Sport

I’m not excited about the World Cup.

Well, the England squad for the World Cup has been announced. I’m not surprised by Gareth Southgate’s selections. I’m also really not bothered. I’m just not excited for this World Cup at all. Ever since Qatar was announced as hosting the 2022 World Cup, I knew this was one edition of the World Cup that… Continue reading I’m not excited about the World Cup.

Sport

Don’t be too quick to judge Chelsea.

Pre-season is never the time to be trying to judge a football team. Teams have had troubled pre-seasons and gone on to achieve great success by the end of the campaign. And that is something that I think Chelsea fans need to keep in mind right now. This is a strange time for the club.… Continue reading Don’t be too quick to judge Chelsea.

Sport

Some thoughts on Chelsea’s situation.

This is certainly a difficult time for Chelsea Football Club. The owner sanctioned, the club restricted in how it can operate, desperately looking for a new owner. And while more than 30 parties have apparently made a bid to buy the club, fans will worry over the suitability of anyone coming in. Will they simply… Continue reading Some thoughts on Chelsea’s situation.

Sport

The Premier League: What’s going wrong this time?

Omicron surge puts Premier League in dangerous territory The Premier League seems like it will continue for now. And I don’t think that is the right decision. While the Omicron variant starts to take over from Delta for the general public, cases are starting to rise again for football clubs as well. Over half of… Continue reading The Premier League: What’s going wrong this time?

Sport

Being in the stands beats watching on TV any day of the week.

Being back at Stamford Bridge was an absolute joy. For the first time in a year and a half, I went to see my team play live last Tuesday. Football has been a large part of my life since I went to my first game in January 2003. Chelsea have always been my club. So… Continue reading Being in the stands beats watching on TV any day of the week.

Politics, Sport

When the news is rubbish.

You know how you can feel looking at the news sometimes? Like it’s an avalanche of depressing stories? I feel a bit like that right now. I mean there really isn’t a lot to make you think otherwise. The continued revelations of potential sleaze and/or corruption coming out of Westminster continue to erode whatever confidence… Continue reading When the news is rubbish.

Sport

Some thoughts about the Premier League

Now that we’ve had two weekends of Premier League fixtures, I think we can draw some slightly more informed conclusions about what the season may entail. It’s never really wise to do something like this until we’ve seen a month or two of the season, but every sports writer seems to do it every season… Continue reading Some thoughts about the Premier League

Sport

Oh so near, and yet so far for England.

But this was always going to be a matter of progress. And as much as it will hurt the players right now, they have shown tremendous progress. When Gareth Southgate took charge of the England team, did anyone think that England would make a major final? Because I certainly didn’t. England announced a ten-year-plan back… Continue reading Oh so near, and yet so far for England.

Sport

For the first time in 55 years, England gear up for a major final…

'So many jokes, so many sneers. But all those oh so nears wear you down, through the years.' That has been how it has felt to be an England fan ever since 1966. And those words written by Baddiel and Skinner 25 years ago have still held their power, because that has continued to be… Continue reading For the first time in 55 years, England gear up for a major final…

Sport

How do you solve a problem like the England football team?

This England side is not very good to watch. I know, real hot take there, but it just isn’t. It’s not a free-flowing attacking side that blows teams away. No England side in my lifetime ever has been. But, as I’ve said previously, this is the most talented England squad in years; so why aren’t… Continue reading How do you solve a problem like the England football team?