Flattering at Arsenal. Deceptive at Burnley. Flattering and deceptive at Tottenham Hotspur. One step forward, one step back, one step to the side. A footballing version of that strange round and round and round walking dance *The Shadows used to do. *Check them out on YouTube kids. Seen to be believed, seeeeeeeeeen to be believed. […]
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You have to love a League Cup away. There was an appetite for that last night. An appetite on the pitch and an appetite on the terraces. Yes, actual terraces. Burton Albion have three years to get rid of those terraces. While the introduction of all-seater stadiums hasn’t stopped supporters standing at football matches, it […]
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Second game of the season. Knee-jerk reactions and all that. Days like these tend to be filed under the title of ‘banging your head against a brick wall’. How long do we keep doing that for though? My relationship with Liverpool FC has changed throughout the years. When I was younger, when I was in […]
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It’s an odd concept, but given I’d class myself as red blood a Liverpool supporter as you’re likely to find, I’m also an unashamed football fan in general. I write words of a historical footballing nature on a regular basis for the wondrous These Football Times. Anything has been fair game over the last few […]
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His glasses keep falling off celebrating. It’s only a matter of time before a lucrative *Specsavers contract falls his way. *Other optical enhancement outlets are available. Jürgen Klopp embraced Saido Mane and the boys on the touchline last Sunday at Arsenal like many of us would greet news of a new left back. When he […]
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The Spanish and the Italians have the right idea. The football season shouldn’t be starting until late August, or even early September. Mid-August is for going on holiday. I’m on holiday. I’m in France. I’m in a little village up a mountain just above Evian. Yes, that place with the water. The kids have been […]
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You get your political education in the strangest of places sometimes. Of course growing up in a working class city in the North of England, and one routinely demonised for most of my adult life, there are no shortage of lessons around. However one of the most intriguing of my adolescent life came in a […]
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Is the default setting of all Liverpool Supporters to elevate their managers to God-like status? Neil Poole takes a closer look at this perceived phenomenon; one both derided by outsiders and protected and held tight by the club’s own followers. The New Messiah When Jürgen Klopp was appointed Liverpool manager under twelve months ago, he […]
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Summers used to be painful. In a bygone era, when football stopped in mid-to-late May, there would often be a dull and thudding void, a void that could only begin to be shifted by the emergence of the fixture lists in late June. Life would then lighten a little bit more when the pre-season friendlies […]
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