Déjà vu for Brendan Rodgers: Can he survive the Ire of the Fans Twice?

Déjà vu for Brendan Rodgers: Can he survive the Ire of the Fans Twice?

After Liverpool struggled to a laboured penalty shoot-out victory against Carlisle in the Carling Cup, Brendan Rodgers could be forgiven for thinking that history was repeating itself. This time last season, Rodgers had lost his talisman in Luis Suarez, while his investment of the Uruguayan’s £75 million had drawn huge criticism from fans. The club had also struggled for form in the early weeks of the season and even been knocked out of the Champions League group stage. Just 12 …
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 …
Arsenal & Wenger: The Verdict

Arsenal & Wenger: The Verdict

From a young age there is a certain pleasure I have always taken in Arsenals failings. There are other teams far worse off but there is something incredibly amusing about watching Arsenal flatter to deceive and then ultimately stumble and fall continuously. The fans play their part; the terraces at the Emirates seems to contain more flip-flops than a beach (that’s banter). One week all is well, title charge is on off the back of a 3-0 win at home …
Proper Football fans?

Proper Football fans?

Proper Football Fans? I attended my first football match when I was four years old: Stoke City vs. Cambridge United. I didn't leave the game early and I have sworn to myself over the years that I never would. Last weekend however, I did, for the first time, leave a football game early. Not five or even ten minutes early but a whole half an hour early after watching my team - I had spent £90 on tickets and travel …