.
Who is the book aimed at? Given the drug content and travel, my initial assessment would have been, ‘Alternative chick lit’ and ‘the young twenty something/backpackers’: Though let’s face it, those of us around at that time are well over twenty now! To set the mood, I’d perhaps describe it as having subtle murmurs of, ‘Hideous kinky’, ‘The beach’, combined with ‘Eat, pray, love’ but with the rawness of ‘Skins’ -This is all purely from a marketing perspective as I don’t like to pigeon hole: Whoever the book touches in some capacity is enough for me. Evidently the surrounding environment has hugely influenced my story and the setting: Just a clue for those who read the novel; the ‘fear and loathing’ moments in ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’- the centre of hedonism is based on a popular tourist resort on the Costa Blanca! The novel is available for sale on Amazon Kindle.
For those technophobes like myself who did not know this, you don’t have to own a KINDLE to read the kindle Ebooks-you can download the free Kindle App onto any PC or laptop with internet connection and read them there. Any aspiring authors who wish to publish an EBook and need some technical support-English speaking José Bertomeu at ciber La Sella was a brilliant help in the final stages of formatting.
Finally, I don’t believe my story is any more or less unique than anyone else’s, I’ve just chosen to tell it.
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Unbelievable! Jeff completes Men United March to raise over £300k
Watch his thank you here.
After 10 days of back-to-back walking marathons, Jeff Stelling completed his epic journey from Hartlepool to Wembley on Wednesday 30 March. Before finishing the final day Jeff took time out to record a special thank you message for everyone who has supported him.
It was an emotional and captivating challenge taking every ounce of Jeff’s determination, energy and will to drive him over the line at Wembley.
Aided and abetted by Russ Green, Hartlepool United’s head honcho, Jeff battled the elements, the crowds and the blisters to complete his 262 mile challenge. Here’s the moment he crossed the line.
Catch up with all the highlights across the 10 days with our daily #JeffsMarch diary and get the inside track on his extraordinary journey. We’ve also posted the first batch of photos on our Facebook page.
Doing the 92
Doing the 92 league grounds is a journey like no other; it requires dedication, ambition and bags of commitment. We’ll never how many fans have set out with the aim of joining the 92 club or the number that have completed it, but one is for sure… a quest that began with football for each and every fan turned out to be so much more. It’s not just about seeing a game at a ground it’s the travelling, the long midweek trips, the people, the places, the food, the drink and the passion you experience along the way.
Four years ago, three friends began talking over a beer in the pub on a Friday night about how many grounds they had ticked off their 92. Over the subsequent weekend this turned into a spreadsheet which was circulated between them to allow them to keep track. Overtime this grew from a basic yes/no to include ratings and reviews, but then came the questions like; wouldn’t this be better online? And what if other people want to get involved? the92.net was born.
The92.net is a free website available to all football fans like you. The site will help you to keep track of how many grounds you have ticked off your 92 as well as rate and review them as you go. From your ratings on the things that matter to fans like atmosphere, character, pies and pint the site gives you the stats to show you who are good, bad and the damn right ugly of the 92 league grounds.
It only takes a few seconds to register and then you can start to create your 92. If you’re doing the 92 then we would love to hear from you. Drop us a tweet to @the92dotnet and let us know about your experiences doing the 92 league grounds.
Tribute to Cruyff
Three days later and tributes have not stopped flying in for Cruyff. T-Shirt manufacturers have printed special limited editions and Twitter streams have been jammed with expressions of appreciation, respect and affection.
FC Barcelona ✔ @FCBarcelona
We’ll always love you, Johan. Rest in peace
Lothar Matthäus ✔ @LMatthaeus10
Such sad news about @JohanCruyff. A great man, who transformed football. Condolences to his family and friends.#legend #totaalvoetbal
osvaldo ardiles ✔ @osvaldooardiles
Johan Cruyff. Extraordinary player. One of the best ever. Had the privilege to play with him twice. RIP
Gary Lineker ✔ @GaryLineker
Sad to hear that Johan Cruyff has died. Football has lost a man who did more to make the beautiful game beautiful than anyone in history.
Xabi Alonso ✔ @XabiAlonso
The ’14’ will never be the same. RIP Johan Cruyff.
Catalonia Calling #27 is called “Thank you, Johan Cruyff, the Flying Dutchman” and is the personal homage to the great Dutch footballer, who both played for and coached FC Barcelona. It is presented in English by Barcelona writer and football lover, Simon Harris.
I got this interesting post from my friends at Copa today. I thought it desereved more eyeballs. It is particularly poignant that it arrived on the day that one of the greatest footballers of all time died. Johan Cruyff R.I.P.
In collaboration with Feyenoord we have added two new retro shirts to the Feyenoord ‘Designed by…’ COPA collection.
It is the Home and Away shirt with the famous yellow shadow stripe that Feyenoord wore in the 1984 – 85 season. It was the first time that Feyenoord played with OPEL as a sponsor, who are their sponsor nowadays as well.
In this season Feyenoord qualitfied for the UEFA Cup. They did so with a team that consisted of players like Ruud Gullit and Johnny Rep completed with ‘local’ heroes Mario Been, Peter Houtman and Ben Wijnstekers.
The retro shirts are packed in a special Feyenoord X COPA gift box and can be found exclusively at the three Feyenoord fanstores in Rotterdam. Online you can order in the Feyenoord webshop where you can see old Feyenoord hero and captain Ben Wijnstekers as the model!
The world was rocked by yet more senseless killings on 22 March 2016 when fanatics detonated explosions at Brussels International Airport and on the Brussels Metro.
The Spanish sports daily, Marca, devoted its entire front cover on the next day to the victims.
“Somos el equipo de la Paz” (Tr. We are the team of Peace)
#JeSuisBruxelles #IkBenBrussel – little more needs to be said.
I was really excited to see that Jeff Stelling is undertaking a huge fund raising event this year. It excites me on so many levels ad I am very keen to get involved. I hope that you will support him in EVERY way you can. Please read on ….
10 walking marathons, 10 days
Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling is walking 10 marathons in 10 days from Hartlepool United to Wembley Stadium to help beat prostate cancer.
From 21-30 March 2016, he is walking through the heartlands of England to raise money to beat a disease killing one man every hour.
Jeff Stelling is visting over 30 football clubs across 10 days from Monday 21 March to Wednesday 30 March 2016.
He’ll be joined on each leg of the journey by a select band of Men United supporters representing football clubs on the route.
Day 1: Hartlepool Utd via Middlesborough to Marske
Day 2: York City to Leeds United
Day 3: Doncaster Rovers to Scunthorpe United
Day 4: Rotherham Utd via Sheffield to Chesterfield
Day 5: Derby County via Burton Albion to Notts County and Nottm Forest
Day 6: Wolves via Walsall, West Brom, Aston Villa to Birmingham City
Day 7: Coventry City to Leicester City
Day 8: Northampton Town to MK Dons
Day 9: Luton Town via St Albans City to Watford
Day 10: AFC Wimbledon, Brentford, Fulham, QPR and Chelsea and on to Wembley
You can support him.
Want to walk with Jeff for a day? Lace up your walking shoes and raise money to beat prostate cancer.
For more details please visit Jeff’s site