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Articles Archive for July 2009

I know he had no association with Birmingham City as such, but Sir Bobby Robson’s passing was a real shame for all football fans.
As a man of a certain age I can remember Sir Bobby as manager of a little club in East Anglia in the seventies, who played excellent football and scored great goals. Players of the ilk of Frans Thijssen, Arnold Muhren, Kevin Beattie, Eric Gates, John Wark, Alan Brazil, Paul Mariner, Paul Cooper, Russell Osman, Mick Mills, etc, helped Robson turn Ipswich Town into near title winners.
They …

We’ve already looked at the mad men who populated Birmingham’s defence so now it’s time to turn our attentions to the midfield and forward areas.
It has to be said that Birmingham had no less an embarrassment of riches in this department and some memorable names graced the more advanced areas of the park, often electing for the comfort of an early, solitary bath time.
Kenny Burns has already been mentioned in dispatches, as has Archie Gemmill, yet these hard men appear as mere pussycats in comparison others.
One man who will long live …

Roughly, just 11.8 miles separate White Hart Lane, the home of Tottenham Hotspur, and Upton Park, the home of West Ham United. Yet, in the name of pre-season, some bright spark felt it a good idea to stage a friendly match between the two teams, across the other side of the world. Any die-hard Tottenham fans would have been let down in my opinion (if I’d travelled all that way I’d expect a 16-5 victory with Carlo Cudicini scoring with a scorpion kick), but those supporters with slightly more realistic …

Last Sunday I woke early in a feverish anticipation and, after pulling on my Spurs shirt and grabbing a quick breakfast, settled in on the train for the long journey that awaited me. In hindsight, I wish I hadn’t bothered. I had, of course, a ticket to our Wembley cup “clash” against Celtic. The glossy, official £5 program billed a “passionate England vs. Scotland affair” whilst the man over the tannoy kept informing the crowd how “passions were running high”. What utter rubbish. The game was awful; Spurs were sluggish …

Alex Dyer lead a team out against Thurrock and the Hammers were winners by just a one goal margin. Calum Davenport who last season was one of the loanees sent out by the Hammers to Sunderland was in the side and new signing Franck Nouble was playing as well in an attacking 4-3-3 formation.
Team Line-up
West Ham United: Peter Loveday, Tony Brookes, Calum Davenport, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Matthew Fry, Cristian Montano, Nick Barrett, Nigel Quashie, Andrea Zola, Sebastian Huke, Frank Nouble
Subs: Deniz Mehmet, Callum McNaughton, Simone Bezzicheri, Eoin Wearen, Ahmed Abdulla
Yes, …

So, it has arrived and funnily enough it is a terrible shirt with a terrible design. There is retro and then there is old-fashioned, this is definitely in the old-fashioned category.

Whilst the away kit has grown on me, I don’t think that this ghastly thing will. Unfortunately for Ray Winston he was chosen to model it and I am sure that I am not the only one that feels sorry for him, wearing that. The chequered pattern is just about bearable but the fact that the whole thing is claret …

Preston North End 1-4 Wigan Athletic
Charles N’Zogbia turned Preston inside out in a 45 minute masterclass at Deepdale, as Wigan ran riot.
Wigan passed the home side to death in a one-sided affair and former Newcastle winger N’Zogbia was everywhere in a commanding first half display capped by a fine individual goal.
Rodallega hit the side netting after a minute but it was Preston who found the net first. Wallace’s left wing free-kick was touched home by Stephen Elliott but was scrubbed out for offside. Just prior N’Zogbia had collected a delightful cross …

After the retirement of Martin Laursen and a series of costly defensive errors during last season, most Villa fans would have assumed that at least one new central defender would be top of Martin O’Neill’s summer shopping list.
Instead, our sole signing so far is a midfielder injured until December, and the squad has now lost a centre back in Zat Knight.
The problems start with Luke Young and Wilfred Bouma. A strong contender for Player of the Season last year, Young has had to fly home from Spain with a thigh …

League two side Dagenham and Redbridge were denied a draw after a 77th minute goal from Marcus Bent earned the Premiership club their first pre season victory.
Bent struck as a mix up between the previously unbeatable Will Antwi and Dagenham club captain Mark Arber allowed the former Everton and Ipswich striker the opportunity to slot between goalkeeper Tony Roberts legs for a much needed victory.
The Daggers started with a slightly changed line up that saw winger Graeme Montgomery partner Paul Benson meaning that Peter Gain filled in on the left allowing …

The Football League season is one week and one day away from kick off. Personally I can’t wait as I think it will be a fantastic season. However I concentrate on my team Leicester City as they kick off there Championship reunion against Swansea City.
So what has been going on at Leicester City in recent weeks, well I will tell you. The Blue Army played two Friendly games this week. Firstly they played Shrewsbury and Leicester walked out 4-0 winners thanks to goals by, Lloyd Dyer (2), Jack Hobbs and Dany N’Guessan. On Tuesday the …