Doubling up

As a follow on from my post earlier this week regarding the South Wales derby never producing a double for either side I thought I’d take a look at “the double” (the double being one side winning both home and away legs during a league season) in a slightly wider context. The statistics used in the following do not include games in the 2010/2011 season. Most Doubles The most played […]

Never doing the double

One of the more interesting facets of the South Wales derby is that neither Cardiff City or Swansea have ever managed to “do a league double” over the other side. Craig Bellamy’s wonder-strike on Sunday afternoon ensured that Cardiff City not only left the Liberty Stadium with all three points, but also left without the inigmany of being the first side to lose two league games against their bitter rivals […]

Catching teams on a run of good form

Over the years I’ve heard many fans bemoaning the fact that their club appear to play teams just as they come into a good run of form. Conversely it’s also good to catch clubs whilst they are on a poor run of form. I think many clubs in the Championship took advantage of a Portsmouth side in turmoil earlier this season as they got to grips with the division. Playing […]

Winners and Losers of the calendar year (2010)

As any supporter knows, the football season runs from summer to summer, however I felt as we approach the end of 2010 that it would be interesting to take a look at how well clubs have done over the calendar year. This stuff is obviously totally irrelevant when it comes to handing out trophies or deciding promotion or relegation but it may give an indication as to which sides have […]

Why was 26th March 1927 a big day for Welsh football?

26th March 1927 was an important day in Cardiff City’s history, it was the day they beat Reading at Molineux in the FA Cup semi final in a competition they would go on to win for the only time in their history. A big moment for the club, but also a very good day for Welsh football. Amazing as it seems now, at the time there were six Welsh clubs […]

Danny Dichio

Oooh! Danny Dichio In my opinion Major League Soccer takes quite a lot of unfair stick in the British press. It often faces critisism on grounds of being “too American”, “overcommercialised” and “supporting the awful franchise system.” On the first count, of being too American, it’s going to be difficult to avoid. It is of course, overcommericalised, but so is pretty much every top league in the entire world. And […]

Serie B

Serie B may have lost giants Juventus, Genoa and Napoli to Serie A and Hellas Verona to Serie C1 but there’s still a lot of interesting clubs competing in the Italian second flight. Four teams were promoted to Serie B replacing Hellas Verona (who finished fifth bottom and lost what the Italians call a play-out to Spezia), Arezzo, Crotone and Pescara. Replacing them from Serie C1/A are Grosetto and Pisa, […]

Borough United Football Club

The first Welsh club to get past the first round of a European tie weren’t Cardiff City. They also weren’t Swansea, or Wrexham, Newport County, Bangor City or Merthyr Tydfil. They were the little known club from North Wales, Borough United. Despite being a Cardiff City supporter for about fifteen years, and spending much of my time reading about Welsh football and some of the odder aspects of the European […]