Monthly Archive: January 2008

To The Manor Born 0

To The Manor Born

Grosvenor Vale is about as far from the Premier League as most people could imagine. The pitch there is surrounded with a wooden picket fence that harks back to a long-forgotten era and the...

Tuesday Night Review 3

Tuesday Night Review

This week’s midweek matches, the vast majority of which were played last night, seemed to catch many people unaware. This certainly seemed to be what happened at The Reebok Stadium, where just 17,700 people...

When Soap Operas Collide 2

When Soap Operas Collide

The Simpsons has a habit of occasionally dropping in cameo performances from the stars of other animated series, and it always leave me feeling strangely uncomfortable. Seeing Fred Flintstone sitting on the couch at...

Some Final Thoughts On Havant & Waterlooville 1

Some Final Thoughts On Havant & Waterlooville

There has been plenty of comment in many different places on the subject of Havant & Waterlooville’s FA Cup run, and their performance on Saturday. There are many people more closely involved in what...

FA Cup Fourth Round Review 3

FA Cup Fourth Round Review

The FA Cup Fourth Round, played out last weekend, was most peculiar. There were sixteen matches played, involving thirty-two clubs, and not a single one was drawn. It was the first time that this...

AFC Sudbury 3-0 Tilbury 0

AFC Sudbury 3-0 Tilbury

Sometimes, you just get the feeling that something bigger is going on elsewhere. Kings Marsh Stadium in Sudbury, Suffolk is a very agreeable place to watch football – it’s usually football of a reasonably...

FA Cup Fourth Round Preview 4

FA Cup Fourth Round Preview

It’s the last weekend in January, and this can only mean one thing. The FA Cup Fourth Round. We’re down to the last thirty-two now, and by the time that we’ve made the last...

Oh, Hello. 0

Oh, Hello.

I’m busy giving this place one of those face-lifts that makes it look for several hours as if I’ve left a drunk in charge of the place, but I have written my weekly piece...

One Night In Heaven 2

One Night In Heaven

It will probably prove to be a false dawn. It was when they did the same to Chelsea at the same stage of the League Cup in 1999 (they didn’t even manage to win...

Voting For Christmas 1

Voting For Christmas

Finally, with just over a week to spare in January, My Football Club has released the details of the deal that they at the point of striking with Ebbsfleet United of the Football Conference,...

What On Earth Is Going On At Liverpool? 2

What On Earth Is Going On At Liverpool?

This season’s major trend has been a very singular type of managerial sacking, involving “intolerable pressure” building up in the media, directors and owners panicking, and a manager’s job becoming basically untenable, regardless of...

Saturday Night On Sunday Morning 2

Saturday Night On Sunday Morning

West Bromwich Albion have been playing some reasonably attractive football this season, but, to paraphrase The Streets, my God, don’t they just know it? ITV ran something of a eulogy to them on “Championship...

On How The BBC Got It So Wrong 5

On How The BBC Got It So Wrong

Earlier this week, apropos of nothing, really, I sat down and watched the 1979 FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester United. It was like a breath of fresh air, and a reminder of...