In the climactic scene of 90s football and booze flick When Saturday Comes, Jimmy Muir, an amateur footballer who’s overcome his demons and signed up with boyhood club Sheffield United, scores an 89th minute penalty to secure victory for the Blades against Manchester United in an FA Cup semi-final that, for reasons unexplained, was held at Bramall […]Read More Billy Sharp’s Circus: An ode to the 20th Century Boy with a 21st Century Record.
On the 29th March 2019, the United Kingdom is (currently) scheduled to exit the European Union. To celebrate forty-six years of peacetime and prosperity in Europe, this season we’ll be profiling the footballing history of each remaining member of the EU, looking at some of their most iconic matches and the players that have left […]Read More Love Letters to the European Union: Rigamaroo
The worlds of politics and football reached peak 2018 this week as, in the UK, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab publicly revealed that he had only just realised the importance of the Dover-Calais crossing for trade into the country. Just to reiterate, the person responsible for engineering the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union didn’t […]Read More Venezuelan Train. Premier League Week 12 Hitters & Shitters.
After an emotionally charged week in the world of football, in which a city mourned the sudden passing of its beloved club owner, a farcical reality check arrived just in time for the weekend, as proposals for an oft-slated European Super League were leaked by German publication Der Speigel. The leak revealed that a clutch […]Read More TV Party. Premier League Week 11 Hitters & Shitters.
Football paled into insignificance this weekend, as a heart-wrenching tragedy unfolded at the King Power Stadium following Leicester City’s match with West Ham United. As he does after every home match, Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha boarded his private helicopter in the centre of the pitch along with two business associates and two flight crew. Moments after […]Read More Fantastic Mr. Fox. Premier League Week 10.
The penultimate weekend of Premier League action brought promise of resolution for some of this season’s most pressing issues. Among them was the FIGHT to become the best of the worst, along with the TUSSLE for mid-table mediocrity. Would Manchester City break any and all available records? Could Manchester United secure that second place that […]Read More Killer On Thirty-Seventh Street. Premier League Week 37 Review.
As another season marches inexorably towards its conclusion and we’re all reminded once again of our own stark mortality, spare a thought for those whose job it is to make Match Of The Day and Sky Sports’ live output somehow enticing for the casual viewer. Europe’s alleged ‘most entertaining league’ has firmly become single-issue after […]Read More Thirty Sixth Degree. Premier League Week 36 Review.
And before you know it, it’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the trees are blossoming, the air smells sweet, and football fans over the age of forty are complaining about the FA Cup semi-finals being staged at Wembley. In fairness, they have a point. Having grown up with the oddly exciting […]Read More FA Cup Semi-Finals: The Talking Points
With Manchester City having been dispatched in the Fifth Round, the remaining eight teams in this seasons FA Cup headed into the Quarter Finals with a sense that all was to play for. Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, the three highest ranked sides left in the competition, were fortunate enough to avoid each other […]Read More FA Cup Quarter Finals – The Talking Points
With Premier League clubs setting a new recording for January deadline day spending this week, it seems the thirst for a transformative mid-season signing is greater than ever. A total of £150m was spent on Wednesday, taking the month’s total to £430m and introducing a host of new faces to England’s top division. As Manchester […]Read More Safety In Numbers