James Mackay

Aspiring sports journalist from Birmingham. West Bromwich Albion fan (for my sins). Twitter: @Jamirackay

Berahino's Social Media Suicide

Berahino's Social Media Suicide

Have a bit of sympathy for West Bromwich Albion fans. Not just, indeed, because they are West Bromwich Albion fans, but because they don’t seem to have the best of luck on ‘Deadline Day.’ The hoodoo began with Peter Odemwingie and his infamous trip down the M40 to Loftus Road in January 2013. Then came the Romelu Lukaku debacle in September of the same year, which saw a deal for the prolific Belgian fall at the final hurdle, leaving the …
Bournemouth v Leicester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Bournemouth v Leicester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

This weekend gives us a first in the Premier League era; a clash between the Cherries and the Foxes, with Bournemouth and Leicester going head to head at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday. The latter have made a fantastic start to the new season, picking up 7 points from a possible 9. In fact, no side has won more points in the Premier League since April 1st than Leicester City (29). Despite their positive start, Claudio Ranieri will not be getting …
West Brom v Chelsea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

West Brom v Chelsea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

They say bad luck comes in threes. Better batten down the hatches, Chelsea fans. First came the controversy surrounding the treatment of first team doctor Eva Carneiro, then came a public humiliation by title rivals Manchester City at the Etihad last weekend. What comes next? Miss out on John Stones? Get a thumping by West Brom on Sunday? It wouldn’t be the first time for the latter; the Blues slumped to a 3-0 defeat at the Hawthorns in May. As …
Sunderland v Norwich City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Sunderland v Norwich City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Is it too early in the season for a must win game? Probably, but it wouldn’t be ideal for either side to come out of this fixture with nada. Suffering damaging defeats in their Premier League curtain-raisers, the relegation microscope is already firmly focussed on both Sunderland and Norwich. The Black Cats would have been licking their lips upon the release of the season’s fixtures. Often playing catch-up by Christmas, locking horns with Leicester, Norwich, Swansea and Aston Villa in …
Player Performance Analysis | Raheem Sterling vs WBA

Player Performance Analysis | Raheem Sterling vs WBA

Raheem Sterling, the eyes of the world are upon you. After Manchester City and Liverpool agreed a £49m transfer in July, the youngster became the most expensive English footballer of all time. I don’t need to remind you of all the hype. Clearly, when a player moves for such a fee, there is tremendous pressure heaped upon them, not to mention intense scrutiny from pundits and fans. With Sterling’s new club lifting the curtain on their new season live on …
Chelsea v Swansea City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea v Swansea City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

‘Preseason is fake. If you’re very bad it’s fake, and if you’re too good it’s fake.’
Well, José, your side have certainly been the former this summer, with the Blues’ pre-season schedule drawing to a close with Sunday’s 1-0 reverse by Arsenal in the Community Shield. In fact, Mourinho’s men are without a win in the off-season; losing 4-2 to a second-string New York Red Bulls side, 1-0 to Fiorentina, and drawing 1-1 and 2-2 with European high-flyers …
Lambert Signs for West Brom: Rickie the Risk?

Lambert Signs for West Brom: Rickie the Risk?

‘Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true.’
Wise words indeed from Homer Simpson, and particularly relevant to West Bromwich Albion’s newest signing, Rickie Lambert. 119 players scored more goals in the Premier League last season than the England international. That said, he’d scored a brace for the Baggies within three hours of putting pen to paper on a two-year deal. Make of those facts what you will. The big question is …
James McClean's Anthem Anarchy

James McClean's Anthem Anarchy

I feel it appropriate to inform you that I write this article behind bolted doors, with crooked pieces of wood nailed over all my windows. I sit in grim anticipation of the inevitable barrage of vitriol coming my way. Please, feel free to air your disagreement, but be gentle. Let me get something straight right off the bat. James McClean’s decision to snub the English flag and national anthem before West Bromwich Albion’s preseason friendly against Charleston Battery in the …