Where Would Swansea be now with Paul Tisdale?

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | One Comment
Where Would Swansea be now with Paul Tisdale?

Football is full of what ifs. What if Jonathan Howard’s “goal” for Chesterfield had been given against Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA Cup final? What if Fergie had decided Cantona was too much of a risk to sign? What if Spurs’s chef had opted for a vegetarian curry instead of a lasagne before that game? And what if Paul Tisdale had taken the Swansea job…

Back in 2010, when …

Revisiting the Price of Football

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Uncategorized | 7 Comments
Revisiting the Price of Football

There comes a point in every football fan’s life when the “sod it, I’m not going moment” occurs. For some Manchester City fans, contributing £62 to Arsenal’s coffers was a step too far. For me, spending £25 to sit in a rickety away end at Brisbane Road on a cold December afternoon watching Exeter toil against an equally uninspiring Leyton Orient side proved beyond even my levels of tolerance …

Weighing in on the Price of Football

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Uncategorized | 12 Comments
Weighing in on the Price of Football

Politicians like to talk about the squeezed middle – a concept that focus groups tell them plays well to a hard-working and hard-pressed often middle class demographic who have done nothing wrong financially but find the costs of living creeping ever further up so, through no fault of their own, fall towards the poverty line.

It may make for a catchy soundbite at party conferences but said squeeze is …

Terry Brown: a Eulogy

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
Terry Brown: a Eulogy

At some point even an adolescent has to grow up and become more professional. Peter Parker knew it the longer he continued as Spiderman, Molly Ringwald was savvy enough to forge a non-acting post-Breakfast Club career, and AFC Wimbledon have now learnt painfully that if they are to grow in the future, they must leave the past behind. The past, in this case, being Terry Brown.

To outsiders, jettisoning a …

Where next for Paul Buckle?

Posted by on Jan 7, 2012 in Uncategorized | One Comment
Where next for Paul Buckle?

Forget Roy Keane, among the weapons the now former Bristol Rovers manager Paul Buckle had in his armoury was an icy stare that could single-handedly re-freeze the polar ice caps. I’ve seen it used on misbehaving players in training, at fans who’ve had a differing opinion, and at journalists (including myself) who’ve asked questions that he doesn’t think are worth answering (which, on some occasions, has been a fair …

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