Sport

Why do English football fans put more into their clubs than their country?

That’s not to say that English fans don’t support the national team. They obviously do. You just need to look at how well attended England games are (when fans are allowed in of course). Even when it is only a friendly, England games regularly get attendances of 50,000 or more. Tournaments are also very well… Continue reading Why do English football fans put more into their clubs than their country?

Sport

Do England now have a selection problem?

This current international break is one of the few remaining chances for players to stake a claim to spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the European Championships. And there is a debate amongst fans about who should be in that squad come the summer. In particular, who should be in the midfield slots. England are… Continue reading Do England now have a selection problem?

Sport

A footballing week in review.

Despite there being no crowds, this has been a very good season. The football season continues on as we are forced to watch from afar. It will be wonderful to be able to go to live football again whenever it is deemed feasible. But despite the continued lack of supporters at grounds, it has been… Continue reading A footballing week in review.

Politics, Sport

Tuchel is up and running and deceny returns to the American leadership.

Chelsea’s outcasts now have a second chance. That’s usually true when a new manager comes in to a club. Everyone wants to work their way into the new man-in-charge’s plans, especially if they were not playing regularly under the previous coach. Thomas Tuchel has already publicly stated he will give every player in the squad… Continue reading Tuchel is up and running and deceny returns to the American leadership.

Politics, Sport

COVID restrictions are to stay for now, and Lampard sacked as Chelsea manager.

For once, Boris Johnson has made the right decision. Boris Johnson confirmed today that England’s schools would remain closed until at least the 8th March, adding that there was not yet enough data to make a decision on taking the country back out of lockdown. This was absolutely the right call. This wave of coronavirus… Continue reading COVID restrictions are to stay for now, and Lampard sacked as Chelsea manager.

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Lampard still deserves time. Chelsea need to stand by their manager.

It’s been a poor run for Frank Lampard and Chelsea throughout much of December. Only one win in six Premier League games has seen them fall out of the top six and, for the first time, has seen serious questions raised about Lampard’s future as manager. But I think it would be a mistake to… Continue reading Lampard still deserves time. Chelsea need to stand by their manager.

Sport

A Week in Review: 23rd-29th November

Chelsea may not be title-winners this season, but they are getting closer and closer. Chelsea may not have beaten Tottenham last weekend but they were the team most likely to win that game. The major chances went their way and they were the only side to put the ball in the back of the net,… Continue reading A Week in Review: 23rd-29th November

Politics, Sport

A Week in Review: 19th-25th October

Pay-per-view football has alienated fans and won’t help clubs cover their costs So, pay-per-view Premier League matches haven’t been doing as well as it was maybe hoped. Many matches on the two box office platforms have performed very poorly, so poorly that Sky and BT will not actually release the viewing figures. There was also… Continue reading A Week in Review: 19th-25th October

Music, Politics, Sport

A Week in Review: 12th-18th October

Premier League rejects ‘Project Big Picture,’ but promises to look at the big picture So, Project Big Picture comes to nothing. The radical new plan to restructure the English football pyramid was soundly rejected by all 20 Premier League clubs last week. That surely means that even the clubs who devised the ideas in the… Continue reading A Week in Review: 12th-18th October

Politics, Sport

A Week in Review: 31st August-6th September

Trump disrespects fallen soldiers of his own armed forces Now this is according to an anonymous source in an article in the Atlantic. But everything the article says fits in with the image I have of Donald Trump. I have never met the man, let alone spent enough time in his company to feel like… Continue reading A Week in Review: 31st August-6th September