Premier League Opening Weekend: Tough on new boys and rusty defenders

WELL IT’S back and although some of the big hitters have yet to kick-off, it’s clear that the song remains the same for some football people. All three newly-promoted teams were beaten, two comfortably and one pushing the reigning champions to the limit. It doesn’t bode well for teams like Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, […]

Crap kits: An explosion in a paint factory and other accidents

IT’S clear that kit companies and football clubs are desperate to shift more units this season, perhaps making up for a 63% drop in demand for Premier League shirts over the past year. Given the economic damage done to club balance sheets during the pandemic, the need to drive commercial revenues has meant that the […]

Derby, Leeds, Liverpool and City – anyone could have won the 1972 title race

MALCOLM ALLISON, that big, brash, iconic figure from the early 1970s, once said the period between 1967 and 1972 was a golden age for English football. Of course, during that time, Manchester City were quite successful, so naturally, Allison would look back on this six -year spell as special. But this was an age where […]

The Premier League has two teams on the brink of greatness but needs a more even playing field

THE PREMIER LEAGUE, thankfully, has finished and the FA and the clubs must be breathing a collective sigh of relief. It has been a peculiar campaign, unprecedented in so many ways, but even without the disruption of the pandemic, it has not been a classic year. Liverpool fans, will, of course, claim it is the […]

Arsenal and Chelsea: Transition clubs taking a step forward

CHELSEA have fallen away from being title contenders in the past couple of seasons, but a new wave of investment and a bolder approach to blooding youngsters promises to revive the club as challengers to the new “big two”. The FA Cup semi-final victory against Manchester United, taking Chelsea to their third final in four […]

A playground of testosterone: Going to the football match 1970s-style

FOOTBALL is a sport built around nostalgia. We remember our heroes, draw comparisons between the past and today and don the rose-tinted glasses of experience to complain about contemporary trends and behaviours. Not everything was marvellous in the past, not everything is bad in the 21st century, but as we all become our parents and […]

Anti-racism in football is more than a hashtag – and must go beyond scratching the surface

FOOTBALL has always been full of hypocrisy, from self-appointed socialists living in gated communities and driving marque vehicles to clubs trying to position themselves as representatives of a surreal people’s republic that charges its members astronomical sums to be a part of the tribe. And they are quick to show they are embracing the latest […]

Football’s hallowed double – those that went missing

WHEN Arsenal won the double in 1970-71, it was the first time since Tottenham’s much heralded success of 1960-61. Everyone thought it was an astonishing achievement, yet it was only a decade after their North London rivals had swept up the major prizes. Prior to Bill Nicholson’s side won the double, you had to go […]