Author: Ian

Europa League Matters: A Calm Rather Than The Storm? 2

Europa League Matters: A Calm Rather Than The Storm?

As the results began filtering through from the different corners of Europe as Europa League matches concluded, a feeling that this tournament means something, despite its marginalisation as UEFA’s second class competition, was also...

“My Favourite Match”: A Cry For Help 23

“My Favourite Match”: A Cry For Help

I have been watching football for thirty-two years, now. It seems scarcely credible, but it is a fact nevertheless. Like most of you, I have seen hundreds – possibly thousands  – of matches, but...

The Poyet Effect 5

The Poyet Effect

For all the talk of which player will be going where as the transfer window creaks to a close, there can be little question that, for all the attention lavished upon player transfers, it...

It’s Time To Close This Window Sooner 3

It’s Time To Close This Window Sooner

There was one name missing from the team-sheets for last night’s match between Manchester United and Spurs, and it was a name that says a great deal about the state of the transfer market...

The Under 20 World Cup: The Final Curtain 0

The Under 20 World Cup: The Final Curtain

 Nothing became the Under-20s World Cup like the leaving of it. I got it wrong (yet) again. A terrific and genuinely competitive third-place play-off was followed by a fine final – Brazil beating...