October 19, 2015
Category / UK Football
October 6, 2015
Seagulls Flying High
It’s been a long road for Brighton and Hove Albion. “You’ve come a long way, baby,” as the team’s old sponsor and supporter Fatboy Slim might point out. In 1997, the Seagulls were in the absolute pits; stadium-less, as their historic home the Goldstone Ground was being demolished. Languishing in the very lowest reaches of...
August 19, 2015
Chelsea’s prospects for the Premier League so far
Can Chelsea retain their title as Premier League champions for the fifth time following their slow start to the season? The annual Community Shield match on August 2nd saw the 2014/15 champions concede to Arsenal. This was the 14th time that the two teams came face to face in the Community Shield arena, and the...
June 30, 2015
Can Crystal Palace solidify their place in the Premier League and become a solid fixture in the top flight once again?
Can Crystal Palace solidify their place in the Premier League and become a solid fixture in the top flight once again? For the first time ever, Palace have now been in the Premier League for two seasons in a row and will be looking to build on that momentum heading into kick off for the...
May 29, 2015
Cristiano Ronaldo’s next club
Cristiano Ronaldo is coming off yet another stellar season, however, he will be disappointed that it has ended trophyless. The 2014-15 La Liga campaign has seen Ronaldo net 48 goals in 35 appearances. If it were not for the scintillating form of Barcelona’s front three – Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez – that would...
May 29, 2015
Has Ronaldo been Real’s best player this season?
It might not have been the most successful season in Real Madrid’s history but there have still been some positives to take from the 2014/15 campaign. Despite starting the year by winning the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, before embarking on an incredible 22-game winning streak, the wheels fell off the...
May 27, 2015
Is there value at the Villa?
Is the forthcoming FA Cup final quite as much of a foregone conclusion as the bookmakers would suggest? Well … maybe. The famous “bloke in the pub” will tell you earnestly how the FA Cup final often goes to the underdogs. And as he’s telling you this, he’ll cite examples from history like Sunderland’s defeat...
February 21, 2015
Usmanov’s Lawyers Try to Silence Craig Murray
To follow-up briefly once again on the ongoing Alisher Usmanov saga, the Uzbeki oligarch’s high-priced lawyers Schilling’s have finally gotten their way and former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray’s website has been taken down. This follows the massive legal pressure put on by Schillings to websites such as this one that only seek to...
January 10, 2012
A Fragmented Future? English Football Broadcast Rights and the Challenge of Google and Apple
English football on your TV via the internet, on your iPad, your phone and your Kindle - Gary Andrews considers the possibilities for non-traditional broadcast rights from the Premier League to non-League in England.
November 30, 2011
Bemerton Heath in Autumn
A charming shot of an F.A. Vase match between Bemerton Heath Harlequins at their ground in Wiltshire, England, against visitors Saltash United. Bemerton Heath were founded as recently as 1989, after a merger of three local clubs. Photo taken on November 19, 2011 by Pitchside Photo on Flickr
June 8, 2011
Bruno Is Bonkers, Collymore Is Crazy: Tackling Depression In Sport
One of the last taboo subjects in professional sport is clinical depression. Are attitudes finally changing with regard to addressing a problem that afflicts so many sportsmen and sportswomen?
May 31, 2011
Wales In The English Premier League: A Potted History Of A Cross-Border Anomaly
Why do several Welsh teams play in the English football league? We take a look back to the nineteenth century to find out.
May 12, 2011
Manchester City, The Ultimate Glory Hunter’s Guide
Manchester City have kindly presented a 'bluffer's guide' to 'supporting' the club on their official website presumably for all their new fans blocked from accessing Wikipedia.
August 27, 2010
The Arsenal Fanshare: Supporter Ownership or Pipe Dream?
Gary Andrews asks if a supporters' initiative at Arsenal to pool money and purchase shares in the club will meet its goal of increasing the voice of the fans at the Emirates.
August 9, 2010
Southampton’s attack on press freedom backfires
By attempting to control the images presented of their club at home games to an extent that challenges the basics of press freedom, Southampton Football Club have managed to harm their image severely. It began last week, when Southampton’s Club Spokesman Jordan Sibley sent emails out in response to accreditation requests by photographers that read...
July 27, 2010
September 4th is Non-League Day
On Saturday, 4 September there are no Premier League or Championship games across England, with the national team playing the evening before. A grassroots campaign has sprung up on Facebook and Twitter to urge fans of bigger clubs to get out of their armchairs that day and go and support their local semi-pro Non-League club...
July 26, 2010
Brand City: Selling Manchester In America
Garry Cook, CEO of Manchester City, has been oft-lampooned by fans and the press (deservedly enough) for some well-publicised blunders, such as welcoming Uwe Rosler into the Manchester United Hall of Fame. Oops. Many have been surprised Cook has kept his job despite several public gaffes, and indeed, many were surprised when he kept his...
July 23, 2010
The National Football Centre: Is It Actually Worthwhile For English Youth Development?
“This can kick-start English football and it would, over time, move us forward with a huge leap. That would not, obviously, happen immediately, but given two or three years it would start making a clear difference.” So says Howard Wilkinson, architect of the original plan for The Football Association to build a National Football Centre...
July 19, 2010
Oldham Boro FC: The World’s Most Unpleasant Team Name Change
It’s bad enough when teams change their names in an effort to sell more fizzy energy drinks for a global corporation. But nothing beats your club changing its name because it turns out the founder, chairman and driving force behind your small club in the community had led a double life for forty years as...
July 14, 2010
Aon and Manchester United’s New Shirt: Local Protest, Global Brand
Later today, Manchester United will unveil their new shirt in Niketown, Chicago, with local company Aon’s name splashed across the front of it. Well, I say local, but Aon are local to Chicago only in the sense that their headquarters are perched in the 1,136 foot tall Aon Center skyscraper a few hundred feet from...
June 30, 2010
England and the St George’s Cross: Writing English Identity On The Flag
What is English identity? We look at how the England national team, its flag and its changing support reflects an ambiguity about what England is today.
May 8, 2010
Illustrated Map of 2009/10 English League Championship Promotion/Playoff Clubs
Another splendid and timely illustration from Bill's Sports Maps, showing the 2009/10 Championship clubs automatically promoted and currently competing in the playoffs to go up to the Premier League.
March 14, 2010
Fan Ownership: A Practical Future?
Yesterday, we looked at how the idea of fan ownership has received serious attention in recent weeks, with the growing profiles of supporters' trusts at English clubs. Today, wrapping up our weeklong series, we look at the the practicalities of cash, stadiums and regulations in fan ownership schemes.
March 13, 2010
Fan Ownership: How the Concept Has Taken Hold in England
In the penultimate piece in our series on fan ownership, Gary Andrews looks at how the concept has taken hold in England in recent times.
March 9, 2010
Fan Ownership: The Successes of the Trust Movement
In the second part of our exploration of Trusts and football, we look at those clubs currently flying the flag for the Trust movement.
March 8, 2010
Putting the Trust into Football: An Examination of Supporter Ownership
All this week Pitch Invasion is looking at the concept of fan ownership. We'll look at the highs and lows of supporter ownership in English football, and its prospects for the future. In our opening part, Gary Andrews outlines where Trust or fan ownership currently stands.
March 3, 2010
On a Club’s Identity and Tradition, via Trigger from Only Fools and Horses
Explaining why supporters care so much about tradition attached to mega-commoditised clubs is a hard thing to do, but one writer achieves it.
March 2, 2010
The Leg-Breaking Tackle That Could Change Football
A terrible injury to non-league player Marcus Hallows could change the entire landscape of football below the elite level.
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