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Author Archives: Matt Duncan

What Kevin Nolan Leaving Newcastle United Will Mean For The Toon

Posted on by Matt Duncan

So Kevin Nolan is on his way from Newcastle United to Upton Park. Surprisingly, the Newcastle skipper rejected a new contract at St James’ Park in favour of a move down a division to the Hammers. At first glance, this … Continue reading

Why We Need Fewer Matches in the Premier League, Not More

Posted on by Matt Duncan

I would say that this season has probably seen me watch less football than I have done for quite a while. First an admission. I got engaged, started a new job and started the process of moving house. And yet … Continue reading

Is Extreme Partisanship Bad For Football?

Posted on by Matt Duncan

The partisan nature of football is one of the greatest things about the sport. It gives us the chance to get behind one team, to share banter with opposing fans and feel that ecstatic high when our team wins. But … Continue reading

A Few Thoughts About Hope and Sunderland FC

Posted on by Matt Duncan

That most alluring of feelings is what football fans breathe. The hope that this season might be the one, the hope that today we might just beat them. It is the reason we all get so excited in the middle of August and on the first weekend of January. Hope is the reason that we keep following our team, even though all logic suggests that we have no chance. Continue reading

Has Wayne Rooney Killed Football?

Posted on by Matt Duncan

Has football finally jumped off the cliff? In a week where we were treated to an utterly enthralling Champions League game at the San Siro and the emotional scoring return to the Emirates of Eduardo, the biggest stories were one … Continue reading

Does the Premier League Turn Gifted Players Into More Functional Footballers?

Posted on by Matt Duncan

Whilst England fans around the globe take the first tentative steps back towards trusting their national team, my eye was caught not by yet more allegations of poor behaviour from within the England squad but by comments from a diminutive … Continue reading