We’ve reached that time of the season again. Silly season. November and December see clubs panicking and sacking managers everywhere as their seasons don’t pan out quite how they had hoped. But what is perhaps most fascinating about the managerial merry-go-round at this time of the season is just how far clubs will reject the high-minded ideals they prepared for in the summer, in order to stay in the land of milk and honey. Continue reading The Antidote to Ambition
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
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.
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
Barney The Red
Many great footballers have graced the turf at Anfield, players such as Billy Liddell, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness and Steven Gerrard just to name a select few.
Fans not only warm to great footballers but a person who has touched them for whatever reason, the personality of the individual, or a player who reminds them of themselves or a local lad, one of their own, are a few examples of this. For me, my hero growing up as a massive Liverpool fan was Alan Kennedy or as he is still fondly known as, “Barney”. Continue reading Cult Heroes: Alan Kennedy
In amongst the renowned, rolling hills of the Cotswolds, Nailsworth is a picturesque little chocolate-box kind of town. The kind of place that feels as though it has been nestled into the valleys, hiding from history, unchanged and untouched for centuries. Look closely, however, and there is some encroachment from the modern world. A Tesco sits in the middle of town, the memorial clock tower is a stone’s throw from a plastic factory, and now, in Forest Green Rovers, they have a team in the Football League. Continue reading Vegan Dreams: Forest Green Rovers, The Little Club on the Hill
Last Thursday the long awaited defamation case, Oystons v Jeremy Smith – was scheduled to take place in Liverpool. Jeremy Smith is a life long Blackpool fan who was seen at a protest in October 2014 holding up the front page of the local newspaper. The headline article was an interview with owner Owen Oyston where he was reacting to claims that he and his family had misappropriated football club monies and was entitled “We are not thieves” The paper which Jeremy was holding up had the word “not” redacted. This was picked up on Sky tv and the Oystons decided to take legal action against him for defamation.
“Yep, quiet, just the usual, you know. You?”
“Yes, thanks for asking. Just the usual, you know, put a North Korean flag in my bra and foam pigs in my pants, went on a march, sang some songs, went inside The Valley, waved the flag, sang more songs, chucked the pigs on the pitch. Oh and Charlton won for the first time since August, which was nice…anyway tea?”
As we follow up our Crisis of Ownership series, we see the meeting of two sets of discontented fans, as former Premier League stalwarts Charlton Athletic and Coventry City met in the lowly depths of League One. Charlton, failing to ignite passions in their search for an immediate return to the second tier, Coventry in danger of slipping into the bottom division, it was only natural that they would jointly protest against their owners together. We sent Liam Desai to report on the protest against the men making a pig’s ear of running their football clubs.