Author: Mark

The 2012 Olympic Games: Mens Football Day One 0

The 2012 Olympic Games: Mens Football Day One

After a dream of an opening round in the women’s Olympic football, the men showed how international football tournaments SHOULD be done; three dismissals, plenty of playacting, a group of death, defensive mindsets…and a...

The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football Day One 0

The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football Day One

Like the line-up on the Thursday evening before my first Glastonbury Festival officially started, the actual opening day of the Olympics proved an unexpected bonus, with a day of entertaining, virtually cynicism-free football, only...

Olympic Football – The Real Thing? 4

Olympic Football – The Real Thing?

BBC football commentator Jonathan Pearce got through last Friday evening without once name-checking his current love…Cristiano bloody Ronaldo. He also avoided one word you would have thought key to his commentary on a football...

Rangers: Promises, Promises 12

Rangers: Promises, Promises

Charles Green bought the business, assets and – according to some, but not all, of paragraphs in last week’s report to creditors from administrators Duff and Phelps – the history of Rangers Football Club...

Rangers: Crime, Punishment & Consequence 21

Rangers: Crime, Punishment & Consequence

Last Sunday’s website statement from the Hibernian Supporters Club (“Hibs Club”) and the Rangers Supporters Trust response to it exposed a chasm in thinking on Scottish football’s current problems. Supporters appear split down the...

England At Euro 2012: A “Neutral” Speaks 5

England At Euro 2012: A “Neutral” Speaks

Eamon Dunphy got it right. The “outspoken” pundit for Irish state television (RTE) said on Saturday night that “England won’t score, they have no creative players…it’ll go to penalties and Italy will go through.”...

I Come To Bury Rangers, Not To Praise Them 26

I Come To Bury Rangers, Not To Praise Them

The scriptwriters for soap operas must be under enormous pressure to produce dramatic yet feasible storylines every few days. But if the pressure gets too much for them, which some might argue it already...

Euro 2012: Group C – The Final Day 0

Euro 2012: Group C – The Final Day

Despite Group C containing three of its best teams, the tension of the final games nearly unravelled the quality with which Spain, Italy and Croatia have sprinkled this tournament to date. Spain’s light blue...