Author Archives: Tom Mallows

England Should Beware Slow Start (and Germany) in Rustenberg

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Whether it is the fear of losing, lack of fitness or early tournament nerves England have consistently struggled to grab all three points in their recent opening matches at International tournaments. In fact, a quick look at the history books … Continue reading

Who is Your Premier League Cult Hero?

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The cult hero, every club has them. They are not always the best player to turn out for your team, indeed sometimes they can be among the worst. But they had that little something that meant they were held in … Continue reading

Everton’s Painful Wait

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To say it was a week to forget for Evertonian’s is an understatement. Three games, three defeats, 10 goals conceded and a casualty list befitting a small battlefield, it is no wonder Toffees fans are wearing concerned expressions at the … Continue reading

Xavi Invites Fabregas To The Nou Camp Party

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The Fabregas to Barcelona rumours have been circulating for some time now and they appear to be showing no signs of going away after Xavi claimed that the Arsenal player has “Barca DNA”. Fabregas joined Arsenal from La Liga club … Continue reading

Is Louis Sahas’ Rehabilitation Finally Complete?

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While much of the country (and indeed the footballing world) was engrossed in the fascinating Manchester derby last weekend I had the good fortune to be at Goodison Park to watch David Moyes’ Everton continue their upturn in form against … Continue reading

Big Week For Both Halves Of Madrid

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To say it’s been a contrasting start to the season for the two major teams in Madrid would be a massive understatement. On one side, Real are already starting to look like the real deal and currently sit top of … Continue reading

Barca and Bobby

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It is testament to his achievements in his career that sadness at the death of Bobby Robson will reach far beyond the boundaries of his beloved North-East or even the shores of Great Britain. Robson’s skills as a player and … Continue reading

Is Mikel Arteta good enough for Spain?

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Injuries never come at a good time for a footballer, but Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta has revealed the serious knee injury he suffered last February came at the worst possible time. The former Rangers and Real Sociedad man told the … Continue reading

The EPL Match Day Experience Part 1 – Home Sweet Home

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One of the amazing things about the Premier League today is thanks to advancements in technology and its rapid growth in worldwide popularity a match can be enjoyed not just by the 40,000+ people in the stadium, but millions across … Continue reading

Blackburn v Burnley – Friends reunited?

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Unless you are familiar with both towns it would be easy to confuse an image of  Burnley for its near neighbour Blackburn. Both share the marauding rows of tight Victorian terraced housing, offering a window to England’s past and evoking … Continue reading

The Best EPL Strike Partnerships

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Michael Owen’s shock transfer to Manchester United gives him the chance to be re-united with Wayne Rooney, a strike partnership that proved so fruitful with the England national side. A successful pairing up front is often at the heart of … Continue reading

Are Madrid now the Real deal?

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It has been the talk of the summer as the Galacticos 2.0 era burst into life and threatened to smash every transfer record in sight. We all expected some sort of fireworks when Florentino Perez returned to the Bernabeu with … Continue reading

Michael Owen to Man United – Gamble or not?

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£56 million here… £80 million there… this summer has been dominated by the outlandish spending of a select few, with transfer records tumbling at every turn. But one deal that will grab most of the headlines could well be a … Continue reading

Ray Wilkins takes swipe at La Liga?

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Ray Wilkins seems a nice sort of bloke. He had a hugely successful career for club and country, and had spells playing abroad in France and Italy, away from the hustle and bustle of the English Leagues. He has since … Continue reading

Valencia on the brink?

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A sixth place finish in La Liga and a place in next season’s Europa League may be satisfying on the face of things. But a limp end to the season, discontentment on the terraces, and growing financial problems only darkened … Continue reading

Congratulations David Moyes

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No no I am not jumping the gun about the result of FA Cup Final. But even if Everton lose on Saturday David Moyes can have the consolation of collecting  a personal piece of silverware this season – The LMA … Continue reading

Congratulations Barca

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It may have been coming for a while but you have to pay tribute to Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona for their achievements so far in a season that could still get even better. Champions and Copa Del Rey winners, his side … Continue reading

Is Drinking A Problem In The EPL?

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It is one of the more unsavoury sides of English football. The tabloid headlines and pictures outlying in detail the drunken antics of professional footballers. Court appearances, suspensions, rehab visits, it isn’t what a manager needs when planning a big … Continue reading