Road to Wembley 17/18: 1st Qualifying Round

We are through the preliminary rounds, and now we get into the proper qualifying rounds. Alright, so it’s not that straightforward a way to number the rounds, but it works, and our FA Cup Reporters continue their individual Roads to Wembley. This time, we have fewer games, but goals galore! Continue reading Road to Wembley 17/18: 1st Qualifying Round

Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: September ’89

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

Weekend Preview 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.

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