Wales

Wales

I had given up. I had given up on Wales qualifying for a tournament, and that was OK. In the same way that most men give up on becoming astronauts or professional footballers, I’d come to the conclusion that Wales featuring in a Panini sticker album was never going to happen. It’s a well worn cliche, but supporting Wales has never […]

Euro 2016: 24th man

Euro 2016: 24th man

UEFA’s decision to enlarge the European Championships to allow smaller nations a shot at the big time (and to make a lot more money) has been controversial. Despite this controversy, I don’t wish to cover the subject, I want to discuss a different enlargement to 24 that I feel we could all get behind. The 24th Player. Each nation competing at […]

World War I: Portsmouth Ladies, slayers of Arsenal

World War I: Portsmouth Ladies, slayers of Arsenal

Top level football came to a halt in England during the first World War. Many footballers were away from their homes fighting for their country and with resources scarce, football wasn’t really a priority for the nation. Despite the difficulties of war, the appetite for football remained, and with so many in desperate need of aid a charity football team […]

A combined men and women’s world ranking

A combined men and women’s world ranking

I’m a sucker for an international tournament, so like many I was glued to the TV as the Women’s World Cup filled the summer football void. The World Cup divided opinion on social media into three distinct camps. The first was the misogyny filled moronic opinions, those who weren’t interested and those who loved it. (And to be clear, the […]

Cardiff City back in blue

Cardiff City back in blue

“Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.” – Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary In 2012 I was a Cardiff City supporter. I was a season ticket holder and made the two hundred and sixty mile round trip for home […]

How to fix the FA Cup / Does it even need to be fixed?

How to fix the FA Cup / Does it even need to be fixed?

Every year around this time there’s a rush of suggestions and ideas of ways to improve the FA Cup. The three ideas are mentioned below in the tweets are ideas that I’ve seen more than once and I can understand where the thoughts originate from. They come with the best intentions. https://twitter.com/mixedknuts/status/551752503147388928 Of the three ideas this is probably the […]