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December 9, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
February 28, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Every now and then, something happens that makes us believe in the beautiful game again. In a world where football seems to be dominated by boardrooms, sponsorship deals and stupidly rich absentee owners, once in a while something happens that makes us hark back to a simpler time. A more innocent, and purer time. When money didn’t matter and football was about community. A time that maybe never existed like we remember it, in truth. Last year, we allowed ourselves to be brought on a journey. We dared not pinch ourselves, for the feeling that this was but a dream and we would soon experience the piercing howl of reality, […]

February 25, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
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The EFL League Cup, formerly known as the Carling Cup or Capital One Cup to most people, reaches its exciting conclusion on February 26th (4.30pm, Sky Sports) when Southampton and Manchester United face-off in Wembley Stadium. In recent years, this trophy has been won by English club powerhouses such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and ahem, Swansea City and Birmingham City… but this year plans to be a cracker. Who’s In the 2017 Final? Southampton Southampton have been baffling in the last few seasons. Despite selling basically their entire squad to Liverpool, along with Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Calum Chambers to various ‘top-six’ clubs, they have stayed […]

February 21, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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There has been much debate about the relevance of the FA Cup in recent times. The “magic of the cup” is being shoved down our throats regularly by media outlets such as the BBC. But replays, player rotation, and designated weekends are really beginning to irk a generation that has grown up with the sex-appeal of Sky Sports. Nevertheless, as the competition progresses, excitement and interest levels grow. While the FA Cup may not have been the objective of a club at the dawning of the season, it could now be the only realistic chance of silverware. In a competition that is known for its upsets and shocks, we take […]

February 14, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
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THE CHAMPIONS! Ah the Champions League last 16, the round where the competition finally gets interesting after the somewhat predictable group stage of the tournament. In saying that, one team nobody thought would get this far are the Premier League Champions Leicester City. The Foxes have defied everyone’s expectations (well expect Gary Lineker’s) and have qualified for the last 16 of the competition along with fellow English clubs, and regular visitors to this stage of the competition, Arsenal and Manchester City. While it’s been years since two English sides have contested the Champions League Final, nowadays it’s at least somewhat more likely, but can an English club actually win the Champions League […]

February 9, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
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The 2016/17 season has seen a lot really interesting football played, a number of teams have adapted the modified version of 5 at the back with defensive wingers and top managers like Jose and Pep really struggled in the early parts of the season. Along with this, some stars are fading and some are beginning to shine. So with the busy festive period well and truly over and teams beginning to settle down we decided it was time to look into who the best players have been so far. It goes without saying, but if your Fantasy Football squad needs a bit of fine tuning then there are a few […]

February 1, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Transfer windows really can make or break a manager’s reputation. Back in November, the footballing world marvelled at Jurgen Klopp’s achievement. Liverpool made a profit from last summer’s transfer window, yet there they sat, one point off the top as genuine title contenders. Flash forward to the end of January, and things are very different. Nobody loves January, but my God Liverpool’s one was awful. Out of the title race, out of the League Cup and out of the FA Cup. Now, that profit they made, and not spending in this window, is looking pretty silly. Although, who would have known that Emre Can would be as effective this season […]

January 21, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Talking from a personal point of view, Fantasy Football is a funny one. Every year without fail, I spend hours doing research and crafting a team that I think can compete with the best of them. Just as I’m drifting off into an uneasy sleep on the eve of the opening weekend of Premier League action, a brainwave will hit me and I’ll be wide awake. “This is Shane Long’s year. 20 goals, no bother.” And before I know it, I’m slapping him in the team. Twenty-four hours later, I’ll wonder why I went with a striker that doesn’t get his game, let alone score goals. This has happened every […]

January 18, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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The January transfer window can be a strange one. It’s often said that it’s near impossible to sign real quality during this window, but this isn’t always the case. Players like Nemanja Vidic, Gary Cahill, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez were all signed in January, and they didn’t do too badly. Oh and Andy Carroll. Big Andy. Did you see his goal the other day? Outrageous. Can I just write about Andy Carroll? No? Okay, moving on so. January can be a time when struggling sides look to re-ignite their seasons with some fresh faces. It can also be a good time for teams that are riding high, to further […]

January 8, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Francesco Guidolin, Alan Pardew, Bob Bradley and Mike Phelan have already been tossed to the managerial scrap yard this season. It’s a very cruel business, and given the frequency of sackings and appointments, while flicking through the channels it can be hard to distinguish between Sky Sports News and a soap opera. There is one thing for certain, we will see more managerial sackings before the season has ended. But who is next to be axed? Side note: Do unemployed managers go on the dole? Imagine Mike Phelan heading down to the Post Office and signing on. He’d probably pick up a chicken fillet roll on the way home. Watch […]

January 7, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Oh, haven’t we been spoiled? So hectic and packed was the festive footballing schedule, we were all easily able to ignore our families and loved ones for the entire Christmas period. What did we learn? All scorpions aside, Arsenal are still Arsenal. Chelsea aren’t unbeatable. Pep Guardiola is a bit of a dick. And Mike Dean is, ahem, still Mike Dean. A bit like that old, divorced uncle of yours who only calls around once in a while, but always seems to show up when you’re watching something good on the telly, the FA Cup returns with a thud this weekend. While it may have lost some of its respect […]

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