Andy Welsh: Managing Bury AFC

Credit: Osset United FC You started your managerial career at Ossett Albion as player-manager. Did that experience enable you to see management as a future career for you? The opportunity came up in a strange way. I retired from the game a few years prior to going in at Ossett. I started my coaching journeyContinue reading “Andy Welsh: Managing Bury AFC”

5 of the Biggest Next Generation Talents

Everyone whether that be fans or teams wants to find the next best thing and with the current crop of new stars, Haaland and Mbappe, it’s easy to see why. So now its time to identify which of the current players breaking through into senior football could make their mark on the global footballing stage.Continue reading “5 of the Biggest Next Generation Talents”

Curtis Rose: Manager/Chairman, Glasgow Wellington FC – A Dream that became Reality

Is there any particular reason that you decided to create a new club? Especially during these difficult times. I’ve played at a decent level through the years, I left East Stirling about a year ago and I didn’t have any other offers. Personally I was just at a crossroads about what to do and theContinue reading “Curtis Rose: Manager/Chairman, Glasgow Wellington FC – A Dream that became Reality”

Alan Mahood: First card spells danger

Ref takes my name, flashes yellow card. A talking to at most surely but tackles are flying in, typical cup tie and he’s obviously had enough. Keep the head, don’t do anything rash,nothing stupid….30 seconds later sitting in the dressing wondering what just happened? Morton v Killie 94/95, Scottish Cup replay. These games were alwaysContinue reading “Alan Mahood: First card spells danger”

Whatever happened to Carlos Vela?

“Carlos Vela” by wonker is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Carlos Vela burst onto the stage at the Emirates Stadium in a 6-0 victory over Sheffield United in the League Cup back in September 2008.The 19 year old Mexican striker was making his full debut that night and only the Arsenal fans who knew aboutContinue reading “Whatever happened to Carlos Vela?”

Hall of Fame No.1 – Bobby Charlton

“Sir Bobby Charlton” by DFID – UK Department for International Development is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Bobby Charlton had an illustrious career. He won 106 caps for England, lifted the World Cup in 1966 and was the country’s record goalscorer for 45 years.In the 17 years he spent at Manchester United, Charlton won theContinue reading “Hall of Fame No.1 – Bobby Charlton”

The Austrian Bundesliga Match Day Round Up

Written By Adam Chester Matchday 14 saw the 2nd round of fixtures since the Winter break restart with 4 teams looking to continue their push for a title challenge. Despite the wintery conditions at some stadiums, we were still treated to 20 goals across the 6 midweek matches. We start this week’s round up atContinue reading “The Austrian Bundesliga Match Day Round Up”

Luke Shaw: I’m loving my football under Olè

Credit: Matt Janzer from Missoula, USA Interview conducted by Phil Brown and Beyond The Pitch. How important is it for you to be enjoying your football because under Josè Mourinho it didn’t look as if you were always enjoying your football. How would you describe life under Olè Gunnar Solskjær from your perspective? Of courseContinue reading “Luke Shaw: I’m loving my football under Olè”

Ryan Martin: Loudoun United, coaching in the USL and Marsch inspiration

Credit: Loudoun United Football Club You were the assistant coach at FC Cincinnati for a few years. What did you learn from that experience? The first thing I learned was how to put together a squad of players from scratch because there weren’t any players signed when John Harkes and I went into the club.Continue reading “Ryan Martin: Loudoun United, coaching in the USL and Marsch inspiration”

Lee Casciaro: Beating Celtic and experiencing Celtic Park was incredible

Credit: Lincoln Red Imps FC You’ve played at Lincoln Red Imps for the last 23 years. You’ve been at the club for the entirety of your career. What does the club mean to you? I’ve been at the club since I was aged 8 so my association with the club dates back 31 years overallContinue reading “Lee Casciaro: Beating Celtic and experiencing Celtic Park was incredible”

The Irish League 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 Cliftonville v Linfield 1-3 4-3 Dungannon v Glenavon 1-2 P-P GlentoranContinue reading “The Irish League Preview of the Week”

Is the primary role of football to entertain the fans?

Credit: Pexels Written by Liam Bryan Since the invention of football in 1869, the beautiful game has exponentially grown into a high-speed, aggressive sport with players constantly portraying their talents on the pitch in the 21st Century. Additionally with society in the modern day regularly evolving, the existence of football for many can differ withContinue reading “Is the primary role of football to entertain the fans?”

Paul Lawson: Celtic, County and Management

Credit: Celtic Football Club You are currently manager of Formartine United since 2017 having also plates for the club. How are you enjoying management so far and what do you view as the challenges of managing a club such as Formartine United? First of all it does not replace playing. I have really enjoyed myContinue reading “Paul Lawson: Celtic, County and Management”

Football Transfers and Creative Accounting: Protect me from what I want

When Derby County published their response to the EFL charges for financial misconduct on Friday 17th January 2020, it included reference to ‘the newly notified charge of intangible fixed asset amortisation’. The nonsense below is all about the said subject, but extended to how clubs can increase or decrease costs in the accounts in relation toContinue reading “Football Transfers and Creative Accounting: Protect me from what I want”

Ben Dooley: My ambition is to become a professional footballer for Preston

Photographs courtesy of Ben Dooley unless stated. You are a second year scholar at Preston North End who is progressing well. How were you spotted by the club? I was at Blackburn Rovers academy prior to arriving at Preston. I’ve always played the game at school level and district level too. At the age ofContinue reading “Ben Dooley: My ambition is to become a professional footballer for Preston”

Kieran Maguire: Celtic and Rangers finances assessed

Introduction No one expects football clubs to have had a good 2019/20 financially due to the impact of Covid-19, but now that the two large Glasgow clubs have published their results, just how badly were they affected by the ravages of the pandemic? Every business has been impacted by COVID-19, but can Scottish football surviveContinue reading “Kieran Maguire: Celtic and Rangers finances assessed”

SHOULD PLAYERS PAY THEIR OWN AGENTS…? IT WOULD COST PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS £166M A YEAR!

Credit: ArdFern By Daniel Geey – @FootballLaw I’ve teamed up with top football tax adviser Rhys Linnell to have a look at agents fees: are they out of control, what are the suggested solutions and would they work? INTRODUCTION Between 2 February 2018 and 31 January 2019, Liverpool paid out almost £43.7m in fees to agents andContinue reading “SHOULD PLAYERS PAY THEIR OWN AGENTS…? IT WOULD COST PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS £166M A YEAR!”

Sam Osbourne: Leamington memories, Dunkirk and the future

Credit: AFC Fylde You signed for Leamington FC in 2020 and in 2021, you’ve just signed for AFC Fylde. How did you enjoy your time at Leamington FC? From the start you can tell what type of club Leamington FC is just by walking in and the way that everybody is with you. I absolutelyContinue reading “Sam Osbourne: Leamington memories, Dunkirk and the future”

Jamie Swinney: Stenhousemuir FC and supporting the local community

LIKE most clubs in Scotland, Stenhousemuir face a challenging period as they look to get through the season without fans at Ochilview, and to be able to restart the current campaign after its recent shutdown. However, the fight for the club to survive beyond the pandemic has not deterred themfrom a vital community initiative thatContinue reading “Jamie Swinney: Stenhousemuir FC and supporting the local community”

Darren Young: East Fife, Ebbe Skovdahl and Aberdeen

Written by Colin Byiers Ebbe Skovdahl was appointed Aberdeen manager back in 1999 and will be fondly remembered by many Dons fans for his 3 and a half years at the club and a man who was a big part of Skovdahl’s Aberdeen was Darren Young. Darren would be appointed captain by the Dane atContinue reading “Darren Young: East Fife, Ebbe Skovdahl and Aberdeen”

Thomas Tuchel: The Man to End Chelsea’s Misfortune?

“File:Thomas Tuchel.jpg” by Alexander Böhm is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 Thomas Tuchel is set to be announced as the next Chelsea manager, following this morning’s announcement that Frank Lampard has been relieved of his duties after 18-months in charge. The German coach most recently managed Paris Saint-Germain after his success with Borussia Dortmund, andContinue reading “Thomas Tuchel: The Man to End Chelsea’s Misfortune?”

The Irish League 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 Crusaders v Larne 1-0 3-3 Ballymena United v Cliftonville 2-1 P-PContinue reading “The Irish League Preview of the Week”

Matthew Knox: Making my debut at 16

Credit: Livingston Football Club You made your debut against St Mirren only four days after your 16th birthday. How would you sum up that experience? I remember we were one up and I was warming up. Then, David Hopkin, who was my gaffer at the time, called me over. I remember running down the touchContinue reading “Matthew Knox: Making my debut at 16”

Kontantin Beskov: The manager who succeeded behind the iron curtain

Credit: Marcel Antonisse / Anefo / Nationaal Archief / Naamsvermelding-Gelijk Delen 3.0 Nederland (CC BY-SA 3.0 NL) Behind the curtain many players, great clubs and managers were left to be unknown. The great Dynamo Kiev sides of the seventies and eighties are the only sides that are commonly known, but that really misses the beautyContinue reading “Kontantin Beskov: The manager who succeeded behind the iron curtain”

Indian Super League Review

As 2021 is just beginning, we are already half way through the Indian Super League season and what a fantastic season it’s been so far. Despite setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic and no fans in stadiums, it has not seized the quality of football on the pitch with 20 goals scored in first twoContinue reading “Indian Super League Review”

The Vizi Football visual comparison: The top 10 marksmen in European football

Written by Callum McFadden with all data provided by the team @ViziFootball – as of January 19th 2021. 10. Wout Weghorst | Wolfsburg | 12 goals 9. Ciro Immobile | Lazio | 12 goals 8. Harry Kane | Tottenham | 12 goals 7. Romelu Lukaku | Inter | 12 goals 6. Andre Silva | EintrachtContinue reading “The Vizi Football visual comparison: The top 10 marksmen in European football”

Brian Deane: Sheffield United, Benfica and inspirational managers

“SUFC and Brian Dean supporting The Shirt” byMobilephotos@heidenstrom is licensed under CC BY 2.0 You retired in 2006. How are you enjoying retirement and life away from playing professional football? “When you retire from doing something that you love it is not easy. I am like anybody else. “I had 21 years of playing professionalContinue reading “Brian Deane: Sheffield United, Benfica and inspirational managers”

Luke Tuffs: Ashford Town, managerial ambitions and inspiring other LGBT managers

You are currently taking your A license coaching course in Scotland. Why did you choose to do the SFA course? It has a great reputation to be honest. The SFA have done a fantastic job considering the challenges due to Covid. We’d usually do the course in person but obviously with that not being possibleContinue reading “Luke Tuffs: Ashford Town, managerial ambitions and inspiring other LGBT managers”

Lee Bonis: From Portadown fan to Portadown player

All photographs courtesy of Lee Bonis. You are now a big part of the Portadown squad but your journey to the club has been a unique one. Can you talk me through it? I started off at Portadown in the youth set up and I was there until under 17’s. At that stage I wasn’tContinue reading “Lee Bonis: From Portadown fan to Portadown player”