Arthur LeBlond: Goalkeeping, Guendouzi and ambition

Photograph courtesy of Arthur LeBlond I wanted to take you back to the beginning and the start of your footballing journey. How did your journey start on your road to becoming a professional footballer? I come from a little island called Reunion Island near Madagascar. On the island all the people play football and IContinue reading “Arthur LeBlond: Goalkeeping, Guendouzi and ambition”

Are Defensive Midfielders Underappreciated?

“FW: Match Against Poverty – Hamburg – Germany 13/12/2011” by United Nations Development Programme is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The defensive midfield position is one that certainly mixes opinions. In 2004 Jose Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge as the new manager of Chelsea. The arrival of the Portuguese man saw a change in formationContinue reading “Are Defensive Midfielders Underappreciated?”

Hall of Fame No.2 – Johan Cruyff

“Johan Cruyff a Vilanova i la Geltrú” by Premsa Ajuntament de VNG is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Johan Cruyff made his name at Ajax and then established himself at Barcelona, becoming one of the greatest players of his generation in the process.He was one of the Dutch national team to play in Rinus Michel’s ‘TotalContinue reading “Hall of Fame No.2 – Johan Cruyff”

Kieran Maguire: The differences between SPFL and Premier League revenue

A fascinating insight into the difference in finances between the top clubs in the Scottish Premiership and the English Premier League over the last 20 years. Looking at the comparative growth of football south & north of the border since the Premier League started in 1992/93. That season Rangers had the 3rd highest wage billContinue reading “Kieran Maguire: The differences between SPFL and Premier League revenue”

Kieran Maguire: Making sense of Chelsea’s finances

Chelsea lost £111 million from day to day trading in Covid-19 impacted 2019/20. Sales of Hazard & Morata helped generate £142m profit on player sales to offset these losses. Chelsea balance sheet strong due to Abramovich generosity. Debtors of £284m mainly sums owing from other clubs for transfers. Small increase (£7m) from new shares issued.Continue reading “Kieran Maguire: Making sense of Chelsea’s finances”

Alan Mahood: Flying High Or Game Passing You By?

“Kilmarnock FC -Rugby Park” by SteHLiverpool is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Big game Saturday. Straight on to Amazon and hit the re-order button. Another 2 big bottles of confidence please! If only. If only it was that simple and you could guarentee a performance. You get games where you do no wrong. You wantContinue reading “Alan Mahood: Flying High Or Game Passing You By?”

Kieran Maguire: The major football clubs and associations making use of low interest loans

Bank of England Covid low interest loans confirmed for English FA £175m Spurs (£175m) Arsenal (£120m), all of which have been publicised by the recipients. Also £75m borrowed by the EFL, mysteriously absent from the EFL website.

Exclusive: Didier Agathe on Martin O’Neill

“Martin O’Neill directs the troops” by Ronnie Macdonald is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Didier Agathe spoke exclusively to Football CFB. Tune in to the full show here I sat down with Didier Agathe to talk all about his time at Celtic, Agathe talked about how he made the initial impression, “Martin (Martin O’Neill) thoughtContinue reading “Exclusive: Didier Agathe on Martin O’Neill”

Rod Underwood: The importance of the ball

Being Proactive The modern game has various styles, various positions, multiple technical and tactical philosophies. The approach to the game that is most intriguing is using the ball to dominate the opponent. Why intriguing because the most important aspect of the game is the ball. If the team has possession it is very difficult for the opponentContinue reading “Rod Underwood: The importance of the ball”

Matt Le Tissier: I had to score the last goal at the Dell

Listen to the full interview HERE. Matt Le Tissier is known to the Southampton faithful as ‘Le God’ after he spent his entire 17 year career with the Saints scoring over 100 Premier League goals in the process. At the end of the 2000/2001 season, Southampton were due to leave behind their iconic stadium ‘TheContinue reading “Matt Le Tissier: I had to score the last goal at the Dell”

Joey Barton: Life at Burnley and Sean Dyche

“File:Sean Dyche.jpg” by Kelvin Stuttard is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Callum McFadden interviewed Joey Barton exclusively for football CFB. “Burnley had just been relegated with us (QPR) and I had always liked from a distance and how they did it,” “There was a very socialist ethos to their club, the team and his (Dyche’s)Continue reading “Joey Barton: Life at Burnley and Sean Dyche”

Joey Barton on what Newcastle means to him

“Joey Barton” by blenky64 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 By Callum McFadden I would have happily stayed at Newcastle for the rest of my career. “I loved living in the city and Ioved the fans, I felt really comfortable where I was and I was hoping to get the club back to the topContinue reading “Joey Barton on what Newcastle means to him”

Bobby Williamson: My Love of African football

Credit: Photo contrary of Kilmarnock football Club and Bobby Williamson Bobby Williamson spoke exclusively to Callum McFadden. In the final part of our interview with Bobby Williamson, having heard of the tales of his journey across football int the UK, we explore his unique experience across African football, while also exploring more into African footballContinue reading “Bobby Williamson: My Love of African football”

Bobby Williamson; Moving to Hibs, Managing Brown and Thomson and why he left Scotland

Credit: Daniel / Flickr Bobby Williamson spoke exclusively to Callum McFadden for Football CFB Last time with Bobby Williamson we spoke about his early managerial career, his time at Kilmarnock and what it’s like to win the Scottish Cup in your first year of management. But there is much more to come in Bobby’s story.Continue reading “Bobby Williamson; Moving to Hibs, Managing Brown and Thomson and why he left Scotland”

Bobby Williamson: Scottish Cup Success and a reflection on the Rugby Park days

Credit: Image courtesy of Kilmarnock football club and Bobby Williamson A man who is so well known within Scottish football is Bobby Williamson, having played at Clydebank, Rangers, West Brom, Rotherham and Kilmarnock as a striker scoring over 140 goals in his professional career. He then turned his hand rather unexpectedly to management where heContinue reading “Bobby Williamson: Scottish Cup Success and a reflection on the Rugby Park days”

Josh Askew: Joining Chester, Blackburn, loan spells and life at Salford

Credit: Chester Football Club You’ve just signed for Chester from Boston United. What does it feel like to sign for Chester? I’m over the moon. It’s been a long time coming to be honest as when I knew that Bernard and Jonno had moved to Chester, I have always wanted to join the club. It’sContinue reading “Josh Askew: Joining Chester, Blackburn, loan spells and life at Salford”

Harry Redknapp: Managing Mavericks

Credit: James Boyes Listen to the full interview with Harry HERE You’ve managed many Mavericks in your career such as Paolo Di Canio, Paul Merson and Kanu. How do you manage guys like that on a daily basis? I loved it! It was great fun but also a challenge. I mean the example I alwaysContinue reading “Harry Redknapp: Managing Mavericks”

Dai Davies – An Obituary

“Goalkeeper” by erix! is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Dai Davies, the former Welsh international goalkeeper passed away this week at the age of 72.During his 17 years in the game, the Welshman played for Swansea City, Everton, Wrexham, Bangor City and won 52 caps for Wales. Davies joined Everton from Third Division Swansea CityContinue reading “Dai Davies – An Obituary”

Matthew Knox: Training at United alongside Marcus Rashford

Credit: Warrenpoint football club. In terms of the training, what was the standard like down there at United? Did you train alongside any players that are in the first team now? I remember training with under 18 teams and all the players I trained with were superb. I remember one day the coach said ‘MarcusContinue reading “Matthew Knox: Training at United alongside Marcus Rashford”

Kieran Maguire: Motherwell’s finances

Good to see fan controlled Motherwell publish full accounts. income up 8% in 2019/20 to £4.9m reflecting a 3rd place finish & punching above its weight financially despite Covid impact. Furlough grants £293k. Motherwell wages 85p for every poond of revenue, which is high but Covid does not help. Needs to sell players to helpContinue reading “Kieran Maguire: Motherwell’s finances”

Becoming a Premier League player – Kortney Hause

“File:Kortney Hause 2014-02-06 17-58.jpg” byUser:Remelaurent is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 You signed for for Aston Villa in 2019.How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as Aston Villa? I am really enjoying myself at Aston Villa.I am really enjoying what I have achievedContinue reading “Becoming a Premier League player – Kortney Hause”

EXCLUSIVE: Larsson on Lubo

“Match For Solidarity” by UN Geneva is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Henrik Larsson spoke exclusively to Callum McFadden about his career in depth including the importance of stopping Rangers’ bid for a 10-in-a-row, his international career at Sweden, the highs and lows of his time at Parkhead, winning the Champions League at Barcelona, playingContinue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Larsson on Lubo”

Ally McCoist: Much more than a pundit & the funny man of football

“Ally McCoist celebrates” by billy kerr is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 A few months ago on CFB, I interviewed former Rangers and Dundee United player Jon Daly. Tune in here – In the course of our wide-ranging discussion, Jon speaks emotionally of the personal touch Ally McCoist showed towards his dad, who wasContinue reading “Ally McCoist: Much more than a pundit & the funny man of football”

Andy Bishop: My Footballing Journey

Credit: Ingy The Wingy You progressed through the system at Walsall but you established yourself in the game through the loan system at Kidderminster Harriers. How important was that particular loan spell in your development? It was massively important because you can play as much youth team football as you want but it is nowhereContinue reading “Andy Bishop: My Footballing Journey”

A-League club lead the way with groundbreaking sponsorship deal

Photo courtesy of Pexels Western Sydney Wanderers announced this week that they had signed a partnership with the Office of Responsible Gambling that would see New South Wales club say no to sports betting sponsorship. In doing so, the club became the first Hyundai A-League side to commit to turn down all sponsorship and advertisingContinue reading “A-League club lead the way with groundbreaking sponsorship deal”

Keon Daniel: Life in Poland and playing with Yorke and Latapy

Image courtesy of Pexels By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You signed for Polish team GKS Tychy in 2018.How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as GKS Tychy? For me my time at GKS Tychy so far has been great.IContinue reading “Keon Daniel: Life in Poland and playing with Yorke and Latapy”

Peter Gulácsi: Life at RB Leipzig

“File:Red Bull arena, Leipzig von oben Zentralstadion.jpg” by Philipp is licensed under CC BY 2.0 You signed for RB Leipzig in 2015. How are you enjoying your time at the club? 

 It was the right decision to take the next step from the Austrian league to the German Bundesliga, one of the best leaguesContinue reading “Peter Gulácsi: Life at RB Leipzig”

Irish Premiership Weekend Preview

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 Carrick Rangers v Linfield 1-3 1-1 Cliftonville v Warrenpoint Town 3-0Continue reading “Irish Premiership Weekend Preview”

Graeme Souness: I wanted the Scotland job

Credit: MagentaGreen How close did you come to managing Scotland and looking back on your career is that something you wish you had the opportunity to do? I went for an interview and met Campbell Ogilvie who was in charge of the SFA at the time. I met them in the Hilton hotel at EdinburghContinue reading “Graeme Souness: I wanted the Scotland job”

Matthew Knox: Loving life at Warrenpoint Town

Credit: Warrenpoint Town Football Club This summer you signed for Warrenpoint Town in Northern Ireland. How excited were you for a fresh start away from Scottish football given the endless hype that has followed you for many years? To be honest, I did not have a clue about coming over here for most of theContinue reading “Matthew Knox: Loving life at Warrenpoint Town”