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Journeyman – 26 – Lille – You’re not the only one

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. I am outside the apartment, with my back leaned up against the side of the car. It’s approaching midnight and I’m exhausted. I take a deep breath in, then slowly exhale my cigarette smoke into the darkened Lille […]

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Journeyman – 25 – Lille – Money can’t buy me love. Or can it?

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. So it’s February 2026. We’ve completed 25 league games so far this season, a bunch of cup games and the group stage of the UEFA Champions League has concluded. I look out from the balcony of my incredible apartment […]

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Journeyman – 24 – Lille – Walking on sunshine

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. With the excitement of the UEFA Europa Conference League win behind us, Charli XCX waved off on a plane back to England and the dust settled on the 24/25 season; it was time to roll our sleeves up and […]

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Journeyman – 23 – Lille – I wanna win. I want that trophy

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. At the end of the last episode, there were 8 Ligue Un games to go, as well as the latter stages of the Europa Conference League. Let’s jump straight to it. It ended very, very well. Unfortunately not the […]

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Journeyman – 22 – Lille – Banging on the door again

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. After episode 21’s novel retrospective, it’s back down to business. It’s the 2024/25 Ligue Un season with Lille, and we are desperately trying to knock PSG off of their almighty perch at the pinnacle of French football. Change takes […]

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Journeyman – 21 – Lille – A pause for thought

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. Given that we are now in 2025, more than five years into the journey, and things are going relatively well in Lille, I thought I’d pause for a minute and take an episode to look at how far we’ve […]

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Journeyman – 20 – Lille – Don’t cry for me, Argentina

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. So it’s club number four (Varbergs, Lillestrøm, Bordeaux and now Lille) and midway through the 2024/2025 season. We touched on a couple of players from the Lille squad already, and one of them in particular is proving to be […]

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Journeyman – 19 – Lille – Every villain is a hero in his own mind

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. So I did something terrible. Some of you will agree. Others will say I am looking out for myself, doing what’s right for the journeyman adventure. I tell you what though; it tastes worse than the heartburn from too […]

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Journeyman – 18 – Bordeaux – Little by little

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. The Brasserie St Once has a nice calm ambience with only the odd clink of glasses and rumble of quiet conversation piercing the silence. Nicolas, the maître d, shows me to my seat, opposite our president, Joseph. We swing […]

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Journeyman – 17 – Bordeaux – Don’t stop, believin’

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. “It feels like forever since we caught up.” The words ring loudly in my ear seconds after I instinctively answer the phone with one eye open, half asleep. It’s Gordon, my ex assistant manager at Lillestrøm. I manage to […]