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Womens Football
Record breaking Manchester Derby signals growing appetite for women's game
09:00 Tuesday 10th September 2019

The Women’s Super League showpiece opener between Manchester City and Manchester United was my first live experience of a ladies football match. Like many others, I had watched the summer’s World Cup in France from the comfort…

Fa Cup
Can Watford rain on Manchester City's treble parade?
08:00 Saturday 18th May 2019

Due to their dominance, Manchester City head into the FA Cup final as overwhelming favourites to complete an unprecedented domestic treble. Pep Guardiola’s oil-rich Citizens claimed the Carabao Cup in February with penalty-shootout success…

Premier League
Can a winter break help the Premier League in Europe?
12:00 Monday 4th February 2019

For years, the Premier League’s refusal to take a winter break made headlines. England was the only country in Europe's top five leagues to play through the festive season. The Spanish use their nine-day hiatus to dominate Europe.…

The downfall of the Football League Trophy
13:00 Sunday 25th November 2018

Alan Partridge is decked out in his shortest shorts, the underpant lining has long since perished.  He is striding around his room at the Linton Travel Tavern, Dictaphone in hand.  He presses record. ‘David Prutton to host Checkatrade…

Premier League
What Dan Ashworth brings to Brighton & Hove Albion
09:00 Friday 5th October 2018

In a week dominated by Jose Mourinho versus Paul Pogba, the news that Dan Ashworth quit his role with the FA to join Brighton & Hove Albion has flown under the radar.   While perhaps not worthy of considerable attention on the…

England National Team
Wembley Sale: For or against?
09:00 Saturday 28th April 2018

Shahid Khan wants to buy England's spiritual home. In a staggering £800 million deal, he has offered to purchase Wembley. The FA would retain Club Wembley, valued at £300 million. The Three Lions would continue to call the stadium…

Fa Cup
FA Cup Final ticket price-hike is scandalous
19:30 Monday 23rd April 2018

The price for success, quite literally, for Manchester United and Chelsea supporters is very dear. The Football Association, in all their usual consummate wisdom, has decided to raise the ticket prices for this year’s FA Cup Final.…

Premier League
Why a Premier League winter break won't help England
09:30 Saturday 3rd March 2018

A Premier League winter break looks increasingly likely to happen. The favoured proposal suggests a staggered break over two weeks in February. Five games from a single matchday would be played one weekend, the other five the following. The…

Womens Football
How has Bibiana Steinhaus performed since her historic Bundesliga debut?
09:00 Tuesday 27th February 2018

When Hertha Berlin played host to Werder Bremen on Bundesliga Matchday Three, history was made. Germany's top-flight witnessed its first game officiated by a female referee. It was a proud day for women in football, not just in Germany.…

Premier League
Huddersfield Town 0-2 Manchester United: FA Cup 5th Round talking points leading off with VAR
08:30 Sunday 18th February 2018

Manchester United progressed to the FA Cup 6th Round with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town but the game was not without controversy. Juan Mata's disallowed goal and the wonky offside lines video official Neil Swarbrick was saddled with in his…

Move the grassroots game to summer
09:30 Wednesday 14th February 2018

Grassroot football is the source of Britain's footballing obsession. Without the ability for anyone, regardless age, ability, or location, to pick up the ball, (well, you can't pick up the ball, but you know what I mean), join…

Premier League
Rise in racist abuse should concern all
09:30 Friday 9th February 2018

Earlier this season, Romelu Lukaku was the recipient of racist chanting from his own supporters. Since that incident, Kick It Out, the organisation at the forefront of tackling racism in football has revealed some alarming statistics. …

Premier League
The golden solution to refereeing woes?
08:30 Thursday 4th January 2018

Everyone has seen the minute-long video of perennial lime-light stealer Mike Dean. Flamboyance saturates. Arrogance suffuses. There is even a point where he appears to celebrate a goal. In truth, his self-regard is such he is…

Why England Need To Lose A World Cup Qualifier
09:30 Sunday 3rd September 2017

Had England's World Cup qualifier in Malta been any more predictable, the hosts would've congratulated the Three Lions before the ball had even been kicked. Harry Kane's opener did come very late in the game. England did struggle to break down…

How clubs are getting around the homegrown player rules
13:30 Friday 28th July 2017

Each and every club in the Premier League must have at least eight homegrown players in their registered 25 man squad for the season, according to the FA's rules, but it seems as though many of the teams are a long way shy of this number these…