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Author Archives: Christopher Walker

Championship Play-Off Final – The Final Piece Of The Jigsaw

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  Well the epic survival Sunday is now over and it included tears flooding in Newcastle and Middlesbrough – not to mention Fulham qualifying for Europe and Ricky Sbragia quitting as manager of Sunderland. We now turn our attention to the Championship final tomorrow at … Continue reading

Sbragia QUITS – Breaking News

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It has been announced after Sunderland’s home defeat to Chelsea, Ricky Sbragia has stepped down -despite avoiding relegation. Sbragia initially took over at the Stadium Of Light in December as caretaker manager in the wake of Roy Keane’s departure. Following … Continue reading

Frank Lampard…Meet Carlo Ancelloti?

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Before todays mixed signals coming from the Giussepi Mezza, we were 90% sure that Carlo Ancelotti was coming to Chelsea. However, there is still a strong possibility of this and we expect to find out this week.  Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed … Continue reading

Who Will Relegation Hit The Hardest?

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With West Bromwich Albion’s fate sealed last week we can now prepare ourselves for a dramatic conclusion to the Premier League season on Sunday. The neutral (including yours truly) will relish it and will want to see as many twists and turns as … Continue reading

What Next For Michael Owen?

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With his international career apparently over and his club’s Premier League status under major threat it begs the question, ‘What will happen to Micheal Owen’? On 30 June 1998, 18 year-old Michael Owen’s name resonated around the football world after scoring THAT … Continue reading

West Ham Await Summer Progress

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When Gianfranco Zola got back on the team bus from Goodison Park yesterday he could be forgiven for thinking “Only one more week and we can get this club sorted out”. Gianfranco Zola is a legend of English football – particularly … Continue reading

Time For City To Get Real, Not Real Madrid.

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On 27 May the last meaningful game (apart from the FA Cup Final) involving an English club will take place this season. That is of course the Champions League Final between Manchester United and Barcelona – a nice little birthday present for me. … Continue reading

Bolton Slowly Sliding

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  In October 1999 Sam Allardyce breezed into his office at the Reebok Stadium to take over a club at the foot of the first division table. Amazingly, he guided Bolton Wanderers to the play-off semi finals the same season … Continue reading

Liverpool – On The Verge Of Nothing This Season

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  They huffed, they puffed but they failed to blow United’s house down. Liverpool look set to finish the season with no silverware to show for it and yet to make an appearance at the rebuilt Wembley. After tonight’s victory for Manchester United … Continue reading

Strikers For Sale?

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Well another week has meant another win for the top two, another bad week for Arsenal and of course another week of transfer rumours. For months now specualtion has never really gone away that Manchester United will not stump up the … Continue reading

Roy Hodgson Has To Be The Manager Of The Year

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On 28 December Roy Hodgson accepted the managers post at Premier League side Fulham. The Cottagers’ immediate future was looking bleak – in the bottom three, with just 14 points on the table. The revival was hardly immediate either, taking just two points … Continue reading

Who Will Take Over From Fergie At Manchester United?

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One day hell will freeze over,the same day pigs will indeed be given the power of flight. Quite probably this will be the same day that Sir Alex Ferguson makes his departure from Old Trafford. On 6 November 1986 sat behind the managers … Continue reading

Blip, What Blip?

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Cast your minds back to Saturday March 21 2009.  Manchester United have just lost 2-0 away to Fulham, I think we were all surprised but it wasn’t what one would deem unbelievable. Something I did deem unbelievable was the reaction of some fans and pundits after the result. … Continue reading

Key Relegation Battles This Weekend

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 I have spent this morning  perusing the remaining fixtures for the relegation threatened teams and it appears that everything seems to point to the round of matches starting Saturday 9th May to Monday 11th May. As I have written before … Continue reading

The Matchday Experience In The Premier League – So Very Different

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When we talk about nostalgia and football we think of images of photographs of 20,000 people crammed onto an open concrete terrace, a black and white sea of flat-caps and players kicking a ball that weighed half a tonne. The matchday experience at … Continue reading

UEFA Europa League, A Second Rate Competition

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  With four games of the Premier League campaign left, Fulham are leading the ‘race’ for seventh place and for the Cottagers it will be a rare European adventure. This would of course be via the all singing, all dancing … Continue reading

New Stadium Fever?

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I was having a good look at Tottenham’s proposal for a new stadium overlapping their current plot at White Hart Lane last night and my brain started to tick. However difficult these proposals appear to be (and indeed I hope they go through) … Continue reading

Is It Time Refereeing Became A Full-Time Job For Every Official?

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   The criticism directed at referees and their assistants these days is becoming more of  a talking point than many games themselves. Howard Webb made an incorrect judgement and awarded Manchester United a penalty against Tottenham last week, a decision that Spurs … Continue reading