Premier League Fan Rip Off ? Think Again.

During a recent lively social media exchange, with a friend, the claim was made that, in 1968, it was possible to see the league champions for a small sum of what previous generations called “old money”. This claim was used as a stick with which to berate the devil that is modern football, specifically The Premier League. Being a glass is half full type of … Continue reading Premier League Fan Rip Off ? Think Again.

In praise of Gerrard : A Titan amongst Pygmies!

The statement of his intention to leave Liverpool at the end of the season sums up Steven Gerard in many ways. His influence and value to the history laden club is less easy to understate. Now into his 17th year of 1st team action it is impossible to separate the captain from the 21st century chapter in Liverpool FC history. Gerrard’s debut came in 1998 … Continue reading In praise of Gerrard : A Titan amongst Pygmies!

Always back Harry Redknapp!

The above phrase has been a mantra in our house for over a decade. I have always liked a bit of a gamble and over the years Harry has provided me with family holidays, consumer goods and a great deal of smug satisfaction. Yet for reasons best known to themselves there have always been a large and loud group who decry Harry both personally and … Continue reading Always back Harry Redknapp!

Brian Clough, Memories & Legacy.

The 10 year anniversary of the passing of the man many call the Master Manager has not gone unmarked. Time will not fade the memories of those who watched,  the man himself, playing for Middlesborough or Sunderland, scoring two hundred and fifty plus league goals in record time. Nor will they forget watching the teams he went on to manage. Starting, as the league’s youngest … Continue reading Brian Clough, Memories & Legacy.

Era of the Super Coach? True Beginnings.

A few years ago a top British sportsman took an innovative approach to a problem he had been experiencing in his chosen field. The results of that decision make it appear as if it was an easy one and that success would certainly follow. Yet at the time the decision, to appoint a new coach/manager, was not universally applauded and brought much doubt and some … Continue reading Era of the Super Coach? True Beginnings.

Athletics’ most exclusive club? Meet the holders of the Grand Slam.

The Grand Slam In what is proving a golden age, for GB Athletics, a rare opportunity exists for another to enter a very exclusive club. The unofficial grand slam for UK athletes involves the winning of every major championship available to them. The Olympic Games, The World Championships, The Commonwealth Games and The European Championships. For those wishing to add ever more levels of differentiation, … Continue reading Athletics’ most exclusive club? Meet the holders of the Grand Slam.