ACROSS social media, people yearn for a return to a time they can more easily understand when it comes to football. A year ago, Emirates Stadium regulars wanted “our Arsenal back” and this season, Chelsea and Manchester United supporters are playing a similar tune. A certain age group longs for a return to “the good old days”, but sometimes, it is a misguided belief that … Continue reading Hankering for those mythical “good old days”
GOTP has worked on another video with TIFO Football, this time on the concept of a European Super League. Very few people can be happy about the clandestine discussions that may or may not have taken place over the past year involving certain clubs to create a closed football league comprising the wealthiest names across the top five nations. A “super league” is what they … Continue reading The pros and cons of a European Super League
THERE was a time when internet fans forums were vibrant, full of debate and, occasionally, a little over the top. In the case of non-league clubs, the small audience and the intimacy of that level of the game made it difficult for clubs to accept criticism from regular fans. Comments made by fans about players, managers or club owners, were never easily absorbed, but when … Continue reading Commentary Box: Fans Forums – redundant media?
MOST major football clubs today have some form of charitable foundation or set of initiatives aimed at “sharing the love” in the community. Some might argue this is no more than a club should do given the vast sums of money players earn. Likewise, given a football club depends, to a large degree, on the support of the public in order to make it a … Continue reading Commentary Box: The charity shield
FOOTBALL fans, by and large, are nostalgists, especially those that remember the days when pitches were muddy, shirts were not emblazoned with multiple sponsors, and football managers actually said something meaningful in post-match interviews. Ask any non-league fan, for example, their favourite locations and they will invariably tell you the old wooden ground at Clapped-out Rovers is full of character and “proper”. At the same … Continue reading Old and new… both should always have their place
BE prepared, 2019 will probably be a year of Kop revivalism, Shankly philosophy, Klopp’s teeth and Mo Salah being proclaimed the greatest Egyptian ever to walk down Lime Street. Liverpool could be back at the top to end an incredible 29-year gap between league title wins. What’s more, it’s the 30thanniversary of Hillsborough, so the emotional connection will be even more intense. For some of … Continue reading Commentary Box: It will be painful, but Liverpool should be champions
IT is not easy to warm to some of today’s footballers, especially those that find it hard to resist conspicuous consumerism or consider that with enormous wealth comes permission to misbehave. Who was it said that players were this class people earning first class wages? That aside, in an age where many of the sins of the past are being addressed, racism, anti-semitism (take note, … Continue reading Racism – it never went away
FOOTBALL tourists are the consummate neutral – they go in search of entertainment and something new with no particular allegiance. In many ways, they are a curiosity in themselves: part groundhopper, part intrepid explorer, part traveller. But in a sport that depends and feeds off the passion and partisanship of its followers, the great neutral fan is something of an anomaly – a lover of … Continue reading Commentary Box: Is there space for the neutral?
NATURALLY, nobody is happy about the clandestine discussions that may or may not have taken place over the past few months involving certain clubs to create a closed football league comprising the wealthiest names across the top five nations. A “super league” is what they are calling it, but effectively, it is a cartel of the “super rich”, a group driven by greed and entitlement. … Continue reading Why a super league could work if handled properly
AS football’s business machine rolls on, creating wealth and competitive imbalances, supporters all over the world cannot be truly satisfied with the way the game has evolved in recent years. Unless you are a fan of the dozen or so clubs that now strand astride European, indeed world, football, your expectations have to be even more realistic than they ever were in the past. Although … Continue reading Commentary Box: Models for concern
IS IT purely philanthropy or is there something tangible about investing in a non-league football club? It is hard to justify investment in any sports club, let alone a non-league outfit, but all over the country, local football is short of money and struggling to live within its means. “Just do the math” as they would say on an investment banking trading floor. Money in, … Continue reading Commentary Box: More Coronation Street than Wall Street – Investing in non-league
IT’S not fashionable to defend José Mourinho, especially after his poor impression of Ted Rogers on the TV Show, 3-2-1, but is it really so big a crisis at Old Trafford? Mourinho has the best win rate of any Manchester United manager – 61.48%, a figure that beats even the records of Sir Matt and Sir Alex. But there’s two things that are really agitating … Continue reading Finding galactico gaffers – why United may be better off with the status quo