A Missing Part of a Bigger Picture

A timely reminder from Roy Hay of Soccer’s contribution to Australian servicemen on the front-lines; the Australian soccer team’s trip to the Independence Day tournament in Saigon. Sappers sweeping the pitch for land-mines, the Viet Cong watching from the sidelines and Diggers on guard duty with orders to shoot anyone who stops on their bicycle outside the Aussie barracks. A neglected chapter of the sport and service narrative we remember on ANZAC Day.

The Perfect Storm Ends Tonight

Wayne Ball takes stock of the Western Sydney Wanderers progress in their first three years, culminating in tonight’s losing tie in the ACL.

Two games from oblivion

Tom Riordan explains how he fell for the doomed Tranmere Rovers.

Almanac Soccer – A League: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 26

Dennis Gedling’s Round 26 wrap with a nod to the Sydney-Newcastle game, sympathy for Reading’s Adam Federici and no sympathy for Jason Brewer, as Victory celebrate and prepare for the finals series.

How greed can interfere in a sporting dream

Author DrCruel73 explains how supporters of a football club can suffer due to greed and ego by the clubs administrators/ owners.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Round 25 of the A-League

Things are hotting up on and off the pitch in the A League. Our soccer guru Dennis Gedling celebrates some underdog performances on the weekend and laments his Perth Glory’s ethics in the board room.

Soccer in New South Wales 1880-1980 by Phil Mosely

Significant, well-researched soccer history by Phil Mosely is out now.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 24 of the A-League

Good week for: Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United. Not a good week for: Perth Glory and the Newcastle Jets; “All that was needed was a half time display by Hind Helicopters and a tank drive-by…”

Almanac Soccer: Round 24 of the A-League – Hamish Neal’s ‘No Subs’ Edition

It’s the final month of Soccer in the Hyundai A-League. Sky Sports Radio’s Hamish Neal previews the round 24 action across a big Easter weekend.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Round 23 of the A-League

In his world game wrap, Dennis Gedling runs the ruler over A-League Round 23, with a nod to the Socceroos: “it wasn’t like Australia were plucky underdogs parking the bus and taking their chances against a dominant German side…”

Have the Socceroos won back Australia’s heart?

It might have been a friendly, but for Vaughan Menlove, the Socceroos draw with Germany wasn’t about the scoreboard. Ange Postecoglou’s game plan has breathed life and flair into the national football team, which was sorely missing under the conservative approaches of past bosses Pim Verbeek and Holger Osiek

Who Will Stand Up To FIFA?

The repercussions of FIFA’s decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup continue to impact soccer’s governing body. Vaughan Menlove hopes that the compensation packages handed out to the powerful European leagues don’t come at the expense of grass-roots football.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 22 of the A-League

Dennis Gedling with the Good bad an ugly for Round 22 of the A-League. We’re off to Bhutan!

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 21 of the A-League

Lots to be happy about this week if you’re a Wellington Phoenix fan or Sydney FC fan. On the other hand, if you’re a Melbourne City – or like Dennis, a Perth Glory fan, well… yeah… not so great a week to be had

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 20 of the A-League

In this week’s A-League Good, Bad and Ugly, Dennis reflects on a spiteful Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory match, lauds Marc Janko and Mickael Taveres’ work in Sin City, and is left scratching his head at the inconsistency of Melbourne City. Dennis also has his fingers crossed that some of the best pitches in the competition have held up ok after the Foo Fighters’ recent tour down under.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 19 of the A-League

Denis Gedling didn’t have to look far for examples of all three in Round 19.

A-League 1,000 – The Shuffle Edition

With the ICC World Cup continuing the AFL’s pre-season challenge getting underway and round 19 of the A-League promising some ripping match-ups, not for the first time this year, too much sport this weekend- to borrow from Roy & H.G – may be barely enough. Hamish Neal previews this weekend’s A-League action in which champion striker Archie Thompson clocks up his 200th appearance for Melbourne Victory.

Fearless (Sort Of) Visits the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia (And Assesses the Damage)

After almost becoming the pariah’s of Australian sport on the back of a disastrous 2022 World Cup bid, Fearless believes the FFA pulled the right rein by hosting a successful 2015 Asian Cup tournament.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 18 of the A-League

The Sky Blues of Sydney have really hit their stride in recent weeks under Graham Arnold, so why – after their brilliant come from behind 4-2 smashing of the Central Coast Mariners on the weekend – have they made Dennis Gedling’s bad list this week? Read on to find out why!

A-League Week 18 Preview – The Falling Over Edition

As the race to the title begins to get serious, Hamish Neal takes a look at this weekend’s action in the A-League.