John McGlynn: Raith Return, Managing Hearts, Battling Liverpool and the future.

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You are currently in your second spell as manager of Raith Rovers. How would you describe the club and what do you believe are the challenges of managing there? “It is very similar from the first time I took over at Raith Rovers in November 2006.Continue reading “John McGlynn: Raith Return, Managing Hearts, Battling Liverpool and the future.”

Andries Noppert: Dutch Football, Moving to Italy and the role of a goalkeeper

You signed for FC Dordrecht in 2019. How are you enjoying your time at the club and how would you describe a club such as FC Dordrecht? Yes, I have enjoyed my time at the club but unfortunately I have not played as many games as I would have liked due to sustaining an injuryContinue reading “Andries Noppert: Dutch Football, Moving to Italy and the role of a goalkeeper”

Jim Headridge: The Best in the Business

Written by Gavin Blackwell – @GavinBlackwel11 – Vastly experienced football physio In the close season of 1966, Middlesbrough Football Club appointed Jimmy Headrige to the club’s backroom staff. Such appointments are more common now at this time of year across football, and also often happen with the appointment of a new manager. In the last threeContinue reading “Jim Headridge: The Best in the Business”

Danny Cowley: The reality of management

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You have achieved promotion to League Two and League One from the National league, have you noticed a big difference between the two leagues? Yes. I have been lucky enough to have five promotions now and I think that this is the biggest jump, definitely. IContinue reading “Danny Cowley: The reality of management”

Michael Ball: Rangers, PSV, Koeman, Hiddink and Sven

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You retired from professional football in 2012. How are you enjoying retirement and how is life for you these days away from the pitch? Although I officially retired in 2012 at Leicester City I knew a long time before after Manchester City that I had mentallyContinue reading “Michael Ball: Rangers, PSV, Koeman, Hiddink and Sven”

Jim McInally: Peterhead, playing under Clough and a career in football.

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You have been the manager of Peterhead FC since 2011. How are you enjoying managing a club such as Peterhead and what challenges do you face? “First of all I have been managing the club for almost eight years and it has been a pleasure. IContinue reading “Jim McInally: Peterhead, playing under Clough and a career in football.”

Andrew Fox: English Football, USL and El Paso

You signed for El Paso Locomotive FC in 2019. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as El Paso Locomotive FC? I am really enjoying my time at El Paso Locomotive FC. I love the style of football that we play. I haveContinue reading “Andrew Fox: English Football, USL and El Paso”

Martin Boyle: Hibs, Oz and Jack Ross

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You signed for Hibernian FC in 2015. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as Hibernian FC? My time at Hibernian FC has been brilliant so far. When I arrived at the club theyContinue reading “Martin Boyle: Hibs, Oz and Jack Ross”

Viv Anderson: Cloughie, European Cup Success and Making History with England

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You played ten seasons for Nottingham Forest where you managed to win, among other trophies, the European Cup two times in a row, and played under such a tremendous manager in Brian Clough. How do you look back on your time there? “I look back onContinue reading “Viv Anderson: Cloughie, European Cup Success and Making History with England”

Andy Cooke: Burnley, Pulis, Moving to Korea and playing with Ian Wright

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You retired in 2012. How are you enjoying life after professional football and how is life for you now away from the pitch? A very good question. I had a lot of friends of that era who also finished playing and as a player you sortContinue reading “Andy Cooke: Burnley, Pulis, Moving to Korea and playing with Ian Wright”

Christie Murray – Friends reunited, new season buzz and Tierney or Robertson?

Christie Murray’s column is exclusive to Football CFB – @ChristieMurray7 New Club – Familiar faces Whenever you join a new club, it’s vital that you settle as quickly as possible. For me, settling in at Birmingham has been very easy. Within the first fortnight, I have got to know my new teammates quickly, loved workingContinue reading “Christie Murray – Friends reunited, new season buzz and Tierney or Robertson?”

Tales from yesteryear: Charlton sign a great

By Stephen Brandt – @StephenCBrandt Sometimes players show up at clubs no one expected to see. In the 1980s Charlton brought in one of the greatest strikers in the game, Allan Simonsen. If he popped up at any other club, it wouldn’t have been noteworthy. Charlton on the other hand wasn’t as well known asContinue reading “Tales from yesteryear: Charlton sign a great”

Daniel Bruce: USL dreams and progressing as a footballer

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You signed for New Mexico United in 2019. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as New Mexico United? I love it here, New Mexico United is a fantastic club and there is aContinue reading “Daniel Bruce: USL dreams and progressing as a footballer”

The Northern League and the FA Vase, why the unprecedented domination?

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, this weekend sees the beginning of arguably the worlds biggest and most prestigious amateur/semi-professional football competition, the FA Vase. It is a continuation of what was the FA Amateur Cup which was first contested in 1893 all the way until 1974 when the advent of semi-professionalism in the lower levels ofContinue reading “The Northern League and the FA Vase, why the unprecedented domination?”

Lucas Bikjer: Playing across the continent

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You signed for KV Mechelen in 2018. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as KV Mechelen? Yes, I am really enjoying my time at KV Mechelen so far. When I signed for theContinue reading “Lucas Bikjer: Playing across the continent”

Graham Potter: My Journey to the Premier League

Brighton Manager Graham Potter spoke to James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer about his journey in football that led him to Brighton and the Premier League. You were manager of Östersunds FK for many years. How did you enjoy life in Sweden? I really enjoyed life in Sweden. It was been an unbelievableContinue reading “Graham Potter: My Journey to the Premier League”

Gavin Blackwell: Moving on within football

Written by Gavin Blackwell – Physio within football for over 30 years. I was put in charge of Jaffa cakes, bananas and pasta.” One of my lecturers used to work for a Super League club in rugby league. One day I asked him why he had given up? “I was coming home one day andContinue reading “Gavin Blackwell: Moving on within football”

Forest, Wednesday, Cyprus and life after football – Chris Bart Williams

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You retired from professional football in 2006. How are you enjoying life away from the pitch and how is life for you these days? A good question! I have lots of wonderful memories from playing professional football and I do miss it but I think thatContinue reading “Forest, Wednesday, Cyprus and life after football – Chris Bart Williams”

Crowd pilot is step in right direction

MARCH 12 2020, Rangers fans depart from Ibrox Stadium after witnessing their side going down 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League last sixteen. Little did they realise at that point that they would be the last set of fans in Scotland to have attended a football match to date. The following day, footballContinue reading “Crowd pilot is step in right direction”

Paul McVeigh – Northern Ireland, Norwich and Psychology

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You retired in 2010. How are are you enjoying retirement away from the pitch and how is life for you as an ex professional footballer? My final season as a professional football was during my second spell at Norwich City when we won the Championship andContinue reading “Paul McVeigh – Northern Ireland, Norwich and Psychology”

The unique history of British Cup Competitions

By Cameron Deacon – UK Football Writer In the last few years there has been a steady reform to cup competition within the UK. Changes in the rules, who can enter and how they can and what winning them actually means. In England there are seemingly hundreds of cup competitions; The FA cup, the LeagueContinue reading “The unique history of British Cup Competitions”

Caner Cavlan – The Netherlands, Turkey, Austria and back

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You signed for Austria Vienna in 2019. How was your time at the club and how would you describe a club such as Austria Vienna? Austria Vienna is a fantastic club with a rich history and they have also won a lot of domestic titles andContinue reading “Caner Cavlan – The Netherlands, Turkey, Austria and back”

From Stoke to Shrewsbury with International recognition – Jay Denny

By James Rowe – Chief Football Writer You signed for Newtown AFC IN 2017. How do you look back on your time at the club and how would you describe a club such as Newtown AFC? I really enjoyed my time at Newtown AFC. I originally joined them through the assistant manager who I workedContinue reading “From Stoke to Shrewsbury with International recognition – Jay Denny”

The South Shields Academy, North East Football’s Hidden Success Story

BY DARREN TINMOUTH: claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com The North East of England was once a hotbed for shipbuilding and coal mining, a huge cog in the UK’s Industrial Revolution in Victorian times. Its also a region that can be considered one of the most passionate in the country when it comes to Football, a side effect of theContinue reading “The South Shields Academy, North East Football’s Hidden Success Story”

My Love Affair with Northern Irish Football

Written by Dr Grant Campbell – @Stato_grant When I say to people that I follow Northern Irish Football, most snigger at me. I’m not really sure why but I could name you one major theory: the quality is not as good as in England or in Scotland. However, once you have read this piece, hopefullyContinue reading “My Love Affair with Northern Irish Football”

Scots hoping for Nations League momentum boost ahead of the playoffs

AFTER a ten month wait, international football is back this week, and Scotland will be keen to build on recent results ahead of the rearranged Euro 2020 playoff Semi Final in a months time. Little did we know when Scotland beat Kazakhstan back in November that would be the last international for quite some time.Continue reading “Scots hoping for Nations League momentum boost ahead of the playoffs”

From South Africa to Ibrox – Dean Furman

You played five seasons for SuperSport United F.C in your native South Africa. How do you look back on your time at the club and do you have any highlights or special memories? “First of all it was a fantastic opportunity for me to go and play in a different country. I was born inContinue reading “From South Africa to Ibrox – Dean Furman”