Superstition is a funny thing. I’m not usually prone to such dalliances myself. Neuroses yes; It’s only after a couple of decades of life experience and good advice that I’m able to develop a sore sternum without anticipating an impending massive heart attack. But superstition, not so much. To me, Friday the 13th is just […]Read more "The Unlaudables: Worst Unbeaten Streak Ever"
We football fans love our records and landmarks. As Jamie Vardy netted for the eleventh game in a row last season, breaking the corresponding record, even though the goal came against my own Manchester United, a part of me couldn’t help but feel happy for the guy. His was an unusual path to football stardom. […]Read more "The Premier League “Records” Fallacy"
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"
Domestic Cups. So long held up as a source of fairy-tale victories and Cinderella runs, they are the oldest and most storied competitions in all of football. For many years, I saw the FA Cup Final as the grandest occasion that domestic club football had to offer. My second name was taken from a scorer […]Read more "Shut the FA Cup: Domestic Cup Competitions"
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"
“NO!” I exclaimed. ‘Big Ron’ Atkinson had been fired. My Football League Panini Sticker Album was now out of date. I was ten years old and for the majority of my life, Man United’s manager had been Atkinson. He’d won us FA Cups. I guess my young mind was just used to him being the […]Read more "On the Third Day of Christmas: Three Decades of Fergie"
“Number Ones”. Goalkeepers, if you will. Often seen as the loon-ball clown-princes of soccer. When they do what they do well, they’re heroes. Unlike forwards who can erase a succession of gaffes with a goal, one mistake and they’re in trouble. What follows are some brief thoughts and memories on goalies and a selection of […]Read more "On the First Day of Christmas: A List of Number Ones"