SCOTT MCTOMINAY:FAST BECOMING A KEY PLAYER FOR CLUB AND COUNTRY

Credit: Ardfern By Michael Burney The new year always brings hope for a brighter future. In modern history, no year like 2021 has emphasised this notion more. The whole global crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that 2020 has been a really hard time for almost everyone. The football world was, of course,Continue reading “SCOTT MCTOMINAY:FAST BECOMING A KEY PLAYER FOR CLUB AND COUNTRY”

Jim Keoghan: How to Run A Football Club

Interview with ‘How To Run A Football Club’ author Jim Keoghan Jim Keoghan is an established football author, who has been writing for 20 years. In 2014, Jim published his first book based around football activism and ownership in English football, followed by books on Everton in the 90s, their ‘Greatest Games’ and a smallerContinue reading “Jim Keoghan: How to Run A Football Club”

Nicosia, for now, is GREEN

credit: Omonoia Instagram Omonoia Nicosia’s 3-0 victory over APOEL on the 7th December ended a seven year winless run against their rivals in an encounter that’ll be remembered for events that occurred days after the match. The form guide going into the derby favoured APOEL who, under new head coach Mick McCarthy, had three winsContinue reading “Nicosia, for now, is GREEN”

Geoff Thomas: Crystal Palace, Playing For England and Ian Wright

Credit: Magnus Manage. permission: GFDL and CC-BY-SA. You retired from professional football in 2002. I wanted to ask you how are you enjoying retirement and could you also elaborate on the excellent charity work that you do with raising funds and awareness for different charities? “I retired in 2002 due to a knee injury. MyContinue reading “Geoff Thomas: Crystal Palace, Playing For England and Ian Wright”

Stevie Nicol: Gerrard on course to stop 10 in a row

Credit: Trinity Mirror Sport Media I spoke to Stevie Nicol earlier this year and asked him the following question. Given Celtic’s dominance in recent years can Steven Gerrard and Rangers stop 10 in a row? Well if I’m honest it’s down to recruitment. If he gets it the way he wants it I back him.Continue reading “Stevie Nicol: Gerrard on course to stop 10 in a row”

Mark Russell: Greenock Morton, Falkirk and Finn Harps

Going back to when you were a boy, you grew up in Paisley and played youth football before you went on to sign your first contract with Greenock Morton. How did it all come about? “To begin with, I played with St Mirren boys club, but we joined together with Gleniffer Thistle. So, from thereContinue reading “Mark Russell: Greenock Morton, Falkirk and Finn Harps”

Gareth Hall: Chelsea, Wales and the influence of Don Howe

“UK – London – Fulham: Stamford Bridge” by wallyg is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 You retired from playing professional football in 2001. How are you enjoying retirement and how are you enjoying your current role as Head of Football Operations at AiSCOUT and could you elaborate on that? “After retiring at Swindon Town inContinue reading “Gareth Hall: Chelsea, Wales and the influence of Don Howe”

The Faroe Islands – Football fanatics & one fans tale of Man City’s visit to the Island Nation

The date is the 17th of July 2008, and Manchester City are 55 days away from a takeover that will transform the club from top to bottom. A takeover that will take Manchester City from being United’s little brother to a global powerhouse part of one of the wealthiest groups in Football. But before thatContinue reading “The Faroe Islands – Football fanatics & one fans tale of Man City’s visit to the Island Nation”

Liam Bridcutt: Life at Lincoln, Sunderland and Scotland memories

Credit: Lincoln City FC You are currently at Lincoln City. How are you enjoying your time at the club and what were the key factors in your decision to sign for the club? “I am really enjoying myself at Lincoln City. The manager and the players made me feel really welcome and I believe IContinue reading “Liam Bridcutt: Life at Lincoln, Sunderland and Scotland memories”

Festive football: Joyous for fans, straining for staff

Credit: Curzon Ashton As the nation prepares to indulge in its annual festival of excess-booze, food and presents-those masters of the new religion of football practice self-discipline. Whilst the rest of the country sit down to a festive feast on December the 25th, the players’ minds will be totally focused on avoiding a stuffing, ratherContinue reading “Festive football: Joyous for fans, straining for staff”

Naomi Hilhorst: PEC Zwolle, FC Twente and future ambitions

Credit: PEC Zwolle You signed in the summer of 2020 for PEC Zwolle. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as PEC Zwolle? I did indeed make the transfer from FC Twente to PEC Zwolle and I did that purely in order toContinue reading “Naomi Hilhorst: PEC Zwolle, FC Twente and future ambitions”

Kieran Maguire: The financial health of the SPFL

Income SPFL income down £5m in 2019/20 mainly due to lower TV revenues as a result of Covid-19. BT took a rebate whereas Sky paid in full prior to exclusivity from 2020/21. Money paid to clubs Money paid to SPFL clubs (including parachute payments) down £4.4m on back of fall in revenues. Overheads up asContinue reading “Kieran Maguire: The financial health of the SPFL”

Alexander Büttner: New England, Manchester United and facing Robben.

Credit: Manchester United Official website You signed for the New England Revolution in November 2019. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe the club? “I am having a super time at the New England Revolution. We have a great group of players, backroom staff, and managerContinue reading “Alexander Büttner: New England, Manchester United and facing Robben.”

Daniel Gray: Extra Time

A collection of lyrical sweet-nothings whispered to late goals, local radio commentators, referees falling over and 47 other reminders of why we love football. Despite its flaws and excesses, modern football is still sprinkled with simple yet beguiling delights. In his previous book Saturday, 3pm, Daniel Gray captured many of them. Now he is backContinue reading “Daniel Gray: Extra Time”

Alan Mahood: When the final whistle blows….for real

Photo courtesy of Alan Mahood Some people are lucky enough to make the decision on their own, others less fortunate have it made for them. Then there’s the guys in between who know it’s time but can’t let go due to the love of what they do or fear of whats to come. When peopleContinue reading “Alan Mahood: When the final whistle blows….for real”

Conor Pepper: From Glentoran to Linfield via Scotland

You signed for Linfield FC in 2020. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as Linfield FC? From the minute I walked through the door. I knew what a big club Linfield was and the expectations that were demanded of all the playersContinue reading “Conor Pepper: From Glentoran to Linfield via Scotland”

Help Wolves medical staff spread Christmas cheer and raise money for ‘Cure Leukaemia’

Since 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers have been gripped with a battle against Leukaemia, when Carl Ikime was diagnosed with Leukaemia Wolves fans, players and staff have been doing what they can to help raise awareness of the disease and raise money for the brilliant charities that fight alongside them. Despite Carl being Leukaemia free for over a year now the fightContinue reading “Help Wolves medical staff spread Christmas cheer and raise money for ‘Cure Leukaemia’”

Alan Mahood: Morton, Forest and Kilmarnock

Photos courtesy of Alan Mahood You retired from professional football in 2005. How are you enjoying retirement and how is life for you these days? Since I have retired I have been in and out of football really and when I retired I was at a loose end because football was all I had doneContinue reading “Alan Mahood: Morton, Forest and Kilmarnock”

From Primary School Teacher to National Hero: Markku Kanerva

Credit: UEFA Euro 2020 / Twitter I don’t think I am alone when I say that Scandinavia and the Nordic countries are some of the most beautiful in the World. A majesty and awe that is completely unique to this sparsely populated area of the globe. And yet not much is known about Scandanavia byContinue reading “From Primary School Teacher to National Hero: Markku Kanerva”

Craig Brown: The Assistant Manager

Photos courtesy of Craig Brown Written by Craig Brown It’s nothing short of amazing how much times have changed in the game of football. Over sixty years ago I joined Glasgow Rangers FC, then the top team in Scotland. Every Christmas the present to the players was a framed, named, team photograph taken at theContinue reading “Craig Brown: The Assistant Manager”

The Irish Premiership Preview of the Week

Dr. Grant Campbell of the ‘Campbell’s Footballs’ podcast (a.k.a. Stato) discusses his predictions and thoughts each week in the Danske Bank Premiership in Northern Ireland. Grant will provide his thoughts on the upcoming league matches and offers his predictions. Matches Stato’s Predictions Actual scoreline Dungannon Swifts v Portadown 2-0 0-3 Larne v Linfield 2-2 3-1Continue reading “The Irish Premiership Preview of the Week”

FANS ALLOWED TO RETURN, BUT IS IT TOO RISKY?

By Darren Tinmouth: https://claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com Since the beginning of November when the latest national lockdown was initiated, clubs at Steps 3 and below in the non-league pyramid (albeit with the exception of 10 clubs that partook in the FA Cup first round proper) were forced to shut down almost all aspects of why they exist, notContinue reading “FANS ALLOWED TO RETURN, BUT IS IT TOO RISKY?”

Anton Wede: Being coached by Henrik Larsson and life in Swedish football

Credit: Falkenbergs FF You returned to Falkenbergs FF in 2018 for your second spell at the club. How are you enjoying being back and what would you describe as the main strength of this Falkenbergs FF team? “Yes I signed for the club again back in 2018 and I really enjoyed my first spell beforeContinue reading “Anton Wede: Being coached by Henrik Larsson and life in Swedish football”

From Celtic Park to the MLS Cup: The journey of Neil McGuinness

Credit: Columbus Crew Columbus Crew 3-0 Seattle Sounders. A phenomenal achievement for the club as a whole and their Scottish director of scouting Neil McGuinness. Being a passionate Scot, I love seeing fellow countrymen and women succeeding on the global stage and moving away from their natural comfort zone. For me Neil epitomises that veryContinue reading “From Celtic Park to the MLS Cup: The journey of Neil McGuinness”

Willie Morgan: My life in football

You retired in 1981. How have you been enjoying football retirement and how do you feel that the game has changed from when you played to the game played in the current day? “I did not actually retire. I just stopped playing and I had spent the last four summers when I was still playingContinue reading “Willie Morgan: My life in football”

Jack Iredale: Cambridge United, Carlisle and playing against Lewis Morgan

You signed for Cambridge United in 2020. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe the club? Well, obviously we have started really well during the season so far and I have loved my time at the club so far. The changing room is full of greatContinue reading “Jack Iredale: Cambridge United, Carlisle and playing against Lewis Morgan”

Tony Cottee: From West Ham to Malaysia and the influence of John Lyall

Credit: East Ham Bull You retired from professional football in 2001. How are you enjoying retirement and how is life for you these days? Life in general is good and I think if you speak to most ex players I think we all acknowledge that it is very difficult when you retire from football. IContinue reading “Tony Cottee: From West Ham to Malaysia and the influence of John Lyall”

The UEFA Europa Conference League, how it impacts UK teams and why it’s a bad idea.

Credit: UEFA So I’m going to start off by talking about Rugby League, I know not what you would expect. It’s a Sport that I think is brilliant, I love to watch it, it’s passionate and incredibly skilful. However, in the UK the RFL is one of the most shambolic Sporting organisations around. Every twoContinue reading “The UEFA Europa Conference League, how it impacts UK teams and why it’s a bad idea.”

21 years and still going strong; Derek Lyle’s career

Credit: Peterhead Football Club On the 9th of October 1999, 18-year-old Derek Lyle made his first career appearance as a substitute for Partick Thistle in a 3-1 lose to Stirling Albion in the old Division 2. 21 years, 645 appearances and 182 goals later, Del is still plying his trade at League 1 side Peterhead.Continue reading “21 years and still going strong; Derek Lyle’s career”