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The Boot Room

The Boot Room is a football analysis website, bringing original and creative content to the fans of the English Football League.

Sam Leveridge

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

Jake Jackman

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

William Pearson

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.

Chris Linnell

Chris is the founder of The Boot Room. He is a Swindon Town supporter, having lived in Wiltshire for most of his years. His work has also featured on Squawka, Bleacher Report and Eurosport.


Sam Preston

NCTJ trained journalist, focusing mainly on a digital football audience.


Tom Procter

Tom is a Public Relations (Sports) graduate who has built up experience in digital football writing and original content production, with words having reached millions online. Also very partial to a cheeky pub quiz.


Jay Williams

NCTJ-qualified sports journalist with a passion for playing and writing about football. West Ham fan.

Max Cohen

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

Scott Challinor

23 year old from Stoke-on-Trent. Avid Port Vale fan. Also follow Derby County & OGC Nice closely. BA Hons Modern Languages Graduate (University of Oxford). My prior experience in Sports Journalism comes from Volleyball & Floorball, having worked on major tournaments with the CEV, FIVB, & IFF. Have been contributing pieces to The Boot Room since 2016. Views are my own.

Dan Zeqiri

University of Nottingham History graduate. Freelance sportswriter specialising in Football, Cricket and Golf. Interested in the politics of sport.

Martyn Cooke

Martyn is currently a PTA and Research Assistant in the Department of Exercise Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). In addition to his teaching role he is also undertaking a PhD in Sports History that is exploring the origins and development of football in Staffordshire. Prior to working at MMU, Martyn spent a decade operating in the sport and leisure industry in a variety of roles including as a Sports Development Officers, PE Teacher, Football Coach and Operation Manager.

Harvey Lewis

Journalism student at the University of Sheffield. Freelance for TheBootRoom.

John Arkless

John is a history graduate from the University of Southampton, and will soon be completing a Master's degree in Journalism at Cardiff University

Rob Meech

Rob is a freelance writer, specialising in football, who previously worked as a sports journalist at the Dorset Echo. A long-standing AFC Bournemouth supporter, Rob can often be found on the terraces at the Vitality Stadium. Follow him on Twitter - @RobMeech

Josh Challies

Experienced freelance sports journalist published by FourFourTwo, MSN, Goal & more.

Jack Linley

I am currently at university studying Mechanical Engineering, but in my spare time I'm into all things football. I'm an avid Liverpool fan but always try to remain impartial. My other interests include gaming and Formula One.

Josh Kerr

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

Harry Elliott

History graduate and sports writer.

Jamie Watts

Sports journalist based in London. Previously of HITC and 90min.

Liam Thomas

Writer published by Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sport and Bleacher Report. Trying to elevate small talk to medium talk.

Calum Pettitt

Calum is a Reading fan and has been a season ticket holder for many years. He is currently studying for a degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology.


Adam Washbrook

Adam is a freelance sports writer and broadcaster. Formerly the Media and Communications Officer at Macclesfield Town Football Club, he has also contributed to FourFourTwo, Mirror Sport and Express & Star.

Ruari Macneil

Life long lover of sport in general with a soft spot for football. A consistent defender of Scottish football as a spectacle. Desperately waiting to see my country qualify for a major tournament.

Ben Wheatland

Ben is a fan of Swindon Town. Having lived in Berlin for nearly two years he has now developed a fascination with the eternally cool 1.FC Union Berlin, and an odd love for Eastern European football (Vysheyshaya Liga anyone?). Ben also dabbles in writing about FIFA, match-fixing and football's struggles with corruption.

Joe Walsh

Genetics student at the University of Liverpool, Blackpool fan and co-editor of the site. Joe's main interests are at all levels of the English game. Twitter: @JoeWalsh17

Paul Ahdal

Fan of football with a realistic look at life.

Greg Whitaker

Greg is a freelance writer and broadcast journalist who has previously worked as a sports journalist at the likes of the BBC, Yahoo Sports UK, and the Hull Daily Mail. A long-standing Hull City supporter, Greg has also spent time as a Director on the Board of the Hull City Supporters' Trust. Follow him on Twitter - @Greg_Whitaker

Cameron Storer

Chief Editor at Paul Gough Media.

Declan McHugh

21 years of age. Football Writer. I primarily focus on the Premier League. In particular, Tottenham Hotspur.

Christian Doidge

Christian Doidge joined Forest Green Rovers in June 2016, moving from Dagenham & Redbridge. After two years working with the Daggers in League Two he made the move to The New Lawn, where he won promotion back to the Football League at the first time of trying. With 27 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions in 2016/17, the Welshman was key to his side's promotion and continues to play a star role throughout 2017/18.

Danny Hylton

Daniel Hylton plays as a striker for Luton Town. In 2016/17 he was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year as well as being named his club's Player of the Season, voted for by the supporters.

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