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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

African footballers in the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and the Bundesliga.

African footballers in the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and the Bundesliga.

With the Africa Cup of Nations a fading memory and the European leagues back in full swing I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Africans represented in five of Europe’s top leagues: Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga. Despite their non qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations 2013, Senegal have the most players playing in the five European leagues mentioned […]

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” scores a goal. Narrow the Angle takes a look at […]

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 to do with the fact that Everton played more games […]


Each of these word clouds represents the terms used within BBC match reports for each individual side during the 2011/2012 season. All twenty of the sides that competed in the Premier League during last season are represented. These word clouds give an indication as to what players were mentioned most during the season. From the clouds you can ascertain that Arsenal’s match reports often mention “van Persie” and that “Suarez” […]


The word cloud below was generated using all of Liverpool’s match reports from the BBC website from the 2011/2012 season. The more frequently a word is used, the larger it appears on screen. The image was generated using the wonderful Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish features heavily as does Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez who was “embroiled” in a race row for much of the season.