About Us

We’ve brought together a great team of writers, photographers and illustrators for our new football culture magazine, Thin White Line. Here’s a list of our contributors for Issue 3:

Art Direction

Magazine and website design by Microcosm Design.

Assistant Editor

Benjamin de Buen

Ben lives, writes and plays football in Melbourne.  He has written for the sports section of the Mexican National News Agency, Notimex, and freelanced for Los Angeles based Hispanic newspaper, La Opinión. You can follow Ben on Twitter@BdeBuen.


David Allegretti

David is a Melbourne-based writer whose love of football has taken him all over Australia, Italy and parts of Asia. He played as an uncompromising centre back in Victoria’s State League 1. David is also a talented FIFA player, well, better than his mates at least. He achieved internet fame by eating Nutella for a week and writing about it for Vice. You can follow David on Twitter: @davidallegretti

Dario Castaldo

Dario is an Italian journalist whose work has been published in all the major Italian newspapers, from Corriere della Sera to Gazzetta dello Sport.  He has worked as a football and tennis commentator for Sky TV channels in Italy.  Dario was director of the largest sport radio station in central Italy, where he also presented the morning show.  Now based in Melbourne, Dario is a broadcaster for SBS Italian.  As a junior, he played alongside Francesco Totti against the likes of Alessandro Nesta and Marco Di Vaio.  Dario has travelled to over 120 countries.  You can read his travel blog at dariodiviaggio.net

Luca Cetta

Luca is an Adelaide-based journalist who has contributed to local and international publications and websites, including Football Italia and Soccer 360. His dulcet tones can be heard on radio throughout the National Premier League South Australia season. He laments the loss of the traditional libero from the modern game. You can follow Luca on Twitter: @l_cetta

John Devlin

John is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed books on football kit history, True Colours. He runs the truecoloursfootballkits.com websites and has contributed his work and research on football kit design to football clubs and international football associations as well as many programmes, magazines and books. As well as discussing football kit culture and history numerous times on radio he as also worked with, and for, several leading sportswear manufacturers. When he’s not obsessing over football kits John owns a Kent-based graphic design agency, The Design Practice.

Greg Downes

Greg is a PhD student with Victoria University researching an oral history of women’s football in Australia, and a sessional lecturer in sport management with Southern Cross University. Greg has consulted widely in the area of sport management and local government recreational planning. He has a keen interest in sport generally and women’s football in particular, and has been heavily involved in local and regional sport as a competitor, manager and administrator in Football (soccer), Swimming, Surf Lifesaving and Triathlon. You can follow him on Twitter: @gmscore

Alan Fisher

Alan and Spurs will shortly be celebrating their golden wedding anniversary together although he admits it’s a rather one-sided relationship. He writes Tottenham On My Mind, an old-fashioned single-voice blog, and is studying part-time for a PhD at Leicester University. He can’t quite believe he’s got away with writing a thesis about being a Spurs fan but that’s sociology for you. You can read Alan’s blog at www.tottenhamonmymind.com and follow him on Twitter @spursblogger

Nicolò Giraldi

Nicolò is an Italian journalist and author. He has written for La Voce del Popolo, a daily newspaper for the Italian minorities living in Slovenia and Croatia, and Il Piccolo.

He has written three short historical novels and a short story which won prizes at the International Competition of Art and Culture Istria Nobilissima. His most recent book, La Grande Guerra a piedi, tells the story of his walk from London to Trieste along the battlefields of the Great War. It has been awarded the Premio Tutino Giornalista 2015.

Jeff Kavanagh

A New Zealander currently based in Hamburg, Jeff is a sports and travel writer and long-suffering Tottenham Hotspur fan. He’s also a regular visitor to Millerntor, FC St. Pauli’s home ground, where he goes for the football, but stays for the beer and sausages. Here’s Jeff’s website.

Jim Keoghan

Jim is a UK journalist and author of Punk Football: the rise of fan ownership in English football. He grew up in the footballing hotbed of Liverpool, choosing to join the blue half of the city after his Evertonian parents told him that Santa didn’t visit Liverpudlians. Despite their duplicity it’s an affiliation he’s never regretted adopting. Jim’s book tells the story of the growth of supporter ownership in England, a country with a long history of the game but a shorter history of fan activism. He writes for More Sport, Back Page Football, The Football Pink and other football publications. You can follow him on Twitter @jimmykeo and buy his book online here.

Miles McClagan

Miles is a St Mirren supporter exiled in Hobart, who once somehow ended up with Les Murray’s autograph when he didn’t really want it.  His claim to fame is once nutmegging Rangers’ Scottish Cup goalscorer Neil Murray, basking in 3 seconds of glory then having the crap kicked out of him.  You can follow Miles on Twitter: @theskystrikers

David Mcgaw

David is an historian of the Australian national football team, his only true love in sport.  He first saw the Socceroos play in 1985 against New Zealand in a dramatic World Cup qualifier – coincidentally the last match ever played at the old Sydney Sports Ground.  The hysterical crowd, the gold jerseys and the great Oscar Crino left their mark forever.  David owns an extensive collection of Socceroo memorabilia ranging from match programs to souvenirs from all over the world having amassed over 50 international caps himself (seeing the Socceroos live).  David lives in Newcastle and is a current season ticket holder at the Newcastle Jets.

Keith McInnes

Keith is a photographer based in Sydney, Australia, specalising in architectural, sport, event, night, travel and landscape photography.  His sport photography includes A-League Football, Rugby Union and Motorsport.  Keith uses professional Nikon equipment.  You can visit Keith’s website at www.mcinnesphotography.com.au

Przemek Niciejewski

Przemek is a football fan and photographer currently living in Germany with an interest in football culture. He focuses on supporters during matches and tries to capture the emotions and identity of the terraces.

Kieran Pender

Kieran is a Canberra-based sports writer who still mourns the demise of the Canberra Cosmos.  He has contributed to The Guardian, FourFourTwo, Goal.com and The Football Ramble.  You can follow Kieran on Twitter: @KieranPender

Kai Schwörer

Kai Schwörer is a photo journalist based in Germany.  He has covered the Olympic Games, Women’s football World Cups and Champions League finals.  Kai worked on a long-running project where he accompanied various football stars of the German Bundesliga to the small football grounds where they started their career.  His website is www.kaischwoerer.com

Maria Zarkadoulas

Maria is a football fanatic and emerging photographer from Melbourne.  Her two loves, the world game and photography, take her to local Victorian Premier League and A-League games and training sessions to capture the art of football.  You can see some of Maria’s work on her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ZarkPhotography