Are Clouds Beginning to Gather Once Again at Home Park?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | 16 Comments
Are Clouds Beginning to Gather Once Again at Home Park?

Having initially penned an epic two-parter in January 2012 about the travails of Plymouth Argyle as part of a short series of pieces on clubs in turmoil (which, for the record, featured alongside coverage of Coventry, Port Vale, Portsmouth and Preston North End) Roger Willis provided two updates in April 2012 and March 2014. A couple of years on, Roger returns to the scene to

TTU Go Predicting: A Club-by-Club League 2 Preview 2016-17

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | One Comment
TTU Go Predicting: A Club-by-Club League 2 Preview 2016-17

Accrington Stanley

Regardless of whether Accrington went up last year, their team was destined to be broken up, such was their quality. With Matty Crooks and Josh Windass having already signed pre-contract agreements in January to join Rangers, Stanley have since seen fellow starters Piero Mingoia, Tom Davies and Ross Etheridge leave for a trio of League 2 rivals, rendering their squad bereft of the sheen that turned so many …

Eamonn Dolan, 1967-2016

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Eamonn Dolan, 1967-2016

When I first met then Exeter City manager Eamonn Dolan he stopped our interview midway through to give tactical advise to a youth team player. “I knew he was heading off and I wouldn’t get to see him until after his game at the weekend.”

When I spoke to him about seven years later to get a quick bit of background on a Reading player for an article I …

Newcastle United are Going Down but Looking Up

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | One Comment
Newcastle United are Going Down but Looking Up

Saturday 7th May. A leisurely, idyllic afternoon spent at the open-air thermal spa-heated pool at our campsite in southern Tuscany. The skies, which had been cloudless and brilliantly blue for days, gradually turned first a bruised purple and then a stunning near-black. And then – just as news filtered through that Newcastle could only muster a 0–0 draw at Villa while Sunderland had twice come from behind to beat …

Another set of half-baked proposals from the Football League

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 10 Comments
Another set of half-baked proposals from the Football League

Two summers ago, I stood on the stoop of a pub in Oxford and was interviewed over the telephone by the We Are Going Up podcast about the proposals to introduce reserve teams of Premier League clubs into the Football League.

Met with a volley of outbursts and snorts as it was, the idea was given short shrift in most quarters (aside from Mark Warburton – a man who …

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