African Champions League Preliminary Round Review

Last week the Prelimiary Round of the CAF Champions League was completed. 23 sides from across Africa will now join the 9 seeds in the First Round proper that kicks off on the weekend of the 19th March. It’s been a turbulent time in Africa for many of the North African teams involved in the competition. Zamalek’s match against Kenya’s […]

Alliteration XI: G

In goal Ivorian international and current Vannes custodian Gerard Gnanhouan keeps goal with an experienced back for of Gael Givet (Blackburn Rovers), Gabor Gyepes (Hungary & Cardiff City), Gary Gillespie (former Scotland and Coventry City centre half) and Gavin Gunning who is currently enjoying a loan spell at Motherwell in Scotland. Two defensive midfielders Gilles Grimandi (of Arsenal fame) and […]

Brett Ormerod’s fascinating fact

If you can somehow squeeze a glance through the gap between Charlie Adam’s massive talent and Ian “Ollie” Holloway’s massive ego you’ll see a rather interesting story involving one of their forwards. Last Tuesday night Blackpool’s third goal against Tottenham Hotspur was scored by lower league journeyman Brett Ormerod, this goal completed an interesting quartet for the Blackburn-born striker as […]

Perception and reality: Arsenal 2 Barcelona 1

The vast majority of football supporters and the sporting media are human beings. This difficult fact means that the gap between perception of events and the reality of them is often very wide indeed. Take Wednesday’s Champions League tie between Arsenal and Barcelona as an example. Arsenal have had acres of column inches written about them in praise for their […]

Derby day doubles

After looking at the number of doubles (one side winning both league fixtures between the two clubs) that the South Wales derby has produced in history (0), I thought it would be interesting to cover the other derbies in the Football Pyramid to see how many doubles they have accrued over time. A few interesting points from the results: Arsenal […]

Alliteration XI: F

The goalkeeping position in the “F side” is a battle between Newcastle owned Celtic loanee Fraser Forster and Blackburn keeper and loanee to half the Football League Frank Fielding. I’ve opted for Forster. Schalke 04 centre-half Frank Fahrenhorst plays alongside former Villareal & Argentina defender Fabricio Fuentes in the centre half positions with Sturm Graz’s Ferdinand Feldhofer and former West […]

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 […]

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 […]