England Should Beware Slow Start (and Germany) in Rustenberg
England Should Beware Slow Start (and Germany) in Rustenberg

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 shows that since 1986 The Three Lions have only won […]

Who is Your Premier League Cult Hero?
Who is Your Premier League Cult Hero?

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 the highest regard by the fans. Sometimes there is a […]

Everton’s Painful Wait
Everton’s Painful Wait

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 moment. What makes it more galling for Blues fans is […]

Xavi Invites Fabregas To The Nou Camp Party
Xavi Invites Fabregas To The Nou Camp Party

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 Barcelona in 2003 aged just 16 and with the Gunners […]

Is Louis Sahas’ Rehabilitation Finally Complete?
Is Louis Sahas’ Rehabilitation Finally Complete?

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 a dour and bedraggled Blackburn Rovers side. Though the match […]

Big Week For Both Halves Of Madrid
Big Week For Both Halves Of Madrid

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 the La Liga table with 11 goals and 9 points […]

Barca and Bobby
Barca and Bobby

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 manager as well as his gentle and welcoming manner, meant […]

Is Mikel Arteta good enough for Spain?
Is Mikel Arteta good enough for Spain?

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 local press in Liverpool that he had been told he […]

The EPL Match Day Experience Part 1 – Home Sweet Home
The EPL Match Day Experience Part 1 – Home Sweet Home

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 the world in pubs, clubs and front rooms. Whether it […]

Blackburn v Burnley – Friends reunited?
Blackburn v Burnley – Friends reunited?

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 images of men in cloth caps and the bustling noise […]

The Best EPL Strike Partnerships
The Best EPL Strike Partnerships

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 a side’s success and if they develop a mutual understanding […]

Are Madrid now the Real deal?
Are Madrid now the Real deal?

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 lavish promises of a return to an era when the […]

Michael Owen to Man United – Gamble or not?
Michael Owen to Man United – Gamble or not?

£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 free transfer. Michael Owen, labelled a fallen idol, a faded […]

Ray Wilkins takes swipe at La Liga?
Ray Wilkins takes swipe at La Liga?

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 chiselled out a successful career as a coach at Chelsea. […]

Valencia on the brink?
Valencia on the brink?

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 the thick storm clouds already lurking above Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium. […]

Congratulations David Moyes
Congratulations David Moyes

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 Manager Of The Year Award. It is the first time […]

Congratulations Barca
Congratulations Barca

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 have dominated the Primera Division this year and are worthy […]

Is Drinking A Problem In The EPL?
Is Drinking A Problem In The EPL?

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 game, let alone the far reaching impact such problems can […]