http://www.thefa.com/news/2017/aug/09/ryan-atkin-first-openly-gay-referee-100817 Seeing this story published on the Football Association’s website on 10th August 2017, my immediate reaction was to do as I often do; having been alerted to it via Twitter I clicked on the tweet to read the responses. They were, as I’d anticipated, a mixed bag, but two general themes emerged. Sadly, there … More Homophobia Gets A Straight Red Card
How was that for openers? With a further 41 match days to come in National League North, the temptation to read too much into opening day results should surely be resisted. After all, no-one has ever won the title on the opening day, nor been relegated. That will come as good news for fans of … More Slow On The Draw…
The following is an article about Paul McCone which I contributed to the AFC Telford United match day programme for their March 7th fixture in the 2016/17 season, against Brackley Town. Sadly, the curse of being the player featured in the programme interview struck, and Macca was sent off, on what was a pretty horrid … More Slacker? Not Macca!
On 5th June 2017, I joined a group of four AFC Telford United fans, The Walking Bucks, to walk some 27 miles between Aggborough, home of Kidderminster Harriers, and Greenhous Meadow, the home of Shrewsbury Town. The aim of the walk was to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK by helping Sky Sports’ presenter Jeff … More Unbelievable Trekkers!
Epsom racecourse, home of the annual Investec Derby meeting, announced recently that it’s famous free viewing area had been rebranded ‘Poundland Hill’, and in doing so sailed into a world of controversy. To some, the column inches generated by the move may have been proof of the old adage that “all publicity is good publicity”. However, … More Anything For The Bucks?
With today’s announcement that Gianluca Havern has left AFC Telford United I am bidding farewell, in football terms at least, to someone who helped provide me with a terrific insight into the mind of a sportsman at close hand. Because of the relationship that developed between us, I am naturally sad to see him move … More O Captain, My Captain
With news emerging this week that Everton’s Aaron Lennon had been detained under the Mental Health Act, the world of football found itself faced with how to respond to the issue of mental health, and the response was generally heartening, if not a little uncomfortable and stereotypical. It’s unclear where the source of the information … More Wealthy Doesn’t Mean Healthy…
Where to start when summarising the 2016/17 season for AFC Telford United? When following the club and writing output for the match programme and on social media, the words I’ve probably used more than most are ‘disappointing’, ‘frustrating’ and ‘inconsistent’. In that sense it’s probably been harder to watch than the previous season’s struggle against … More Bucks Season Review 2016/17
On what was an otherwise forgettable day for Burnley Football Club, it was a moment that captured the imagination and drew praise from far and wide. Having a group of the club’s older supporters take to the field as mascots, hand-in-hand with the players, sent a terrific message out; that the club values those senior … More Sale? Mail? Fail!
“This is what is so wrong with football now”. “I know it’s a cliché but those monstrosities have no place in football”. What phenomenon could have given rise to comments such as these? Well it’s the half-and-half scarf, and specifically it was this photograph, shared on Twitter by respected football writer Henry Winter, that prompted … More Tears for Souvenirs?