The Monday Profile: Matt Phillips

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in The Monday Profile | 6 Comments
The Monday Profile: Matt Phillips

My friends and I often indulge in extended debate on the club vs. country issue and how so far, it’s ‘OK’ to support England. We eschew the jingoism, the hooliganism, the sheer repugnance of many of those called on to sport the jersey, the overreaction to defeat and over-anticipation of victory, the arrogance and the aggression, but still wish for a team we can support.

Recent events have led many …

The Monday Profile: Ricardo Vaz Tàª

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in The Monday Profile | 3 Comments
The Monday Profile: Ricardo Vaz Tàª

Bloated Premier League squads need ballast and amid the burnt ends of Match of the Day episodes, the fleeting few minutes of highlights from the KC, Molineux or DW Stadiums have been notable for their late cameos from players unfamiliar — your Henrik Pedersens, Okelsandr Yevtushoks and Itzhak Zohars — the men you feel yourself reaching for the Rothman’s successor volume to run the rule over, or, laptop on knees, …

The Monday Profile: Tadanari Lee

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in The Monday Profile | One Comment
The Monday Profile: Tadanari Lee

For today’s profile, we welcome back Michael Hudson, a long standing friend of the blog and the mastermind behind The Accidental Groundhopper website. Here, Michael, who can be followed on Twitter at @DolphinHotel, turns his attention to a player on the brink of signing for Southampton, drawing as he does on his immense experience following the game in Asia.

Southampton fans needn’t worry about their prospective new striker’s ability …

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 …

The Monday Profile: Jordan Rhodes

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in The Monday Profile | 3 Comments
The Monday Profile: Jordan Rhodes

You’ve got to feel for Andy Rhodes. Most fathers, having just witnessed their son score four times to single-handedly salvage a point from a pulsating and fiercely contested derby match in front of more than 28,000 spectators, would be bursting at the seams with pride. But not Andy, who, as Sheffield Wednesday’s goalkeeping coach, had just seen his charge Stephen Bywater beaten four times, his own flesh and blood

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