New PL TV deal: That’s All We Bloody Need

Premier League Chairmen, players and their agents are no doubt celebrating the new TV deal that gives the PL a combined £3 billion from Sky and BT for three years, starting in 2013. What about the rest of us? Good news? Although Sky can easily soak up the cost from its millions of subscribers, I…

Arsenal Shares traded on Plus Markets

As Red & White Holdings get closer to 30% of Arsenal shares, here’s a summary of shares traded on Plus Markets for the last 18 months, including the current month to date. This shouldn’t be taken as an indication of the total number of shares traded, as many purchases are done off-market, including the huge…

No More Penalty Shootouts – Do This Instead

England are rubbish at penalties and have lost 6 out of 7 shootouts in major competitions, as well as 1 out of 1 in some minor competition. This isn’t just bad luck. There is good evidence that countries that do better in shootouts are those whose populations have a more collectivist nature, whereas we English…

Who to support at Euro 2012?

You remember my “Which Premier League Club Should You Support?” graphic, right? As featured in The Sun and Sovsport, and on a million Facebook walls. Anyway, the concept applies equally well to the Euros, I feel. And thus I will be flogging it as long as I can, in every sense. So here’s the Euro…

The Arsenal Shares Mystery

This is the latest in my series of blogs on the subject of “What the hell is Alisher Usmanov up to?” I could ask him I suppose, but where’s the fun in that? I’ve written several pieces on Arsenal ownership and in particular the effect of Alisher Usmanov on the ownership dynamic, and I like…

The Worst Arsenal Kit Ever

No, I’m not referring to the new purple and black monstrosity of an away kit, that might still grow on me. But following a Twitter conversation earlier, I dug out these pictures from the Arsenal programme from the match against Everton at Highbury on 8 April 1989. The front cover shows Perry Groves in action…