Spit and Sawdust Football Part 2

After last week’s trip to Oxford for some league two football, I ventured even further down the footballing pyramid today. On a trip for the Non-League Paper I made way to the FA Trophy Quarter Final clash between Highbridge Town versus Tadcaster Albion in deepest darkest Wiltshire. Last week I said it’s been a long…

Winter World Cup Ludicrous

The ludicrous decision by FIFA to award Qatar the rights to host the 2022 World Cup is looking dafter and dafter with every passing FIFA meeting, think-tank or committee charged with making this World Cup happen. It appears to be one problem after another since the Arab state was charged with hosting the largest sporting…

Spit and Sawdust Football

It’s been well over 5 years since I’ve attended a lower league football game. But today I made the trip to the Kassam Stadium to watch Oxford take on Mansfield in a good old-fashioned relegation six-pointer. Both sides have been languishing in the bottom of League Two, England’s lowest fully professional league, and were desperate…

The Death of the Match Report

In the wake of Callum Baird’s brilliantly written report on a 0-0 bore draw between Airdrieonians and Morton earlier this week, I have been contemplating where we stand in the discipline of match reporting. For years, the simple match report has been the bedrock of newspaper back pages with often entire pull-outs dedicated to a…

United Lack a Leader

Much has been written and said about Manchester United’s poor start to this season and in particular their shoddy defence. It is certainly true that United’s defence has been anything but watertight during the opening months of this campaign – shipping 5 goals to Leicester being the nadir. While Louis Van Gaal’s heavy investment in…

Merseyside Managers – Martinez and Rodgers

In what has been a compelling and unpredictable Premier League season thus far, two young mangers have emerged from the scrap for a top four finish with immense credit. Both Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and Roberto Martinez at Everton have earned the respect of their halves of Merseyside. Despite their differing positions in the table…

Euro 2016 Draw: Anti-Climax?

“We have 24 very good teams, so this tournament can be a success…24 teams will be as good as 16 teams.” These are the thoughts of UEFA president and deputy laughing stock (to Sepp Blatter of course!) Michel Platini, unfortunately it is a view almost universally rejected by fans and administrators across Europe. Sure, an…