Why Kevin Nolan is bad for West Ham

It’s only natural for those jaded and rubicund devotees to think they know better. They’re the ones who shell out a small fortune every weekend. They’re the ones who’ve been to every home game since 1962, they’re the ones with the modest collection of vintage match day programs, and they’re the ones with the indoctrinated […]

VIDeconstruction: Alexandre Song v Manchester City

West Ham’s run continues, and looking at the way they beat champions Manchester City on the weekend, it shows no sign of slowing. At Upton Park, as Sergio Aguero, David Silva et al strode out onto the pitch, the fans (and presumably the team) were keenly aware that this would be the ultimate heat-check. Lose […]

The New Stoke City

Mark Hughes arrived at Stoke to no great fanfare, rather he was met with cautious optimism, garnished with number of suspicious narrow-eyed gazes. Hughes has furrowed an odd path during his managerial career, gaining deserved plaudits and damning criticism in almost equal amounts. A promising start at Blackburn Rovers then led to acrimonious tenures at […]

The Renaissance of the Target Man

The return, not to mention the subsequent success, of the physical centre forward in European football is a phenomenon not many would have foreseen before the last couple of seasons. Over the previous 4 years, Guardiola’s Barcelona underlined their tactical supremacy by winning just about everything in sight, setting up with either strikerless formations, or […]

The Realms of American Sports

  As a recently converted disciple of American sports, having been an avid football supporter, player and fanatic all my life (as well as a general sports fan), it has become starkly clear that the American sports (American football, ice hockey and basketball) are, in addition to being so different to football in structure,  operate […]