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Author Archives: Rob McCluskey

The Lonesome Death of Joey Barton’s Career

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

Joey Barton is a controversial man. Whether it is the past he is so desperate to get away from or his obvious attempts to speak out on issues in order to be the centre of attention, he has constantly been … Continue reading

Match-Fixing in Football: How Much Goes On That We Don’t Know About?

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

“Money doesn’t talk, it swears” – Bob Dylan The Italian Serie A started the season with newly promoted Atalanta at the foot of the table, after the club faced a points deduction due to match-fixing in Italian Serie B. I … Continue reading

Emmanuel Eboue and the Racism Debate Being Wrongly Used to Sell Papers

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

Yesterday afternoon, before I set off for work, I saw Emmanuel Eboue trending on Twitter, so I just had to click. I’ve always had a soft spot for Eboue, whether it’s because of his bizarre warm ups or when he … Continue reading

Euro 2012: Italian Renaissance or Rebuilding Job?

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Italy have had a solid qualifying campaign for Euro 2012, which has seen the side go unbeaten and concede a mere two goals. The side has also looked impressive in some recent friendlies, beating World Champions Spain 2-1 back in … Continue reading

Honoring the Two Year Anniversary of Sir Bobby Robson’s Death: #IAmColin

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

Today marks the two year anniversary since the death of the great Sir Bobby Robson; a man who got a fantastic send off from the world of football that was fully deserved. I can still remember the day I woke … Continue reading

Farewell to My Beloved Newcastle United Squad

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Thursday saw the sale of Newcastle United captain, top goal scorer and fan favourite Kevin Nolan to West Ham United, a move that left the Toon Army shocked and hurt once again. Although Kevin Nolan wasn’t a spectacular footballer, he … Continue reading

Why Newcastle Fans Shouldn’t Be Worried About Joey Barton Not Signing New Contract

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Sky Sports recently broke news that Joey Barton’s contract offer at Newcastle had been withdrawn by the club and suggested that he would leave the club once his deal expires. The source in question is Barton’s agent, the notorious Willie … Continue reading

The English FA: Corrupt and Pathetic

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Everyone has had their own personal go at FIFA over the past few months, with most of the English nation angry that they didn’t get the World Cup (and were humiliated in the process), but the spotlight rarely falls on … Continue reading

No Doom And Gloom For The Toon – Perspective

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Monday was a bad day for the Geordies, it was like finding out the girl you’re deeply in love with has ran away into the arms of another man and never truly loved you anyway. It would be impossible to … Continue reading

What The North East Has Given To Football

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This weekend will see the Wear-Tyne derby as Sunderland and Newcastle look to grab local bragging rights once again. The last derby game, at St. James’ Park, ended up with Sunderland on the end of a 5-1 drubbing and although … Continue reading

The Tyne-Wear Derby: Preview And Why It Is So Big This Year

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Newcastle and Sunderland…where to begin? They may not be the most recognisable teams in the world and I’m pretty sure there are a lot of people in the world that have never even heard of these two places. They sound … Continue reading

Gordon Strachan Resigns As Middlesbrough Manager – What Does The Future Hold?

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Middlesbrough FC have today announced that manager Gordon Strachan has parted company with the club, a mere 12 months after initially taking the position. A 2-1 defeat at the weekend to new boys Leeds United in front of a sparse … Continue reading

Great Football Debate: #3 “One League To Rule Them All”

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It’s an international break! League One and League Two are still scheduled this week, but England’s second tier has the weekend off and we have to wait for the debut of Sven (*sigh*) Goran-Eriksson, who on the plus side will … Continue reading

Paulo Sousa Sacked By Leicester City — The Right Move?

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Three months and nine league games was all that Portuguese tactician Paulo Sosa lasted in the Foxes hot seat, as the club have announced that they are dispensing of his services as of today. This news is quite bizarre considering … Continue reading

Is Relegation A Certainty For Pompey This Year?

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A massive apology for a lack of articles lately, I have recently started a master’s degree at University and I have also fractured my ankle (playing 5-a-side) as well as a number of other things that have been happening. But, … Continue reading

A Lively Start To Championship Life For Leeds United – But A Hard Month Ahead

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Before I start I would like to give my condolences to the family of Eric Altshule, as the EPL talk writer sadly passed away recently. I often read Eric’s work and even if you didn’t agree with his side of … Continue reading

Great Football Debate: #2 “Republic Of The Fans”

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Oh god. This is a bit of a pet peeve for me, it’s not really a heated debate as such but it’s something that grinds on me and when you realise what I’m talking about, it’ll probably grind on you … Continue reading

Npower Championship Transfer Round Up: Winners And Losers

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Well now that Sky Sports is calming down a bit from its day of “twist and turns” (sure), the transfer deadline is upon us and teams can no longer make any more permanent signings. The football league sides can still … Continue reading