Is there any way back for Aston Villa? In May 2008, at the end of the year’s Premiership season, Randy Lerner’s Aston Villa finished sixth in the Barclays Premier League, and scored a total of 71 goals – their best return for a top flight campaign since winning the title back in 1981. Their manager […] READ MORE
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Manchester United: Fresh Hope or False Dawn?
The past weekend of Premier League football could well be deemed a pivotal series of results for Manchester United especially. But can United fans dare to dream that those glory days are now leaning back towards Sir Matt Busby way or will the next few weeks shatter those hopes as being nothing more than a false dawn? After […] READ MORE
Rooney, Charlton and tales of Strikers
This is a tale of three England strikers – after Wayne Rooney finally eclipsed the age old England goalscoring record set by Bobby Charlton. Just in case you hadn’t heard about it… Charlton’s record was established in 1968, when 2001: A Space Odyssey was the big cinema box office hit, West Bromwich Albion had beaten Everton […] READ MORE
Jermain Defoe’s Assistant: A Spoof Diary
A story was widely picked up in the media last week that Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe was advertising for a personal assistant for a wage of £60,000 a year. The assistant, naturally, was expected to do everything as and when instructed, including watering the plants and stocking the fridge. Here is a spoof account of […] READ MORE
Can Advocaat save Sunderland?
Dick Advocaat is urging Sunderland's owner to spend big to save the club. But is he himself playing a bigger part in their current plight? READ MORE
Has Mourinho finally met his match?
Even by the ridiculously over hyped life of Jose Mourinho, this has been quite a week in the world of the Special One. It is also, to my own regret, the time when my long held admiration for one of the world’s greatest ever football operators took a severe hammering. The ramifications of his very […] READ MORE
A Priceless Win For Aston Villa
On 30 May this year at around 8pm, thousands of Aston Villa fans filed past the commemorative Bobby Moore statue at Wembley, stunned – but not especially surprised – that their team had just been comprehensively dismantled by a slick Arsenal outfit in the FA Cup final. It came at the end of yet another […] READ MORE
Fabian Delph: Loyalty Aftershock
Scientists were celebrating a momentous discovery last night, after unearthing startling new evidence of a Premier League footballer being found in possession of common sense, loyalty and a love of football without thinking of his bank balance. With the incredible news that Aston Villa’s captain Fabian Delph had turned down a move to Manchester City […] READ MORE
The Wonderful Sepp Blatter has Spoken
Some of you may remember that little rumpus back in May. You know the one — where the FBI indicted fourteen individuals, seven of them current FIFA serving members, on counts ranging from racketeering to money laundering. And within the shadow of the biggest corruption scandal ever to engulf football, Mr Sepp Blatter, the seemingly […] READ MORE
Where Are The Asian Football Stars?
This won’t mean a lot to most people, but I am a Level Seven. That is a refereeing qualification, and means I can officially take charge of amateur level, grass roots games under many guises. Last weekend, I officiated in a two day tournament organised by the Khalsa Football Federation, which is an Asian-run organisation. […] READ MORE