Early starters in The Championship: Who has already got great value in the transfer market?

July 17, 2012 in Championship, Transfers

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With only a month to go to the start of the Football League season, teams are beginning to take shape. Whilst we can still expect a lot of transfer activity, there has already been a significant number of players changing hands; it’s about now that fans are starting to realise what their team’s intentions are for the season. Are we seriously challenging or merely keeping our heads above water?

So with a month to go, let’s start looking at who Championship clubs are bringing in, and more notably, who might have bought a lemon. Read the rest of this entry →

90′s Time Tunnel: Stephane Henchoz

July 8, 2012 in Features, Premier League

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In this weekend’s 90′s time tunnel - we have a Swiss colossus who made his mark on the Premier League in the late nineties, but became an infamous figure in the Houllier era at Liverpool Football Club. This week, we are looking at Stephane Henchoz.

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Rovers Only Sign The Best

July 4, 2012 in Championship, Transfers

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The promising start to Blackburn Rovers’ pre-season is likely to continue for the next few weeks, as Steve Kean looks to add more firepower to his squad. Last week, Danny Murphy confirmed his place at the club as well as taking the ‘lucky number’ 13 shirt, whilst top-scorer from last season Yakubu departed for Guangzhou R&F. Rovers may see more departures come the start of the season after a recent transfer request from Martin Olsson and an expected bid for Steve N’Zonzi from Sunderland. Junior Hoilett will also leave the club, after his contract expired at the start of this month.

So with these departures in the offing, who can Rovers fans expect to turn out for the side in the Championship next season?

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Steve Kean, The Sarah Palin of Football

May 10, 2012 in Premier League

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Football fans say a lot of stupid things. The tribalism of getting behind your team, the blind loyalty and devotion that’s required to go to Stoke on a Tuesday night, lose,  and care just as much as you did before, requires you to turn a few important parts of your brain off. It’s why you can ring 606 and personally accuse Jason Roberts of leading the conspiracy to stop Southend United getting the same kind of media attention and respect that Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona do (this was a real call) and mean it, more than Martin Luther King meant his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. Football fans, they say a lot of stupid things. But the rage and anger, the uglier side that goes with it, has always been a tricky issue for the media to deal with, and when it’s justified? Well, everyone loses their minds. When Blackburn got relegated on Monday night, after a year of increasingly crazed protest, telling anyone who would listen that the administration in charge of their beloved club was in shambles, the Twitterverse was full of variation of the statement ‘Blackburn fans got what they deserve, poor fans deserve a poor club’.  Me, I think the media and surrounding football world has failed Blackburn Rovers fans,  dismissed their logical fears as ravings, sticking up for their cosmic joke of a manager and blaming them for the inevitable failure when it came to pass.

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Blackburn Rovers vs. Liverpool: A Retrospective

April 11, 2012 in Premier League

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Yesterday evening saw me watch a football match between two wounded parties, one being a team with Premier League pedigree fallen on hard times, the other a side in relegation form.

Geez, those descriptions really are interchangeable, aren’t they? Read the rest of this entry →