A medley of links

As you probably weren’t aware Spirit of Mirko took a bit of a break this summer. Watched some cricket, spent time outside and generally ignored the world of football. 1. A fantastic analysis of the Sodje dynasty over at From the Inside Right. 2. A lovely poem about Swansea City’s new signing Wilfried Bony. 3. A match report of an Austria Salzburg game. Worth reading if you can read German, […]

Game 39: We’ve been here before haven’t we?

You might assume that the practice of two English clubs facing one another abroad was a recent invention, something adopted as part of the Premier League’s plan for global domination, however that assumption is far from correct. We haven’t quite reached the point where a Premier League match is hosted abroad, but that can’t be too far away, however friendly matches involving two English clubs are commonplace in the pre-season […]

Championship: Doing the Double

The following list shows the number of times each club in the Championship won home and away against one of their rivals during the 2012/2013 Championship season. Every single one of the 24 clubs managed to achieve this feat against at least one of their opponents during the season. ==== 7 Cardiff City: Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United, Blackpool, Birmingham City, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday. 6 Hull City: Millwall, Derby […]

Premier League: Doing the double over other clubs

If a club wins both the home fixture and the away fixture during a league season then they are said to have “done the double” over that side. In the Premier League during the 2012/2013 season 16 of the 20 sides did the double over a rival. The following lists show the teams that each club in the Premier League managed to do the double against. ==== 10 Manchester United: […]

Brentford vs Wigan Athletic: Freight Rover Trophy Final 1985

Brentford vs Wigan Athletic: Freight Rover Trophy Final 1985

Brentford and Wigan Athletic will make trips to Wembley over the next few weeks for differing reasons. Brentford will be playing in the League One play-off final against Yeovil Town, whilst Wigan Athletic will feature in the first FA Cup Final of their history against Manchester City. Despite these heady days for both clubs it’s not the first time Brentford and Wigan have played at Wembley. They faced one another […]

League One 2012/2013: Players who started the first and last game of the season for their club

The following list shows the players who started the first and last league games for their League clubs in the 2012/2013 season. Stevenage (8) – James Dunne, Luke Freeman, Marcus Haber, Darius Charles, Chris Day, Mark Roberts, David Gray and Bondz N’Gala. Carlisle United (7) – Liam Noble, Brad Potts, Lee Miller, James Trevor Berrett, Danny Livesey, Matthew James Robson and Paul Thirlwell. Crawley Town (7) – Nicky Adams, Josh […]

Alliterative Footballers in the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two

A list of footballers who have played in the Premier League, Championship, League One or League Two this season with their first name beginning with the same letter as their surname. Please let me know if you are aware of any others. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Northampton Town) Adebayo Azeez (Wycombe Wanderers & Leyton Orient) Ahmed Abdulla (Barnet) Akwasi Asante (Shrewsbury Town) Ali Al Habsi (Wigan Athletic) Almen Abdi (Watford) Andreas Arestidou […]

Margaret Thatcher and the curse of the Norwegian commentator

Only 32 short years after this was recorded, everyone mentioned in this famous commentary has now passed away. http://www.youtube.com/embed/PqZTP8-8wIs “We are the best in the world! We are the best in the world! We have beaten England 2-1 in football!! It is completely unbelievable! We have beaten England! England, birthplace of giants. Lord Nelson, Lord Beaverbrook, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Eden, Clement Attlee, Henry Cooper, Lady Diana–we have beaten […]

Being a Football Manager in 2013

Being a Football Manager in 2013

The subject of managerial changes has arisen a few times this season. Generally these changes have been presented in a negative light by the media and fans. Often as “good men” are fired from positions in which they appeared to be safe. Both Nigel Adkins and Brian McDermott steered their respective clubs to excellent promotions in 2011/2012 and were then fired before they’d had the chance to complete a Premier […]