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About Matt Jones

Matt Jones is an Everton supporter living in Merseyside, England. He has a enormous passion for the Toffees and travels far and wide to watch them in action. Not to mention an significant interest in all aspects of European football. Completely at ease with the fact he is a football nerd, Matt has a huge interest in tactical and statistical side of the game. Matt’s writing has featured on Soccerlens, Bleacher Report and in the Liverpool Echo. Follow him on Twitter for more football chatter @MattJFootball

Tottenham Have A Fine Framework In Place To Build Towards A Promising Future

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Spurs

There’s been a fair bit of criticism for Tottenham following their 0-0 draw with Everton. Second place was there for the taking for either side, but the two teams canceled each other out and a draw was ultimately a fair … Continue reading

The Experience Of Going to a Home Match at Everton’s Goodison Park: The Heart of English Football

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I still get those butterflies when I wake up on a match day. I remember going to my first ever game about twenty years ago and being gripped with anticipation and excitement. That feeling has never changed as I’ve grown … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television and Internet This Weekend

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Athens Derby

The top-class soccer is enjoyably relentless at the moment. Trawling through this weekend’s contests, I had another dilemma on what games to select for our weekly must-watch selection. So much so, that I’ve included a few honorable mentions this week. … Continue reading

Andre Villas-Boas is Correct About Subdued Spurs Support, But It’s Not Exclusive To White Hart Lane

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AVB

Tottenham’s manager Andre Villas-Boas took the brave step of criticizing his club’s own supporters after their 1-0 win over Hull City. Villas-Boas was unhappy with the atmosphere created for his players at White Hart Lane and was quoted post-match saying … Continue reading

Premier League Away Day Experience At Villa Park: The Heart Of English Football

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Villa Park is one of my favorite grounds in England. It’s what you’d call a proper stadium; home to an established club and accompanied by a set of knowledgeable, passionate supporters. The home of Aston Villa has preserved so much … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television & Internet This Weekend

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Do you have plans this weekend? You might want to think about canceling them. It was difficult to pick just five games this week’s ‘must watch’ selection, as the fixture computers from across the globe have churned out a succession … Continue reading

Borussia Dortmund Are A Formidable Proposition Given Their Killer Instinct And Supreme Talent

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Borussia Dortmund ended Arsenal’s perfect European record with a 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium in week 3 of the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp’s side were not at their best throughout the contest, but showcased a clinical, killer instinct far … Continue reading

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Is Hypocritical In His Criticism Of Cardiff City

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Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been lambasting Cardiff City for time-wasting during his side’s 4-1 win over the South Wales team. The Portuguese chief was sent to the stands for venting his fury at officials after what he believed to … Continue reading

Inaugural London Sports Writing Festival Illuminates Lords Cricket Ground

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London Sports Writing Festival

Lords Cricket Ground, one of Great Britain’s most iconic sporting venues, hosted the inaugural London Sports Writing Festival this weekend. The event saw some of the most talented sports writers around combine with a host of Britain’s most popular sporting … Continue reading

It’s Time For Troubled Chicharito To Leave Manchester United

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CHICHA

After a stuttering start to his campaign with Manchester United, the international break should have offered some welcome relief for Javier Hernandez. But anyone who has followed Mexico’s most recent qualifying campaign will have known this to be unlikely, as … Continue reading

The Fall And Rise Of Chester Football Club

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Chester is a city in the North-West of England that strays close to the Welsh border. It is a fascinating part of the country, steeped in culture and rife with historical relevance. Once a Roman fort situated in an ideal … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Weekend

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International weekends are often a bit of a downer. But at least this weekend we’ve got some pretty decent, competitive fixtures to look forward to, rather than the pointless friendly games that regularly punctuate the domestic calendar. It helps too … Continue reading

Leighton Baines Must Take His Chance And Show Why He’s England’s Best Left-Back

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BAINES COLE

When the news broke that Ashley Cole was out of England’s crucial game against Montenegro and possibly the team’s next fixture against Poland, the hyperbole that usually accompanies the withdrawal of a key England player was unnervingly absent. It wasn’t … Continue reading

The Premier League Away Day Experience: The Heart Of English Football

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For me, away days are the best thing about being an English football supporter. They encapsulate and preserve everything that is brilliant about the game: The passion and commitment of supporters traveling to watch their team. The elation when you … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Weekend

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RIVER FANS

It was difficult to pick out five fixtures for this weekend, as there are so many enticing encounters across the soccer landscape over the next couple of days. But in my eyes, here are the best five contests. There’s a … Continue reading

Arsenal’s Sensational Early Season Form Stems From A Summer Of Overdue Stability

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It has been a remarkable start to the season for Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side. Last night’s win against Napoli was just the latest in a campaign that seems to be churning victories out on a metronomic basis. Positivity … Continue reading

First Person Account of Everton Giving Newcastle The Monday Blues: The Heart Of English Football

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GOODISON UNDER LIGHTS

Editor’s note: Today marks the first column of a new weekly series by Matt Jones entitled ‘The Heart Of English Football’ that gives you insight into what it’s like to be a supporter who lives in England — capturing the … Continue reading

Liverpool’s 3-4-1-2 Formation The Best Way To Facilitate Talents Of Both Sturridge And Suarez

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Liverpool are second in the Premier League table after their emphatic 3-1 win over managerless Sunderland. The Reds, inspired by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, had far too much firepower for the Black Cats yesterday and never looked in real … Continue reading