VAR and the Law

VAR and the Law

In the aftermath of VAR’s shambolic outing in Tottenham’s FA Cup meeting with Rochdale in February, Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark) penned a thought-provoking piece on the need to look at the laws of the game in the same way as the laws of the land. It argued that the rules laid down by the FA are open-textured, and that different valid interpretations are possible within the broad ‘statutory’ limits. This is perfectly true – as the famous professor of jurisprudence H.L.A …
Blackburn v Manchester United Preview | FA Cup 5th Round

Blackburn v Manchester United Preview | FA Cup 5th Round

On February 19th, Blackburn Rovers welcome Manchester United to Ewood park for a tie in the fifth round of the FA Cup.  The two sides have not met since Blackburn was relegated in 2012, but Rovers will look to turn the clock back to 2011 when they drew United at Ewood Park and beat them on New Years Eve at Old Trafford. While beating Manchester United and earning a place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup would be …
Fit and Proper Ownership

Fit and Proper Ownership

After the antics of moustachioed Cardiff City super-villain Vincent Tan, it’s fair to say that the reputation of foreign owners in the Premier League has taken a hit in recent years. Manchester City, heavily criticised for their failure to keep in line with Financial Fair Play regulations, have also had their fair share of trials and tribulations. It is, of course, mere coincidence that they are owned by an Abu Dhabi based Middle Eastern consortium. Cynicism aside, City’s clashes with …
Blackburn v Liverpool - FA Cup Quarter-final Replay Preview

Blackburn v Liverpool - FA Cup Quarter-final Replay Preview

Four weeks since that drab goalless draw at Anfield, Blackburn and Liverpool will battle it out again. This time in Lancashire at Ewood Park for a place in the last four of the FA Cup. Gary Bowyer should be hoping his Blackburn outfit can take advantage of and possibly upset an already dejected Liverpool after the visitors' impressive form in the league has come to a rude end with two back to back losses against Manchester United and Arsenal. But …
FA Cup Quarter-Final Preview: Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers

FA Cup Quarter-Final Preview: Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers

After recording a comfortable 2-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League, Liverpool turn their attentions to the FA Cup where they host Blackburn Rovers in the quarter-finals with a trip to Wembley the reward. Having won eight of their last ten games in all competitions, Brendan Rodgers' side will be confident of stretching their winning run of four straight wins at the expense of the Championship side who have the same number of league wins since December. Liverpool have seen off Wimbledon, Bolton and Crystal …
Blackburn Rovers vs Stoke City | FA Cup Preview

Blackburn Rovers vs Stoke City | FA Cup Preview

Blackburn Rovers host Stoke City in the 5th round of the FA Cup at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon. Rovers overcame Swansea City 3-1 in the previous round but they were aided by two red cards to the visitors. Stoke meanwhile won 3-1 away at Rochdale to reach this stage. Blackburn have a very busy fixture list this month and they have rotated a fair bit for their FA Cup matches this season. The prices for season-ticket holders have been …
What will Mark Hughes bring to Stoke City? | Stats Analysis

What will Mark Hughes bring to Stoke City? | Stats Analysis

Mark Hughes was officially appointed as the new Stoke City manager on 30th May 2013 following the sacking of Tony Pulis and I must admit my first thoughts were “thank God”. I’d like to make it quite clear that this was in no way a slur against Stoke, their chairman Peter Coates, their fans or Hughes himself; this was because of who they had been linked with. For a long time the man Stoke were rumoured to be close to …
Are foreign owners harming English football?

Are foreign owners harming English football?

English football was once known for its ability to embed itself in its surrounding communities. With clubs played for their fans, owners understood the culture behind the clubs and fully represented their supporters’ interests, and fans gave them their almost religious support in return. [caption id="attachment_33561" align="alignright" width="284"] Roman Abramovich is the most famous foreign owner in English football[/caption] In the last decade however a trend has started growing where foreigners who, in most cases have no prior experience in …
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