Coleraine team photo

Coleraine team photo

There are many things you expect to find on the shelves of charity shops in Berkshire. A postcard depicting a mid 70s Coleraine side is perhaps not one of them. However, I stumbled across this beauty over the weekend. (I should add that I did pass up the opportunity to purchase England’s World Cup 82 theme: This Time (we’ll do […]

Youthful exuberance proves key to African success

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finished last weekend. All of the players are back with their respective clubs, their focus now on club glory rather than on the international arena. It’s a good time to take a short look back at some of the statistics that came out of this enthralling tournament. Perhaps the biggest story of this years […]

Best of the Blogs: January 2013

If you’re a ground-hopping-obsessive-compulsive-disorder type football fan then you might just be interested in taking in five games over two days in beautiful Nottinghamshire. Is it possible to stop watching the Premier League? James Longhurst investigates… Mexico 86, panini stickers, high quality images. Have I piqued your interest, all can be viewed here. It can happen. Sometimes the “other team” […]

Africa Cup of Nations 2013: The players

With the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 almost here I thought I’d take a look at the players who make up the sixteen squads taking part in the competition. Some of the graphics are interactive, so feel free to have a click around. The above graphic was made with and the data came from the ever reliable wikipedia.

December 2012: Best of the Blogs

In the excitement of Christmas and new year my monthly round-up of what I found interesting on blogs and the interweb was forgotten. This first piece may be in French, but I’m not sure any words could add to this excellent collection of Trifon Ivanov images. The photos stretch all the way back to the Bulgarian international’s childhood. Outstanding work […]

Lionel Messi wins fourth Ballon d’Or

It’s hard to disagree with Barbadian journalist Ezra Stewart. When offered the chance to vote for his top three players in the world in 2012 he simply scribbled down one name: Lionel Messi, leaving the spaces for second and third places blank. Whether this was an¬†administrative¬†oversight or a deliberate statement it’s hard to tell, but there’s a particular truth in […]

Premier League table for the 2012 calendar year

Manchester United were the club who picked up the most Premier League points during 2012. They are followed by their city rivals Manchester City who despite losing the same number of games as United, couldn’t convert many of their draws to wins. Interestingly Everton picked up more points than both Chelsea and Arsenal during 2012 though this may have something […]

La Liga table for the 2012 calendar year

Unsurprisingly Barcelona and Real Madrid dominated Spanish football in 2012. Barca accumulated over 100 points, whilst Real Madrid were ten points behind their bitter rivals. Interestingly during 2012 Valencia and Rayo Vallecano picked up the same number of points as each other, however Valencia drew 10 of their games, Vallecano drew just one – a goalless game with Sevilla in […]