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 matches. I don’t mention the distance to paint myself as a […]

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 one I’d be least concerned about. However, the joy of […]

Watkin’s Folly and the English game

Watkin’s Folly and the English game

In the late 19th Century an industrialist, railwayman and distinguished member of parliament named Sir Edward Watkin proposed the splendid idea of building a structure, most likely that of a tower, in London to rival that of the recently built Eiffel Tower. An eclectic range of sixty-eight designs were submitted to Watkins from across Europe and the world. Submissions included one tower that looked like a giant screw, another that featured hanging gardens, […]

Commonwealth Games Football Tournament

Commonwealth Games Football Tournament

After writing a post about what a World Cup for the 33rd to 64th best teams in the world would look like (you can read that post via this link), it was suggested to me that I should do similarly for the Commonwealth Games. As there appears to be no official rankings for Commonwealth football sides I decided to use the FIFA World Rankings to select the 32 sides that […]

World Cup B Tournament

World Cup B Tournament

What if  FIFA decided to run a second competition featuring the second best 32 teams in the world? Who would compete in it? What would the groups look like? Based on the qualification for the 2014 World Cup I’ve set out who the best 32 sides who didn’t qualify for the World Cup would be. What follows is an outline for an international football tournament for the 33rd to 64th […]

Premier League 2013/2014 – a graphical review

The BBC website produces match reports for all of the games every single Premier League side plays during the season. From Premier League and FA Cup, to Champions League to League Cup ties the BBC reports on them all. I thought it would be interesting to compile all of these reports for each of the twenty Premier League sides, and to produce word-clouds for each side. If a particular word […]

An introduction to women’s football

I did something that I’d never done before last week. I attended women’s football matches. Women’s football has lagged behind the men’s game for decades. The fifty year FA directive that saw womens teams banned from using men’s football grounds was only lifted in the early 70s and the women’s game has never recovered to the pre-war days of 50,000 crowds at Goodison Park Recently however, the game has seen a bit […]

B Teams – we might not get lucky next time

I was going to write something about B Teams, but after writing a few sentences I realised just how ridiculous the idea was and gave up. I can’t help but think Shoot were rubbing their hands in glee thinking they’d be able to stretch their pre-season “Team Ladders” editions over three issues. Anyway, I just thought I’d add a few words of warning about the whole scheme. The sad truth […]

Manchester United to unveil a player/manager?

When the announcement was made earlier this week that David Moyes would lose his job at Manchester United, and that Ryan Giggs would potentially take charge as a player/manager, my mind instantly turned to an old photo of Bryan Robson. For many, this wouldn’t be the automatic thought, but I’ve always absolutely loved staged press photos of footballers (you can see more at the marvellous http://awkwardfootballphotoshoots.tumblr.com/) and this one is probably […]