Whirlpool’s End: Stockport County in the Conference North

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
Whirlpool’s End: Stockport County in the Conference North

Blackburn. Wolves. Manchester City. Colwyn Bay. Frickley Athletic. Brackley Town.

It doesn’t take long for things to change in football — a few right decisions and you can be transformed from nowhere to become a star pupil, held up as an example to follow.

Swansea are the most obvious example, and in previous years Cardiff and Blackpool have enjoyed similar meteoric rises from bottom to top. Longer term, many …

From Blue Square Premier to Football League

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
From Blue Square Premier to Football League

Over recent months, we have called upon regular followers of non-league football in order to guess at which players might stand a chance of forging a career in the Football League, should they wish to take the opportunity. First up was Michael Hudson; the proprietor of The Accidental Groundhopper website running the rule over the Northern League. Then, Barry from The Cold End highlighted the Isthmian League’s potentialities.

On Changing Football Fandom

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
On Changing Football Fandom

Every time I hear the phrase ‘The Premier League era’, I see in my mind’s eye my fellow blogger Lanterne Rouge wince. As he never fails to point out, English football did not start in 1992.

He is, of course, entirely correct; the majority of this country’s greatest successes, both at club and particularly at international level came well before the start of the Premier League. Nevertheless, in many …

The Monday Profile: Shaun Miller

Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 in The Monday Profile | 6 Comments

Shaun Miller’s brace in Crewe’s impressive 3-1 victory at home to Oxford was the latest notable performance from the Alsager-born striker, who is steadily gaining a reputation as one of the best strikers in the lower two divisions of the Football League. Building on his career-best 19 goals last season alongside Clayton Donaldson, Miller has now taken the role of main striker with aplomb, scoring 4 times already this season. …

Communication Works, For Those Who Work At It

Posted by on May 28, 2011 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

‘Communication works, for those who work at it’, said once the film score composer John Powell. I have no idea whether Powell is a football fan, but, whatever, his advice should definitely be heeded by those running professional football clubs in England today. The coming of high-speed internet over the last decade means that it is now easier for fans to express their views to a wider audience via blogs …