The introduction of VAR in the Premier league is fraught with difficulty because the scope is too large and the reviews will be hobbled by the same biases the match referees and their assistants suffer. …Read More →
Posts By: GP
There really is only one “Cup” in English football and it isn’t the League Cup. The FA Cup has a history the League Cup cannot match and no matter what changes are made to the …Read More →
FIFA is a bureaucracy with direct access to funding and a largely compliant array of subsidiary bureaucracies running regional associations like CONCACAF and UEFA that in turn have their own subsidiaries in the national associations. …Read More →
Chelsea supporters, at least those who know the history of the club before the Abramovich era, know how close their club came to dropping into the old Third Division at the end of the …Read More →
St. Totteringham’s Day 2015
Belated wishes to you all for a special day that has occurred for 19 consecutive years: the day when Spurs cannot catch Arsenal in the league table. There are varying reports of …Read More →
Imagine the scenario.
The beautiful game being played on a field with no goals, the objective being to keep hold of the ball and pass it around more than the other team! Possession of the ball …Read More →
A friend of mine is a West Ham supporter, born within earshot of Upton Park and dyed claret & blue. During the last transfer window we were discussing potential departures from West Ham, unfortunately for …Read More →
We now interrupt our regular programming for a small note on terminology:
I use the terms fan and supporter interchangeably, mostly for variety, but I do believe that there is a difference. The supporter is there when the club fails, coming back the next match, the next season and so on hoping for success but knowing their support isn’t predicated upon silverware. The fan is epitomized by a gentleman I met last summer who informed me he “used to be” a Manchester United fan but after the trophy-less 2013-2014 season he was going to support another team. The fan stands up and is ready to walk away when things go badly while the supporter stands up and sings louder.
Which one are you? Let me know by leaving a comment in the space below…
Watch the first 20 seconds of this clip:
Really it is about 7 seconds that matter: 8-15.
The dummy is a neglected skill, especially at the recreational level, but here we get …Read More →
The earliest memory I have of being aware of Arsenal was sometime after they won the League and FA Cup Double in the 1970-71 season. My grandfather had a colour supplement from an English paper, …Read More →