Pre match playlist with Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford is the name on everybody’s lips at the moment. Since completing his £30 million transfer from Sunderland to Everton, (a record fee for a recently relegated goalkeeper in the Premier League) he has since enhanced his reputation at the Under 21 European Championships in Poland with a string of 6/10 rated performances. Jordan […]

An article paying tribute to Gianluigi Buffon, A goalkeeping perfectionist

Shortly after breaking another Serie A goalkeeping record Gianluigi Buffon wrote an open letter to the ‘goal’ he has safeguarded for almost twenty years. Fortunately the multilingual James Horncastle was on hand to translate the letter, and in doing so, he revealed to myself and many other non-Italian speakers Buffon’s virtuosity. Here’s Buffon’s letter in […]

Jamie Vardy’s future, goals, Gazza and Real Madrid

Jamie Vardy’s meteoric rise from a non-league scoundrel to a free scoring Premier League striker is a great footballing story. He hassles defenders like a playground bully struggling to balance Key Stage 3 with a premature nicotine addiction. Vardy’s tenacity has been well rewarded so far this season. The man once rejected by Sheffield Wednesday […]

Football’s Mad Men, why are we so obsessed with managers?

A manager is much more than just a tactician these days; he is a figurehead for an entire club. When a billionaire owner hires a new manager, it is a process defined by personalities rather than coaching merit. Is he a tough guy or a charmer? Does he wear a tracksuit or a shirt and […]

Why Chelsea could be relegated

It’s pretty simple really; The Blues are 16th in the table and are just three points off relegation and we are already a third of the way into the season. Furthermore Chelsea have the same number of points and more defeats than Hull City had this time last year, and The Tigers were relegated. They also […]

The hilarious (but also sad) decline of Michael Owen

It is not an exaggeration to say that Michael Owen was my childhood hero. Perhaps this was because I was the sort of football fan growing up who watched my idols on TV rather than in the stands. If I was a full-blown Kopite I might have preferred Robbie Fowler or Steve McManaman, but I […]

Worse than Blatter, why Piers Morgan is ruining football

In many ways Piers Morgan is the perfect modern day celebrity football fan. He is a man so paranoid of his own flair for corruption coming back to haunt him, that he blurts out every irrational thought he has on Twitter, just so no one else can. Morgan presumably grew up wanting to be famous, […]

Zinedine Zidane, race, grace and brutality

It is a testament to Zidane’s career in professional football that his most infamous moment in the game is considered an, ‘ode to defeat’ by Abdessemed, who immortalised Zidane’s World Cup final head-butt in his outrageous sculpture, Coup de Tete. The statue itself stands at an imposing 16ft and was displayed in Doha in Qatar, before being removed […]