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Development in football and the rocky road of chance

Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of the NFL Films series “America’s Game”.  Each episode documents a SuperBowl-winning team’s season and, without ever getting particularly deep, its beautifully scored soundtracks…


An outsider at White Hart Lane

I’ve been on a long hiatus from live football.  A change of city and reshuffling of priorities has meant that season tickets and regular matches are now a thing of the…


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Dimitri Payet and the price of admission

Every post-game report from Upton Park last night heavily features Dimitri Payet.  His two-goal contribution and overall performance put him front and centre of West Ham’s win and, really, of…


The TV scheduling lesson that will never be learned

Leicester City’s win over Aston Villa on Sunday was comfortably the game of the Premier League weekend.  It was rough around the edges and it featured some truly appalling defending,…


Premier League: September update

We are still within the embryonic stages of the new Premier League season but the table tells a trending tale ahead of the break for Euro 2016 qualifiers. It is no…


Using Jonjo Shelvey to whip Brendan Rodgers & Liverpool is overly simplistic

Revisionism, revisionism… Jonjo Shelvey returned to the England team over the weekend, doubling his cap-tally three years after his one and only appearance for the national side. It was a…


Creating the perfect last-minute goal

There’s nothing like a last-minute goal. In this age of ubiquitous sports betting opportunity, the drama of an injury-time goal no longer solely effects supporters.  Now, regardless of who’s playing…


Actually, International breaks aren’t so bad

International breaks are feared. Not without cause, either.  The modern fan is so spoilt by European club football that it’s only natural that they should sulk whenever their domestic fixture lists are…


David De Gea’s aborted transfer is English football’s gain

The acrimony between Manchester United and Real Madrid shows no sign of ebbing away just yet and, with the international break creating a news vacuum, the David De Gea story threatens to run through…


Tottenham & the illusion of transfer-window failure

Tottenham’s post-window clarification statement will not, you suspect, be quite the cooling breeze that Daniel Levy wants it to be. The Summer transfer period ended just over twenty-four hours ago…


We don’t hate deadline day, we hate what it represents

I don’t actually hate deadline day.  I should, I know, and there are many aspects of it which make me shake my head silently, but I think what I dislike…


Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Aston Villa?

Hugh Plummer on the potential evolution at Villa Park: You would imagine that three consecutive relegation battles would be more than enough for any football fan to experience, but for…


Manchester United & an unhealthy odour

Depending on perspective, Louis Van Gaal is either a fascinating topic or an excruciatingly dull one. Manchester United are over-covered.  From van Gaal’s first days at Old Trafford, when even…