About Me & Contact

Hi, I’m Sam!

The first thing you should know about me is that I LOVE sport. I try to play as many sports as time allows; I try to read as many sports books as time allows; and I try to re-watch sports films from Moneyball to Coach Carter as often as time allows!

I have an MA in International Politics and a First Class BA(hons) in History and Politics from the University of Sussex. I started this blog in July 2015 between the two courses in a bid to cast some statistical light upon an often overlooked position.

Recently, I have been lucky enough to secure a position as the Head of Research & Analytics at the World in Motion/GK1 football agency.

If you want to know more about my work or about what WIM/GK1 may be able to do for your club, then contact me right away! I am most easily accessible on Twitter where I keep right up to date with my notifications and Direct Messages.

Twitter: @Sam_Jackson94

Email: sjackson@worldinmotion.com


4 thoughts on “About Me & Contact

  1. Dear Sam,

    Hello. My name is Oscar Ferrandis, and like you, I am a passionate football lover. I have been interested in Data Analytics applied to Football for a while now, and I am interested in learning some deeper Data Analysis methodology. That is why I am writing to you. I found out about you just last night, and I see we share the same interest. Maybe you can give me a hand here: do you know a way for me to learn more about Data Analysis? In specific, of course, applier to Football. I have been looking for online courses, but I didn’t find any one that is affordable, or just promising enough… So any help from you would be really helpful!

    Wishing the best for you with this good-looking blog,
    Oscar Ferrandis


    1. Hi Oscar,
      Thanks for the message. Regarding data analysis, I am very much a self-taught beginner. From reading books such as The Numbers Game by Chris Anderson and David Sally and from analytics posts on websites such as statsbomb.com I became aware of some statistical methods that seemed to be fairly frequently applied to analysing football. Most prominently were the regression analysis, which estimates the relationship between variables, and the correlation coefficient. I taught myself how to do these in Microsoft Excel just by doing a Google search for something like ‘How to do a regression analysis in Excel.’ Such data analysis is much simpler than I thought it would be, so I’d recommend you start there. Regarding courses, I would recommend the ‘OpenCourseWare’ that MIT offer (http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm), where you’ll be able to look at the lecture notes and other resources for a degree level stats module (or for pretty much any other subject you can think of!) for free.
      I hope this is helpful!


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