Martin

Chelsea embarrassed a nation

April 30, 2009

The Premier League is not that great

I remember the first time the ball was put in to touch to allow treatment to an injured player, it wasn’t that long ago, a world cup game if I recall correctly. I had a lump in my throat when the ball was given back to the team that put it out, at this display of sportsmanship gracing the beautiful game. It h […]

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The real footballer of the year

March 17, 2009

Its coming around to that time of year when people start discussing who will be voted footballer of the year. Last season was pretty clear cut. Cristiano Ronaldo was outstanding and swept the board. This season no one player has stood out like that, well apart from Vidic but when did a defender ever get the recognition they deserved? […]

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It’s all about the money

January 28, 2009

The financial elite

Watching the aftermath of the dire game at Old Trafford on Saturday night, suddenly one man, and an unlikely one for such wisdom, put into a nutshell exactly what is wrong with the current state of football. That man was Edward Sheringham, and what he said was ‘footballers want to win things, they don’t want to just stay up’ […]

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Villa for Europe – Man City for the drop

January 26, 2009

At the start of the season I made two predictions that had eyebrows raised on this site. The first was that Aston Villa would comfortably make the top 4 in the Premier League this season, and the second was that a surprise club would be relegated. I named that club as Manchester City. Despite the interference of a royal family in the latter, I am p […]

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Relegation here we come?

October 22, 2008

Is this the year we lose a so called big club?

The Premier League table makes interesting viewing right now. The situation at the top, with Hull sitting pretty in 3rd place has been discussed recently here so I will not dwell on it, other than to say that it is fabulous to see them there and long may it continue. It’s the state of the bottom t […]

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Emile Heskey The Trojan Warrior

October 16, 2008

England’s main man
I think the performance last night by a man with the middle name of Ivanhoe finally shut the naysayers up for good. At least I hope it did. For many years now Emile Heskey has been working like a Trojan for club and country, giving a majority of fine performances along the way, yet dogged by criticism from people who clearly don […]

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Abuse from opposing fans – Where do you draw the line?

October 2, 2008

Did Spurs fans go to far?

The issues raised at Portsmouth on Saturday, regarding the vile song sung by ‘supporters’ of Tottenham Hotspur have opened up a can of worms that has quite frankly been sealed too long. Sol Campbell was subjected to a song that was racist (hanging from a tree), homophobic (HIV reference)), personal (lunacy reference […]

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Villa – The most likable team in the Premier League

September 23, 2008

Take us to the promise land

I know that I generally write negative things about the Premier League, but I genuinely feel that its existence has been eroding all that we love about the game of football for too long, and that the world would be a better place without it. Too much money is being funnelled into it, by too many people who don’t giv […]

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Is this the death of football?

September 9, 2008

What does the future hold?

These are interesting times to be a football fan. Recent events at Manchester City, Newcastle and West Ham have led many people to look at the game in a new light. Talk is flying around on the chat rooms of a ‘fans rebellion’, the ‘death of football’ and so on. Is it real or is it bollocks? Sadly, and it breaks […]

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Why it’s important to support your local team

August 14, 2008

I believe that supporting your local football team is hugely important, and have nothing but respect for those people who week in week out traipse to the shack they call a grandstand and watch a non-glamorous club. These, in truth, are the country’s true football fans, the ones who don’t expect trophies, just to enjoy the game in its purest for […]

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Best league in Europe – my arse!

July 1, 2008

Where is the cream of Europe then?

After a previous article, in which I supported wholeheartedly the idea of limiting the number of foreign players in domestic leagues, I was berated by a number of people arguing that it was beneficial for our players in the Premier League specifically to play alongside the cream of Europe. Now, in the aftermath […]

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Eduardo and John Lennon – Overrated?

June 9, 2008

Business as usual for the Germans

So we are a weekend in to Euro 2008 and as yet no surprise, and not even a surprise goal from an underdog. Is this the route the tournament will take? Its looking like a feast of football is upon us if Germany v Poland is anything to go by, and whilst I am deeply upset by our failure to qualify it does make it s […]

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