Here’s Mark Murphy with a round-up of the last day of action in the first two groups from this summer’s Under-20 World Cup.
Because there has been no slide in quality within the England youth set-up in recent years. Dear me no.
Even Mark Murphy, a serial stalker of low-to-middle-ranking international football tournaments on British Eurosport, was caught unawares by this year’s Under-20s World Cup.
It is a story that, depending on which side of Glasgow football’s ‘Old Firm’ fence you sit, either keeps on giving or won’t go away, even if its central figure since last May supposedly has gone away.
Mark Murphy went to see England play Ireland at Wembley expecting the worst but ended up passing a perfectly pleasant evening.
A combination of “banter” and anti-Islamic paranoia made one banner at the Scottish Cup final considerably more famous than it would otherwise have been.
Birmingham City’s acting chairman Peter Pannu recently responded to media focus on his financial affairs with a lengthy statement on the club’s website. It said much about the man, his attitude and the Blues’ off-field problems – little of it good. Mark Murphy comments on it all.
The debate over the future of Scottish football continues to spiral towards some sort of critical mass, but what are the motives behind those shouting the loudest at the moment?