A Tribute to the ‘Football Yearbook’

You can buy the latest yearbook here At the start of the season, I finally completed the collection of all 51 editions of the annual ‘Football Yearbook’. The first edition came out in 1970 and offered fans over half a million football stats and facts. Rothmans tobacconists sponsored the first edition and did so upContinue reading “A Tribute to the ‘Football Yearbook’”

It could well be now or never for Harry Kane – The perfect storm for United to make their move

“Harry Kane” by five til noon is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Following this summer’s delayed European Championships, Harry Kane will be turning 28 years of age. As things stand, there is the possibility that he could go away on holiday this year (if indeed holidays are allowed!) with both Carabao Cup and European Championship medals with Tottenham Hotspur and EnglandContinue reading “It could well be now or never for Harry Kane – The perfect storm for United to make their move”

Championship Review: 27/03/2021

“Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, home stadium” byaldon is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 A week to forget for Hearts, Inverness 4 wins on the bounce, Dundee win 5 goal thriller, Alloa & Ayr pick up a point, Raith lead the way before Fife derby. It’s been another exciting weekend in the Scottish Championship, Queen OfContinue reading “Championship Review: 27/03/2021”

Elie Akobeto: From Benin to Bolton & the future

All photographs in this article have been provided to us by Elie Akobeto with permission for use. Before conducting our interview today you spoke of potentially having some good news. Are there any developments for your current or future club in that respect? Well at the moment I am not going to lie to youContinue reading “Elie Akobeto: From Benin to Bolton & the future”

Chris Sutton on BoBo Balde

He was known for Bobo is going to get you and diving into tackles. Would he be allowed near Henrik Larsson in training? Yes, To be fair. The thing with Bobo is that he just singled everybody out. He wasn’t fearful of anybody even Henrik. Henrik because he had the serious injury when he brokeContinue reading “Chris Sutton on BoBo Balde”

David Bujara: The life of a Scout

Why were you attracted to scouting? Well, I was never much of a player. I’d always enjoyed football, enjoyed watching football and playing with my mates. One day I was on the metro going to work and I was reading the free newspaper. They had an article from one of their writers who had beenContinue reading “David Bujara: The life of a Scout”

The utility man: the life of a versatile footballer

“James Milner” by Mafue is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 James Milner, Philipp Lahm, Callum Paterson, Michael Antonio, Daniel Wass, Ashley Young. The list goes on, and while these players are of varying quality, there’s one word that springs to mind when they’re mentioned. “Versatile” While this is true, it’s always raised a number ofContinue reading “The utility man: the life of a versatile footballer”

Celtic, Life Under Lennon and Larne

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You signed in January 2020 for Larne FC in Northern Ireland. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as Larne FC? I am really enjoying my time here at Larne FC. I came overContinue reading “Celtic, Life Under Lennon and Larne”

Denilson: My career journey

“Denilson” by Ronnie Macdonald is licensed underCC BY 2.0 You came through the youth setup and debuted in the first team of São Paulo in your native Brazil. How do you look back on your time at the club and do you have any highlights and special memories? “The good memories I have are theContinue reading “Denilson: My career journey”

Rory McKeown: West Belfast to Wellington

Rory McKeown has had a fascinating career. Moving from Belfast as a teenager to further his footballing ambitions, the fullback enjoyed successful spells in England, Scotland and a brief stint in Poland before making a surprise move to New Zealand, where last week he was part of the Team Wellington side that bowed out ofContinue reading “Rory McKeown: West Belfast to Wellington”

From the Jaws of Victory: Review

A thrilling read from start to finish. So many exceptional writers brought together to tell many intriguing tales of the great teams who came so close to greatness but ultimately fell short! As fans we’ve all been there with our own teams and this book brings those emotions and memories to the forefront of yourContinue reading “From the Jaws of Victory: Review”

Paul Groves: Managing through a pandemic and developing as a coach across Europe

“File:PaulGrovesWHU21082010.jpg” by Egghead06 (talk) is licensed under CC BY 3.0 You are currently the manager of Gloucester City. This season has been very challenging due to the coronavirus situation in the U.K. How have you handled that as a manager? When I initially came in, it was full on as with a lot of gamesContinue reading “Paul Groves: Managing through a pandemic and developing as a coach across Europe”

Throwback to Euro 2004: The Tournament that had it all

“File:Portugiesische Fans bei der Euro 2004.jpg” byFritz Duras; original uploader was Trainspotter at de.wikipedia is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Everybody loves an underdog story. I’m sure everyone remembers the David and Goliath story from when they were younger. Well this story is exactly what that is all about. In 2004 Portugal held the UEFAContinue reading “Throwback to Euro 2004: The Tournament that had it all”

Ian Burchnall: Managing abroad, Scandinavian football and future ambitions

Photograph courtesy of Ian Burchnall You have accrued 15 years coaching experience. How are you enjoying life as a coach and having also managed clubs abroad too and how do you believe the role of a coach has changed in recent years in professional football? I enjoy coaching and I feel fortunate to work inContinue reading “Ian Burchnall: Managing abroad, Scandinavian football and future ambitions”

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 Crusaders v Linfield 1-2 1-2 (3pts) Coleraine v Carrick Rangers 3-0 1-0 (1pt)Continue reading “Irish Premiership Preview of the Week”

Broken Hearts, Jubilation & so close for Highland League clubs in Scottish Cup

“Scottish Cup at William Hill, Paisley Piazza by Jean-Marie Stewart” by paisleyorguk is licensed under CC BY 2.0 A football hiatus for 2 months? No problem, Back just a fortnight ago with no games and 30 places between the sides in the SPFL pyramid – Brora Rangers sent shockwaves across the nation with a famousContinue reading “Broken Hearts, Jubilation & so close for Highland League clubs in Scottish Cup”

WE League: Japan’s first professional women’s football league

“Japan Football Museum @ Ochanomizu” by *_* is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Last year in June 2020 the Japan Football Association announced that they were forming a new professional and top-flight women’s football league, named WE League. With WE standing for ‘Women’s Empowerment’. The previous top-flight league, called the Nadeshiko League, was a semi-professionalContinue reading “WE League: Japan’s first professional women’s football league”

Brandon Thomas-Asante: Progressing at Salford and memories of MK and Non-League football

All photographs courtesy of Salford City Football Club with written approval of use. You have been at Salford since 2019 and the club are playing very well this season in league two. Sum up the season so far from your perspective? Personally, this season has been a very good learning experience for me. I wouldContinue reading “Brandon Thomas-Asante: Progressing at Salford and memories of MK and Non-League football”

Andreas Brehme: Winning the World Cup, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and 1. FC Kaiserslautern

All photographs courtesy of and with the permission of use from Andreas Brehme and Akani group unless stated otherwise. Follow Andreas on Instagram. You are a footballing icon having scored the winning goal in the 1990 World Cup final. Sum up that game against Argentina and what it was like to lift such a prestigiousContinue reading “Andreas Brehme: Winning the World Cup, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and 1. FC Kaiserslautern”

Bayern win to go into the international break with a four point lead.

“File:Robert Lewandowski FCB.jpg” by Uwe Bassenhoff from Wattenscheid is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Bayern Munich 4-0 VFL Stuttgart This game had the potential to be a banana skin for Bayern as they looked for a reaction after RB Leipzig’s 1-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld on Friday night. Bayern did not get off to theContinue reading “Bayern win to go into the international break with a four point lead.”

Scotland World Cup Qualifying Preview

“File:John McGinn 2019.jpg” by Анна Джалалян is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 LESS than 90 days to go until Scotland’s 23 year wait to kick a ball at a major international tournament will be over. Ever since that dramatic night in Serbia on 12 November, the excitement to the delayed Euro 2020 Finals is buildingContinue reading “Scotland World Cup Qualifying Preview”

Dave Black: Why stick with Steve Bruce? 5 potential reasons why

“Steve Bruce” by domfell is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Newcastle United fans knew the situation was bad. We’ve been telling everybody who would listen that this was coming. Whilst the pundits appeared blind to Steve Bruce’s many weaknesses, game on game we’ve seen the ground work laid by Rafa Benitez unpicked, smashed up andContinue reading “Dave Black: Why stick with Steve Bruce? 5 potential reasons why”

Ciaran Donnelly: My life in football

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? My journey started as I think every young kids does when I was three years old I picked up a ball and I had an olderContinue reading “Ciaran Donnelly: My life in football”

Kieran Maguire: Sometimes executives earn more than an entire clubs wage bill

Seems to be a lot of stick for the Celtic senior management team. In 2018/19 the highest paid director, Peter Lawwell, earned more money than some clubs total wage bill put together. Remarkably, Celtic are among the highest payers for directors in the U.K. game. *Manchester City Football Club Ltd paid nothing to directors. ParentContinue reading “Kieran Maguire: Sometimes executives earn more than an entire clubs wage bill”

Henrik Larsson: A return to Celtic? Never say never

“File:Henrik Larsson in Jan 2014.jpg” by Frankie Fouganthin is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 Since retirement from playing and embarking on your coaching career, you are always linked with the Celtic job. Is that something you are used to now? You’re right it’s been like that and to be honest I think it will alwaysContinue reading “Henrik Larsson: A return to Celtic? Never say never”

Grand Final marks end of an era for New Zealand Football

In the early hours of Sunday morning (UK time), the final whistle sounded in the ISPS Handa Premiership Grand Final, Team Wellington securing a 4 – 2 win over their old rivals Auckland City to lift the trophy. The Grand Final usually marks the end of the New Zealand domestic top flight, but on thisContinue reading “Grand Final marks end of an era for New Zealand Football”

Kane Hester: I am loving life at Elgin City

The photographs in this article have been provided to us by Elgin City Football Club with prior written approval. Written by Colin Byiers Elgin City striker, Kane Hester, has been attracting the attention of clubs in the Scottish Championship and League 1 this year after netting 8 times in 11 matches before the suspension ofContinue reading “Kane Hester: I am loving life at Elgin City”