Ikechi Anya, Watford’s rising star is Britain’s shining example.

October 4, 2013 in Championship by Ben Said Scott

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Watford winger Ikechi Anya is fast becoming a household name. This season has started where the last kicked off with Anya’s career going from strength to strength. His first goal for Scotland came in his first international call up. Domestically his form has helped Watford recover from their chaotic end to last season (where they were all most promoted both on the final day and in the play-off final), this also included an early goal of the season in which he ran half the length of the field with the ball before netting against Barnsley.

However if Anya and the Hornets can secure promotion to the Premier League Anya’s route to the top will not have been easy. In fact Anya’s young career may have stopped before it had even started, which would have not only been a shame for the player himself but an indictment on the British player development system itself.

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Jol has all the right pieces, but he can’t get them to fit.

October 4, 2013 in Premier League by Matty Deller

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Being a Fulham fan right now isn’t exactly a bed of roses. The team has won once in the league all season, and twice thrown away leads against beatable opposition in Cardiff and a West Brom side who were at the time, without a win that season. The team looks sluggish going forward, too defensive throughout the game and even though we play deep win, lose or draw – we are still leaking goals every game. So what gives? A section of fans have nailed their colours to the mast be it through their voices or their keyboard that Martin Jol is working on borrowed time, if you read the tabloids and the online sources ‘in the know’. But what exactly has gone wrong down by the river?

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Can Arsenal win the League this season?

October 3, 2013 in Premier League by William Kent

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It’s a bit premature to start judging whether teams are likely to win the league or not, but Arsenal’s storming start with 5 wins out of 6 games combined with victories in the Champions League and the Capital One cup, predictions have already begun.
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Ladies’ Night? More like Ladies’ Week, Month and Year: Why it’s been a great few days for women’s football, and women in football, in England

October 3, 2013 in Women's Football by Emma Lucy Whitney

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From the epochal shift of a team that isn’t Arsenal winning the highest domestic prize on offer in women’s football in England, to the national side thrashing Belarus and Turkey in their World Cup qualifiers - clocking up an aggregate score of 14-0 from just two games, no less – not to mention Charlotte Green taking on the mantle of reading the classified football results on the Beeb, it’s been quite a week or so for those interested in the beautiful game and the place of women in it. After the disappointments of the summer, with the senior England girls dismally underachieving in Sweden at the Euros preceding the sacking of Hope Powell, some autumnal optimism is just what the doctor ordered. With the newly restructured Women’s Super League to look forward to next year, the Under 17 European Championships taking place over here in November and December, and the Super League Continental Cup clash between newly dethroned Arsenal and soon to be re-branded Lincoln Ladies taking place at Barnet’s Hive this Friday night, there’s plenty more to whet our appetites and get excited about. However, let’s focus for now on the events of the past fortnight, and exactly what is starting to go so right in the English women’s game.women1

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5 reasons for Liverpool’s good start

October 2, 2013 in Premier League by George Curtis

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I had a nosebleed the other day. It wasn’t because Fernando Torres gauged me in the face with his claws or because the weather has gotten nose-numbingly cold. It’s because Liverpool are in a position of solidarity at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, and it feels so damn good. It’s an unfamiliar climate up there – the last time the Reds were sitting pretty in second, Gordon Brown smiled. Talk about once in a blue moon. But Brendan Rodgers has manufactured Liverpool’s best start to a league campaign in 20 years and he’s had a little help along the way. Read the rest of this entry →