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Author Archives: Paul Bestall

Breaking News: Ireland Ask FIFA To Let Them Go To South Africa

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Well, you can’t blame them for trying, two weeks after that hand ball incident and FIFA and UEFA being as patronising as possible, the Football Association of Ireland have asked to be included in the World Cup draw on Friday … Continue reading

Hodgson and Fulham Set To Continue The Good Work

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Over the years since he bought an ailing and abject club, Mohamed Al Fayed has certainly made some “interesting” decisions over the years. Whilst Mickey Adams was rewarded for taking the team up to Division One by being sacked in … Continue reading

Burnley’s Away Day Woe Continues

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Another away game and another game which could have been closer ends up running away from Burnley. Similar to the match against Tottenham, when they had a dubious offside decision against them, Burnley pushed West Ham close for the first … Continue reading

Liverpool Stand On The Edge Of Failure

Posted on by Paul Bestall

The morning after Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League has seen the club reiterate that Rafa Benitez’s position is safe.  Not qualifying for the Champions League knock out stage is a big blow for a club that strives for … Continue reading

Megson Begins A Dangerous Game At Bolton

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Ah, Gary Megson, never a manager to pass the blame on to anyone else for his own shortcomings, has decided that today he would announce that certain players are trying to destabilise the club. After watching Sundays performance, I don’t … Continue reading

Paul Hart Leaves Portsmouth FC

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Well, you wonder if sanity has left the South Coast this summer at Portsmouth, with weird takeovers, scraping around for signings, the chief executive being charged with tax evasion, another takeover, being banned from signing due to unpaid debts and … Continue reading

Can Defoe Finally Realise His Full Potential

Posted on by Paul Bestall

One thing that has never been in question about Jermaine Defoe is his undoubted ability. Since West Ham United nicked him off of Charlton Athletic as a 15 year old, Defoe has scored goals. Be it for AFC Bournemouth on … Continue reading

Wolves Struggle To Cope With Premiership Demands

Posted on by Paul Bestall

I have to admit if there is one name in the bottom six that surprises me by being there this season, then it has to be Wolves. Arriving back to the Premiership as Championship winners, they currently stare upward towards … Continue reading

Bullard’s Resurgence Can Lift Hull City

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Things are very rarely simple at the K.C. Stadium, not while Phil Brown is there. Back in January, he raised eyebrows when he paid £5 million for the effervescent Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard. Not that there is any doubting the … Continue reading

Panic Over Cudicini Motorbike Crash

Posted on by Paul Bestall

It seems that the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper, Carlo Cudicini, has been involved in a serious crash this morning after hitting a car whilst riding his BMW motorbike. It’s been confirmed that Cudicini has fractured both wrists and sustained serious pelvic … Continue reading

Premier League Say No Again To The Old Firm

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Like leaves fall from the trees in Autumn, it seems every year some chairman in the Premier League wants to try and get the Old Firm into it. This time Phil Gartside, the Bolton Chairman once again tried to get … Continue reading

The Cold War For Arsenal Continues

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Stan Kroenke has purchased even more shares in Arsenal today taking his holding to 29.9% of the club. With only another 0.09% required to reach the threshold to make an offer for the rest of the clubs shares, Kroenke has … Continue reading

Benitez Cannot Buckle Under Pressure

Posted on by Paul Bestall

“It is difficult for us to qualify, but not impossible,We have to win our game and see what happens with Fiorentina and Lyon. Then we will approach the last game.” Benitez has certainly fought his corner today after the galling … Continue reading

EPL Talk Meets Henry Winter

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Henry Winter is one of Britain’s most respected football journalists and currently works for the Daily Telegraph. His career started at the Independent and he moved to The Telegraph in 1994. A familiar face on Sky’s Sunday Supplement, Henry was … Continue reading

What A Difference A Year Makes At White Hart Lane

Posted on by Paul Bestall

With the season starting slightly earlier this year due to the World Cup, most teams in the Premiership have played 8 league games already. Last season, the 8th round of matches was played two weeks later, on the weekend of … Continue reading

The Changing Face Of Premiership Grounds: #1 Old Trafford

Posted on by Paul Bestall

It seems incredible now when we view some of the impressive grounds that make up the home stadia of the Premiership clubs that in just 17 years how many of them have changed beyond all recognition from those far away … Continue reading

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back For Owen

Posted on by Paul Bestall

So, the last two days Michael Owen was all over the British press making bold statements about his fitness, his England chances and the possibility of starting more games for Manchester United. 20 minutes in to the clash against Wolfsburg, … Continue reading

Legends Of English Football: #11 Johnny Haynes

Posted on by Paul Bestall

I think it’s apt to finish this series with perhaps the player who is often held up as the reason that allowed footballers to earn the wages that they do in this day and age. Yet, to simply think of … Continue reading