Sunderland v Chelsea at the Stadium of Light by Basil Naimet

Chelsea came away from a win at Sunderland comfortably on Saturday at the Stadium of Light. Even with key strikers Didier Drogba out with concussion and Fernando Torres not getting a run until the 75th minute, the Blues showed some brilliance in attack. More pleasing for the team was their style of play. Relaxed and [Read more]

Manchester United v Arsenal

Manchester United v Arsenal at Old Trafford: Crowd 75,448   by Basil Naimet   It was an intense start to the much anticipated 3rd round Premier league match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday. Right from the outset, the red devils were in control. Nani, Rooney, Evra, and new recruits Danny [Read more]

Chelsea v Norwich City at Stamford Bridge

  Chelsea 3 Norwich City 1 Crowd 41, 795 at Stamford Bridge A promising start by Chelsea against Norwich City was quickly thwarted by the Canaries. The signs of a crushing defeat at the hands of Chelsea were obvious in the opening minutes when Ramirez pulled the trigger just outside the penalty box but was saved by [Read more]


A second-half master class from Manchester United insured they continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford on Monday night.   Coming off a hard fought 2-1 win at the Hawthorns last week, Ferguson opted for the centre-back pairing of Jonny Evans and Phil Jones after both [Read more]

WBA v Man U

I’m not sure where you’re reading this, probably in Reservoir, or Tooleybuc, or Tearabagapart, but if you are from one of those little Lanchy villages in the north-west of England (where third grade Australian cricketers have passed themselves off as batting all-rounders for rent, a job washing soot from window sills, and a pint or [Read more]

Stoke City v Chelsea

Rusty was how Chelsea’s campaign began against Stoke City at Brittania stadium. With at least four of its stars on the benches including Didier Drogba and Nicholas Anelka, Chelsea started the first half disjointed. The commencement of the new season saw the team struggle with cohesion as Stoke came to them with intensity and at [Read more]

The Forgotten Man

Following his ongoing battle with a mystery illness, the continued search for a midfielder and the recent emergence of Tom Cleverley, it would be easy for most people to forget about Darren Fletcher. On the eve of United’s defeat by Liverpool on March 6, the midfielder came down with a temperate and was subsequently named [Read more]

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]