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Advertising boards: an accident waiting to happen?

This could be my most outspoken idea yet, but isn’t it time we got rid of advertising boards?

I don’t mean ‘get rid of’ in the sense that no advertising should take place, but in a modern age where those crazy optical illusion things can be easily painted on touchlines, why not make them the norm instead of a novelty? I haven’t just run out of things to write about, nor am I trying to be awkward, and if you’re about to warn me against fixing things that aren’t broken then you’ve obviously never heard the story of Hrvoje Custic… (more…)


Liverpool – what’s going on?

When Liverpool sacked club legend Kenny Dalglish and replaced him with Brendan Rodgers, many had high hopes for the Merseyside club.

However, since then, success has been few and far between with Liverpool sitting in a 10th position full of mediocrity and averageness. One of the most inconsistent teams in the league have been loitering around mid-table all season. So what is going on? (more…)

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Sweden’s players with potential: Alex Kacaniklic

We could sit here all day discussing the best up and coming talents in the world and in truth there are plenty out there.

But there is something special about the Swedish prodigies. These are players that have already experienced first team duties with their clubs’ and they appear to be ready to make the step up at international level too. (more…)


John Rudge: 30 year period in Potteries football comes to an end

Before being hired by Stoke City, John Rudge was one of the most successful managers in the history of local rivals Port Vale.

In a 16 year period with the club, Rudge had transformed Vale from a fourth tier club, into a side pushing to get promotion into the first tier. (more…)


Coming soon: A big screen near you

Mid-table League Two outfit Torquay United will unveil Plainmoor’s new “big screen” this weekend in the Devon derby clash with Exeter City

.. and its success could influence the future monetisation of England’s lower leagues. (more…)


What if..?

Sometimes particular things happen in football that can change history; those moments that define a career, or the destiny of a club.

‘What if he hadn’t missed that penalty?’ or ‘what if he’d signed for us instead’. As many dreamers will believe, everything happens for a reason. But you can’t help but sometimes wonder what may or may not have happened had events transpired slightly differently. (more…)


High-flying Bluebirds look to avoid repeat of recent Posh slip-ups

As they prepare to host the Championship’s bottom side Peterborough United in front of a sell-out home crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday ..

Cardiff will be well aware of freak results against the Posh at this time of the year which have all too often put the brakes on their impressive early-season form. (more…)


Aidy Boothroyd will hope to build on first year in charge at Sixfields

Aidy Boothroyd finest achievement prior to taking over at Sixfields was undoubtedly guiding Watford to the Premier League in May 2006.

A job that must have seemed a million miles away from helping a struggling Northampton Town side fight to preserve their Football League status. (more…)


Alternative top 10 worst Premier League signings .. ever

Swansea City’s Michu has recently scored a late double versus Arsenal during the Swans victory at the Emirates Stadium.

He then quickly followed it up with another brace during last weekends home defeat against Norwich City at the Liberty Stadium. (more…)


Coventry City: A date with destiny for the Sky Blues

Boxing Day is a time of recovering from excess, in fighting with people you thought you trusted and returning presents due to bad planning.

None of which will be lost on fans of Coventry City, the day after Christmas. For that red letter landmark on the calendar is now one of the most important in Sky Blue history. December 26th is the deadline for the club to pay over one million pounds owed in rent on the Ricoh Arena ground or face a winding up order. (more…)


Cardiff City: Mid-season assessment of the Bluebirds

Twenty one games in, forty-four points amassed, and top of the Championship.

The Malaysian owners’ insistence that red was a lucky colour is gaining credibility by the week. (more…)


How River Plate missed out on Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi. The greatest player of all time?

Let’s leave that argument for another day. Instead, let me tell you the story of how some childish schoolboy behaviour stopped him from signing for Argentine giants River Plate. (more…)


When Saturday Comes .. Wigan Athletic vs QPR

Several ideas for my latest QPR blog came to mind; a piece about our impending relegation, or how not to be the next Portsmouth.

However, what is obvious is that right now Queens Park Rangers need a win, so let’s focus on our next game against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. (more…)


Is Rafa Benitez really to blame?

Chelsea have had 9 managers in the past 9 years under Roman Abramovich.

In that time Chelsea have won 3 Premier League Titles, 4 FA Cups, 2 League Cups and an historic Champions League last season but Roman Abramovich is still not satisfied. These are the facts, the last one is the most curious and unbelievable. (more…)


Regressing to the mean – a look at League Two goal-scorers

Charlie Austin is scoring for fun for Burnley in the Championship (15 goals in 17 games*) whilst Tom Pope is doing slightly better for Port Vale in League Two (16 goals in 17 games*).

The questions to consider: are they outperforming historic league scoring averages (or means), and can their level of performance be maintained for the rest of the season? (more…)