Graham Fenton: Villa, Leicester, O’Neill and South Shields

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You are currently joint manager of South Shields FC. How are you enjoying your joint managerial role at the club and how would describe a club such as South Shields FC? I am absolutely loving it. Lee Picton and I took over almost four years agoContinue reading “Graham Fenton: Villa, Leicester, O’Neill and South Shields”

John McGlynn: Raith Return, Managing Hearts, Battling Liverpool and the future.

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You are currently in your second spell as manager of Raith Rovers. How would you describe the club and what do you believe are the challenges of managing there? “It is very similar from the first time I took over at Raith Rovers in November 2006.Continue reading “John McGlynn: Raith Return, Managing Hearts, Battling Liverpool and the future.”

Andries Noppert: Dutch Football, Moving to Italy and the role of a goalkeeper

You signed for FC Dordrecht in 2019. How are you enjoying your time at the club and how would you describe a club such as FC Dordrecht? Yes, I have enjoyed my time at the club but unfortunately I have not played as many games as I would have liked due to sustaining an injuryContinue reading “Andries Noppert: Dutch Football, Moving to Italy and the role of a goalkeeper”

Danny Cowley: The reality of management

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You have achieved promotion to League Two and League One from the National league, have you noticed a big difference between the two leagues? Yes. I have been lucky enough to have five promotions now and I think that this is the biggest jump, definitely. IContinue reading “Danny Cowley: The reality of management”

Michael Ball: Rangers, PSV, Koeman, Hiddink and Sven

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You retired from professional football in 2012. How are you enjoying retirement and how is life for you these days away from the pitch? Although I officially retired in 2012 at Leicester City I knew a long time before after Manchester City that I had mentallyContinue reading “Michael Ball: Rangers, PSV, Koeman, Hiddink and Sven”

Jim McInally: Peterhead, playing under Clough and a career in football.

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You have been the manager of Peterhead FC since 2011. How are you enjoying managing a club such as Peterhead and what challenges do you face? “First of all I have been managing the club for almost eight years and it has been a pleasure. IContinue reading “Jim McInally: Peterhead, playing under Clough and a career in football.”

Andrew Fox: English Football, USL and El Paso

You signed for El Paso Locomotive FC in 2019. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as El Paso Locomotive FC? I am really enjoying my time at El Paso Locomotive FC. I love the style of football that we play. I haveContinue reading “Andrew Fox: English Football, USL and El Paso”

Martin Boyle: Hibs, Oz and Jack Ross

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You signed for Hibernian FC in 2015. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as Hibernian FC? My time at Hibernian FC has been brilliant so far. When I arrived at the club theyContinue reading “Martin Boyle: Hibs, Oz and Jack Ross”

Viv Anderson: Cloughie, European Cup Success and Making History with England

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You played ten seasons for Nottingham Forest where you managed to win, among other trophies, the European Cup two times in a row, and played under such a tremendous manager in Brian Clough. How do you look back on your time there? “I look back onContinue reading “Viv Anderson: Cloughie, European Cup Success and Making History with England”

Andy Cooke: Burnley, Pulis, Moving to Korea and playing with Ian Wright

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You retired in 2012. How are you enjoying life after professional football and how is life for you now away from the pitch? A very good question. I had a lot of friends of that era who also finished playing and as a player you sortContinue reading “Andy Cooke: Burnley, Pulis, Moving to Korea and playing with Ian Wright”

Daniel Bruce: USL dreams and progressing as a footballer

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You signed for New Mexico United in 2019. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as New Mexico United? I love it here, New Mexico United is a fantastic club and there is aContinue reading “Daniel Bruce: USL dreams and progressing as a footballer”

Lucas Bikjer: Playing across the continent

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You signed for KV Mechelen in 2018. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as KV Mechelen? Yes, I am really enjoying my time at KV Mechelen so far. When I signed for theContinue reading “Lucas Bikjer: Playing across the continent”

Graham Potter: My Journey to the Premier League

Brighton Manager Graham Potter spoke to James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer about his journey in football that led him to Brighton and the Premier League. You were manager of Östersunds FK for many years. How did you enjoy life in Sweden? I really enjoyed life in Sweden. It was been an unbelievableContinue reading “Graham Potter: My Journey to the Premier League”

Forest, Wednesday, Cyprus and life after football – Chris Bart Williams

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You retired from professional football in 2006. How are you enjoying life away from the pitch and how is life for you these days? A good question! I have lots of wonderful memories from playing professional football and I do miss it but I think thatContinue reading “Forest, Wednesday, Cyprus and life after football – Chris Bart Williams”

Paul McVeigh – Northern Ireland, Norwich and Psychology

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You retired in 2010. How are are you enjoying retirement away from the pitch and how is life for you as an ex professional footballer? My final season as a professional football was during my second spell at Norwich City when we won the Championship andContinue reading “Paul McVeigh – Northern Ireland, Norwich and Psychology”

Caner Cavlan – The Netherlands, Turkey, Austria and back

By James Rowe – @JamesRoweNL – Chief Football Writer You signed for Austria Vienna in 2019. How was your time at the club and how would you describe a club such as Austria Vienna? Austria Vienna is a fantastic club with a rich history and they have also won a lot of domestic titles andContinue reading “Caner Cavlan – The Netherlands, Turkey, Austria and back”

From Stoke to Shrewsbury with International recognition – Jay Denny

By James Rowe – Chief Football Writer You signed for Newtown AFC IN 2017. How do you look back on your time at the club and how would you describe a club such as Newtown AFC? I really enjoyed my time at Newtown AFC. I originally joined them through the assistant manager who I workedContinue reading “From Stoke to Shrewsbury with International recognition – Jay Denny”

From South Africa to Ibrox – Dean Furman

You played five seasons for SuperSport United F.C in your native South Africa. How do you look back on your time at the club and do you have any highlights or special memories? “First of all it was a fantastic opportunity for me to go and play in a different country. I was born inContinue reading “From South Africa to Ibrox – Dean Furman”

Nicky Low On League Cup Success, Aberdeen, Derry City & Playing Against Santi Cazorla

You signed for East Stirlingshire in the summer of 2019. How are you enjoying your time there so far and how would you describe the club? “I am really enjoying my time at East Stirlingshire so far. It is a club that is very well run behind the scenes and we have a great bunchContinue reading “Nicky Low On League Cup Success, Aberdeen, Derry City & Playing Against Santi Cazorla”

Football for Good: Stenhousemuir leading the way in the community

“It just felt like this was a time we had to step up. To step up for, and provide services and support to, vulnerable people in the community.”  11 years ago, Jamie Swinney started his life at Stenhousemuir FC. Starting as an academy coach and community role in the club, Jamie had no what kindContinue reading “Football for Good: Stenhousemuir leading the way in the community”

How Scotland made me fall in love with football

By Cameron Deacon – @Cam_Deacon21 No title sponsor. Not well marketed enough. No respect for the game outwith Scotland. These are some of the issues and put downs that are set against the Scottish game. However, as Cameron writes here, the Scottish game means so much to him and here’s why. I have been aContinue reading “How Scotland made me fall in love with football”

The Luzhniki Disaster

By Stephen Brandt – @StephenCBrandt The 80s were bad in football, the amount of disasters that happened was down to a lack of institutional control. While fans, and stadiums did fall apart or fans rushed the pitch to their death the authorities were falling the game. The Taylor Report after Hillsborough showed how bad leadership,Continue reading “The Luzhniki Disaster”

Vale of Leven – A truly unique part of Scottish Football History

By Stephen Brandt – @StephenCBrandt Scottish football is a long strange tale so was the existence of Vale of Leven. There’s many stops, starts and Old Firm mentions to fill thousands of books. There is more to the game in Scotland than the Old Firm and the once famous New Firm. Some clubs due toContinue reading “Vale of Leven – A truly unique part of Scottish Football History”

Scottish Football scheduling poses congestion concerns

By John Bleasdale – @JBleasdale81 AFTER almost five months since a competitive game took place in Scotland, the waiting is nearly over with the big kick off in the Premiership twelve days away. Although, for the time being, games will be played behind closed doors, it will be a relief for the players at leastContinue reading “Scottish Football scheduling poses congestion concerns”

Willie on the Wing – An extract from Willie Morgan’s incredible book

I AM Willie Morgan. I played for the biggest club in the world, I was the first footballer to have his own fan club, I took the No.7 shirt off George Best and I played in the best-ever Scotland side. So what do most people ask me about? Tommy Docherty suing me. Yes, that’s right,Continue reading “Willie on the Wing – An extract from Willie Morgan’s incredible book”

So Close, Yet So Far…

By Adibir Singh – @adi_sza With the dust finally settled on the 2019-20 Bundesliga season, we look back at a title race that was one of the most thrilling in recent years. Germany’s two crown princes- Dortmund and Leipzig- were out to dethrone the resident Kings of German football Bayern Munchen. Ultimately coming up short,Continue reading “So Close, Yet So Far…”

Stuart Millar: My life in football

All photographs courtesy of Stuart Millar You have worked as a chief scout at various football clubs. What does the role typically involve on a daily basis? I was chief scout working under George Adam’s director of football. My role also involved analysing our opponents so therefore I very rarely watched County as I concentratedContinue reading “Stuart Millar: My life in football”

David Webb: Looking to the future

You are an experienced professional within football who most recently held the role as ‘Head of Football Operations’ at Huddersfield Town. What does a role such as Head of Football Operations entail on a daily basis? My time at Huddersfield was spread across multiple departments. My first job was to recruit a new manager andContinue reading “David Webb: Looking to the future”

What Chester Football Club means to me – Rio Doherty

Chester FC means a lot, an awful lot to me. If you were to sink a knife into me then there would be quite a high chance that blue blood would trickle out, because Chester is truly my lifeblood. It all started on a dreary, damp Novembers afternoon back in 2010 against Skelmersdale United, inContinue reading “What Chester Football Club means to me – Rio Doherty”

The rise of the Premier League; where next for those not at the top table?

The Premier League and the Football League: A financial gulf too far? by Callum McFadden. Macclesfield Town football club founded in 1874. Bury Football Club founded in 1885. The Premier League founded in 1992. Two historic footballing institutions: Macclesfield –  formed by volunteers enthused by both rugby and football in their town and Bury –Continue reading “The rise of the Premier League; where next for those not at the top table?”