Ladies’ Football: The Oh-So-Beautiful Game

August 1, 2012 in Features, International, Olympics

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For 50 years up until 1971, women’s football had been banned by the FA. Deemed a rival to the men’s game, it was decided that ladies should not be allowed to compete on the grounds of FA member clubs. The game, which had been flourishing up until the ban came in, faced its first major setback in terms of progress, and as we now see, in the way the general public still perceive the sport.

My first taste of a live women’s football match came in 2010. Arsenal Ladies were playing in Watford; I arrived with an open mind and the £1 entrance fee in my wallet. An incredible value for the level of football on display, but yet, there were less then 100 people in the stadium. Read the rest of this entry →

What’s in a pre-season friendly?

July 26, 2012 in Championship, Features, Premier League

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The bright sun, blue skies and freshly cut grass of summer have been little consolation to football fans keen to whet their appetites with the game they love. It has been an unnervingly quiet time for news. This is probably due to the two major competitions that have been taking place. While the European Championships gave us some brilliant moments, and the Olympics will hopefully do the same, the interim has been dire, with players focused on recuperating or preparing to compete for gold in London.

As a bit of relief, I spent last weekend at a pre-season game. Watford versus Isthmian League locals Wealdstone Football Club; hardly a match to set the pulses racing, but it was just good to take a game in.

It was an unspectacular game and the real interest was in seeing Gianfranco Zola take the reins for the first time. But it got me thinking, what is it the point of pre-season friendlies? What can we as fans take away from our team during these games?

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A new dawn for the Horns

July 12, 2012 in Championship, Transfers

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These are exciting times for Watford fans. Gianfranco Zola, an Italian footballing legend, has taken the reigns and has promised to lead the Hornets back to the fabled land of the Premier league. It is almost a fairy tale, however this is a story that should be seen with some trepidation following their last dealings with Chelsea legends.

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Broken Jaws and Takeover - A Watford story

June 27, 2012 in Championship

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Troy Deeney was yesterday jailed for 10 months following a brawl outside a nightclub in Birmingham. Deeney’s 12 goals last season helped Watford to 11th position in the Championship; a very credible position considering they were heavily tipped as dead certs for relegation.

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Loans: The Cure For Those Post-Season Blues

May 16, 2012 in Championship, Premier League

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Like all football fans, I am now suffering through perhaps the worst time of the year. That horrible end period of the season: stuck between knowing exactly where your team stands in the scheme of things, looking at the clear flaws in your team, dreaming of what next season will bring, and more importantly, which overpaid, all-star, action hero is about to join your club when the transfer window opens. I imagine this is the closest us mere mortals can get to knowing what limbo is like, and honestly, it makes me a little sick inside.

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