Something funny happened to me on the way home from Goodison Park

by Dave Goodwin   Thatcher’s Britain. 1987. My first trip to the old dart, with my lovely young bride. A rite of passage.   We were scheduled to drive from Oxford to Scotland. A diversion was needed and I had consulted the draw. A single ticket was procured – Everton v Manchester United at Goodison [Read more]

Passing the Man U Baton

What is passing the Man U Baton?   It works like this. A Man U fan (in fact you don’t even have to be a fan) writes a report of the opening fixture of the EPL season: Man U away to West Bromwich Albion. Then they tee up a mate anywhere in the world to [Read more]

Almanac Soccer

The EPL gets under way with the Community Shield on Saturday night – between Man United and Man City This season begins a new soccer page. We are interested in reports on any EPL matches, and on the other divisions, and leagues across Europe. And of course the A league here in Australia. But [Read more]

Manchester dreaming and other football stories

By Roy Hay It has been a good year for both halves of Manchester, with City winning the F A Cup and qualifying for the European Champions League next season while United has won the English Premier League for a record 19th time and has a European Champions League final against Barcelona to come on [Read more]

In A-league of Its Own – Grand Final edition

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Well, what a climax to an amazing A-League season. The Version 6 Grand Final last Sunday was one of the all time great games of domestic football in Australia. In front of a crowd of over 50,000 and many more watching from around Australia and the world, pre-match favourites [Read more]

One for the ages

Brisbane Roar vs Central Coast Mariners 2-2 full time 4-2 on penalties Lang Park 13/3/2011 Crowd 50 128 By Hamish Townsend The problem with soccer in Australia is that it has no weight. Thousands of people like me love the game, but having wiped their ethnic history and any sense of tribalism it feels like [Read more]

Why we all need a Clive the Concierge

Tickets to the English Premier League are a hot commodity.  Tickets to the Premier League between teams occupying the ‘big four’ are even hotter with most games sold out well in advance.  However, with a little persistence and a constant ear to the ground tickets can be sourced.  What do you think the chances are [Read more]

In A League of Its Own: Prelim Edition

Tom’s Weekly Outlook on the A-league After a long season, we are finally at the Grand Final, and after Brisbane emphatically destroyed every team in the competition, it came down to Central Coast and Gold Coast to decide who would take on the title favourites. Central Coast hosted Gold Coast on a beautiful Saturday night [Read more]

Picture research- what is involved

By Roy Hay Last week Les Shorrock, the doyen of Victorian football (soccer) photographers, who worked for Soccer Action and the Age among others, sent me a copy of a picture from his files that he was unable to identify. It showed five players in action, three from one club and two from another. It [Read more]

Actually Mate, It’s Soccer

With the onset of the real football . . . err . . . soccer season (as opposed to that franchise-based circus called the A league), it’s time to revisit the nomenclature debate.

In A League Of its Own – Issue 31

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Week two of the finals series was full of goals, despite there being just the two games. The total goals scored was nine, following a 2-2 draw on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium and a 3-2 win to the Gold Coast at Hindmarsh on Sunday evening. The weekend started [Read more]

How Lost Was My Archive?

NEW NARRATIVE POSSIBILITIES IN AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL HISTORIES The recent developments in the digitization of library archives have profoundly affected the researching of sport history in Australia and beyond. Some images, facts and data once buried are now easily accessible via simple on-line searches. We no longer need to trust the factual accuracy of the Turners, [Read more]

In Motion

In the 1994 World Cup semi-final, an 80th minute strike from Brazilian star Romario denied 10-man Sweden a place in the final. Sweden went on to thrash Bulgaria 4-0 in the third place play-off at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena to complete a glorious summer for Swedish football – the likes of which they had not [Read more]

In A-League of Its Own – Issue 30

by Tom Riordan Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League The first week of the finals have come and gone, with all 3 matches ending in somewhat predictable results. The first of them was on Friday night from Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide, where the Reds hosted Wellington Phoenix. With Adelaide finishing 3 places higher than the [Read more]

Anne’s Choice

by Anne Fedorowytsch When the NAB Cup fixture was released late October 2010 my reaction to the draw was a very long and exasperated ‘Nooooooo!’ The Crows’ opening round matches versus Port Adelaide and Melbourne had been scheduled head to head against Adelaide United playing their biggest rivals, Melbourne Victory, at Adelaide Oval in the [Read more]

In A-League of Its Own

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League The last gameweek of the 2010-11 regular season kicked off on Friday night from the Adelaide Oval, and had finals contenders Adelaide United hosting Melbourne Victory. Paul Reid opened the scoring 6 minutes in for Adelaide, capping off a flying start for his side. Reid was awarded a free-kick [Read more]

Review: Mr. Cleansheets

Mr. Cleansheets Author: Adrian Deans Publisher: Vulgar Press Published 2010 Reviewed by Adam Muyt This is a lads book, a ‘Boys Own’ adventure through the footballing landscape that is England.  Seriously, I can see this book doing well in the UK amongst a large slab of the football-loving populace.  Not bad for an aussie author [Read more]

In A League of Its Own 28

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Thanks to another exciting round of A-League action, the top six is now decided, and teams that have made the finals can now start planning ahead for a successful campaign. One of the teams that have just made it into the finals, are Wellington Phoenix, who, not as I [Read more]

In A-League of Its Own (28)

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League With just a couple of gameweeks to play, desperation is showing in teams who have a lot to play for. An example of this, is when after Miron Bleiberg’s Gold Coast team unleashed at Melbourne Victory, after his team were clearly outmuscled by the finals contenders. His main point [Read more]

In A League of Its Own- 26

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League The horrendous Kevin Muscat tackle from the 3rd derby last Saturday night is still clear in my mind; Heart youngster Adrian Zahra advancing forward on the right with the ball, but, just as he skips past Grant Brebner, Kevin Muscat literally jumps studs up in the air at Zahra. [Read more]