“Carving out a niche in the jam-packed world of online sportswriting is not easy. And for this achievement we must salute the mighty fine Match Day Burger…some of the best sportswriting on the web today.” (Paul Campbell, The Guardian UK)
“For anyone who appreciates sports writing. Someone hire him.” (Michael Pascoe, Journalist, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age)
“…the most tantalising item on the menu is the writing. It’s top shelf, reflecting [their] passion, creativity and deep understanding of sport…good quality, juicy, satisfying and garnished with lashings of atmosphere, colour, reflection and humour.” (Bernie Pramberg, The Courier Mail)
“If you want a read that so perfectly captures the essence of distance running & racing, here it is.” (Genevieve LaCaze, 2 x Olympic finalist, 5000m & 3000m steeplechase)
“…a quality and different look at grassroots sport.” (Stephen Moore, former Wallabies captain)
Match Day Burger today is a home for high-quality longform sports prose. With unspectacular regularity we (aim to) publish lengthy articles that betray a love of sport and thoughtfulness about it. Expect in-depth reportage, reflections, interviews and profiles, plus first-person accounts of events from all over the sporting world.
Our history (about which you may read more below) is proudly local and amateur. We are interested in a definition of sport that is essential human and not essentially commercial. Amateurism and obscurity remains for us the epicentre of the sporting world. The reader can expect much attention to that otherwise largely undocumented space.
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Match Day Burger began in 2013 after a schoolboy rugby match that inspired an article. In a short while MDB became widely-read and well regarded, having carved out a niche of in-depth, humorous reportage from amateur sporting events around it’s home of Brisbane, Australia. Many international publications began took notice of the idiosyncratic style and underlying investigation of the nature of sport.
Though today MDB is a space for longform sports writing from all over the world, it’s original statement remains central and true.
“This is an assembly of prose concerning match days, local and amateur. Sight, sound, smell and taste, Match Day Burger documents the aesthetics of sport at a grassroots level. Sport for pleasure and challenge. Sport as a communal effort; a decision to combine and compete. Sport as a choice to obey unnecessary laws, to abide arbitrary white lines, to wear a number and be subjected to a score.
We are disposed to believe in this small, voluntary decision to play.
We also review burgers.”
Well, the bit about the burgers has lapsed.
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