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Capital One Cup: Swindon and Villa square up in 4th Round

This week we see the Capital One Cup return for the 4th Round ties, sixteen teams will all be striving to make the next round, but we know not every side will treat the competition with the same level of importance.

But thankfully tonight we know there will be at least one fixture where both teams will throw everything into making the Quarter-Finals. Both Swindon and Villa have fond memories of the League Cup going back over fifty years. (more…)


The Edgar Davids effect at Barnet

It has been almost three weeks since Edgar Davids joined Barnet as joint head-coach alongside Mark Robson, as well as resuming his playing career.

Many people thought this a publicity stunt. But that is nowhere near the truth. His arrival has seen a major upturn in fortunes at the club, and a real feel-good factor return to Underhill Stadium. (more…)


Is La Liga the best league in the world?

It’s an age-old argument: which is the best league in the world?

Everyone has an opinion; but will we ever get a final decision? I highly doubt it… but here’s my analysis of my favourite leagues, the Premier League and La Liga. (more…)


The first golden era at Manchester City

Manchester City is regarded as one of the biggest clubs nowadays, with an unbelievable financial backing and a squad that boasts some of the greatest players in the world.

Yet in fact the club’s original Golden Era was in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s — a pivotal period in the history of Manchester City Football Club. (more…)


Derby County: The Rams round-up

Derby County’s stand-out players this season are definitely Paul Coutts, Will Hughes, Jamie Ward, Richard Keogh and Craig Bryson.

Five players is quite a lot but I’m sure many would agree at how well they’ve done. (more…)


World Cup 2014 opportunity for Belgium’s golden generation?

They may be 30th in FIFA’s latest rankings, but I believe that over the next few years, Belgium have what it takes to be a team competing at the top.

They have some exceptional players in their squad, in all areas and positions. The depth in their squad is also very good and they have many young, talented players coming through their ranks. (more…)


Everton’s game is a joy to watch. The results ain’t bad, either

It’s very hard not to get carried away with Everton’s start this season. We have a reputation for not starting well and storming the second half of the season.

Not this time, we have gone on the B of the bang! (more…)


Interview with Nicky Summerbee, ex-Manchester City

Nicky Summerbee, the former Manchester City midfielder, also had spells with several other teams including Swindon Town, Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers and was capped for England at C and U-21 level.

Nicky spent three years at Maine Road, in a Blues side that also included the likes of Georgi Kinkladze, Uwe Rosler, Peter Beagrie and Paul Walsh amongst others. (more…)