Docherty’s Manchester United and a hint of total football

THE 1974-75 season wasn’t a classic for English football. The country had been suffering a long hangover after the national team’s exit from the World Cup. We were excluded from the 1974 finals in West Germany, pinning our hopes on Scotland and Jack Taylor the referee. While the global audience marvelled at the exploits of […]

Farewell, Doc – the great managerial character actor

IN an age of anodyne post-match interviews and black-suited corporate football managers, there would probably be no place for the likes of Tommy Docherty. His bluntness, humour and market-trading improvisation would be totally at odds with the modern game. The “Doc”, as he was fondly known, has died, aged 92, and with him goes one […]

Sheffield United: Missing crowds and the element of surprise

AT the risk of sounding like Messrs Cleese, Idle, Palin, Jones, Gilliam and Chapman, Sheffield United no longer have one of their key weapons: “Surprise”. This is just one of the problems facing the Blades in 2020-21 as they lurch from disappointment to disappointment.  The club must be sick of the sound of nerds and […]

McLean’s Dundee United, breaking the mould in Scotland

THE PASSING of Jim McLean will sadden many people in Dundee and right across Scottish football. He was, after all, one of the instigators of the duopoly that was called  “The New Firm” – Aberdeen and Dundee United which broke the Celtic-Rangers stranglehold. For many people, Scottish football had never been more interesting. But it […]

State of Play: Norwich City – torn between two divisions

NORWICH CITY are a popular football institution, one that is sometimes too strong for second tier football, but often lacks the financial clout to maintain a top level presence. The club has little trouble gaining support at their homely, compact arena, but with the continued polarisation of English and European football, clubs like Norwich may have […]

Powerful Bayern in profit despite the virus

BAYERN Munich recently revealed a drop of around € 50 million in revenues in 2019-20 due  to the covid-19 pandemic, but the Bavarians’ financial statements make reasonable reading at this stage of the crisis.  Bayern made a net profit of € 9.6 million versus € 52.5 million in 2018-19. While matchday income would have been decimated […]