Can You Name The Football Ground Quiz?

Over the last 25 years football stadium's in England have gone through a major transformation. The old iconic stadiums have slowly been replaced by state of the art architecture with plenty of focus on the hospitality packages for the corporate side of the game. However there are still some amazing old grounds around the country that make the FA Cup and League Cup games fun to watch and attend as they bring their own kind of atmosphere! So how good …
The Soul of a Football Club

The Soul of a Football Club

Watching the class of 92 documentary it was interesting listening to the views of long standing Salford City fans. A number of them interviewed said they were unhappy with the ex-Man Utd players takeover "as it will never be the same." Equally numerous QPR fans say they preferred QPR when the Chrysalis' records founder Chris Wright owned QPR (96-2001) over Briartore / Ecclestone / Fernandes / Bhattia / Mittal, the recent owners over the last 5 years. Mercenary footballers are not …
Player Remuneration & Fan Exploitation

Player Remuneration & Fan Exploitation

Gareth Bale’s £85 million move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 saw him earn £300,000 per week on a six-year contract, doubling the yearly salary of UK Prime Minister David Cameron in just one week of work. With thousands of consumers struggling to cope with rising ticket prices, there is an imbalance between player remuneration and the cost of going to watch your team play. Football doesn’t have an income problem, it has a spending …
Football Fans and the Chip On Their Shoulder

Football Fans and the Chip On Their Shoulder

In wake of recent reports that West Ham are considering not extending Sam Allardyce’s contract beyond the summer, I began to think about the fickle nature of the football fan. Fans of football teams generally have high expectations for their clubs, but it is becoming apparent that some have extreme delusions of grandeur. I am using West Ham as an example for now as it contextually relevant, but it is clear they are not the only culprits. So I bought …
James McArthur: A Statistical Analysis of Crystal Palace's Record Signing

James McArthur: A Statistical Analysis of Crystal Palace's Record Signing

Having been placed at the helm of affairs with less than a week to go before the transfer window closed, Neil Warnock was required to make a very quick assessment of his squad. The Englishman had a busy deadline day as he made 3 crucial signings mere hours before the window shut. These were in the form of James McArthur, Kevin Doyle (on loan) and Zeki Fryers. The signing of McArthur from Wigan for a fee of 7 million surpassed …
Jordi Gómez: Is he the Answer to Sunderland's Woes?

Jordi Gómez: Is he the Answer to Sunderland's Woes?

Jordi Gomez signed for Sunderland on July 1st, making him the 2 of the 4 signings by the club so far. The 29 year old attacking midfielder made the move from Wigan on a free transfer, after refusing a new contract with the Latics. He had an impressive 2013-14 season at the DW stadium, scoring 7 goals and assisting 5. In the process he was also voted Wigan’s Player of the Year by the fans. After being at the bottom of …
The impact of Defensive Midfielders | Lucas, Carrick, Ramires & McCarthy

The impact of Defensive Midfielders | Lucas, Carrick, Ramires & McCarthy

The modern footballing world likes to follow the labelling trend of the "defensive midfielder". The importance of those who sit in front of the defence as a protection is becoming increasingly apparent. I take a look at some of the top examples who prove that midfielders are just as important to a team's defence as the back four (note this is not a comparison - more of a look at how they contribute to their teams). Michael Carrick has had …
The Rate of Attack and Creative Efficiency (RACE) to Goals Model

The Rate of Attack and Creative Efficiency (RACE) to Goals Model

One of the key breakthroughs recently in football's fanalytic community has been the development of shots models that look at quality of chances that teams or players have and their ability to finish those chances. There has been some very interesting work carried out [email protected](like this), @11tegen11 (like this), [email protected](like this), where they have put in a significant amount of work to look at where shots are taken from and what the conversion rates are for shots from those areas. One of …
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