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Remember last season’s FA Cup? No, why would you?
It was a mundane affair that produced hardly any upsets and by the quarter final stage there was only one non-Premier League side left in the competition. Twelve months on there will be at least one semi-finalist from outside the top-flight.
So what’s changed? Well, admittedly the unseeded format of the competition means that certain years England’s footballing heavyweights can draw each other in the same round in which there may also be an all-League One clash. Portsmouth’s ascent to FA Cup glory …

Going to a live game makes you remember that indescribable feeling that a live game gives you. The increase of live televised games bought by the likes of Sky does allow many people the chance of seeing their team or just enjoying being a neutral. However travelling to a game, chatting football and watching your team live is the true essence of football. Every detail just makes the experience of the day better, the football conversations, the pre-game pie and chips and the atmosphere of a live stadium. The ease …

The all-inclusive format of the FA Cup means that football’s oldest surviving tournament has seen countless giant-killings in its history, as lower-ranked Davids slay the Goliaths above them. Non-league Hereford United’s victory over Newcastle in 1972, prompted by the now famous long-range effort from Ronnie Radford, is woven into the competition’s folklore, along with John Motson’s fevered reaction. More recently, Wrexham, who in 1991 had finished bottom of the football league, beat English champions Arsenal 2-1 the next season, and Third Division Shrewsbury defeated Everton in 2003. No team is …

Arsenal bounced back from their back to back defeats in the league by producing a scintillating attacking display against West Ham to record the first win in the Premier League in 2013 in emphatic fashion. It was the sort of display which they so desperately needed having looked lacklustre and below par against Chelsea and Man City. The game started with a high tempo with both teams creating early chances which suggested it would be a close game. Arsenal started brightly and signalled their intent with an early opportunity created …

If you would care to look through my old posts, it is clear to see I am a forest fan. Entering nearly a quarter of century of watching my team its been possibly the most depressing week of following not just Forest but football more generally.
Most Forest fans did not know where our club was heading in the summer. Preceded by a disastrous season on the pitch and the tragic loss of our chairman and potential financial ruin off it. With one recognised defender left in walked our saviours the …

For one beautiful moment this weekend the now almost mythical “magic of the FA Cup” seemed set to re-emerge from the embers of a competition that sadly, is not what it used to be.
Ironically, this moment was produced by a match whose combatants quite literally, are not what they used to be: MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon. As AFC Wimbledon’s Jack Midson powered a header into the back of the MK Dons net and ecstatic Wimbledon fans invaded the pitch, the overwhelming justice of the situation seemed palpable.
Here was a …

After three and a half years, of goals, highs, lows and quotes Ian Holloway relationship with Blackpool has ended.
It seemed like a match made in heaven. Ridiculed rent-a-quote manager takes over ridiculed football club with two stands, what could go wrong?
In the beginning, nothing. “We both look better in the dark,” was Ian Holloway’s metaphorical take on himself and the town. And as soon as he arrived his team started to look better on the pitch. Holloway the revelling underdog devised a 4-3-3 system built round Charlie Adam, that placed …

The season of good will is almost upon us, and I would like to be the first to request a gesture of charity and kindness in supporting a worthy cause. Please spare a thought for those poor lost souls supporting  ‘big clubs’ nowhere near their home town  and donate just an ounce of common sense, humility and  intelligence to those in desperate need.
Now on the surface, the glory supporter epidemic may appear to be a lost cause. The rapid increase of ‘Red Devil’s disease cases of the 90s reshaped our …

Before Roberto Di-Matteo was awarded the contract to take in charge of the blues, there were several coaches who were linked to the Chelsea job and amongst them was the former Barcelona gaffer in the name of Pep Guardiola. Guardiola was one of the best coaches in the Catalans history winning 14 major trophies within his four year spell at Barcelona, two of which were Europe’s most prestigious trophy,the champions league. He was Abramovic’s favorite but claims he needed a year break.
Last season was Guardiola’s worse season with a single …

Chelsea last season started their campaign in all competition with a new coach in the person of Andres Villas-Boas who tried to change their style of play and tried to revolve the team by playing young once rather than the old guards in the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and co. with the 4-3-3 formation which in the end saw the end of AVB’s reign at Chelsea end so early at Stanford bridge. During his reign saw the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Alex departed to china and France respectively, he also fallen out with Lampard, Cole, Torres and other senior players. He gave Daniel Sturridge a …