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Summer of Discontent, Part 4: Bury – Race To The Bottom

Summer of Discontent, Part 4: Bury – Race To The Bottom

With a week and a half to go before the start of the new EFL season, things are looking pretty grim at the foot of League One. A division which starts a week on Saturday already has two teams twelve points adrift of the rest, with Bolton Wanderers and Bury...

The 2019 African Cup of Nations: Algeria All Over It

The 2019 African Cup of Nations: Algeria All Over It

Despite a sensational second round, the 2019 AFCON was beyond redemption after the putrid group stages. But the knock-out rounds gave it a go. The right team won. Mark Bright provided some worthwhile punditry. And VAR…erm… sort of… worked....

The Summer of Discontent, Part 2: Arsenal – Just Enough Hope

The Summer of Discontent, Part 2: Arsenal – Just Enough Hope

It's been just over a year now since Arsene Wenger left Arsenal, and what might be considered surprising about those twelve months is just how similar they've felt to the last few years before he departed. With the start of the new season now less than a...

The 2019 African Cup of Nations: From Shite to Sensational

The 2019 African Cup of Nations: From Shite to Sensational

The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) transformed over the weekend. Mark Murphy explains how, although ‘why’ may be beyond him in this life…. The AFCON groups ended with a series of dull, dismal matches, enlivened only by the occasional late drama...

The 2019 Women’s World Cup: America, As Expected

The 2019 Women’s World Cup: America, As Expected

Many apologies for the late delivery of this. As some of you may be aware, I am a de facto single parent at weekends, and whilst it was possible for me to get myself in front of a television set to watch the 2019 Women's World Cup final, freeing up the...

The 2019 Women’s World Cup: Schrodingers Match

The 2019 Women’s World Cup: Schrodingers Match

Oftentimes, the third-fourth place play-off match can be a surprisingly entertaining match. With the pressure largely off but a potentially large audience still likely for the match, the penultimate game of the tournament is an opportunity to...

The 2019 African Cup of Nations: Down To Sweet Sixteen

The 2019 African Cup of Nations: Down To Sweet Sixteen

The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) has got worse instead of better. By now, the wheat and the chaff have been separated. But there’s more than eight teams’ worth of chaff in this chaffing tournament. Mark Murphy sighs despairingly. Group A:...

How To Fix VAR: A Ten Point Guide

How To Fix VAR: A Ten Point Guide

It's been hogging the headlines for the last couple of years. The biggest star in global football at the moment isn't Neymar, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Megan Rapinoe. The biggest star in global football over the course of 2018 and 2019 has been a...