Category: Premier League

Premier League Review: Peak Arsenal – Fifty-Six Minutes

It is a curious anomaly that a Premier League season that has started with a somewhat muted feel to it than previous years should have thrown up such an eventful first weekend. One could be persuaded that the glamour, the glitz, the pomp and the circumstance count for little, and that what matters is the quality of the matches themselves, the actual football, and just occasionally a reminder or two that to err is human. Sometimes the game is at its best when there is an element of slapstick about it. In the current Premier League, there has been...

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The Inevitable Wayne Rooney Obituary

This has been a quiet summer so far, but last weekend finally saw what will most likely come to be remembered as the transfer story of the summer. After thirteen years at Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney is returning to Goodison Park to rejoin Everton, the club with which he started his career more than a decade and a half ago. And, since only six football clubs in England really matter any more, the press is having a field day with its analyses of Rooney’s legacy with Manchester United and England, but there is something of a problem with this,...

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Tottenham Hotspur: My Eyes Have Seen The Glory

Accidents of birth can be the strangest of things. My father has been a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur since 1946, and from the first flat that I called home in Lower Edmonton we could see the White Hart Lane floodlights from the living room window when a night match was on. However, due to the complications of being born to an older mother in the early 1970s, I was born in a long-forgotten annex of the the Royal Free Hospital in Liverpool Road, a short distance from The Angel, Islington, the heart of Arsenal territory. Perhaps this explains why...

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West Bromwich Albion’s Real McClean

I am not one for “unfriending” people on Facebook. But I made an exception in March when an ex-friend charmingly captioned a photograph of Irish international James McClean and former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness “a stupid c**t and a dead c**t.” I entirely accept that many people would echo the comment about McGuinness, given his pre-political life in the Provisional Irish Republican Army. But the comment about McClean was not acceptable in any sense. McClean the footballer has done many stupid things, for which he has received yellow and red cards. And, while not excusing my...

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The Premier League Relegation Zone: Who To Choose?

Each April, I take a view on the Premier League (EPL) relegation struggle, based on more than just football (this year my focus is partly to swerve my own team Kingstonian’s involvement in an ultra-tight battle to avoid the cultural wasteland of Ryman League Division One South. I watched Crystal Palace v Arsenal on Monday through the unlikely prism of “moral dilemma.” One which I solved in true Trevor-Brooking-on-Match-of-the-Day-in-the-1980s style…plumping for a draw. Having watched frankly too much football at Spurs from 1973 to 1992 (Screensport Super Cup, anybody?), a natural “Arsenal-to-lose” instinct remains. But Sam Allardyce… The man...

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