And so, with England’s 2018 World Cup sadly at an end, I feel that now is an appropriate time to look back on this month of heady drama and unrivaled entertainment and take stock. What’s that? We have a third-place playoff on Saturday? Well, in the words of Sir William Shakespear: Bollocks to the third […]Read more "Gareth Sproutgate: England’s 2018 World Cup"
It goes without saying Leicester City FC’s 2016 Premier League title win was a story for the ages. Nobody remotely expected it. Not even the most die-hard “Foxes” fan was dreaming about it. Well perhaps they dreamt about it, but only in the way that a Metallica fan might dream of going back in time […]Read more "King Plonker: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Brings Footy’s Feel Good Story to a Messy End"
I could’ve gone with “Five Gold Rings” of course, given that LA Galaxy has that exact amount, but I already plan to write about my time as a Galaxy fan in another post. Eric Cantona. The King. L’enfant Terrible. If Alex Ferguson was the architect of Man United’s success in the Premier League era, Eric […]Read more "FIVE Cantonas!!!"
The back line. The rear-guard. The defence may not be the most glamourous place to play but when it comes to tactics and organization, there is no place on the field where teamwork is more vital. While it’s important to have some cohesion in midfield, or an understanding between forwards, nowhere else can one player […]Read more "On the Fourth Day of Christmas: Four Back Fours"
So it’s confirmed: Sam Allardyce has left Sunderland and has taken his place as the latest manager of the England team. His detractors – not to mention those of The Football Association – are underwhelmed. The general reaction seems to be that we’ve appointed a typical, mediocre English coach. My response is that Big Sam […]Read more "Big Sam: Better Than Advertised"
England are not going to be winning a major tournament anytime soon. This is not a commentary on the impending appointment of “Big Sam” Allardyce to the role of England Manager. As I opined in my breakdown of the prospective England candidates, if the preference was to bring in an Englishman or homegrown candidate, he was […]Read more "England: Onward & Mostly Sideways"
Tradition is often a wonderful thing. A happy routine that allows us to relive old memories, while simultaneously creating new ones. It’s a rich tapestry of shared experiences, stretching over lifetimes, generations, even eras. Occasionally however, it’s not so positive: and if there’s a collection of individuals that can turn gloriously ballsing-up into a tradition, […]Read more "The England Job: Race for the Poisoned Chalice"