Calling in on….Sheffield United, the dashing Blades

Sheffield could – and should – be England’s Milan. Two clubs, considerable latent support, reasonable catchment area, passionate football folk, and a population of half a million. The two clubs, United and Wednesday, are part of football’s traditional heartland, early beneficiaries of the industrialisation of the sport in Britain, indeed the world. They need not be looking back at their best days, but sadly, they do. United’s glory days were in the day of the gas lamp, horsedrawn carriages and Victorian values. Wednesday’s halcyon period was also long ago, although they flickered on the big stage in the 1980s and … Continue reading Calling in on….Sheffield United, the dashing Blades

Swansea can be flag-bearers for realistic success

So the Bradford City bandwagon ground to a halt at Wembley and Swansea hammered the League Two side 5-0 in the Capital One Cup. Sympathy for Bradford that they come up against a club desperate to secure their first piece of significant silverware. In some ways, they may have had a better shout against a team more accustomed to lifting major prizes. Some people bemoaned the fact that Swansea showed no charity even when they were 3-0 ahead. But why should they? How often have teams eased up when they’re ahead and come unstuck. And you only have to look … Continue reading Swansea can be flag-bearers for realistic success

Bradford have certainly embarassed the misfiring Gunners

Walsall, Swindon, York, Wrexham and now, Bradford City. Giant-killing tales are not uncommon to Arsenal. It is what makes cup football so intriguing and in the modern currency of the game, it is little wonder that the big clubs try to devalue these competitions – they don’t want to be embarrassed! But hang on, Arsene Wenger has said he’s not embarrassed. He’s either taking it on the chin like a gentleman, or he’s refusing to see that his Arsenal side is in decline. Probably a bit of both.  Defeat in West Yorkshire, after all, only increases the [media] pressure on … Continue reading Bradford have certainly embarassed the misfiring Gunners