Author Archives: Chris Rivers

Chelsea stop Barcelona’s beautiful game with some ugly football

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For all those neutrals out there who may not have seen Barcelona play before this season I would encourage you not to write off the Catalan side based on just one performance. I have seen Barca break down some stubborn … Continue reading

Chelsea and Arsenal have their minds on the Champions League rather than the Premier League

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With less than a week to go until the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals both Arsenal and Chelsea were in domestic action in the past two days, with varying degrees of excitement as both picked up a solitary … Continue reading

Keane back to being a big fish in a small pond

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Roy Keane’s return to football management was almost a certainty after his departure from Sunderland, however his return to football management at Ipswich Town has come as a move which hardly anyone would have predicted. The Tractor Boys achieved European … Continue reading

Football League award winners have familiar theme

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First and foremost congratulations must go to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Matty Fryatt and Grant Holt for winning their player of the year awards in their respective leagues. But those of you who know anything about life outside the Premier League will … Continue reading

Credit crunch to bite into the Football League

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You know things are going to get bad when the head of the Football League says even he fears for the future of a number of clubs currently playing their football outside of the Premier League. Lord Mawhinney has come … Continue reading

Uefa to conspire against the English sides in the Champions League draw

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As everyone is well aware, Friday sees the quarter-final and semi-final draws for this season’s Champions League. As you will also know, four of the eight teams involved in this stage of the competition are Premier League sides, much to … Continue reading

Swansea City to repeat Hull’s feat

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Another weekend gone and if you are a Swansea fan another great result which sees you to continue to inch up the Championship towards a play-offs spot. The win for the side from Wales moves them to within two points … Continue reading

Are the English sides once again the teams to avoid in the next round of the Champions League?

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With only three places left in the next round of this seasons Champions League and with only five teams capable of filling those spots it seems like a good time to look ahead to the draw for the knockout stages. … Continue reading

Will the Carling Cup have a winner from outside the top flight?

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It has been 40 years since a side from outside the top flight of English football has won the League Cup, when Swindon beat Arsenal 3-1 way back in 1969. However the lose of Liverpool and Chelsea last night has … Continue reading

Boothroyd gets the shaft after Watford’s mismanagement of funds

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So the 12th longest serving manager in the football league is finally given the push after a poor start to the season. However despite the Hornets currently languishing in 20th position is Aidy Boothroyd being made a scapegoat for the … Continue reading

Strachan right to back United

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After seeing his team well and truly played off the park Celtic manager Gordon Strachan honoured United as being the best side his Scottish champions had ever faced in Europe. That is some accolade when you consider that the Bhoys … Continue reading

The Championship Starting To Shape Up

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st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}   After another action packed weekend the sides in the Championship look like … Continue reading