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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…)

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Tottenham Hotspur mid-season review

New Year’s Day 2015 saw the Premier League pass its halfway mark.

A time where clubs assess how they have progressed to date, and where they can improve between now and May. (more…)

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England: Will football ever come home?

England have reasons to be optimistic.

Optimism, a word that has been the catalyst to many an Englishman’s international competition campaign for the last 48 years. (more…)

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Tactical preview – England vs Slovenia

After a shambles of a World Cup.

Things appear to be heading in the right direction for Roy Hodgson’s England. (more…)

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The Reading way

One of English football’s most sustainable and successful academy models,

Reading Football Club have now successfully graduated 33 players to the first team. (more…)

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An interesting summer ahead at Derby County

The events of Wembley at the weekend are still sore.

But I’m sure all Rams fans will agree that we can be optimistic about the coming season. (more…)

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One day in May – Sky Blue glory of ’87

Even walking through Coventry towards the train station on Cup Final morning brought a tear to the eye.

It seemed every house, every car, was displaying Sky Blue. (more…)

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Hull City: From Boothferry to Wembley

To be honest the last month of the season has been an anti-climax for Hull City.

Since beating Swansea at home at the start of April, a result that meant City had 36 points, the supporters and evidently the players, have willed the Premier League to come to an end to enable us to concentrate on the club’s first ever FA Cup final. (more…)

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Proud to call Jobi McAnuff the Reading captain

The headlines this weekend will be dominated by Wayne Rooney’s wonder goal, Liverpool’s SAS inspired title challenge and Arsene Wenger’s nightmare 1000 game milestone at Stamford Bridge.

However in the Championship Reading continued their push for an immediate return to the Premier League. (more…)

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Arsene Wenger must win FA Cup or risk losing his job

After a commendable 1-1 draw against one of world football’s powerhouses in Bayern Munich..

Arsene Wenger’s side can return to London buoyed with hope that 2014 could be the year they break their trophy drought. (more…)

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League Cup final preview – Manchester City vs Sunderland

The League Cup, the other cup, the Mickey Mouse Cup.

For those associated with teams that have been eliminated, English football’s second domestic knockout competition has long been treated as a farce. (more…)

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Gus Poyet has revived a stuttering Sunderland outfit

Darren Ash gives Sunderland Football Club due praise after dragging themselves out of the relegation zone and securing a place in the League Cup final.

A week on from Sunderland’s dramatic League Cup semi-final win over Manchester United, the hype on Wearside is alive and kicking. (more…)

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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…)

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The problem with England

England, England, England, or actually should that be Inger-land, Inger-land, Inger-land?

Either way, we are once again left shaking our heads as fortress Wembley once more crumbled like a sand castle facing the foot of the beach bully trying to woo the bikini clad babe. (more…)

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New blog, new season, same expectations

After the heartache of Wembley last season, Wrexham are again one of the favourites to get promotion from the Conference this season.

The difference this season being relying on youth and raw potential not experience. (more…)

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