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 Glenavon v Larne 1-1 1-4 Ballymena United v Dungannon Swifts 2-1Continue reading “Irish League Preview of the Week”

Dick Campbell: Championship survival is the aim

Credit: Arbroath Football Club Last season when football was curtailed you were sitting in 5th place which is a phenomenal achievement given your budget and part time status. How do you reflect on the season so far? Has it been more challenging with the Covid restrictions and protocols? First of all, I have to beContinue reading “Dick Campbell: Championship survival is the aim”

Derek Soutar: Goalkeeping and Goalkeeping coaches

“Selsport Pro Titanium Wrappa Goalkeeper Gloves 1”by Aidan L is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Written by Colin Byiers During his career as goalkeeper at clubs like Dundee and Aberdeen, Derek Soutar has worked with some of the best goalkeeping coaches in Scotland like Billy Thompson, Jim Leighton and Paul Mathers, and since retiring from playing, he has been running hisContinue reading “Derek Soutar: Goalkeeping and Goalkeeping coaches”

Alan Mahood: The dressing room. Football’s inner sanctum

Tonight Matthew, I’m going to get slaughtered. Waiting outside the Colosseum and listening to the lions roar as the crowd smells blood… Standing in the middle of a bullring with a red cape preparing for the beast to be released into the arena… Approaching the dressing room door on a Monday morning after having aContinue reading “Alan Mahood: The dressing room. Football’s inner sanctum”

Barca’s big mistake: Luis Suarez

Credit: Антон Зайцев / soccer.ru Perhaps one of the most surprizing developments in last summer’s Covid-19 disrupted transfer window was newly appointed Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman’s handling of star striker Luis Suarez. The Dutch man made it crystal clear upon his arrival at the club that Suarez would not be part of his plans andContinue reading “Barca’s big mistake: Luis Suarez”

Gary Holt: Will he help bring back success to the Bairns?

Image Credit: Falkirk Herald Gary Holt’s Livingston departure took many by surprise, but his return to Falkirk as Sporting Director just a matter of weeks later seemed to come even more out the blue. Holt was, of course, doing fairly well at Livi, having kept the Lions in the Scottish Premiership for two seasons in a row – which is noContinue reading “Gary Holt: Will he help bring back success to the Bairns?”

Danny Lloyd: Tranmere, Salford and the mental challenges of football

Photograph provided with permission from Tranmere Rovers Football Club You joined Tranmere Rovers in 2020. How would you reflect on your time at the club so far? It’s going well at this moment. We are in a good vein of form and I’ve been playing regularly which is always great. I’ve also been able toContinue reading “Danny Lloyd: Tranmere, Salford and the mental challenges of football”

Adam Lakeland: From Curzon to Farsley Celtic and managerial ambitions

Credit: Farsley Celtic Football Club and Adam Lakeland You started your coaching journey at Curzon Ashton and won back to back promotions with the club as first team coach. Sum up that experience from your personal perspective? It was a superb experience working under John Flanagan as manager. I worked very closely with him andContinue reading “Adam Lakeland: From Curzon to Farsley Celtic and managerial ambitions”

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel: Playing across the continent

Credit: Дмитрий Неймырок/Dmitriy Neymyrok/Dmitrij Niejmyrok / Football.ua You played for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal for two seasons. How do you look back on your time at the club? It was wonderful and one of the happiest times of my career so far. The club was very good to me, and the supporters too, and theContinue reading “Ricky Van Wolfswinkel: Playing across the continent”

Historic Matches – Italy 4 West Germany 3 (Mexico ’70)

Italy and West Germany line up before their semi final in 1970. Picture courtesy of CricketSoccer This ‘Historic Match’ was between West Germany and Italy in the 1970 World Cup Semi Final in Mexico. It is known as ‘The Game of the Century’ and is widely considered one of the greatest World Cup matches ofContinue reading “Historic Matches – Italy 4 West Germany 3 (Mexico ’70)”

A Season to Remember: West Ham United 1985/86

West Ham’s goal-machine, Frank McAvennie – Picture from http://www.whufc.com 1985/86 was West Ham United’s most successful league season and their highest ever finish in the top flight. They would have finished as runners up, only to be pipped to second place by Everton in a 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park on the final game ofContinue reading “A Season to Remember: West Ham United 1985/86”

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 Glenavon 2-1 1-1 Coleraine v Crusaders 1-1 2-1 LinfieldContinue reading “Irish League Preview of the Week”

The SPFL Premiership Review: Saints Lead the Way!

Welcome to the first installment of The SPFL Premiership Review; a re-imagination of ‘The Scottish Football Review of the Week’ by Dr Grant Campbell. Now written by myself, Ciaran Foreman, as I take you through all of the weekly talking points in the weird and utterly wonderful world of Scottish Football. It’s hard to knowContinue reading “The SPFL Premiership Review: Saints Lead the Way!”

Kieran Maguire: Brighton Finances

Introduction Getting to the Premier League is an expensive business as many clubs in the Championship have found out, with operating losses in that division exceeding £600 million pre-Covid. Remaining in the Premier League can also be costly, as Brighton have proven in announcing their 2019/20 financial results. Income All clubs divide their revenue intoContinue reading “Kieran Maguire: Brighton Finances”