The peril of foreign investment; How big do you really want your club to be?

The peril of foreign investment; How big do you really want your club to be? 1

Over the past twenty-four hours, reports have surfaced in the British press about Qatar Sports Investment’s (QSI) intention to purchase an English Premier League club, with The Sun claiming that Tottenham are the targeted side. We all know how the tabloid media works by now and, in all likelihood, The Sun have read the quotes(…)

Why it’s still alright to loathe the memory of Thierry Henry

Why it’s still alright to loathe the memory of Thierry Henry 2

After announcing his retirement from football yesterday, the internet has spent the last twenty-four hours richly honouring Thierry Henry’s career. Henry was someone who, through his dominance within English football, seems to have been able to transcend most rivalries.  Regardless of whom they support, fans are queuing up at the alter to figuratively lay wreaths(…)

The righteous, wonderful world of Football Picture Story Monthly

The righteous, wonderful world of Football Picture Story Monthly 0

There’s an entire generation of supporters now who have never heard of Football Picture Story Monthly.  That’s sad.  Football-related entertainment may have grown exponentially over the last two decades but, between 1986 and 2003, FPSM was an important building block in a fan’s education. I was never into comic books.  Some of my friends were(…)

Top 5: Things we miss about football

Top 5: Things we miss about football 0

Admittedly, the ‘everything about modern football is awful’ mindset is quite contrary and, actually, inaccurate.  True, there are all kinds of genuine grievances about loyalty and ticket prices, but there’s a lot to like, too. Still, the sport’s evolution has come at a cost and some of its more loveable facets are genuinely missed.  Here(…)

Everton’s Muhamed Besic: Signs of progress 0

Regular readers will remember the Muhamed Besic love-in from the Summer, so this might sound a bit contrived.  It’s really not meant to; Besic was excellent at Goodison Park last night and gave the most encouraging performance of his short Everton career. The Bosnian is not yet a complete player and he does have some(…)

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney: Attacking-midfield is an adjustment rather than a natural-fit 0

Very quickly, because there’s almost nothing less interesting than a debate about Wayne Rooney. He played in a deeper role for Manchester United yesterday and, because he was on the right side of that 3-0 result, there’s been some discussion over whether it’s viable for him to be a long-term fixture in that area. Here’s(…)

Tottenham & the value in actually enjoying victories

Tottenham & the value in actually enjoying victories 2

Some fans really do prefer the negativity-validation of a defeat to the joy of a last-minute winner. What a thoroughly modern phenomenon that is. Each to their own, obviously, but this asterisking of defeats is a tiresome business.  Very rarely in football does anybody get to experience a flawless victory and, actually, there’s a case(…)

Mourning the decline of circular red cards

Mourning the decline of circular red cards 1

Rules change in football.  Over time, the game grudgingly updates itself and adapts to the world in which it exists.  Not quickly or efficiently, but it does at least try to stay within an arm’s length of modernity. We lost the back-pass in the 1992, 1995 saw the introduction of a frivolous third substitute and,(…)

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