The Monday Profile: Dario Gradi

Posted by on Nov 7, 2011 in The Monday Profile | 8 Comments
The Monday Profile: Dario Gradi
The recent unveiling of the Elite Player Performance Plan has been met with a cacophony of complaint from footballer bloggers. For Gary Andrews of Two Footed Tackle, it was not so much the straw that broke the camel’s back, more a case of the straw being repeatedly driven into said back with a whopping great JCB -and as Jon Keenof The Tilehurst End pointed out, EPPP could allow

The Monday Profile: Robert Hall

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in The Monday Profile | No Comments
The Monday Profile: Robert Hall

Fair play to West Ham. They may have poached one of the lower leagues’ most prolific marksmen, Sam Baldock, from MK Dons but it’s not all take, take, take – on the contrary, they seem to be vigorously pursuing a policy of loaning out their youngsters to the benefit of both other clubs and the players themselves. Currently plying their trade in League 2 are defender Callum McNaughton …

The Monday Profile: Tom Lees

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in The Monday Profile | No Comments
The Monday Profile: Tom Lees
For this week’s profile, we are made up to welcome David Wilkinson of the stunning Leeds United Blog, The Scratching Shed (indeed, ‘blog’ seems such a humble word to describe such a multifaceted treasure trove). Having spent this week pondering the controversy surrounding the Yorkshire club’s 3-2 win over Peterborough at the weekend, David turns his attention to a man who returned from exile this summer to bolster

The Monday Profile: Jay Rodriguez

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in The Monday Profile | 2 Comments
The Monday Profile: Jay Rodriguez
An earsplittingly loud tannoy that recalls the musical excesses of late eighties noiseniks such as Swans or Einstürzende Neubautenis one of the side effects of a trip to Burnley’s Turf Moor, but through the aural ache, a significant element was discernible.For the announcer for Saturday’s encounter with Reading was intent on displaying one clever motif. His determination to list the Clarets’ XI in numerical order was abandoned when,

The Monday Profile: David Bentley

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in The Monday Profile | 10 Comments
The Monday Profile: David Bentley
Everyone’s got one: the professional sports connection. Maybe you once had a trial with Chesterfield. Perhaps your mate once marked Rob Hulse in a school game. Or you could be Carlton Palmer’s cousin.One of my two tenuous sporting links is that my cousin played in the same youth club side as David Bentley. He was the goalkeeper (trials with Tranmere and Carlisle — dismissed for being too short), and recalls
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