Tag: England

Podcast 70: A Post-England BigSamCast

Due to other commitments, we’re a little late with this weekend’s podcast, but we got there in the end. We didn’t have too much of a plan for it, but settling down to watch the first World Cup qualifier of the Sam Allardyce vintage, we though that his first match would be a good topic of conversation. And considering his love – which exists solely and entirely in my own mind – of the gala pie, it also gave me the opportunity to pull out Fred Dinenage getting very excited about a very long egg, during the late 1970s....

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Sam Allardyce: England Manager

With a wave of a magic wand filled with money, the decision was made. Sam Allardyce is the new England manager. There were a couple of of late kinks that delayed his ascendency to this poisoned chalice. Signing a contract was reportedly delayed by wrangling over money, whilst there was a mild social media panic this afternoon when Steve Bruce, who’d also been interviewed for the job, suddenly resigned as the manager of Hull City. This, however, turned out to be a false flag which had more to do with the chaotic state of that club at the moment...

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Video of the Day: Netherlands vs England, October 1993

There’s no way of sugar-coating this. Regardless of the media’s sunny viewpoint towards them following their win on Saturday against Germany, England will take to the field to play Netherlands at Wembley with an appalling historical record against the Dutch team. England have only beaten the Netherlands five times in their entire history, and only two of these wins have come since 1969. Indeed, should they fail to win this evening’s match it will be more than twenty years since they last managed a win against the Netherlands, with that win being, of course, the four-one trouncing at Wembley...

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England & The Twin Devils of Hope & Expectation

In the midst of the hysteria surrounding England’s performance in Berlin last night, here’s a surprising yet salient statistic. If England were to win the 2016 European Championships, they would have to win four straight matches after having got through the group stages of the competition. Since the end of the 2006 World Cup finals, England have won three matches in the finals of a major competition, including the group stages. That alone gives us some idea of the scale of the task awaiting Roy Hodgson were he to somehow to negotiate all that rests before him this summer....

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Friendly International: Germany vs England – Live!

Good evening, everybody! I’m going to assume that – unless you actually support one of the dozen or so lower division teams that actually had a match scheduled for this weekend and didn’t have it subsequently called off or abandoned because of a monsoon – you’ve missed your football fix today and that you’re now settling down in front of your television/radio/internet device with a view to entertaining yourself by trying, with the assistance of ITV’s commentary and a substantial amount of ale, to convince yourself that this evening’s friendly match between England and Germany means so much as...

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