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Matt Jansen Attempts A Last Hurrah

Football is littered with players whose careers have been curtailed before their time, sometimes through off field excesses, sometimes by the wear and tear of top level football, but Matt Jansen is certainly one of those players who certainly had more than a bit of bad luck push him to the periphery […]

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Bolton Giving Away Free Beer To Lure Fans

Bolton against Blackburn isn’t one of the biggest derbies in the Premier League season, but Saturday’s battle between the two Lancashire sides — separated by 17 miles — will be watched by the biggest home crowd of the season including 1,000 fans supplied with free beer in the new Fanzone […]

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Poll: Did Vidic Foul Blackburn Goalkeeper Jason Brown?

It was the big talking point from this weekend’s game at Ewood Park. Should Manchester United’s first goal been disallowed because Vidic backed in to Blackburn goalkeeper Jason Brown and elbowed him in the face, or – as the commentators mentioned – it was Brown’s mistake for not asserting himself […]

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Warning: Sun Outages May Ruin Your Premier League Football

Watching today’s Blackburn against Manchester United match on television, I couldn’t help but notice that Fox Soccer Channel ran a message across the bottom of the screen apologizing in advance for any satellite transmission difficulties due to solar outages. Solar outages? “What the heck is that,” I thought. My first […]

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Premier League Gameweek Three (Your Running Commentary)

Some of the biggest storylines from the opening two weeks of the new Premier League season have been the surprising displays by Hull, Stoke, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. All four teams are playing today in matches that will show whether their results from the first two weeks were a flash in […]

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Premier League Wants To Be The NFL

You may have missed an article by Oliver Kay in The Times this past weekend that featured a very revealing interview with Manchester City executive chairman Garry Cook regarding the future of the Premier League. The headline perfectly sums up Kay’s article: “Vision Of A Breakaway League With No Relegation.” […]

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Premier League: Gameweek Two (Your Running Commentary)

Gameweek two of the Premier League features several intriguing match-ups. Liverpool faces their bogey team Middlesbrough. Tottenham is looking for their first points of the season at home against Sunderland, which is quickly being transformed into a contender. Everton faces more doom and gloom if they lose at the Hawthorns […]

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Hope Springs Eternal For Big Four Gatecrashers

The first weekend of the Premier League is over, and what an entertaining weekend it was. Thirty two goals and an average of 3.2 goals per match, and a few surprise results. Who said the Premier League was boring?! Here are some of the highs and lows from this past […]

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Premier League Predictions: Gameweek One

It’s amazing how things can sometime go full circle. It feels weird blogging back here again, but it’s safe to say I’m back. For those who don’t know me, I’m Johnathan Starling. Started out blogging on the old Community and it’s even safer to say plenty has changed here since […]

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Hodgson Looks To Build On The Great Escape

Roy Hodgson is one of the great unsung English managers of the last 30 years and I’m a big fan of England’s most underrated manager. A polite, erudite professor of the game and an intelligent, well spoken man, he’s simply never received the recognition his career and achievements deserve in England due to the majority […]

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2008/2009 Premier League Table Predictions

Here are my predictions of how I think the Premier League will finish at the end of the 2008/2009 season. Manchester United will continue to excel, while I believe Spurs have the talent and determination to break into the top four knocking Liverpool into fifth place. Liverpool has done well […]

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