For many, football can be more than a passion. It’s an all-consuming obsession, linking our past to our present and our present to our future. Calendars are planned around the football season, and memories of major life events can be linked to the fixtures that took place around the same time. Few reflect this kind […]Read More Losing My Favourite Game: ‘Sorry For Your Loss’ with Ed Bottomley
As football fans we’re all losers at one time or another. But far from just being another awful thing in a world of never-ending misery, if you look closely you can find the positives in defeat. Perhaps it can spell the end for an unpopular manager, or finally break the spell of a life of […]Read More Losing My Favourite Game: ‘El Loco Motion’ with Ryan Quinn
Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool Premier League 5th May 2014 “ THAT slip. If you Google the term “football slip” the most prominent image on the page is of Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard splayed out on the pitch with Demba Ba bounding past him for a 2-0 Chelsea victory. The heartbeat of this […]Read More Losing My Favourite Game: ‘Full Force Gayle’ with Sian Waller
Welcome back to Losing My Favourite Game, the feature that invites football fans to travel back in time to the worst days of their lives and relive them in detail for our reading pleasure. This week we’re absolutely delighted to be joined by Matt Abbot. Poet, educator, activist, and performer, Matt took his one-man show Two Little […]Read More Losing My Favourite Game: ‘White Flags’ with Matt Abbott
The opening weekend of the Premier League season provides the annual Year Zero for fans of top flight clubs. Restored by a summer free of football, thousands of supporters donned their sparkling new replica shirts and made pilgrimages to stadiums home and away, filled with the hope that their new million pound idols might be […]Read More Fight The Power: Can Fan Action Force Change in Football?
That’s it. That’s the season. 380 games, 1,072 goals and one black cat later, and Manchester City have only gone and won the blummin’ thing again. There were things to savour despite the predictable denouement however; Liverpool’s endless pursuit, Tottenham’s squatting rights, Manchester United (general), Watford being good, actually? The return of Brendan, Neil Warnock […]Read More Premier League 2018/19 Season Review
For the first time in five years it looks as though the Premier League title race will go down to the final day, as Manchester City and Livepool’s ruthless pursuit of English football’s top prize leaves the devastated remains of their fellow top flight teams pressed and passed to death in their wake. Whilst this […]Read More Race For The Prize: The Thrills and Spills of a Title Race Through the Eyes of the Fans.
Norwich City’s victory over Blackburn Rovers confirmed their promotion back to the Premier League after a three year absence, following a remarkable season that not even the most optimistic Canaries fan could have predicted. On a shoestring budget, with a squad largely comprised of bargains and academy graduates, head coach Daniel Farke turned the Norfolk […]Read More The House That Farke Built: How Norwich City’s Trust in the Deutsch Technique Reaped the Ultimate Reward.
“Remarkably Javi Gracia is only the bookies fourth favourite in the sack race, with Billy Hill and friends clearly forgetting how ruthless Watford’s owners are. If that straightforward looking start to the season fails to translate into points, then the scramble for the next unknown coach from overseas will begin. In each of the past […]Read More Stop The Revolution: Watford’s Progress Speaks of a Club Who Know When to Stick or Twist.
“The hardest thing is to maintain a level of success that keeps going year after year. There might be several factors involved in it. I have never looked back, always forward.” Sir Alex Ferguson Last season Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City staked their claim as one of the greatest teams English football has ever seen. With 100 […]Read More The Second Time Around: Manchester City, Manchester United, and the Art of Retaining the Title.