Tyler Blackett -  A Breakout Disappointment

Tyler Blackett - A Breakout Disappointment

One of the most enjoyable parts of watching football, especially for local fans, can be watching a young player emerge from the academy and burst into the first team. There’s a pride we take in seeing our side put trust in a talent they have developed and see them thriving under the professional pressure. We sit with eyes wide imagining future national stars like Wayne Rooney or a potential home town hero/one club man like Steven Gerrard. Those in the …
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 …
Manchester United vs Cambridge United|FA Cup Preview

Manchester United vs Cambridge United|FA Cup Preview

On February third, League Two Cambridge United travel to Old Trafford to take on the mighty Manchester United in a fourth round FA Cup replay.  In a round with plenty of surprises Cambridge being able to hold on for a 0-0 draw against a nearly full strength Manchester United side was still one of the biggest shocks of the round.  Now the team just back into the Football League this season will get the chance to travel to Old Trafford to …
Manchester City v Middlesbrough - FA Cup 4th Round Preview

Manchester City v Middlesbrough - FA Cup 4th Round Preview

Manchester City will return from their warm weather training in Dubai that culminated into a friendly win against German club Hamburg SV, on Friday to resume their FA Cup campaign at home to Championship side Middlesbrough. After a disappointing defeat to Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium, undone by a few ordinary performances from the hosts and an extraordinarily resilient showing by the visitors, the reigning Champions found themselves 5 points below pacesetters Chelsea on the league table. A victory though …
The Fall of English Football and The FA's Fight

The Fall of English Football and The FA's Fight

Greg Dyke’s keynote speech concerned with the condition of the “English” Premier League and the national team could not go unnoticed. From drawing our attention to the ignored but obvious, to making attractive points and arguments, to drawing sensationalist targets – he has reopened a debate on the foreign nature of the Premier League and its consequences for the national team’s future achievements. Central to the statement was what Dyke referred to as a “frightening trend” in which the Premier …
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