THE FA CUP FOR NON-LEAGUE IN 2020-21

Picture credit: Kev Wilson/South Shields FC Well, today sees the FA Cup final, Chelsea take on Leicester City to see who will win the 140th edition of the world’s oldest and greatest domestic cup competition. Back in the day, due to the sheer lack of Football on television, the Cup Final was by far theContinue reading “THE FA CUP FOR NON-LEAGUE IN 2020-21”

Ellie Stewart: Blackburn Rovers and the influence of Mo Marley

You signed for Blackburn Rovers in 2018.How are you enjoying your time at the club so for and how would you describe a club such as Blackburn Rovers? I would say that Blackburn Rovers is very much a family environment and everyone is welcome here and I definitely got that so when I started IContinue reading “Ellie Stewart: Blackburn Rovers and the influence of Mo Marley”

The Irish Cup Showdown from Mourneview

On Tuesday 18th May, the Irish Cup semi finals will take place at Mourneview Park (pictured) between Larne and Crusaders (KO. 1600GMT) and Ballymena taking on Linfield (KO. 2000GMT). The two winning semi finalists will then take part in the final on the Friday night (21st May) with a 1945 KO in front of 1,000Continue reading “The Irish Cup Showdown from Mourneview”

“The team and the club are moving in one direction, and he’s moving in another”: Garcia confirms Neil Kilkenny will leave Glory at the end of the season.

After days of speculation, Richard Garcia confirmed that Perth Glory star Neil Kilkenny will not be at the club next season. Suspicions were first raised when the midfielder was suddenly dropped without reason for Sunday’s clash with Brisbane, and the coach’s comments in recent days only added further fuel to the fire. With Kilkenny absentContinue reading ““The team and the club are moving in one direction, and he’s moving in another”: Garcia confirms Neil Kilkenny will leave Glory at the end of the season.”

Paul Weller: Burnley, Gazza, Wrighty, Waddle and Me

You have written the book – Not Such a Bad Life: Burnley, Gazza, Wrighty, Waddle and Me. The proceeds are going to charity. Which charity are the proceeds going to and why? Every penny that I get is going to the Gary Parkinson Trust. Gary is former teammate of mine who played right back. HeContinue reading “Paul Weller: Burnley, Gazza, Wrighty, Waddle and Me”

Motherwell Player of the Year 2020/21 – who takes the award?

All player photographs used in this article are owned and accredited to https://www.motherwellfc.co.uk / Motherwell Football Club Motherwell have just two matches remaining of the unique 2020/21 campaign, and whilst this season will no doubt be remembered for the non-footballing events, it still has been an eventful nine months at Fir Park. With just 17Continue reading “Motherwell Player of the Year 2020/21 – who takes the award?”

Andy Campbell: Boro, Cardiff and England Under 21’s

You retired from playing football in 2012. How are you enjoying retirement from professional football, Do you miss the game and how is life for you these days? I think you always miss football and you can’t replicate it and you can never get it back. I was always told by one of my friendsContinue reading “Andy Campbell: Boro, Cardiff and England Under 21’s”

Anthony Haggerty: Gonnae Gie’s A Kick O’ Yer Ba’ Mister?

Photograph and copyright is owned by The Daily Record You’ve worked in football for many years as well as being a passionate football fan. How would you sum up your love of the game? That’s a brilliant opening question. Football is all consuming for me. People have passions for many things in life and IContinue reading “Anthony Haggerty: Gonnae Gie’s A Kick O’ Yer Ba’ Mister?”

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”

The Race For La Liga – No Questions Answered In Stalemate

In a crucial game at the Nou Camp, Barcelona entertained Atletico Madrid with just two points separating the teams at the top of La Liga. Oscar Mingueza started instead of Ronald Araujo at the back for Ronald Koeman’s men, the only change from their 3-2 win at Valencia last Sunday. Diego Simeone benched Jose Gimenez as Felipe started in central defence, and he also started Koke as Geoffrey Kondogbia dropped to the bench after startingContinue reading “The Race For La Liga – No Questions Answered In Stalemate”

Financial throwback: Celtic’s finances from 1982/83

Some random documents lodged at Companies House including Celtic’s accounts from 1982 &83. In 1982 Celtic had income (including transfer fees) of £1.17m. This was £102.5 million in 2018/19, an increase of 8,665%. Total wages for Celtic in 1981/82 were £734k, with just one person at the club earning more than £30,000 in the year.Continue reading “Financial throwback: Celtic’s finances from 1982/83”

Kyah Simon: PSV, World Cup Memories and my toughest opponent

You recently signed for PSV Eindhoven. How are you enjoying your time in the Netherlands so far and how would you describe a team such as PSV Eindhoven? I am really enjoying my time so far. PSV are a big club that are really professional and they are obviously a Dutch powerhouse in terms ofContinue reading “Kyah Simon: PSV, World Cup Memories and my toughest opponent”

Les Reed: The reality of working at the top level of football

Steve Hogg / Solent Creatives from Southampton, United KIngdom / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license You had a successful career in Non-League prior to going into coaching. How do you reflect on your Non-League career and how did it shape you as a person? I loved my time in non-league football and the experiencesContinue reading “Les Reed: The reality of working at the top level of football”

Mighty Mo beat the odds

Photograph and copyright owned by Montrose Football Club What a night in SPFL League 1! Montrose in the play-offs against all odds. The situation before 7pm Tuesday evening was as follows: Partick Thistle already guaranteed promotion meaning last night’s trip to Angus was pointless to an extent for Ian McCall’s outfit. Cove Rangers sat inContinue reading “Mighty Mo beat the odds”

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”

Celtic FC: 5 Forwards for Forward Thinking

Following the recent news that Odsonne Edouard has joined up with player agency Stellar Football Ltd, Celtic may have to delve back into the transfer market for another striker come the summertime. Edouard joins fellow highly rated countryman Edouardo Camavinga, alongisde Jack Grealish, Gareth Bale, and former Celtic team-mate Kieran Tierney in Stellar Football Ltd’sContinue reading “Celtic FC: 5 Forwards for Forward Thinking”

Keurten Martha: Life in Dutch football and making it in the U.K.

You are currently playing for Aberystwyth Town F.C in Wales. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe the club? I am really enjoying my time at Aberystwyth Town F.C. so far and I have been at the club for a while although I had to adaptContinue reading “Keurten Martha: Life in Dutch football and making it in the U.K.”

Aaron Dunsmore; “I knew I wasn’t good enough for Hibs, but Neil Lennon told me to never give up.”

Written by Colin Byiers Aaron Dunsmore has become a mainstay in the East Fife line-up since he joined from Hibernian in 2017 and has notched up over 130 appearances for the Fifers in that time. The 24 year spoke with me recently about playing for his boyhood team, working under Neil Lennon and his desire toContinue reading “Aaron Dunsmore; “I knew I wasn’t good enough for Hibs, but Neil Lennon told me to never give up.””

Bentleigh Greens to the Green and Black: The rapid rise of Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott’s rapid rise reads like something lifted directly from the pages of ‘Roy of the Rovers’. The 25 year old goalkeeper has been one of the league’s standout performers this season, but just a couple of years ago he was juggling blocking shots with life as a bricklayer, working on building sites while plyingContinue reading “Bentleigh Greens to the Green and Black: The rapid rise of Ryan Scott”

Bob Wilson: Arsenal memories, Bert Trautmann and coaching David Seaman

Credit: Hilton1949 You are well known from your time as a goalkeeper at Arsenal, Bob, having spent 11 years at the club. Firstly I want to ask you about the 1970/ 71 season. What qualities and characteristics did that group of players have in order to go on to achieve a domestic league and cup double?Continue reading “Bob Wilson: Arsenal memories, Bert Trautmann and coaching David Seaman”

Kemar Roofe: Life at Rangers and playing for Bielsa, Gerrard and Kompany

“Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Wembley Final. Barnsley Vs Oxford United” by quisnovus is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 In a CFB exclusive, our chief football writer James Rowe sat down with Rangers striker Kemar Roofe. You recently signed for Rangers FC. How proud are you to make such a transfer and what were the deciding factorsContinue reading “Kemar Roofe: Life at Rangers and playing for Bielsa, Gerrard and Kompany”

5 Men Who Could Lead Celtic Forward

“Celtic FC – FC Barcelona-5” by Jose A. Segura is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Celtic have had a year full of pain compared to their previous decade or so – from Europa League disappointment to bottling 10 titles in a row to Old Firm rivals Rangers, it hasn’t been great! They now are lookingContinue reading “5 Men Who Could Lead Celtic Forward”