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Author Archives: John Nicholson

Is the Premier League the Best League In The World?

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As Chelsea lost at home to Sunderland, the commentator, Martin Tyler was incredulous, saying how this proved how brilliant the Premier League was; it was the best in the world because any side could beat any other side This struck … Continue reading

England's Problem Is Not Capello And Why Redknapp Isn't The Cure

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Another England game and another torrent of outrage from much of the English press at how poor England is. Surprise surprise. There is a very vocal majority in the press who want to blame all this on Capello because it’s … Continue reading

Ian Holloway Should Be Praised, Not Fined By Premier League

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Will Blackpool, like Wolves before them, be facing the prospect of a fine for fielding a weakened side against Villa last night? Manager ian Holloway made wholesale changes to his side but so what? They played well and narrowly lost. … Continue reading

Spurs Play Breathtaking Football That Arsenal Would Be Proud Of

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Some nights of football defy you not to enjoy them. Even the most mean-spirited Arsenal fan must surely have felt at least a small stirring of joy in their souls at Spurs performance against Inter Milan. If Spurs can keep … Continue reading

Tony Mowbray Joins Middlesbrough: What It Means to Boro Fans

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Tony Mowbray took over as manager of Middlesbrough yesterday. I think all my fellow Boro fans will be delighted at this news. For a start, he has taken a side out of the Championship before when he took WBA up, … Continue reading

Is Gareth Bale the Best British Footballer Playing Today?

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After an astonishing performance in Milan, there surely can’t be any doubt that the answer is a categorical yes. Who else is playing as well? Who else is having such a major impact? Who else has scored such a brilliant … Continue reading

Got Milk? Is Rafa Benitez On Acid?

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Football press conferences are usually quite predictable affairs with the manager trotting out the usual clichés and obfuscation in response to the same old questions from the press. They are rarely places to deploy an extended metaphor but someone must … Continue reading

Feeling Sympathy For Strachan and Hodgson

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I’m sure most Middlesbrough fans are pleased that Gordon Strachan has resigned and walked away without compensation. Our league position tells its own story. It plainly wasn’t working and his increasingly eccentric media interviews revealed a man who looked to … Continue reading

Why It Feels Like the English Football Season Starts Today

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Can we have our football season back now please? The golden days of Autumn are upon us, the first frosts leaving a kiss of silver on our parks and gardens; the chilled Chablis gives way to a robust Argentinean Malbec … Continue reading

It's Time To Realize (Once Again) That England Is Rubbish

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Another England game and for many it leaves another feeling of slight depression. Our response to the outcomes of football matches largely depends on what our expectations are. Hence, Scotland concede three at home and lose but come away feeling … Continue reading

The Paradox of the England Captaincy, And Does Anyone Care?

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There’s always much debate in the English media about who is to be England captain. It seems as though Capello is sticking with Ferdinand, after Gerrard’s successful stint with the arm band. Is Rio a good captain? Who knows? How … Continue reading

Why Liverpool Football Club Is a Bargain For £300m

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As Liverpool have gone 20 years without winning the top division, especially to a younger generation, the enormity of LFC has probably never seemed quite powerful as it does to those of us who grew up with the club as … Continue reading

The Agony Of International Breaks And Why They Hinder More Than They Help

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International breaks; like taxes and the poor, they are always with us; always hanging around the street corner waiting to disrupt our domestic contentment. Just when things have settled into a nice groove; just when the season’s drama is beginning … Continue reading

Kevin Davies Named to England Squad: Why It Makes Sense

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Seeing Kevin Davies name in an England squad may be a shock to some people, indeed it may be a shock to Kev himself. Is it some sort of madness by Capello? Is he really so desperate for strikers that … Continue reading

Why It's Unfair to Expect Footballers To Be One Of Us

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Something great happened to me this week, my latest book We Ate All The Pies: How Football Swallowed Britain Whole was listed for the William Hill Sports Book Of The Year 2010 prize; the most prestigious sports book award in … Continue reading

It's Time for Premier League to Take the Carling Cup More Seriously

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Controversy about fielding ‘weakened’ sides in the League Cup looks set to rage on after this weeks patchy results for Premier League teams. Increasingly it is starting to look like a very bad idea, not so much in principle because … Continue reading

Why a Rangers Result Against Man Utd Would Mean So Much To Scotland

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As Rangers walk out at Old Trafford today, old timers will recall when clashes between English and Scottish clubs were some of the biggest, most vibrant, most electric games imaginable. The European Cup semi-final clash between Leeds and Celtic in … Continue reading

English Media Sharpen Their Knives In Preparation for Fabio Capello

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As England get set to play Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday a large section of the UK media will be sharpening its knives ready to plunge them into Fabio Capello. There is a sizeable majority of the media who would … Continue reading