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Football – The (not so) beautiful game

For those, like myself, who have grown up accustom to the concept of football and finance going hand-in-hand.

You may have somebody in your life that resembles my father. (more…)


FA Cup winner should play fourth placed team for Champions League

The ‘Emirates’ FA Cup is not taken seriously by the bigger teams.

Elite European football and domestic prize money are prioritised. (more…)


History suggests Aston Villa will struggle to recover from relegation

The inevitable happened at Aston Villa over the last international break.

As the hapless Remi Garde – the latest of a succession of managers to preside over the years – left the Premier League’s rock-bottom club by mutual consent. (more…)


Aston Villa are an embarrassment and are in need of a massive clearout

Aston Villa. They are a traditional big English club, they have an honours list which competes with the biggest clubs in England.

They have a stadium which is steeped in history and a fan base which sells out almost everywhere they go on the road. (more…)


Tim Sherwood needs a big win to revitalise Aston Villa

With faith in Tim Sherwood rapidly decreasing, the London-born gaffer needs a big win to get the Villa fans revitalised.

Some fans became sceptical of Sherwood’s ability after the dismal end to last season, following Villa’s confirmed safety in the Premier League. (more…)


Aston Villa – Tim Sherwood era promises excitement at the very least

As Bournemouth took to the field for their first ever match in the English Premier League…

There was a strange sense of familiarity even in the midst of a foreign environment. (more…)


Leicester City are doomed to relegation but will bounce back

Life back in the Premier League wasn’t ever going to be easy for Leicester City.

England’s top-flight has changed a lot since 2004, the last time the Foxes competed at this level. (more…)


Away days, back in the day

When you begin a lifelong love affair with a football club,

It usually begins with attending home games at an early age. (more…)


Who is to blame for Spurs’ stuttering start?

On the back of their recent home reverse to Stoke City..

Neutral observers would perhaps think that Tottenham Hotspur had just suffered a bad day at the office. (more…)


Erm… What’s happening at Aston Villa?

They might have slipped under the radar somewhat this summer.

But Aston Villa have been one of the most active teams so far, strengthening both their playing staff (strength in numbers, if nothing else) and coaching staff with Roy Keane installed as assistant. (more…)


Norwich City: Keep the faith!

After suffering a 4-1 defeat to relegation rivals Aston Villa..

Norwich City chief executive David McNally, might well have felt this was his club’s “canary in a coal mine” moment. (more…)


Fade and dying

I woke up today with the reminder of why I supported West Ham.

It was 14th April 1991, I was eight sitting on a coach with my dad and brother heading to Villa Park, Birmingham. (more…)


Premier League half-term report card – Bottom 10 teams

With 20 games played, the half-way point in the Premier League season has passed.

Matt Boosey grades and analyses each of the bottom 10 teams’ performances in the first half of the campaign. (more…)


The magic of the FA Cup

It’s that time of year again where as fans we either sit wiping our brow in relief, gesticulate furiously at anyone who will allow or wildly party as if it were 1999.

That’s right, FA Cup 3rd round weekend. (more…)


The Safe Standing debate

Mark Cruise closely examines whether the Safe Standing campaign can really bring terraces back to the English game.

Speaking to Safe Standing Roadshow operator Jon Darch, he asks, are Rail Seats the long-term solution? (more…)