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Martin O’Neill – Saviour of Sunderland

December 9, 2011


Martin O’Neill walked into Sunderland this week with a blend of calmness and confidence that only a son of the late Brian Clough could pull off. It took O’Neill just seconds after entering the club to make it seem like he had been there for an eternity. O’Neill has a habit of walking into a […]

Tottenham Hotspur: The Premier League’s White Knight

December 1, 2011


The razzle and dazzle of Sky’s baby has reached fever pitch this season but not for the right reasons. If it’s not Balotelli lighting fireworks, Terry saying naughty things or Arsene blowing his top, then it’s probably a squabble in Manchester or Mike Ashley upsetting something or someone. But let’s try and bring it back […]


October 27, 2011


The first home I can ever remember was in Aldershot. Back then I used to flick through the pages of my comic, trying to shy away from the reality of one of Britain’s worst towns. It wasn’t through some idiotic choice of my parents that we lived there, my dad was enlisted in the British […]

CONMEBOL Qualifying: The Road To Rio Begins

October 10, 2011


  While most Europeans are pre-occupied with qualifying for next summers European Championship, the road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has already started for South America.  The journey to Rio may be short in terms of distance but competition to secure one of the four automatic spots will be fierce.  If South American […]


September 14, 2011


Children are wonderful things but I’m starting to notice a comparison between Torres and my own 18 month old son. Now before you go asking to be my son’s agent it’s not based on his footballing ability, in fact its temperament. In parental circles my son is reaching an age which is called the ‘terrible […]

The SPL Debate Part III: A New Beginning

August 31, 2011


The Scottish FA is trusted to lead the country’s national sport with integrity and innovation, fostering a culture of performance, unity and trust. This is the mission statement that appears on ‘Scotland United – A 2020 vision’ a document from the SFA detailing plans for the game based on the findings of the McLeish Report, […]

The SPL Debate Part II: The Fountain of an Oranje Youth

August 25, 2011


After our look at what problems Scottish football faces off the pitch we’ll now delve into problems on it. Obviously the massive gulf in finances affects the type of player in the SPL and makes it harder to attract top quality players to the league, but what kind of a standard already exists?