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Legends of the game take to the field for charity

7 Apr 2012

This year will see the return of the popular Samerai Elite Legends Cup and Fallen Heroes Trophy. After last year’s success, the 20-20 event will see star-studded line-ups of former Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and QPR...
 

FA’s new insurance policy is own goal says football lawyer

5 Apr 2012

A leading sports injury lawyer believes the FA has scored an unnecessary and potentially costly own goal following the introduction of a nationwide insurance policy aimed at grassroots players. Paul Mulderrig, who has been campaigning...
 

Getting a scoop – the day Westley was prompted to reveal a spy in the camp

4 Apr 2012

Good stories in football come in several forms. Some of the best of them are the ones that surprise, shock, make you laugh, or leave you shaking your head in bewilderment. Often though, you’ll hear something shocking, but you...
 

Conjuring up some magic with a football

30 Mar 2012

The popularity of street soccer and freestyle football as alternative forms of the beautiful game has risen dramatically over the last few years. This week I was given the opportunity to speak to a rising star of this world, Swiss-born, Croatian...
 

Gary Neville: Social media is rebuilding trust

30 Mar 2012

Gary Neville was in good form at the Soccerex European Forum in Manchester. The former Manchester United defender, never short of an opinion or two, talked about players and social media, questioned the number of interviews players are required...
 

Bizarre managerial appointments

28 Mar 2012

With Burton Albion and Rotherham on the hunt for new managers, the boards of both clubs will be well aware that a bad choice could spell rebellion in the stands. Here are a few clubs whose recruitment process let them down. ...
 

It's high time for Hawkeye

17 Mar 2012

Football is a conservative business. Difference is odd, newness is dangerous; the status quo has long been cherished. Just look at the way Graham Westley is mocked for working his players, or how Ian Holloway is seen as a...
 

Why football needs management quotas

12 Mar 2012

Radical action is needed to change the balance of the English game I know I am in trouble when the very core of my argument supports theories espoused by Prime Minister David Cameron and his erstwhile Cabinet compatriot Nick Clegg. They both...
 

'But I've only been here five minutes!': Some of football's more bizarre dismissals

9 Mar 2012

If there is one certainty for football managers these days, it seems to be the P45. Some don’t even need to be near the bottom of the table to get the bullet. Huddersfield binned off Lee Clark recently with his side fourth and in the thick of...
 

Footballers come out on top for sporting tweeters

1 Mar 2012

The Independent and I newspapers have revealed the radical shift in power on Twitter with their annual ‘Twitter 100’. The list reflects an extreme shake up in who are considered the most powerful Britons on Twitter, as the...
 

How much does diet affect a footballer's performance?

23 Feb 2012

Do you ever have a bad game for no apparent reason? You eat all the right food, avoid booze and junk and yet you’re still bloated and lethargic? Help is at hand. These days, only a buffoon would turn up to play with a...
 

Jack Marshall: An amazing little man

23 Feb 2012

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles” – Christopher Reeve Jack Marshall (aka Jackamo) - just typing the name brings a smile to my face. The quote...
 

Football and Twitter: Relationship on the rocks?

22 Feb 2012

In the world that we live in these days, with social networking left, right and centre we have seen the popularity of sites such as Twitter hit an all time high. In recent times it has become a popular hub within which footballers,...
 

What 'soccer' can learn from our American friends

12 Feb 2012

With Super Bowl XLVI taking place last Sunday evening in Indianapolis, it was also the time of year where Brits take pot shots at a sport they don’t fully understand. The reason behind such mocking may well stem from the term...
 

Keith Hackett - Post-match interviews with officials will not help

14 Jan 2012

Every round of Premier League fixtures creates a new set of controversial refereeing decisions for fans to pull apart. During the festive season, this was no different. From Nenad Milijas’ ridiculous red card at Arsenal,...
 

MySeatz: Giving back to the fans

11 Jan 2012

As football fans contend with the dire economic straits of modern times tickets remain unsold and stadia, particularly across the Football League, remain empty. One company has emerged proposing a solution that benefits all. ...
 

Christmas break? No thanks!

20 Dec 2011

Sprout-ridden floors in Asda. A death in Eastenders. Flimsy paper crowns in crackers. And the ongoing debate about a Premier League winter break. Ok, so perhaps the latter isn't quite yet entrenched as a bona fide Christmas tradition -...
 

Racism in football and the role of black footballers

19 Dec 2011

"Ni**ers with Attitude?....that's what it stands for? I thought that applied to all of them!" - and so the conversation continued between the only two people in the room other than myself. I'd arrived at the apprentice digs...
 

Pull-in pants prove popular with Premier League players

17 Dec 2011

When Samir Nasri flashed his pants on the touchline, underwear specialists Pull-in saw pound signs. The French underwear brand has taken off this season as a host of top players have started wearing Pull-in pants. Nasri, Robin...
 

Subbuteo - The original fantasy football

15 Dec 2011

In the days before the internet, mobile phones and video games, Subbuteo was the fantasy football of its time. The 'flick to kick' game was massively popular for football fans who would spend hours lovingly creating a super stadium for their very...