Yearly Archive: 2008

Tired & Emotional 4

Tired & Emotional

Savour this evening, and tomorrow. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that you should savour the rest of this season’s FA Cup competition, because Big Money won’t allow an oversight like...

Too Much, Too Young? 0

Too Much, Too Young?

Some of you will have already seen the piece that I wrote for “Pitch Invasion” on the boom & bust football culture in Essex over the last fifteen years or so. The dangers of...

The Texas Link Repository 0

The Texas Link Repository

It’s Friday night and I’m feeling lazy, so here’s a quick look at the rest of the internet this week. – After what I can only describe as “too long”, the venerable magazine When...

Fade To Grays 1

Fade To Grays

How far would you go for your principles? It’s a question that many people spend a lot of time pondering over without ever having to see it through, but after a meeting at Soho...

Sol Campbell’s Bulging Packet 4

Sol Campbell’s Bulging Packet

I do go, on the whole, fairly easy on footballers. Whilst managers, chairmen, owners and even fans themselves drive me to distraction on occasion, the players themselves, no matter how bad their behaviour may...

Crowded Out 4

Crowded Out

Here’s something to ponder when you’re considering Richard Scudamore’s claim that it is vital that the Premier League plays matches abroad because they only have 335,000 consumers at home: last night, on a bitterly...

Milan vs Arsenal 13

Milan vs Arsenal

Well, good evening, everyone. Here’s something strange. I switched on the television at 7.30, and (lo and behold) ITV1 is showing Manchester United vs Lyon – a match which is surely a nailed-on home...

Fantasy vs Reality 2

Fantasy vs Reality

At least on the pitch, this season hasn’t been a bad one for the dreamers amongst us. Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup at home by lower division opposition, a team from...

Match Of The Seventies – 1973/74 0

Match Of The Seventies – 1973/74

We’re up to 1973/74 on “Match Of The Seventies”, and what a peculiar season it was. Tonight’s episode features Leeds United’s record-breaking unbeaten run, Liverpool tearing Newcastle United a new hole in the FA...

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Leyton Orient 1

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Leyton Orient

Such is the nature of this season’s League One table that this afternoon’s match between Brighton & Leyton Orient matters. Albion have had a most peculiar season. After a reasonable start, they fell away...

What The Premier League Thinks Of You 1

What The Premier League Thinks Of You

I’ve copied this over from “Pitch Invasion”, and will be putting up a reply to it on here later on. An open letter to Richard Scudamore, if you like. It is, I think, a...

The Epicentre Of English Football 0

The Epicentre Of English Football

If there is one division that provides a snapshot of English football, it’s League One. It is the league that shows all of the pitfalls of the modern game, but at the same time...

Football Shorts 4 4

Football Shorts 4

Well, it’s another Tuesday night, and another chance for me to catch up on all the things that have been distracting my tiny brain over the last few days or so (Caution: The following...

The Worst Tackle Of The Season? 4

The Worst Tackle Of The Season?

Saturday lunchtime’s match looked, on paper, like a run of the mill Arsenal vs The Rest Premier League fixture. With Birmingham sitting just above the relegation places, it looked like a comfortable three points...