Three of the main subject areas I cover on this blog are Football, Trade Unionism and Iraq. Tim Lezard recently drew the three areas together in this fine article.
But our shared interests are hardly surprising. Tim and I were part of a delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan last April and travelled regularly with our Iraqi Trade Union friends past the impressive football stadium in Arbil.
An earlier blog of mine on the Iraqi people's love of football and its targeting by terrorists appeared under the heading of the "Killing Fields".