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Tag Archives: club

Is Extreme Partisanship Bad For Football?

Posted on by Matt Duncan

The partisan nature of football is one of the greatest things about the sport. It gives us the chance to get behind one team, to share banter with opposing fans and feel that ecstatic high when our team wins. But … Continue reading

Being A Football Fan Can Be A Fickle Old Folly

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

In Europe, following a football team can be a lot like gaining another sibling. You even see in places like Argentina, where money is scarce, people will come out to see their team and live every moment of their season … Continue reading

Breaking News: Gold And Sullivan Reveal West Ham's True Debt

Posted on by Paul Bestall

In a refreshing change of events, former Birmingham City owners, David Gold and David Sullivan took control of the Hammers and admitted straightaway the mess that West Ham United have been battling with. Since the crashing collapse of the Icelandic … Continue reading

Hicks And Gillett Regime Continues To Alienate Liverpool Fans

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Imagine that you, as a fan, decided to drop your club an e-mail asking about potential signings. You wrote the e-mail in good faith and asked questions about the amount of money the manager had, would it be bolstered by … Continue reading

The Damned (Scunny) United: Clough On Watch, But Why?

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

In a weekend hit by weather misery here in the UK thanks to the government’s clear lack of contingency, Derby did manage to get their game against Scunthorpe United kicked off but in hindsight would rather they’d followed the lead of … Continue reading

Will Owen Coyle Take Over At Bolton Wanderers?

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Well it certainly sounds like Owen Coyle will be moving the 25 or so miles to Bolton Wanderers to replace the sacked Gary Megson. After being given permission to talk to the Trotters, Coyle looks set to  become the manager … Continue reading

Breaking News: Portsmouth Face Winding Up Order

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Is there a worse chairman in the history of the Premiership than Sulaiman Al-Fahim? I’m struggling to think of anyone who has misled, misinformed and treated the supporters of a club so clearly as Al-Fahim has in his 8 month … Continue reading

The Premiership Team Of The Decade

Posted on by Paul Bestall

This decade has seen the Premiership continue to grow and attract some of the worlds greatest players throughout the last ten years. By continuing to attract some of the biggest stars in the world, only La Liga can truly consider … Continue reading

The Championship: Halfway There

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

Unless your team was unfortunate enough to be struck by bad weather (particularly Barnsley), you may realise we are now at the halfway point of the Championship season. 23 games gone and all of sudden ambitions become a bit clearer … Continue reading

Newcastle V Middlesbrough Preview: The Biggest North East Derby Of The Season

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

Apologies for a lack of updates lately, with the amount of work I’ve been doing lately my life mirrors the ‘congested holiday fixture list’! Unfortunately this weekend we have once again discovered that the UK is the only country more … Continue reading

US vs England – A Soccernomics Analysis

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski titled the American version of their new book Soccernomics (review is here), but their title for the release in the UK is Why England Lose.  In the book, Kuper and Syzmanski identified the US as a … Continue reading

West Auckland F.C., The First World Champions!

Posted on by Paul Bestall

As it’s World Cup draw week, I thought I’d share one of my favourite football stories with you, about the first ever World Cup, though it was only for domestic sides at the time.I heard this story for the first … Continue reading

Darren Ferguson sacked by Peterborough?

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

Even though Peterborough are currently remaining silent on reports while I write this, the man who lead the Posh from the bottom division of the football league to the Championship has apparently been relieved of his duties. Chairman Darragh MacAnthony … Continue reading

Roy Keane’s team record overdue victory: how important has Reading V Ipswich become?

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

Anybody could tell you that Ipswich Town’s 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Derby on Saturday was a vital result. Defeat or another draw from the team and the alarm bells may of been ringing frantically at Portman Road, but 15 … Continue reading

A rebuke of Stan Collymore’s idea to scrap promotion and relegation

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

Unless you only prefer to read the opinions of actual celebrated and well-recognised figures in football, you’ve probably come across Stan Collymore’s ludacris proposal to “make the Premiership better”. If you can’t be bothered to read through it (and I … Continue reading

The Inevitable Axe Of Gareth Southgate Confirmed: What Now For Middlesbrough F.C?

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

After winning 2-0 on Tuesday night, Gareth Southgate was relieved of his duties as manager hours after the game. Despite being quite a popular player for the club, Southgate could never quite get the same level of support in his … Continue reading

Can Diamanti Emulate Di Canio?

Posted on by David Schiavone

Can West Ham United’s new Italian talent have the same impact on the Hammers as club legend Paolo Di Canio did between 1999 and 2003? Gianfranco Zola signed Alessandro Diamanti for a fee of around £6 million in the summer. … Continue reading