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 […]

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 he has now scored for the Tangerines in each division […]

Book Review: Merlin’s Premier League ’95 Sticker Album

After reviewing a few board games and one or two computer games related to football from the past I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the great football books. I’ve started with Merlin’s Premier League ’95 Sticker Album, and whilst lacking in words or a cohesive narrative I feel it has much to offer, even now fifteen years after it was first published. The […]

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 victory over the Catalan giants – a team who are […]

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 and Manchester United have managed 14 doubles over their rivals, […]

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 German international Franco Foda (and now Feldhofer’s manager at Sturm Graz) […]

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 […]

African Nations Championships 2011

The African Nations Championship (or CHAN) is unique amongst international football tournaments in that nations are restricted to selecting only domestic players in their squads. The 2011 edition of this tournament begins this week in Sudan with the hosts taking on Gabon in Khartoum. As the competition only allows the selection of domestically based players the standards of each respective international side is a little different to “full internationals”. I’ve […]