Crowd reaction – why English and German fans are more loyal

RELEGATION is often a big blow to clubs in Europe’s top leagues, mostly because it comes with financial implications, despite parachute payments. TV money and legacy wage bills are the biggest issue, but income at most clubs is affected by lower attendances. Or is it? Football fans are known for their undying loyalty and a major setback often brings out the best in them, particularly … Continue reading Crowd reaction – why English and German fans are more loyal

English success no surprise and overdue

FOUR clubs in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League is a welcome sight for the Premier League’s grandees, particularly as a couple of years ago, people were quick to write-off England after a string of sub-optimal seasons in Europe’s premier club competition. Is it really so remarkable given the financial power of the Premier? You could say that, hitherto, underperformance has characterised English … Continue reading English success no surprise and overdue

Is European football really on the crest of a wave?

ACCORDING to UEFA, attendances in European football are at their highest since [their] records began. Certainly, in the UK, English football has not had as people going through the turnstiles since 1949, when the gates averaged 38,792 in the top flight. The current average in the Premier in 2018-19 is 37,967 which is around 1% lower than 2017-18’s figures. UEFA reported that attendances across Europe … Continue reading Is European football really on the crest of a wave?

Brexit, the end of the football world as we know it

HARRY Kane has been appointed captain of England, possibly the nearest the nation will get to a “Roy of the Rovers” figure leading the team into battle. Kane has already delivered the kind of message the hordes will want to hear from the man with the armband, “England can win the World Cup.” Even the most myopic England fan will chuckle at this, but Kane, … Continue reading Brexit, the end of the football world as we know it

The case for English success in Europe

EVERYONE was eulogising about Tottenham’s 3-1 win against Real Madrid, and rightly so. It was a very clear signal to the rest of Europe that English clubs can, once more, be taken very seriously in the UEFA Champions League. There have been other victories for English clubs against top opposition, but the manner of Tottenham’s win, against the reigning European champions, was enough to convince … Continue reading The case for English success in Europe

The weight of expectation on Huddersfield’s shoulders

IT IS remarkable that given the county’s considerable contribution to British sport, Huddersfield Town will be the only club from Yorkshire in the Premier League on 2017-18. The decline of the region’s football has been well documented, but clubs like Huddersfield have long since fallen away from the forefront of the game. Like many aspects of industrial England, their heyday coincided with a time when Yorkshire and … Continue reading The weight of expectation on Huddersfield’s shoulders

How high will crowds be in 2016-17?

WITH the opening of West Ham United’s Olympic Stadium this coming season, the English Premier League may see a slight increase in attendances. The Hammers will undoubtedly average 50,000 for the first time in their long history, but the change in composition in the Premier will see clubs with smaller crowd potential coming to the top division. According to Football Benchmark’s latest study on stadium … Continue reading How high will crowds be in 2016-17?

The numbers on shirts go beyond 1 to 11

THE news that PSV Eindhoven and Philips are parting company after more than 30 years’ shirt sponsorship represents the end of an era for the reigning Dutch champions. Philips and PSV have reaped mutual benefits from the partnership, indeed the club was formed as a sports unit of the electronics company in 1913. There’s no doubt that Philips have gained greater exposure from PSV’s exploits … Continue reading The numbers on shirts go beyond 1 to 11

All over Europe, football is dominated by the few

BACK IN the 1960s and early 1970s, English football fans would look at Scotland, Italy, Portugal and other European nations and laugh at “closed shop” leagues that were dominated year-in, year-out by just one or two clubs. English football, they said, was truly democratic and anyone could win the Football League title. In the period 1961-1975 this was certainly true. Between those years, no less … Continue reading All over Europe, football is dominated by the few

Keep debate live: How to fill the pubs on football nights

Some pubs and clubs complain they are not getting the attendances they need on the nights when live TV games are screened. Given the cost of installing SKY TV or similar facilities at a pub can be prohibitive, you can hardly blame pub landlords getting twitchy, especially in an age when pubs are closing down every minute of the day. What can they do about … Continue reading Keep debate live: How to fill the pubs on football nights

The Lazy Listicle: Five things that [slightly] irritate about modern footballers

We got religion Watch any player coming on as sub or entering the field of play for the first time. They cross themselves to imply they are calling on a greater power for assistance. Now some may really be devout, but some players’ general behaviour suggests they are far from virtuous. Just how genuine is it all? Football worships at the temple of mammon, after … Continue reading The Lazy Listicle: Five things that [slightly] irritate about modern footballers

Premier model not the answer, but what’s the solution?

The English Premier, we are told, is the envy of the rest of the world. Funnily enough, English clubs have been conspicuous once more by their absence in the latter stages of the two European competitions this month. As Game of the People has reported on a number of occasions, the English Premier is certainly the best MARKETED league in Europe, but it may not … Continue reading Premier model not the answer, but what’s the solution?