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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.

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New managers will need time to bed in

The return of the Premier League this weekend will see three new managers in dugouts across the league. Dean Smith at Norwich, appointed just eight days after losing his job at boyhood club Aston Villa, his replacement Steven Gerrard and Eddie Howe at Newcastle United all face their first games in charge of their new… Continue reading New managers will need time to bed in

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A week in Sport.

The 5th Test Match against India was cancelled. It was a great shame to see the final Test match between England and India called off. The series had been set up perfectly for a barnstorming finish as India looked to complete a series win over England and add their scalp to that of Australia that… Continue reading A week in Sport.

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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

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Romelu Lukaku fills a major hole in Tuchel’s Chelsea side.

Romelu Lukaku is returning to Chelsea, ten years after he walked through the doors of Stamford Bridge for the first time. When he first arrived, he was a promising 18-year-old who had scored goals for fun in the Belgian League for Anderlecht. He was fulfilling a dream, playing for the club he supported and with… Continue reading Romelu Lukaku fills a major hole in Tuchel’s Chelsea side.

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The Hundred. Is it everything we were hoping for?

I’ve really enjoyed the Hundred so far. I was one of those who were very unsure whether we needed another format of the game. The people running sports are always wondering about how to attract new and preferably younger fans to the sport, that was one of many reasons why the bigwigs at the twelve… Continue reading The Hundred. Is it everything we were hoping for?

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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…

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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?

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Who might win the Euros?

Italy have put in two extremely impressive performances so far at Euro 2020. So much so that they are starting to look like real contenders for the crown. But that might not be as surprising as some would think. While Italy faced a real crossroads after shocking the football world by failing to qualify for… Continue reading Who might win the Euros?

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The Barmy Army showed what sport has been missing for over a year.

Live sport is nothing without the fans. And that’s been demonstrated this week in Birmingham as England host New Zealand in the Second Test Match at Edgbaston. A crowd of 18,000 will be allowed in across the five days as England look to claim the first series win of the summer after the drawn match… Continue reading The Barmy Army showed what sport has been missing for over a year.