The Monday Profile: Graham Westley

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in The Monday Profile | 5 Comments
The Monday Profile: Graham Westley

It was only a matter of time before Graham Westley’s achievements at Stevenage piqued the interest of more firmly established members of the Football League. And the club that tempted him from Broadhall Way could hardly be more established. Following the confirmation of Westley’s appointment as Preston manager last Friday, much scepticism was expressed among the Football League Twitterati regarding the suitability of club for man, suggesting perhaps …

Capital: London Football, Present and Future

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
Capital: London Football, Present and Future

In an article last year, The Economist coined the phrase `Londonism’ to refer to what it regarded as a distinct ideology driven by the office of Mayor. It cited as the central tenets of `Londonism’: enthusiasm for the financial services industry; an openness to immigration; and the unceasing pursuit of economic growth. The success of this new way of thinking, according to the piece, is symbolized by the …

The Thursday Preview: Cardiff Vs Middlesbrough

Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in The Thursday Preview | 2 Comments
The Thursday Preview: Cardiff Vs Middlesbrough

It has been a while since we previewed a Championship game, instead focusing on the no less riveting events further down the ladder. But which to choose? Two of last year’s big-hitters, Leeds and Reading, meet at Elland Road this weekend, but neither have done much to grab the attention so far this term. Meanwhile, events off the field would overshadow any assessment of Sunday’s Solent derby between Portsmouth …

The Thursday Preview: Coventry Vs Southampton

Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 in The Thursday Preview | 2 Comments
The Thursday Preview: Coventry Vs Southampton

“There was no hope left. No one even shouted at the players.”

Conversation over post-match drinks with a Coventry-supporting friend on Tuesday night was dominated by such sentiments. Toning down my personal delight at City’s 3-0 capitulation at Millwall, I murmured in sympathy. The draining away of hope among the Sky Blues in the Den’s North Stand was not dissimilar to the feeling elicited by Millwall’s own winless run …

EPPP exposes Football League impotence

Posted by on Oct 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
EPPP exposes Football League impotence

Anyone who takes even a passing interest in the Football League, let alone obsessives like us, will be aware of Thursday’s vote to approve the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP). For those of you who remain unaware aware of its details, the EPPP can be summarized either, by its cheerleaders, as a blueprint for the improvement of the England national XI or, by its detractors, as …

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