We reach the second set of ties in this season’s FA Cup, and our reporters have been roving around, taking in games and giving us their thoughts on the action. Seven ties for you this time, as the FA Cup starts to kick into gear. Continue reading Road to Wembley 17/18: Preliminary Round
Let’s not beat around the bush, August was tough. In modern football, I’d probably already be out on my ear, looking for a new job, and hated as part of the ‘Cockney Mafia’ in Newcastle. As it happens, probably only the last one is true at the moment. I should have taken the job at Leyton Orient. I know them. And they have no expectations. But here I am, more beloved Wearside than Tyneside, and it doesn’t get any easier. The international break won’t save me in the Second Division – seven games, five of the top eight. Including the top two. Great. Continue reading Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: September ’89
When former QPR and Millwall goalkeeper Tony Roberts was forced to retire from League football, due to a finger injury in 1998, he could never have envisaged that only 7 months later he would be back in the game and about to embark on the most successful period of his footballing career. Continue reading Cult Heroes: Tony Roberts
Here at Across the Park, we pride ourselves on bringing you some of the best football content on the web. But just occasionally someone beats us to the punch, or finds a more interesting story, or just does something a bit better than us. And we’re not bitter about that. In fact, here is the best of what we’ve been reading this week, so you can enjoy it too. Continue reading Best of the Rest 18/08/17
Well, last week saw the return of the Premier League, and it threw up some interesting results. The dissatisfaction at Chelsea is clearly greater than we all believed, while Liverpool’s defensive frailties continue apace. Arsenal squeezed through their game with Leicester, and a seemingly revitalised Jamie Vardy, and who could have seen Huddersfield’s demolition of Palace? This week sees the return of the Bundesliga, and we’ll be hoping for just as much excitement there.
As the FA Cup hurtles forward, there are a few ties to round off before the next round can begin. Our reporters have been out there once again soaking up the action. Continue reading Road to Wembley 17/18: Extra-Preliminary Round Replays
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It is August 1989. Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers are top of the charts with Swing the Mood. This is important. This is what I’ve let myself in for… Continue reading Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: August ’89
In the second of our Cult Heroes features, we take a trip to the North East, where James Cartwright tells us of his own legendary hero, current Middlesbrough star George Friend… Continue reading Cult Heroes: George Friend
The Premier League returns this weekend, after the frantic actions of last week’s Football League. After the ridiculous spending of the transfer window, it will be interesting to see how these new squads adapt to England, their teammates, and what must now be a huge amount of pressure. We’ll take a quick look across other leagues as well. Continue reading Weekend Preview
When people think of the Nazis and football, most would think of Escape to Victory, the film in which Bobby Moore, Michael Caine and Pele, Prisoners of War, play for the pride of the allies and draw, carried out of the stadium on the shoulders of the oppressed French citizens to a jingoistic, triumphant soundtrack. Fewer people know that it was inspired by a match in the Ukraine between the occupied and the occupiers. What Escape does not show is half the team being executed for defying their conquerors. That is the dark secret of the Death Match. At least, that’s what we’ve all been told. Continue reading The Death Match