How good could Big Jon Parkin be?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Alan Irvine showed admirable loyalty to Preston North End by choosing to stay by the Ribble this Summer, given that West Bromwich Albion were one club who had been rumoured to be interested. That said, PNE blatantly overachieved in 2008-9. The season seemed to drift along a little during the autumn months but Irvine’s honest prescription of workhorse powered organization (cynics would say defensiveness) finally won the day and the …

A trip down Chemical Alley

Posted by on Jul 28, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

One of the most improved young Premier League stars of the past year has been Middlesbrough midfielder cum central defender Matthew Bates. So, the news that the imposing utility man will miss a large chunk of the season due to a cruciate ligament injury sustained at Carlisle’s Brunton Park will hit Boro hard.

The Chemical Heads will need to rely on their young players as the sound of toys falling …

Suffolk and Essex confused

Posted by on Jul 27, 2009 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Working in the City of London, but a short tube journey from Liverpool Street, I decided to pay a visit to Portman Road for a key battle between play off contenders Ipswich Town and Reading in March 2003. With time to spare, the intention was to arrive in Suffolk early.

Liverpool Street can resemble Dunkirk for chaos, with the added disadvantage of being a seeming headquarters for city boys from …

Tales of Two Magpies

Posted by on Jul 27, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Championship related activity has been on the increase over the past week and although friendlies are as sure fire a way of divining what the season won’t bring as anything, two results at the weekend nevertheless stood out. First came, multi-million spending Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 tumble to their Trentside neighbours County. Although Tricky Trees’ fans will remind us (yawn) that Derby are the real enemy, the presence of a large …

Bigmouth Strikes Again

Posted by on Jul 27, 2009 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

“He really believes in himself and his ability. If he was a chocolate bar, he’d be licking himself.” After just two months back in football following a season-long hiatus post Crisp Bowl, Ian Holloway seems intent on perpetuating the wacky caricature that he fashioned during managerial posts at Bristol Rovers, QPR and Plymouth. Not that there’s anything wrong with that per se: at best, Holloway’s headline-grabbing ‘Ollieisms’ curry favour with …