Steven Lawther: Author of the book, ‘Arrival’

Written by Colin Byiers “Arrival” charts the rise of the Scottish Women’s National team that culminates in them qualifying for the Women’s World Cup in 2019. The books author, Steven Lawther, spoke with me about the book and the successes of the women’s game in Scotland. Was this a project you felt strongly about? It wasContinue reading “Steven Lawther: Author of the book, ‘Arrival’”

The importance of the throw in

“File:Rory Delap.jpg” by Russ London (talk) is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Before matches, in the build up, throw ins are rarely considered as a part of the game that will have any major effect on the outcome. However, when the ball goes into touch and it’s unclear who the ball should go to, theContinue reading “The importance of the throw in”

On the peripheries of European football, the Land of Fire is offering up a slow burning title race you shouldn’t miss

Images created by Patrick Caskie. Land of Fire, Football, Dolma, and the Aliyev’s. It doesn’t quite have the ring I thought it would. Despite the alliteration, Football is the odd one out, not deserving of a place amongst the icons of Azerbaijan. In fact, Football doesn’t even sit head of the table when it comesContinue reading “On the peripheries of European football, the Land of Fire is offering up a slow burning title race you shouldn’t miss”

J1 League 2021 Season Preview

The J1 season is fianlly among us! Although it only feels like yesterday when we said goodbye to 2020 with Kawasaki Frontale lifting the league trophy for the third time in three years. It was an interesting season, which was interrupted by a pandemic, which not only halted football in Japan, but across the world.Continue reading “J1 League 2021 Season Preview”

The SPFL Premiership Preview: Betfred Cup Final Showdown, John Kennedy Takes Charge at Celtic and more!

Welcome to the latest installment of The SPFL Premiership Preview. Written by myself, Ciaran Foreman, I’ll be looking ahead to all the upcoming action in the SPFL Premiership as another weekend of footballing drama beckons. Betfred Cup Final Showdown It’s Cup Final weekend in Scotland as Livingston face St Johnstone in what is set toContinue reading “The SPFL Premiership Preview: Betfred Cup Final Showdown, John Kennedy Takes Charge at Celtic and more!”

Warren Feeney: Management & representing Northern Ireland

Credit: Jon Candy from Cardiff, Wales / This file is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic You became manager of OFC Pirin Blagoevgrad in 2019. How are you enjoying football management and what do you view as the challenges of managing such a club? “Football management is something that I wanted to doContinue reading “Warren Feeney: Management & representing Northern Ireland”

Lyndon Dykes: QOTS and Dobbie were crucial parts of my development

Image courtesy of Queen of the South football club with prior consent How do you reflect on your time at Queen of the South and in particular, your partnership with Stephen Dobbie? I absolutely loved my time at Queen of the South. When I first arrived in Scotland from Australia, I never expected to playContinue reading “Lyndon Dykes: QOTS and Dobbie were crucial parts of my development”

Alan Mahood: MOTM Bubbly…Post Match Interview Not So Lovely Jubbly

Photograph courtesy of Kilmarnock Football Club MOTM Bubbly… Post Match Interview Not So Lovely Jubbly Go a walk for the Sunday papers. Stretch the legs, clear the head. Done ok yesterday. Probably a 7. Maybe an 8? Could I possibly dream of a 9? Standing in the queue waiting for somebody to cash in lastContinue reading “Alan Mahood: MOTM Bubbly…Post Match Interview Not So Lovely Jubbly”

Raith looking for home hat-trick

“Raith Rovers Starks Park fish eye” by gordon2208 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 It’s sweet home Raith this Saturday & will be a continuing theme for the next 10 days after with Alloa, Dunfermline & Ayr United all heading to Stark’s Park. Form has been hot & cold for John McGlynn’s side so farContinue reading “Raith looking for home hat-trick”

Betfred Cup Final Preview – St Johnstone v Livingston

“UEFA Cup Final 2007 – Hampden Park, Glasgow” byToxicWeb is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 WHEN the Betfred Cup campaign got underway belatedly in October, very few would’ve predicted that either St Johnstone or Livingston would be even one of the Finalists let alone both. With just four National Cup Finals between them, and having twoContinue reading “Betfred Cup Final Preview – St Johnstone v Livingston”

#NOCHOFTES​ Podcast | APOEL 1-1 OMONOIA | APOEL HUFFED AND PUFFED LIKE THE BIG BAD WOLF

Stel and Roy review the 1-1 first leg draw against APOEL in the Cypriot Cup. Fair result on the balance of play but, let’s be honest, we were in second gear and the away goal is big in the grand scheme of things. LIKESUBSCRIBETELL YOUR NOUNA Instagram Stel – https://www.instagram.com/chestel/​​​​​ Roy – https://www.instagram.com/roynochoftes​​​ The OLBContinue reading “#NOCHOFTES​ Podcast | APOEL 1-1 OMONOIA | APOEL HUFFED AND PUFFED LIKE THE BIG BAD WOLF”

Jamal Musiala: 17-Year-Old English Playmaker You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Calls Gareth Southgate To Say He’ll Play For Germany

Photograph courtesy of Bayern Munich – visit their official website here. Jamal Musiala is a 17-year-old graduate of Chelsea FC’s academy, the preeminent finishing school in English football. In many ways, he is also your average English teenager. He enjoys playing football and looks up to Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo (the Brazilian one).Continue reading “Jamal Musiala: 17-Year-Old English Playmaker You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Calls Gareth Southgate To Say He’ll Play For Germany”

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 Ballymena United v Crusaders 0-2 1-2 (1pt) Carrick Rangers v Glenavon 1-2 3-4Continue reading “Irish Premiership Preview of the Week”

Ross Meechan: I take a lot of pride in having played every minute for Forfar

Photograph courtesy of Forfar Athletic Football Club Written by Colin Byiers Ross Meechan might not be a familiar name to supporters of teams in the Premiership or Championship in Scotland, but he is an established name in League One and besides one season with Stenhousemuir in League Two, the 26-year-old has spent all his senior career playingContinue reading “Ross Meechan: I take a lot of pride in having played every minute for Forfar”

Throwback Thursday: When Pompey won the FA Cup

Credit: “File:The FA Cup Trophy in 2008.jpg” by Unisouth is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 The 2007/08 campaign had already been an extremely successful one for Portsmouth. Captained by Sol Campbell, Pompey would go on to finish 8th in the Premier League. Manager Harry Redknapp had constructed an incredibly strong squad and the football onContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: When Pompey won the FA Cup”

Matchday programmes – soon to become a thing of the past?

Whilst football has continued during this pandemic, most clubs have produced an electronic matchday programme. As an avid programme collector, this has got me worried that clubs might continue to do this when we finally get back to ‘normality’. A lot of stadiums have now got electronic turnstiles thus doing away with the amiable turnstileContinue reading “Matchday programmes – soon to become a thing of the past?”

The Mystery of Matt Le Tissier

There was a player who starred in the Premier League during the 90’s and start of the 2000’s who regularly showed amazing skill, flair and was a menace to defenders.He regularly made defenders look daft as they tried desperately to stop him.  He would ping a shot into the top corner of the net fromContinue reading “The Mystery of Matt Le Tissier”

Graham Alexander: My vision for Motherwell

Photograph courtesy of Graham Alexander and Motherwell Football Club We are speaking a matter of days after your Motherwell side became only the third side this season to take points from Rangers in the Scottish Premiership. How do you assess the match now after a few days to reflect upon it? I was very happyContinue reading “Graham Alexander: My vision for Motherwell”

Hal Robson Kanu: Euro 2016 memories and creating The Turmeric Co

All photographs provided by Thomas Hal Robson Kanu with written permission of use. Most footballers and fans dream of representing their country at the highest level. In 2016, you were an integral part of the Wales team that reached the semi final of the Euro’s. Sum up that experience from your personal perspective? It wasContinue reading “Hal Robson Kanu: Euro 2016 memories and creating The Turmeric Co”

A-League: MW9 Review

Credit: “File:Kardinia Park January 2016 Melbourne Victory Central Coast Mariners.jpg” by Paladisious is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 I can’t think of a better way to have kicked off my A-League coverage than the games in MW9. Shock defeats, goals galore and a sprinkling of VAR controversy… this round had it all! Adelaide United vContinue reading “A-League: MW9 Review”

Are Gerrard’s Gers going to Gdansk?

Credit: “Ibrox Stadium Panorama” by aitkenheadImages is licensed under CC BY 2.0 It is safe to say that Rangers and their fans have suffered massively over the last decade. The club suffered due to financial troubles back in 2012 plunging the club to the depths of Scottish football forcing them to start again. They rebuiltContinue reading “Are Gerrard’s Gers going to Gdansk?”

The SPFL Premiership Review: Excellent Ross County Pile on Celtic Misery, Aberdeen Finally Score a Goal and Rampant Rangers Score Four!

Welcome to the latest installment of The SPFL Premiership Review. Written by myself, Ciaran Foreman, I’ll take you through all of the weekly talking points in the weird and utterly wonderful world of Scottish Football. Writers Predictions vs Scorelines Match Writers Prediction Scoreline St Mirren vs Livingston 1-1 1-1 Hibernian vs Hamilton 2-1 2-0 MotherwellContinue reading “The SPFL Premiership Review: Excellent Ross County Pile on Celtic Misery, Aberdeen Finally Score a Goal and Rampant Rangers Score Four!”

A true fans view: The Curious Case of Robbie Neilson

Credit: “tynecastle stadium” by papaj0e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Robbie Neilson splits opinion amongst the Hearts support.  Check any social media outlet or fan forum and for every pro Neilson statement there will be a negative one close behind.  Many football fans would argue that is case and point for every single footballContinue reading “A true fans view: The Curious Case of Robbie Neilson”

‘Dinosaur’ McCarthy has Cardiff Playing Dino-mite

“Mick McCarthy” by dannymol is licensed under CC BY 2.0 A run of six defeats would prove to be the final nail in the coffin for Neil Harris as he was sacked by Cardiff on January 21st. The Bluebirds would need only one day to replace Harris, bringing in two-time LMA Championship Manager of theContinue reading “‘Dinosaur’ McCarthy has Cardiff Playing Dino-mite”

Derek Gaston: Goalkeeping, Morton Memories and Arbroath

All photographs courtesy of David Bell / Tontastic with prior written approval. You are currently at Arbroath working under Dick Campbell and Rab Douglas. Sum up life at the club? Firstly, it’s been great to be at the club and I’m enjoying my football under Dick Campbell. I was unsure initially how it would beContinue reading “Derek Gaston: Goalkeeping, Morton Memories and Arbroath”

Jason Cundy: Chelsea, punditry, presenting and life after football

Photograph is courtesy of Talksport. Listen to Jason and Andy Goldstein on the Sports bar weeknights from 10pm. You retired in the year 2000. How are enjoying retirement from professional football. Do you miss playing and you are a well known pundit on among others talkSport radio and other mediums and have is life forContinue reading “Jason Cundy: Chelsea, punditry, presenting and life after football”

Historic Matches – Charlton Athletic 4 Sunderland 4

“Charlton Athletic” by Ordnance Survey is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The 1998 First Division Play Off Final will go down as one of the most enthralling and entertaining finals of all-time.Charlton Athletic hadn’t played in the new Premier League since it was formed in 1992 and their last season in the top flight wasContinue reading “Historic Matches – Charlton Athletic 4 Sunderland 4”