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 …

The Argument: Is There Too Much Football on TV?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
The Argument: Is There Too Much Football on TV?

When did being a football fan start to feel like such hard work? It’s not that there’s more football in the world than there used to be. What’s changed is the availability and exposure of it all. Anybody with the right sort of television package, mobile phone contract or internet connection should never go more than 24 hours without a game to watch. Live football dominates the sports channels’ …

The Future of Northampton Town Hangs in the Balance

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | One Comment
The Future of Northampton Town Hangs in the Balance

If ever any of us were naà¯ve enough to think that football had gotten its financial house in order, the current predicament of Northampton Town FC is a salutary reminder of how bad things can get. Here, a supporter of the club who has asked to remain anonymous, expresses his feeling at the club’s current situation.

On the 16th November Northampton Town Football Club, established in 1897 and …

Analysing the Middlesbrough Revival

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Analysing the Middlesbrough Revival

The Football League play-offs for 2015 have so far been packed full of incident with that astonishing 5-5 draw between Swindon and Sheffield United the highlight. A vision up, much of the attention has been focused on the East Anglian derbies but the probable favourites for promotion at the time of writing are Middlesbrough, primed for a top flight return after a good few seasons in the wilderness. Here, …

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