Better Atmosphere? Stop All-Ticket Matches

Arsenal have had a bigger stadium than Highbury for a few years, but this hasn’t translated into a bigger atmosphere. It was ‘the library’ at the old ground, but we have a crowd over 20,000 bigger now, so what’s the reason? In my opinion the biggest loss of atmosphere was when every match became all-ticket.…

New PL Rules: Does 30% For Usmanov Really Mean Nothing?

As the Daily Telegraph are now reporting, the Premier League have tightened up their rules to make it clear that a shareholder with a 30% stake in a club is not entitled to any privileges, and conversely does not have any special responsibilities, provided there is already a majority owner. The League held their annual…

Who Likes Spurs?

As everyone knows, Tottenham fans are generally insanely jealous of Arsenal and not much given to logic or reasoning. This is especially true of Totts fans who write websites. One thing all their websites seem to have is a list of alleged “Famous Spurs Supporters”. Most of them are Z-listers (eg “Icelandic TV newsreader”). They…

Walcott: What Does 32 Minutes Prove?

Theo Walcott came on as sub for England against Sweden and according to stats I saw, played for 32 minutes, was on the ball for 11 seconds, made four passes, all successful, had one assist and one goal. (11 seconds and four passes doesn’t sound much, so I’m not vouching for the accuracy of that.)…

The WAG club

So England have won a match and their reward is that the WAGs are allowed to visit them for conjugal rights this weekend. I wonder who’s visiting Cashley? No doubt there will be a full report in the ‘celebrity’ magazines. I don’t read the likes of Hello and OK. To me, the existence of such…

Harry Redknapp’s Brilliant Legacy

It’s been an up and down career for H Redknapp Esq. Mostly down once he legs it, to be fair. The man truthfully has no equal in English football. 1983–1992 – Harry Redknapp manages Bournemouth                2002 – Bournemouth relegated                2008 – Bournemouth in administration , docked points and relegated 1994–2001 – Harry Redknapp…

Redknapp leaves – but first, a song

To celebrate this happy occasion I have updated my only very recently released Gloria Gaynor-esque tribute to ‘Arry. Yeah, I know you may have seen some of the content before, but to be fair Geoff, at least two and a half verses are new and I may not get the chance to take the piss…