Do Irish players in the Championship get a fair shot at playing for their country? An Ode to Kevin Kilbane

Posted by on Jul 10, 2009 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

A favourite hobby of mine, and many other Irish football fans, is to Google the most recently capped Irish footballer to work out who the hell he is. Sean St Ledger? Leon Best? Martin Rowlands? It’s hard to imagine for an English football fan, but a fair few of these guys get sent out to play against Italy, France and Brazil, and aren’t always beaten.

“Of course the Irish lads …

Not So Great Expectations

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Scunthorpe seem reasonably well placed ahead of their second stab at Championship survival in three seasons. The Lesser Spotted Lincolnshiremen’s last attempt was foreshadowed by Billy Sharp’s defection to Sheffield United (itself preceded by strike partner Andy Keogh’s exit), but the Iron should be a little more confident this time around, with their play-off winning squad likely to remain intact.

Manager Nigel Adkins is earning a reputation for affording developing …

Wily Blackwell?

Posted by on Jul 9, 2009 in Uncategorized | One Comment

“You’re just a shit Neil Warnock” was the refrain aimed by Burnley fans at Kevin Blackwell in the television gantry as the Clarets roared into the Play off Final in May. A week and a half later and his jocular reaction was no longer in evidence. Wembley distress must have come harder for the Boston United goalkeeping legend than anyone, still smarting as he was from his Leeds’ side’s 3-0 …

Faurlin in love again

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Say Alejandro Damian Faurlin’s surname too quickly and images of the near synonymous Diego Forlan might spring to mind. That golden locked striker became a byword for expensive under-achievement during his time in English football. Will Queen’s Park Rangers’ new 3.5 million pound midfielder prove to be equally as legendary?

As a midfielder, at least the newcomer from Instituto AC Cordoba won’t have the pressure of having to find the …

Back in One Season?

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Six clubs departed our league in May, and after Lloyd’s assessment of Wolves’ top flight chances last month, it’s now time for Burnley to be thrust under the spotlight. I was at Turf Moor on a cold October night last year and the sight of Owen Coyle patrolling the touchline in skimpy shorts and white sweatshirt made me shiver – here was a hard as nails, driven gaffer. Persuading Coyle …