Game, set, match

Italy’s success at the Euros was underpinned by the innovations and imagination of their set piece routines. The man primarily responsible was a Venetian banker by trade who spent much of his spare time as an assistant coach in the lower leagues of Italian football before getting the opportunity to work in top flight football.Continue reading “Game, set, match”

The 300 Club Part Two: Noble by name, nobleman by nature

As West Ham were cruising to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Leicester they indulged themselves in one of those prolonged sessions of keep ball, with each successive pass greeted by the joyous olés of the home crowd. There were only two minutes remaining and it looked as though this could go on until the finalContinue reading “The 300 Club Part Two: Noble by name, nobleman by nature”

“We Are the Geordies” – a film about fans for fans by fans.

Football documentaries have become all the rage. In quick succession came the “All or Nothing” series at both Manchester City, charting their record-breaking 2017/18 season, and at Tottenham, which coincided with the arrival of Jose Mourinho in November 2019. Before either of those we had the ultimate car crash viewing that was “Sunderland ’til IContinue reading ““We Are the Geordies” – a film about fans for fans by fans.”

A Return to Plough Lane: Andy Brassell on a 29-Year Wait

On many occasions Andy Brassell would have been extremely busy trying to keep the BT Sport audience abreast of the goals as they rained in across Europe. Liverpool’s 5-0 demolition of Atalanta was put into the shade by Borussia Monchengladbach’s shellacking of Shaktar Donetsk, and on it went. 36 goals in just eight Champions LeagueContinue reading “A Return to Plough Lane: Andy Brassell on a 29-Year Wait”

The Beautiful Game or a Trigonometry test.

In response to the hairline decision delivered by the VAR gods in Stockley Park that ruled out Jordan Henderson’s injury time goal against Everton, Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray tweeted: “Said it many times and still think it – if you have to forensically draw lines to try to establish offside then it’sContinue reading “The Beautiful Game or a Trigonometry test.”

Football’s Endgame: How clubs now face a grim fight for survival this winter

In my first blog post in late August I wrote about how eerie and soulless football was without fans after being among forty-odd people watching QPR play Sheffield Wednesday: “The likelihood is that this will be the way matches are going to be played out for the foreseeable future. Josh Scott, QPR’s Operations Manager, toldContinue reading “Football’s Endgame: How clubs now face a grim fight for survival this winter”

Wycombe – This time, right time, our time

Of all the opening weekend EFL fixtures, Wycombe Wanderers hosting Rotherham United at Adams Park was not one that would have stood out, demanding attention. Apart from those connected with The Millers or The Chairboys it would appear to be a low profile game so it may come as a mild surprise that Sky choseContinue reading “Wycombe – This time, right time, our time”