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Author Archives: Paul Bestall

Everton Continue To Be Overlooked

Posted on by Paul Bestall

You’ve got to feel for David Moyes and the never ending injury situation at Goodison Park. Since they finished fourth in 2005, it seems every season starts in December due to the injury affliction that seemingly curses the Toffees. Thankfully, … Continue reading

Fabulous Fulham Send The Old Lady Crashing Out Of Europe

Posted on by Paul Bestall

European football occasionally throws up the odd freak result, but sometimes you witness a display of football brilliance so sharp it takes your breath away. Tonight, Fulham dazzled and displayed such panache against the tottering giants of Italian football, Juventus, … Continue reading

The England Outsiders#2 Full-Backs

Posted on by Paul Bestall

With less than 3 months to go until England’s first group game against the U.S.A on June 12th in the World Cup and one particular pair of positions are causing more problems than anyone envisaged. At full strength, the English … Continue reading

Hull City Search For A Hero

Posted on by Paul Bestall

In a strange yet understandable move, Hull City Chairman Adam Pearson has removed Phil Brown from his position as manager at the struggling side. It strikes me as strange as Brown has been moved on after an impressive, if limited, … Continue reading

Can The Glazers Really Be Forced To Sell Manchester United?

Posted on by Paul Bestall

And so it begins in earnest. After months of pressure being to filter through from fan groups, the last few weeks have seen Manchester United fans begin to turn up the pressure on the Glazer family. Do not be fooled … Continue reading

Where Now For Steve Bruce And Sunderland?

Posted on by Paul Bestall

14 games without a Premiership win would be worrying for several sides, but when you’ve spent the best part of £50 million to improve the team, 4 months without a win is disastrous. When Bruce took the reigns at the … Continue reading

The England Outsiders#1 The Goalkeepers

Posted on by Paul Bestall

The halcyon days of the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s were apparently a boom time in England’s glorious history of great goalkeepers. From the benchmark that was the great Gordon Banks and his understudy, Peter Springett, to the rotation of Ray … Continue reading

The Outsiders Chasing A Place In The England World Cup Squad

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Tomorrow sees that magical mark of 100 days until the 19th World Cup begins and the chase for places outside of the main names is really beginning to hot up. Fabio Capello will probably have a definite idea of around … Continue reading

Chelsea Are Fast Becoming An Off Field Joke That Could Ruin England's Summer

Posted on by Paul Bestall

The Marquis De Sade was never short of a quote or two, but one that currently could be applied to certain members of Chelsea’s first team squad at the current time sprang to mind after today’s latest off field crisis … Continue reading

Can Joe Hart Become England's Number One?

Posted on by Paul Bestall

With just over 15 weeks left until the 19th World Cup begins in South Africa and one player is making a real case to force his way in to the starting line up. Joe Hart could have been put out … Continue reading

Book Review: A Random History Of Football

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Colin Murray is fast becoming the rising star of British sport punditry. After cutting his teeth with Channel 5′s football coverage here in the UK, Murray has slowly been making his mark at BBC Radio 5 through the excellent Fighting … Continue reading

African Cup Of Nations Round Up Days 10-18

Posted on by Paul Bestall

The final round of the group games saw several well fancied sides struggling for form and in danger of going out, but Group B’s final game saw Ghana edge it 1-0 to progress with Ivory Coast in to the quarter … Continue reading

Breaking News: Gold And Sullivan Reveal West Ham's True Debt

Posted on by Paul Bestall

In a refreshing change of events, former Birmingham City owners, David Gold and David Sullivan took control of the Hammers and admitted straightaway the mess that West Ham United have been battling with. Since the crashing collapse of the Icelandic … Continue reading

African Cup Of Nations Round Up: Days 5-9

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Now that’s what I call a tournament mascot. I don’t need modern interpretations of peace, harmony and good will like the dreadful trio that South Korea and Japan gave us in 2002. Dreadful mascots and a dreadful tournament. I want … Continue reading

How Can Manchester City Solve A Problem Like Robinho?

Posted on by Paul Bestall

It was the marquee signing that announced that Manchester City had money to burn and were determined to usurp the comfy old pals act at the top of the Premiership. Fans flocked to Eastlands in tea-towels to show their new … Continue reading

Brian Laws Crashes The Premiership Party At Burnley

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Now, I suppose some people out there are still scratching their heads over Burnley’s appointment of Brian Laws and I must admit I was a tad taken aback. Anyone without a knowledge of the game outside of the Premiership, and … Continue reading

African Cup Of Nations Round Up: Days 1-4

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Well we all know how the competition started but the tournament kicked off in earnest on Sunday evening with the host nation Angola entertaining Mali. Hopes were high after all the political wrangling that engulfed the weekend, football could return … Continue reading

Hicks And Gillett Regime Continues To Alienate Liverpool Fans

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Imagine that you, as a fan, decided to drop your club an e-mail asking about potential signings. You wrote the e-mail in good faith and asked questions about the amount of money the manager had, would it be bolstered by … Continue reading