Leeds United Liverpool Charity Shield 1974

Not so charitable: When the Charity Shield finally kicked off

If this game had been on SkyTV they would be trying to come up with superlatives to outdo ‘massive’ as the curtain raiser for...

A place in history: Claude Makelele and “The Makelele Role”

“We will not miss Makelele... Younger players will arrive who will cause Makelele to be forgotten.” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s thoughts on Claude...
Don Revie

Don Revie: The King of Leeds (Part One)

English football has had many engaging characters down through the decades, men who stirred up passions amongst those who watched the game, and sometimes...
Tommy Docherty

Just What ‘The Doc’ Ordered – The 1970’s Revisited

Premier League football is back this weekend after a two-week hiatus to accommodate international football, and that means invariably the spotlight will be back...
Goodison Park

The Grand Old Lady: Goodison Park

The Grand Old Lady - Goodison Park As Everton FC prepare to move from Goodison Park, I ask The Grand Old Lady herself, for her...

The Female Footballing Stars Of World War One

A World Turned Upside Down Can you imagine a world turned upside down where women’s football attracts more spectators than the men’s game? In an...

Ronaldo (Part 1): Cruising with Cruzeiro & PSV Powerhouse

Ronaldo. What does this mean to you?If you are thinking of the pretty-boy Portuguese mirror addict then you can go ahead and put your...
George Raynor Sweden England Gamechangers

Sweden to Skegness: George Raynor, England’s unheralded mastermind

The transformative nature of international management is remarkable. Steve McLaren was head-hunted by Sir Alex Ferguson to be his assistant before moving on to...
Benito Carbone Premier League Italian Invasion

Carbone’s Italian invasion changes face of English football

EURO 1996. Football’s Coming Home. So too is an Italian invasion. As the English mourn another penalty shootout defeat at the hands of arch-enemy...
Norman Hunter Franny Lee

What Ever Happened to the Hardmen of Football?

Football hardmen and accompanying fisticuffs - don't you just miss them?We have all witnessed things on the pitch that have invariably been accompanied by...