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Video Special: Six Great FA Cup Finals

It may have escaped your attention, but it is the FA Cup final on Saturday. Manchester City and Stoke City will take the pitch at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, with both clubs looking for their first major trophy since the 1970s. With shameless nostalgia in the back of our minds, then, it’s time to take…

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May 11, 2011
Ian

Carroll, Wilshere And The England Under-21s

Stuart Pearce’s selection of Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll in the England  squad for the European Under-21 Championships in Denmark this summer and this has, predictably enough, reignited the club versus country debate. Luke Edwards reports. To go, or not to go? That is the question facing Jack Wilshire and Andy Carroll, after Stuart Pearce…

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May 7, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Midweek: Tottenham Hotspur 3-3 Arsenal

It’s a warm evening in North London, halfway between the full bloom of spring and the cloying heat of the summer, and White Hart Lane is on edge. This evening’s derby match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal finds both clubs at a crossroads. Spurs’ advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League may have created…

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April 20, 2011
Ian

After Notts County: England’s Club Owners. Are They Any Good?

“Are they any good?”  It’s a simple question. And it is in the top one of questions supporters should ask of bidders for football clubs. But, as the BBC’s flagship documentary programme Panorama revealed this week, no-one at Notts County was asking the question while the club was being taken over by ‘Munto Finance.’ Or…

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April 20, 2011
Mark

A Man for Their Seasons: Pat Jennings and the North London Derby

As we approach another iteration of the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, rival supporters could perhaps be forgiven for spewing forth a bit extra vitriol to relieve the increased feelings of tension. Each club has seen its own recent failures laid bare for international football media to critique, new ownership issues making Arsenal fans nervous as to what the…

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April 20, 2011
Ian

Custodians, Fans And Ownership: From Arsenal To Wrexham

The Arsenal take-over looks like being a long way from the toxic take-overs of The Glazers and Gillett & Hicks. But, as SJ Maskell writes, custodianship is about doing more than saying and doing the right things and the real power in the game lies in the majority ownership of shares. I have a friend…

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April 19, 2011
SJMaskell

Match Of The Midweek: Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal

Barcelona versus Arsenal, then. This tie might just turn out to have produced a higher acreage of newpaper stories than any other match this season, with comments thrown from one club to the other like hand grenades in the air over the last couple of weeks. The hype  has added to the feeling that this…

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March 8, 2011
Ian
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