AFC Wimbledon promoted

Congratulations to AFC Wimbledon who have today been promoted to the Football League. Whenever I think of Wimbledon, I always remember this quote:  ‘It should be in the interests of football as a whole that major new stadia are encouraged where there is an untapped demand for major league football, such as in new towns. It is true that a route does exist through the pyramid structure to achieve this, […]

“Scandanavian” Championship XI 2010/2011

As I’m sure everyone is well aware the Premier League is jam packed with foreigners from all corners of the globe. This practice has filtered down to the lower leagues, so I thought I’d begin a series on foreign XIs in the Football League with this one on “Scandanavian” players in the Championship. My definition of Scandanavian will probably anger some, but I’m including Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland […]

The Football League journey of the founding members

In 1888 twelve clubs from the Midlands and the North West of England took part in the first ever Football League season. Preston North End, Aston Villa, Wolves, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, West Brom, Accrington, Everton, Burnley, Derby County, Notts County and Stoke City will forever be remembered as founding members of the Football League. It’s interesting to note that Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are […]

“Yes to AV” an Aston Villa floodlit fantasy

A couple of years ago I wrote a very short blogpost with a picture of Aston Villa’s floodlights from the 70s/early 80s. They really are a wonderful sight. Yesterday a comment was left on that post that I feel requires greater exposure, here it is, in full: Hi, thanks for posting the Villa lights. I grew up watching them out of my mums bedroom window. When they were on you […]

The perils of collecting football stickers in late 80s West Germany

When I was growing up my father was in the military, therefore we moved around quite a lot. In the late 80s we lived in Germany and I went to a forces school alongside other British kids. As we lived in a long forgotten era before the internet we were starved of any sort of British culture (including football). Many of the kids supported the obvious teams that most children […]

We’re the baddies aren’t we?

This season has seen unprecedented league success for my club Cardiff City. The Bluebirds currently find themselves in fourth place of the Championship with a decent shot at promotion to the Premier League. However, rather than feeling excited at the prospect of potential promotion, this season has been one of the most frustrating and unenjoyable I can remember in my time as a Cardiff City supporter. And I think I’ve […]

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 Ulinzi  Stars was supposed to take place in Cairo, before […]

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 Gennaro Gattuso (of Joe Jordan headbutt fame) sit unleashing the […]