Love to hear your observations of this World Cup qualifier.
Buddy Newchurch was a brilliant young, soccer player from Whyalla. He trialled at Chelsea. His life ended tragically. Writer, literary critic and historian Ian Syson is very interested in the story. Here is his introductory piece – and he is interested in engaging the support of anyone who can assist in the research.
If Sir Alex Ferguson is the human hairdryer, very amateur women’s football team coach Paul Connolly is more of an aromatherapy candle.
[This is an extract from Paul's entertaining new book - The Mighty Bras]
Roy Hay is surprised at the amount of media coverage of the retirement of a former Ayr United player given that he hasn’t turned out for the club since 1974. (He did manage Manchester United for a few years in the interim.)
It’s been a nerve wracking, nail biting month for Barnsley supporters as they battle to stay in the Championship division of UK football.
Roy Hay with a bit of balance on Luis Suarez.
Following Tottenham as they battle for a place in the Champions’ League gives him an insight into being a Tigers supporter with all their nine-placed finishes.
Rod Oaten is still hanging on to the Barnsley FC roller-coaster.
Like a buzzing beer garden in twilight, All Ireland Football Championship quarterfinal day at Dublin’s Croke Park is fantastic. During our family tour of Ireland, France and Italy, we see a conclave of cathedrals but with O’Keefe ancestry in County Cork, this becomes a special pilgrimage. And while it’s Dublin and Roscommon clashing, a vivid [Read more]
Southampton 3 Liverpool 1
The spirit of Matthew Le Tissier is alive and well.
Bristol City 5 Barnsley 3. Just when I had the Reds pencilled for another win and a bit of breathing space from the relegation zone, they lose.
Barnsley has turned its season around, much to the joy and relief of Rod Oaten.
In this article from Neos Osmos Ian Syson looks at disturbing violence in football and, significantly, at the reporting of the respective codes and, hence, how they are imagined and understood.
Rod Oaten explains why he is concerned for Barnsley FC.
Pete Edwards believes that when it comes to world sports, rioting, violence and thuggery on a consistent basis (even if on a small scale) is unique to soccer culture. So what is it about soccer that creates conflict?
Melbourne Victory has jumped a shaken Adelaide United to claim 2nd spot following their 3-1 win over Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Saturday evening.
Dave Goodwin introduces us to his young nephew Felix who has a couple of unusual skills: poetry and Futsal.
Sydney FC has turned in its most prolific performance in its history at the weekend by putting 7 goals past Wellington at the SFS to win 7-1 and leap to 7th on the A-League table.
Melbourne Heart has again paid the price for failing to put a solid 90 minutes together by throwing a 1-0 lead away to lose 2-1 at Sydney, writes Tom Riordan.