The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the A-League Grand Final

Melbourne Victory are the 2014-2015 A-League Premiers. and to the victors go the spoils… and the opportunity to give Graham Arnold a decent old whack (a-la Mark Williams after the 2007 AFL Grand Final). [Have loved reading Dennis’ ‘Good Bad, Ugly…’ all season and the Grand Final edition doesn’t disappoint. – SCB]

Grand Final – Traditional for Football?

Vaughan Menlove is happy that the A League champion is decided with a grand final playoff and not on league season points. It’s the Australian football way.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the A-League Semi Finals

The stage is set for a thrilling conclusion to the 2014-2015 A-League Season as Melbourne and Sydney clash in the Grand Final. But before that, how did the two sides get there? Dennis Gedling wraps up all the Semifinal weekend action.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Week 1 of the A-League Finals

Workers of the world – or at least Adelaide United fans -Unite! Dennis Gedling’s wrap of the opening weekend of finals in the A-League. And then, there were four…

Almanac Soccer – Who sponsors the AFC Bournemouth Under-10s?

The beauty of the English Premier League; while the title is often a four horse race, the promotion and relegation battle at the opposite end of the table throws up some compelling stories; this year, AFC Bournemouth is the fairytale story. Roy Hay profiles club stalwart and Geelong soccer referee; Russell Butler.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 27 of the A-League

There’s plenty to talk about at end of the A-League’s home and away season. On the eve of what promises to be a great finals series, Dennis Gedling goes through his take on the good, the bad and the ugly of round 27 of the A-League. The Dude Abides.

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